Welcoming people to Saint Richard’s is the job of every member in the congregation. But, there are a few special people who are gifted with God’s warm and welcoming spirit! These people are our ushers.
Ushers are among the first to arrive at church and prepare the church for the congregation. They see that the church is in proper condition to receive guests and distribute the Order of Service to the congregation as needed. Ushers also welcome visitors and help them feel comfortable, explaining the Order of Service, the Prayer Book, and the Hymnal to those new to the Episcopal Church.
If you are passionate about welcoming people into God’s church, please contact Aubrie Wade for more information about becoming an usher.
LAY EUCHARISTIC MINISTERS
Lay Eucharistic Ministers and Lectors assist our clergy in worship services by reading the lessons, leading the prayers, and administering the chalice. Some also assist by taking communion to our members who are home-bound, sick, or in nursing homes through our Community of Hope ministry.
To get more information on becoming a Lay Eucharistic Minister, contact our Verger serving Lectors and Lay Eucharistic Ministers, Duke DuTeil.
Our Altar Guild is responsible for most of the behind the scenes work necessary to make worship happen. They not only prepare the articles used for Communion, but also care for the linens, prepare for Baptisms, and clean up after each service. The Altar Guild holds an important place in the heart of the Episcopal Church, as its members are entrusted with the care and preservation of some of the church’s most important and sacred items.
If you’re looking for transforming, important work, join the Altar Guild today! Please contact Joanne Davey for more information.
St. Richard’s Acolyte ministry is critical in helping our worship services run smoothly. They assist the priest in charge of the worship service and enhance the service to help glorify God. The word acolyte is a general term that covers not only servers, torchbearers, and lighters of candles but also crucifers, thurifers, and banner-bearers. Some of the main duties of an acolyte include getting the church ready for worship by lighting the candles, and helping lead the congregation in worship by joining in prayers and singing and kneeling or standing at appropriate times. Age of acolytes include grades 3 through 12.
If you are interested in joining this ministry, please contact our Head Verger and Interim Acolyte Coordinator, Duke DuTeil.