Worship Ministries

 

Enhance your worship and care for others by participating in our Ministries.  At church or from the comfort of your home, your involvement is important to St. John's.  To learn more about the following Ministries, or to volunteer, please contact the church office at 860.739.2324.

 

St. Hilda’s Altar Guild

Members of St. Hilda’s Altar Guild perform some of the most important services as they prepare the Sanctuary for the celebration of the Holy Eucharist. The Guild cares for the laundering of all the sacred linens used at the altar and vestments worn by the clergy. They are responsible for polishing the brass altar candles, sterling silver chalices and other sacred vessels used in the Eucharist and keep a supply of communion breads and wine in stock. Guild members perform most of their ministry ‘behind the scenes’ but are integral to our common worship life.  The also prepare for special liturgies celebrated for funerals, baptisms weddings and other special services during Holy Week leading up to the Great Festival of Easter. 

 

Chalice Bearers/Chalicists

The ministry of service by those selected as Chalicists is carried out by adult parishioners and young people who have reached the 11th grade in high school. They assist the Celebrant at Communion by administering the Chalice  containing the consecrated wine, the Blood of Christ. Chalicists are invited to serve in this ministry at the discretion of the Rector. Chalicists also serve at funerals, weddings and memorial services and at our weekly Eucharist of Healing.

 

Lectors

Lectors are assigned to read from Hebrew Scripture and the New Testament at  both Eucharists on Sunday, at the various services during Holy Week and at other liturgies.

 

Intercessors

During the Holy Eucharist, usually after the praying of the Nicene Creed, Intercessors lead the congregation in the Prayers of the People using one of the several prayer forms from the Book of Common Prayer selected for that Sunday. 

 

Usher/Greeters

Usher/greeters are responsible for welcoming worshippers on Sunday and at special liturgies throughout the year. They distribute the Service Bulletin as people enter and if necessary, escort people to their pew or assist in locating rest rooms or the parish nursery. During Holy Communion, the ushers direct worshippers as they rise and approach the sanctuary to receive the Sacrament. Before Communion, the ushers take a count of the congregation in order to have the proper amount of communion hosts consecrated during the mass

 

St. John’s Senior Choir

Members of St. John’s Senior Choir rehearse and perform under the direction of Dr. John P. Anthony, our Choirmaster and Organist.  The senior choir rehearses each Thursday evening during the ‘program year’ and take a recess during July and August. John is always ready to welcome interested newcomers into the music ministry of the parish.  Some musical and vocal ability is helpful but beginners are always welcome.

 

St. John’s Treble Choir

Our Treble Choir is open to young children from the time they can read and sing. The Treble choir, directed by Susan Worgul, rehearses weekly on Sunday morning before the 10 am service. The choir sings special anthems and hymns throughout the year and participates in the annual Choir Festival.

 

Acolytes/Altar Servers

At St. John’s, acolytes serve each Sunday at the 10:00 am celebration of Holy Eucharist. Our acolytes serve in a variety of ways. Here’s a list of the various they participate and a brief description.

  1. Crucifer-The Crucifer or Cross Bearer carries the tall processional cross to lead the procession of acolytes, choir members, chalice bearers and clergy as they enter and leave. At the reading of the Holy Gospel, the crucifer leads down into the center aisle where the Priest or Deacon reads the Holy Gospel and then leads them back into the sanctuary.

  2. Torch bearers-Acolytes serving as torch bearers walk beside and slightly behind the Crucifer in procession in and out of Church. Each torch bearer carries a tall, lighted candle during the Gospel procession and stand beside the Gospel Book “lighting the Word of God.”

  3. Altar Servers-Acolytes serving as crucifer or torch bearers on Sunday assist during the Eucharist in a variety of other ways: opening and closing the Communion rail, receiving the Offering Plates at the Offertory, assisting the Priest/Celebrant at the altar.

  4. Gospel Book Bearer-The Gospel Book is carried in procession just before the Priest/Celebrant and is carried in the Gospel procession to the center aisle and holds it while the Celebrant proclaims the Gospel of the day.