Sunday Ministries

At St. John the Evangelist, many important ministries are right here in the Sunday worship service:

Altar Guild
With great care and devotion, Altar Guild members prepare and care for our worship space. This ministry is overseen by the Rector.  Members have a sincere devotion and a desire to make their work an acceptable offering to our Lord. They view their ministry as a sacred trust in conjunction with all the other members, not only of the Altar Guild, but of the entire parish.

Acolytes
The acolytes are drawn from the youth of the parish. They are trained first to serve as torch-bearers, carrying lighted torches in procession to mark significant space and moments in worship. When they are older they graduate to serve as crucifers, carrying the processional cross and leading the procession.

Lay Eucharistic Ministers
The sharing of Holy Eucharist is at the center of the church’s life. Strengthened by Christ’s body and blood we go out into the world in service. Eucharistic Ministers are those called to a special vocation of hospitality and service. They exhibit a reverence for Christ’s presence in the sacraments and find profound joy in serving the chalice to their fellow Christians. Eucharistic Ministers must be trained by the rector and licensed by the bishop.

Lay Eucharistic Visitors
Holy Eucharist is a shared community experience. However, there are some members of our community who through reason of age or physical infirmity are unable to join our Eucharistic worship on a regular basis. Eucharistic Visitors exercise a ministry of pastoral care. Trained by the rector and licensed by the bishop, they work on a rotation bringing Holy Communion from our worship services to those members unable to be present.

Readers
For thousands of years the people of God have found life in the words of Holy Scripture. However, it has only been for a few hundred years that Scripture has been experienced through reading a book. For the majority of Judeo-Christian history, the proclamation of Scripture was an aural (heard) event. Readers find deep meaning in Scripture and prepare carefully to read the lessons in our gathered worship.

Ushers and Greeters
An Episcopal worship service can sometimes be tricky to navigate for a newcomer, particularly one who is not familiar with liturgical worship. The greeters welcome people at the door. The ushers hand out bulletins with the order of the service and help guide people to and from the pews.  They are available to answer questions and provide assistance during the liturgy.

To volunteer for any of these roles, kindly email or call the church.