An acolyte assists the priest during the service, lights the altar candles, serves as torchbearer, and wears a simple vestment. Acolytes are frequently, but not always, youths.
Lay Eucharistic Ministers
Lay Eucharistic Ministers (LEM) administer the sacraments (the consecrated bread and wine) at any celebration of the Holy Eucharist. These celebrations are typically held in the church, but Lay Eucharistic Ministers can also administer the gifts to those who cannot be present at church to receive them, such as the disabled or ill. No special prior experience is required; only faith and interest in this meaningful ministry.
The function of a lector is to read the lessons from the Old and New Testaments during a church service.
Intercessions are prayers on someone’s or something’s behalf. During the church service, the intercessor reads the clergy-prepared list of intercession prayers.
The requirements for being a lector/intercessor are baptism, appointment by the celebrant or officiant, and the ability to read clearly, audibly, and with an understanding of the passage.
In this simple yet important ministry, ushers are welcoming faces to visitors and members alike. Their other responsibilities include passing out bulletins and flyers, taking up the collection, and overseeing the presentation of the bread, wine, money and gifts. They also reorganize the narthex after church, and basically help make visitors and members feel welcome and comfortable during services.
Church School Teachers
The Church School consists of several classes for children ranging from ages 4 through 18. Classes meet during the regular school year and are held at 9:00 a.m. The curriculum in use is rich with the history and teachings of the Episcopal Church. Teachers are always needed and welcomed.
Anyone interested in any of these ministries should contact the Parish Office at (609) 586-6004 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Coffee Hour Hosts
A signup sheet for hosting Coffee Hour is located on the podium at the entrance to Craft Hall. More information about coffee hour can be found here.