Lay people assist during services under the guidance of the rector and in some cases after being licensed by the bishop.

  • Acolytes, grades 4 and older, are trained by senior acolytes and the rector to assist at the altar during worship.
  • Ushers welcome the congregation at the doors before services, give out the order of service, attend to the needs of those who need assistance, count the number present, collect and present the offering, and generally help maintain decorum before and during services.
  • Lay Readers are appointed by the rector and licensed by the bishop to lead worship services such as Morning Prayer when a priest isn’t available.
  • Lectors and Intercessors are appointed by the rector to read the lessons of the day or lead the prayers of the people during worship.
  • Prayer Ministers gather at the rear of the nave during Communion and are available for anyone wishing to offer up special intercessions.
  • Lay Eucharistic Ministers are appointed by the rector and licensed by the bishop to help distribute the elements during Communion.
  • Lay Eucharistic Visitors are appointed by the rector and licensed by the bishop to bring Communion to parishioners who can’t get to church due to illness or infirmity.
  • The Altar Guild’s ministry is to care for the altar, vestments, vessels, and altar linens of the parish. Members prepare the sanctuary for services, and clean up afterwards. They also decorate according to the season.