It takes many people to create the setting and mood of a worship service. Here are some of the vital roles. Are you called to fill any of them?
Acolytes light and extinguish the candles used in worship, lead the procession, Gospel Procession and recession. The Server helps the priest prepare for communion.
In theatrical terms, the Altar Guild is our set dresser. Guild members set the mood of a service. They keep the silver and brass sparkling, the candles ready to burn, the linens clean and crisp, and the flowers appropriate. This is a vital behind-the-scenes ministry that requires in-depth training and a deep commitment to the care of the sacristies of the church. Although traditionally filled by women, the Altar Guild is no longer a gender-specific role.
The choir adds a musical presence at our 9:30 service each Sunday and on special occasions. If you enjoy singing, consider joining the choir. Practice is on Thursday evenings and between the two Sunday morning services.
Eucharistic Ministers are lay leaders who assist the clergy during services. They may be called upon to help the priest prepare the altar for the Eucharist, to read the lessons and prayers, and to administer the Consecrated Elements (bread and wine) at communion. Eucharistic Ministers must be confirmed Episcopalians and members of Holy Nativity who are licensed by the Diocese and serve at the pleasure of the Rector. There is a training requirement for all Eucharistic Ministers. For additional information, please speak to the Rector.
Lay Readers read both the Old Testament lesson and New Testament lesson and the Psalm at Sunday services. There is no special licensing requirement Lay Readers. For additional information, please speak to the Rector.