Liturgical Ministries

Every worship service at St. Paul’s is the product of loving service by dozens of committed Christians who use their talents in proclaiming the glory of God. Creating meaningful worship requires a great diversity of gifts, and therefore a great diversity of people. It’s also an ideal way for a newcomer to help the church as he or she grows spiritually from the experience of helping. These ministries offer wonderful opportunities for new and older members of the parish to make use of their talents to support the splendid worship for which St. Paul’s is known. We’d love to tell you more about all this, and to learn more about you.
To get involved, contact Herb Gant

Acolytes

Acolytes play a vital part in worship by serving at the altar in various roles.  An acolyte may assist by carrying the processional cross, lighting candles, holding the Gospel Book, holding candles or “torches,” assisting the priest with set up and clean up at the altar, swinging the thurible or carrying the incense boat, and any other tasks as seen fit by the priest or verger. Adults and children can serve as acolytes, with children generally starting at age 8.

To get involved, contact Jeffrey Hughes

Verger

The position of verger originated as the “Protector of the Procession” during the Middle Ages. The verger led and protected the clergy as they processed to a church or cathedral, carrying a large mace (verge, or staff) to keep away animals and disorderly crowds that might attack the clergy or procession.

Since ancient times, the verger has had many different titles and duties assigned. Today a verger can best be described as a lay assistant to the clergy. Our verger oversees preparations for the service and the liturgy and acts as a “Master of Ceremonies” in many instances, assisting the clergy in any way needed behind the scenes.

To get involved, contact Herb Gant

Altar Guild

The Altar Guild is a group of women and men who oversee the necessary arrangements for services. They play one of the critical roles in preparing for each service and are one of many teams that work together with the rector and verger every week to make sure the services go as flawlessly as possible.

We are looking for new folks to join this wonderful ministry. Have you ever wondered how everything seems to just be magically set up and ready for each service?  It is not magic, but instead due to the efforts of a dedicated team of men and women who make this happen.

Training will be provided to all new volunteers. If you are not sure, please consider “apprenticing” on the Altar Guild. There would be no commitment but you could shadow when we are working and make a decision once you see what a great ministry it is.
To get involved, Contact Candace Halecki

Flower Guild

Flower Guild is a ministry of St. Paul’s that beautifies the church with floral gifts and arrangements.
To get involved, Contact Cheryl Wagoner

Eucharistic Ministers

A Eucharistic minister is a lay person who assists the clergy with administering the sacraments of Holy Communion. Eucharistic ministers usually vest in cassock and surplice or an alb. Generally, they volunteer to serve and are trained by the priest, the verger or an experienced Eucharistic minister. They then are recommended by the parish priest to the bishop of the diocese, who grants them a license to practice the ministry. The Eucharistic ministers at St. Paul’s do not take their positions lightly and consider their ministry a holy responsibility.
To get involved, contact Herb Gant

Lectors

Lectors read the lessons and prayers during public worship.
To get involved, contact Herb Gant

Ushers

Assist in seating, receiving offerings, and distributing leaflets and books.
To get involved, contact Don Bobo

Greeters

Greeters welcome visitors at the door, and try to make them comfortable.
To get involved, contact Herb Gant