Lay Worship Ministries
Worship in the Episcopal Church is the domain of all, lay and ordained people. There are plenty of opportunities to support our liturgies; training is provided multiple times per year and everyone is welcome.
Working under the leadership of the clergy and vergers, young people age 11 through high school carry the processional cross and the torches, and hold the gospel book for the deacon. As they serve in the liturgy, these young people contribute to the parish in important ways and they learn about the care we bring to the workshop of God. Older acolytes, who demonstrate particular dedication and skill in their work, are selected to serve as vergers, a position of great responsibility in the liturgy.
Contact: The Rev. Chris Miller
Vergers are responsible for overseeing all of the practical aspects of our liturgy. Saint Anne’s vergers are dedicated to making each service run smoothly and efficiently, while preserving an atmosphere of quiet reverence.
Contact: Tom Sims
Lay Readers – Eucharistic Ministers
Lay readers and Eucharistic Ministers assist the clergy during worship services. Lectors read the lessons and prayers appointed for the day. Eucharistic ministers are licensed to administer the chalice and to read lessons and Prayers of the People. In addition, certain Eucharistic ministers are also licensed to carry the reserved sacrament from Sunday communion services to the homebound. EMs offer the invaluable service of bearing the chalices at communion time. This is a sacred ministry and our EMs do it seriously and reverently. Training is offered once a year.
Contact: The Rev. Deacon Chris Lemley
The Altar Guild of Saint Anne’s is composed of four teams with five or six members on each team. The team members share a common interest in and devotion to the setting and cleaning of the altar and sacristy of the church according to the tradition concerning the preparation of the
Contact: Lisle Waits
The Flower Guild is responsible for purchasing and arranging flowers for the Altar for services and other events. Members of the parish may donate flowers in memory of, or in thanksgiving for, a family member or friend. Donors can sign-up for specific Sundays by contacting the parish secretary. After Sunday services, the flowers are delivered (by a separate group of people) to the sick, shut-ins, new parents or those who have had a death in the family.
Ushers and Greeters
Walking into a church service can be a bit daunting. Ushers and Greeters bring grace to that moment. They extend welcome, provide the order of service to help navigate our worship time, they direct and escort to available seats. Ushers collect the offering and assist during communion. They work in teams, volunteering to serve approximately once a month, at one of the morning services.
Contact: Patrick Cobb