Liturgy comes from the Greek word for the work of the people. Worship is, in short, the work of the people. It takes many hands to make worship services that are beautiful, grace-filled, and welcoming.
We have several active Worship Ministries at Christ Church. This is a great way to become involved in the life of the church. We have people from all generations represented in these ministries, and children as young as 4th Grade are welcome to serve as Acolytes.
If you’d like more information about how to get involved, please contact the church office or simply click on the names listed below to e-mail the lay leader of a Worship Ministry.
Coffee Hour Hosts
Two parishioners/families host our coffee hour after the Sunday 9:30am service. We provide the coffee and the set up. You provide simple treats and welcome fellow parishioners to an hour of fellowship. Coffee Hour Host Guidelines pdf.
The Verger serves as master of ceremonies on Sunday morning, providing support that allows the clergy more time to focus on pastoral and sacramental responsibilities. The Verger oversees the Acolytes, Lectors, Intercessors and Chalice Bearers before the service begins, and coordinates with the clergy, Altar Guild and Ushers to ensure that the service flow is seamless, grace-filled and welcoming. We currently have 18 Vergers, who serve in a weekly rotation.
For more information, contact Jim McGee.
Acolytes are lay worship leaders that guide the procession with a cross, carry the Gospel, and light the torches. Anyone in 5th grade and up can be an acolyte. Training is offered at acolyte parties and any Sunday before worship. Acolytes are recognized with ribbons and crosses that display their level of service.
Please join the acolyte team! For more information or to sign-up, visit the Acolyte page or email Megan Miller, Director of Youth Ministries.
Lay Lector, Intercessor
Lectors and Intercessors read the Lessons from Scripture and lead the congregation in the Prayers of the People. Everyone age 12 and older is invited to participate in this ministry. For more information, contact Susie Sprowl.
Ushers play a vital role in making people feel welcome at Christ Church. Whether long-time members or first-time visitors, we want people to know we’re happy they’re here. Ushers hand out service bulletins, answer questions, and help people find seats. They also play a role in the service during the Offertory and Communion. Families are invited to serve as ushers together. Children are most welcome. Training is offered periodically for newcomers to the ministry and those who would like a refresher course. For more information, contact Michael Peregrine.
The Altar Guild prepares all things necessary for celebration of the Eucharist or any other sacrament or office of the Church. Working in teams of 5 or 6, Guild members prepare and care for the sacred spaces and the physical aspects of our worship, including the Eucharistic vessels, altar linens, candles, and bread and wine. There is always at least one member of the Altar Guild present for all regular worship services, and special celebrations such as weddings, funerals, baptisms, Evensong and Compline services, and festival celebrations.
For more information, contact Betsy Balyeat.
Members of the Flower Guild work in a rotating schedule, providing flowers for all Sunday worship services, festival celebrations, and other special church occasions. Members purchase and condition the flowers to be arranged on their assigned days, and arrange them according to what is suitable for each particular service. Gifts of Flowers may be made in Thanksgiving or Remembrance.
We have several Choirs that together have 150 members and make beautiful music on Sunday mornings and at special services. Learn more about Music at Christ Church.