Master of Ceremonies (MC)
The MC is the lay coordinator for Sunday morning worship, making sure that all those who are scheduled to serve are present and properly prepared, and verifying that replacements are present when necessary. MCs are asked to be familiar with all of the liturgical ministries and their knowledge allows us to provide meaningful worship for our members on Sunday mornings.
The Altar Guild has the privilege of preparing the altar for any service held in the church, and assisting the clergy whenever necessary. The members are responsible for cleaning the altars, caring for the sacred vessels, and securing the necessary articles to be used at any service. As you are called to serve our Lord, and possess the qualities of a servant, you may find the Altar Guild to be a place where you can serve and grow spiritually.
The office of reader, or lector, is among the oldest of liturgical lay ministries. Lay Readers at St. Andrew’s are dedicated members who serve during worship by reading lessons, psalms, and, in the absence of a deacon, the Prayers of the People. Training is available upon request throughout the school-year and brush-up/new training to the group as a whole once a year.
The ushers strive to keep the routine so the flow of worship moves smoothly for all those in attendance. Our goal is to assist in providing an atmosphere conducive to prayerful worship with as little distraction as possible. Training is done on job with new volunteer ushers being paired with experienced ushers for their first service.
The reverent distribution of the Body and Blood of Christ is always foremost in the minds of those who serve St. Andrew's as Chalice Bearers. Specific training is provided for any new Chalice Bearers, as well as on-going reviews of the way distribution is done.
Acolytes participate in our service in many ways. They carry the processional cross, light altar candles, hold the Gospel book and assist with altar maintenance and other duties as requested by priests or acolyte wardens. We will always welcome the presence of new acolytes, aged 10 and up.
The Greeter Ministry is a wonderful ministry. The first person people see when they come to church on Sunday are the greeters. The greeters need to be at church 30 minutes before the service and check in with the MC then greet people at the front door. If there is a new person or visitor, they need to be directed to a Vestry Host who will give them further information about St. Andrews. The greeters need to leave during the last hymn to hold the door and wish the people a good day or week, etc. as they leave. Being a greeter is a great way to meet new people and say hello to old friends.