These ministries assist with various aspects of Sunday's Holy Eucharist.
Acolytes are any parishioner, age 8 and older, who assist the priest and lay ministers with our worship services. Their presence and ministry are key to our worship. Training is provided. This is an intergenerational opportunity of service.
The Altar Guild is a gift of time and talent to serve God in His House at His Table. We are a group of cohesive, dedicated women and men who prepare The Lord's Table each Sunday for the Eucharist and all other worship services. We have four teams that serve for 1 week in a 4 week rotation and provide individual training, so no experience is needed.
Each and every Order of Worship is lovingly folded on Thursdays by a small group of St. John's parishioners. Folders occasionally assist in other simple office-related tasks. Volunteers are usually asked to assist 1 to 2 days per month.
The Flower Guild strives to glorify God with the beauty of fresh floral arrangements that are placed on the shelf behind the altar for Sunday service. Volunteers create or coordinate an arrangement. Experienced guild members train new members. Flowers are shared in our community through Flower Power.
St. John's Greeters warmly greet all worshipers as they come to worship services. Greeters try to make visitors feel welcome, encouraging them to fill out a name tag and an attendance card. Greeters also provide information about St. John's. Being a greeter is a wonderful way to get to know your church family.
Holy Celebration Team
Using the senses of sight, smell, sound, taste, and touch, the Holy Celebration Team hopes to immerse each worshiper in the beauty and uniqueness of special high holy days and "seasons" of the church year. The Holy Celebrations Team encourages and supports the creation of a sanctuary where all celebrate the transforming presence of God. Come help us prepare this holy ground!
Lay Reader / Eucharistic Minister
St. John's is blessed with a dedicated group of men and women called to read the lessons, psalms, and prayers appointed for the day. Anyone can learn to do this. Training is provided.
Each Sunday, Oblationers carry the cruets and the ciborium from the back of the church to the altar. This is a very easy contribution to the service and requires no time commitment outside the actual service times.
Every Sunday morning we have people available during communion to pray with individuals for any concerns they may have. All that is needed for this ministry is to show up and be willing to pray with others.
Ushers distribute the weekly "Order of Worship" (also known as the bulletin) when people enter the narthex. They also assist with seating for service, as needed. Ushers assist with counting and collecting the offering and in keeping order as the congregation moves toward the Altar for Communion. Ushers assist with the exiting of the church and answer any questions regarding St. John's.
Leaders and helpers are needed during both services to present lessons, songs, and share worship experiences with little ones in the Children's Chapel.
St. John's is blessed with a dedicated group of men and women called to service the chalice during Holy Communion. Anyone can learn to do this, training is provided for those 16 and older.
Stephen Ministers are laypeople -- Christian men and women -- trained to provide one-to-one care to people experiencing a difficult time in life, such as grief, divorce, job loss, chronic or terminal illness, relocation, or separation due to military deployment. Stephen Ministers come from all walks of life. Their commonality? A passion for bringing Christ's love and care to people during a time of need. Participants will learn how to listen to, care for, and walk with those going through difficult times in life. Training will be provided to equip participants with essential caring and relating skills.
A verger is a layperson who serves the church in a ministry of organization, service, and welcome. Vergers work under the direction of their Rector, Vicar, or Priest-in-charge.
We believe in one God, the Father, the Almighty, maker of Heaven and Earth, of all that is seen and unseen.The Nicene Creed