Acolyting is an ancient ministry that adds to the beauty and dignity of worship. It also fills a spiritual need in those who are called to it. Acolytes carry cross and torches, assist with the setting of the altar for communion, and otherwise serve in altar ministry.
Volunteers join a team of three acolytes. Acolytes are usually on a schedule to serve once a month. Acolytes are expected to be regular members of the parish community and familiar with the liturgy. There is regular training for new acolytes, as well as seasonal 'brush-ups' for all. To express interest in serving as an acolyte, contact Nikki Chase-Levin.
The Altar Guild is a rewarding ministry centered in the Eucharist. Altar Guild ministers prepare and maintain the linens, vestments, and vessels necessary for sacramental liturgy. This ministry offers a 'behind the scenes' look at what goes into liturgy, as well as an invaluable service and gift to the whole community.
Altar Guild members serve on rotating teams, on duty about once a month for regular Sunday worship. They also can offer ministry for special liturgies, baptisms, weddings, and funerals. To express interest in joining the Altar Guild, contact Inez Lambert, Inez Lambert.
Holy Trinity's Altar Bread Guild bakes that bread used for Eucharistic celebrations. Altar Guild members bake at home, using biblical ingredients such as wheat flour, milk and honey. The bakers are children and adults, individuals and families, and circles of friends. Baking altar bread is easy, a lovely spiritual practice, and a gift to the parish. To express interest in joining the Altar Bread Guild, contact Bethany Hatheway.
Lectors & Subdeacons
For the 8:00 A.M. and 10:30 A.M. services, lay readers, or lectors, read the passages from the Hebrew Scriptures and Christian Testament, sometimes lead the Psalms and lead the Prayers of the People. At the main Sunday service, lectors are trained to write and offer introductions that present the historical context of the scripture readings. Lectors sometimes also serve as subdeacons who bear the chalice during the Eucharist. Lay Readers and subdeacons are visible not just on Sunday mornings, but also at special liturgies, such as those of Holy Week.To express interest in serving as a lay reader or a subdeacon, please contact Melanie Hill.
A friendly welcome from an usher at the front door of the church gives an important first impression to visitors to Holy Trinity. Ushers are a visible part of all the services - they hand out bulletins, seat latecomers, take up the collection, guide communicants to the altar rail and are present to answer questions and assist with specific needs. After each service, ushers collect stray bulletins, straighten kneelers, and re-arrange hymnals and prayer books. Ushers are representative of our Christian mission of hospitality, and we are always delighted to welcome new ushers. Please contact Virginia Borland, if you would like to serve as an usher.