Serving in Worship
Acolytes help the priest before, during, and after the worship service. Main responsibilities include lighting and extinguishing the altar candles and assisting with handing the bread and wine to the priest to become the Body and Blood of Jesus Christ.
The Altar Guild is a group of women at St. Philip’s who serve the Rector and set up for the Eucharist, to clean and maintain the sacristy, vestments, and linens. This ministry provides the set-up for special services that range from Christmas and Easter to baptisms, weddings, and funerals. Generally, you work with a partner performing these duties the day before the service, or at other times.
Our 10:00 a.m. Sunday service (9:00 a.m. during the summer months) offers music and singing to enhance the worship service. The choir provides a “joyful noise” unto the Lord. All are welcome to help lead our hymns!
The Greeters welcome everyone and distribute the bulletins and bulletin inserts to everyone as they enter our church for worship services. The greeters also extend a special and warm welcome and gift bag to newcomers and guests and invite them to sign our guest book. They perform these duties for all Sunday services; other church services such as Ash Wednesday, Maundy Thursday, and Good Friday; and other special services such as weddings and funerals.
By tradition, the non-vested reader is a layperson who reads the first scripture from the Old Testament and leads the congregation is saying (occasionally singing) a Psalm. At St. Philip’s, this person usually sits with the congregation and walks to the lectern to read. The non-vested reader also leads the Prayers of the People. This person is referred to as the Intercessor and usually remains with the congregation when leading these prayers.
Our Nursery team ensures that infants and toddlers are well cared for while worship and social events are taking place.
Second Chalice Bearer
The second Chalice Bearer is a Eucharistic minister. He or she assists in administering the elements, specifically serving the Communion wine. This person sits with the congregation and joins the other ministers at the altar when it is time to administer the Sacraments.
At St. Philip’s, one of our readers vests because that reader serves as a verger. A verger is a lay minister who assists in worship services. The vested reader also serves as crucifer, carrying the cross during processions. He or she also carries the Bible for the Gospel reading. The vested reader also acts as a Eucharistic minister, and is known at St. Philip’s as the “first Chalice Bearer.”