Acolytes

Acolytes are young people (grade 5 and older) and adults who assist the clergy and congregation at principal worship services. The word acolyte comes from the Greek akolouthos meaning “one who helps” or “one who follows.” Training is required and usually takes place during Sunday School time after the 9:30 a.m. service. Rehearsals for special services, such as Christmas Eve, Easter, etc., are scheduled as needed. Contact: The Rector

Altar Guild

altar-guild-snippedThe Altar Guild is a group of women and men who prepare the church for worship and maintain the vestments and liturgical appointments of the church. Their ministry of service is a scared trust and their behind-the-scenes work is a special gift to those who worship at St. Monica’s. Contact: Barbara Myrick

Chalice Bearers

These lay people lead the Prayers of the People and administer the chalice during celebrations of Holy Eucharist. Chalicers must be at least 16 years of age, and be confirmed or received in the Episcopal Church. This ministry requires training, as well as licensing by the Bishop. Contact: The Rector

Children’s Homilies

Most weeks, our 9:30 a.m. service includes a children’s homily. Brief training with the Rector and supporting materials are provided. Contact: The Rector

Eucharistic Gifts Presenters

These are families who bring the bread, wine and offerings to the altar during the service. This serves as a meaningful way to involve children and adults in the worship service. Families can sign up to be presenters. Contact: The Rector

Flower Ministry Teamflowers

Talented duos work together to create beautiful floral arrangements for our altar each week and at other special events . New designers are always welcome. Contact: Don McCleary

Healing Ministry Team

Parishioners called to the healing ministry participate in the Wednesday noon service as available, and at Saturday/Sunday services on the weekend of the second Sunday of each month. They are also available to pray with parishioners when needed. Training is required. Contact: Terri Tack

Lay Eucharistic Visitors

These lay people are specially trained and licensed by the Bishop to assist the clergy in taking Holy Communion from the Reserved Sacrament to people who cannot come to church. Contact: The Rector

Readers

These lay people read the Scripture lessons and lead the Psalm in worship services. Readers may be youth or adults, who have been trained for this very important ministry. Contact: The Rector

Ushers and Greeters

Ushers and greeters are youth and adults who welcome people to worship, help guests feel at home at St. Monica’s, and help with the smooth flow of the liturgy. Training is required. Contact: Bill Smith