This committee serves as an advisory group to the rector, addressing issues such as liturgy planning, music, and special worship services. The committee is chaired by the vestryperson for worship.
Lay Readers and Chalice Bearers
Trained volunteers read Scripture and the Prayers of the People at worship services. Chalice bearers also serve during communion. These parishioners and our lay Eucharistic ministers who take the sacrament to the sick and to shut-ins are licensed by the diocese. Send an email to the coordinator of the lay Eucharistic ministers team.
Young people in sixth grade or older serve as acolytes, assisting the clergy during worship and leading the processional and recessional march each Sunday. New acolytes are recruited each year, trained in September, and join teams of four to five other acolytes under the supervision of a team leader. Click here for a look at the Acolytes Customary. Please contact the acolyte coordinator to volunteer.
Ushers make people feel welcome and comfortable at worship services. By extending a smile and a handshake at the door each Sunday, ushers show that St. Andrew’s is a friendly and caring place. Ushers help people find a seat, collect and present offerings, prepare the chancel rail before communion, direct communicants to the rail, and assist clergy as needed during worship services. Ushers also deliver altar flowers to shut-in parishioners after Sunday services. Children often assist as ushers at our monthly All Parish Eucharist. Contact the head of the Ushers.
The parish community prays during all worship services for people who are ill, hospitalized, or having special needs. Anyone, parishioner or not, may be included on this list. Send an email to the rector to add someone to the prayer list.
The liturgy begins and ends with the work of the Altar Guild as members maintain and care for the sacred vessels, altar linens, hangings, and vestments. Members serve once a month, and the time of service is flexible. New members receive training and work side by side with experienced members as they learn. While the work of the Altar Guild is done in quiet and behind the scenes, it is seen and relied upon by the clergy and the congregation. Please reach out to the director of the Altar Guild if you are interested in joining in this important ministry.
The St. Andrew’s Flower Guild is responsible for arranging flowers for the main altar, the transept altar, and the children’s chapel each week. The group also decorates the church for the festivals of Christmas, Easter, Pentecost, and St. Andrew’s Day in November. A member of the Flower Guild should have a love of flowers and a few hours every four weeks to arrange Sunday’s flower offerings with another member of the group. Flower Guild will train interested members of the congregation who have limited knowledge of flower arranging and a desire to learn. Contact the Flower Guild chairs.