St. James is a liturgical congregation. The word liturgy means “work of the people." Leading and assisting worship is the work of many, not just pastors. We have acolytes, assisting ministers, communion assistants, greeters, lectors, and ushers to help us offer to God the most complete worship. Training will be provided.
I am interested in volunteering for the following roles:
Altar Guild - This role prepare the sanctuary for worship before the service begins—placing the correct paraments on the altar and pulpit, filling altar candles and the Sanctuary lamp, preparing the Communion elements and cleaning the Communion ware and washing the linens after the service.
Assisting Ministers - These are non-ordained members of the congregation who serve at the altar, leading parts of the liturgy, offering prayers and distributing the communion elements. Any adult member may be an assisting minister; the ability to chant is appreciated but not required.
Communion Assistants - During Communion, it is usual to employ two additional people besides the pastor and the Assisting Minister for the distribution of the elements. Any adult member of the congregation may serve in this capacity.
Ushers - This role ensure that worshipers are provided a bulletin as they enter and are seated comfortably, especially if there are any special needs. They collect the offering, distribute communion cups and make sure the sanctuary is neat after the close of a service and may occasionally have additional special duties.
Lectors (Readers) - These volunteers read the first and second lessons and may lead the chanting or responsive reading of the Psalm.
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