If you’ve worshiped with us, you’ll have seen the countless ways parishioners can be involved at St. Paul’s every Sunday morning. Read on for information on these volunteer ministries.
Altar Ministries: These include people who are part of the procession, wear vestments, and serve in the chancel (raised, dais at the front of the church) during worship. The thurifer leads the procession and oversees the use of the thurible (vessel that burns the incense); they may sometimes be accompanied by a boatbearer who carries the vessel that holds the incense). The crucifer carries the cross in the procession while servers carry candles and serve the grape juice chalices during communion. Finally, a Minister of Ceremony oversees worship by preparing the various books of prayers and keeping a watchful eye to assure that the clergy have what they need and that the service proceeds smoothly. Training for all roles is readily available.
Christian Education Team: There are several ways to be involved in Christian Education at St. Paul’s. One is to serve on a rotating team of teen and adult volunteers who lead the Children’s Worship activity during the two principal services on Sunday morning.
Lectors and Intercessors: Members of the congregation who read the lessons and lead the Prayers of the People (intercessory prayers).
Healing Teams: Healing Ministry is central to our life together at St. Paul’s. A large part of Jesus’ ministry and the ministry he passed on to his disciples involved healing of all kinds. Each Sunday the sacrament of anointing and prayers for healing is offered during Holy Communion. Following the ancient healing tradition described in Scripture, our healing teams use special sacramental oil, delicately scented, to make the sign of the Cross in the name of the Trinity on the foreheads of all who come for healing prayer. Consistent with our “open Table” where all are welcome to receive Holy Communion, the sacrament of anointing and prayers for healing is available to anyone who desires healing support for themselves or for others—for physical, emotional and spiritual needs, including healing of relationships, memories, and freedom from addictions, or any other unspoken need.
Hospitality includes the important roles of Ushers, Ministers of Welcome (Greeting Ministry) and Coffee Hour hosts/hostesses.
Worship Team: An advisory team to the Reverend Nicholas Lang, Rector providing input and perspective to various questions related to liturgy.
Training and support are available for all roles.To learn more, or to express your interest in joining a particular ministry, contact Marsha Dunn, Associate for Member Engagement and Parish Administration, at (203) 847-2806.