We are grateful at St. Mark’s to have a number of volunteers of all ages to serve in worship and in the every day operations of the church. There are many ways to serve. For more information or to volunteer, use our contact form.
The rota of service is here.
Acolytes are responsible for attending to the altar candles, carrying the cross and torches in procession, and helping the Celebrant at the Eucharist. Young people (5th grade and older) and adults may serve as acolytes. Training is conducted each fall, but can be scheduled at any time by contacting the Acolyte Director, John Bernard.
The Altar Guild is the “arm of the priest” (or perhaps more like the stage crew). Duties include insuring proper liturgical colors for all vestments and hangings on the pulpit and lectern, preparing the Communion vessels for all services and for the shut-in visitation kits, setting up the altar, and laundering and ironing all linens. There are also special tasks associated with holidays, baptisms, weddings, funerals, and memorial services. At St. Mark’s, members work on teams, each team serving once per month, setting up on Saturday and cleaning up on Sunday. For more information, contact Ginny Spring or Ann Evans.
AV technicians are responsible for maintaining a comfortable environment during worship services. This includes monitoring the PA system, the A/C or heating controls, and the lighting within the narthex and nave. Technicians ensure that sermons are recorded and put onto the website. Persons interested in serving in this role should contact John Temple.
The Flower Guild is responsible for providing the main church and the chapel with flower arrangements throughout the church year, reflecting the liturgical seasons and the lectionary readings. Gifts of flowers may be made for special church occasions, as a celebration, or a remembrance. Download this form and return it, completed and with your gift, to the church office.
The guild is open to all who would like to learn about flowers. Classes are offered for beginners and as a refresher to experienced arrangers. Each volunteer serves about one Saturday morning a month. For further information, please contact the church office.
Greeters are a group of friendly, outgoing people who welcome everyone to Sunday services and introduce newcomers to other St. Markers. Greeters direct visitors to classes, connect them with church staff, point out sign-up sheets on the information table, and offer other information as needed. The term of commitment for a greeter is two years. For further information, please contact Gary and Carole Cottingham.
Lay Readers and Chalice Bearers
Lay readers are members of the congregation who read the Old and New Testament lessons at worship services. Participation is by invitation of the rector. Candidates audition and attend training sessions and occasional refresher courses. Chalice bearers assist the clergy in leading worship by leading prayers and assisting at the Lord’s Table during Holy Eucharist. Participation is by invitation of the rector. Candidates attend training sessions and occasional refresher courses.
Each Sunday during the Eucharist at the 9:00 and 10:30 services, a team of two prayer ministers is available to pray with individuals at the prayer desk by the west window. The duties of a prayer minister are to listen, love, and pray for the needs of those who come for prayer. Each team is usually scheduled to serve once a month. Prayer ministers are selected in consultation with the rector. If you are interested in serving, please contact Pastor Claudia.
Ushers greet arriving members or guests, pass out service leaflets, and help people find seats. They pass the offering plates, bring up the bread and wine at the Eucharist, and straighten up the pews after the service. Ushers also assist with the microphones. Persons interested in serving in this role should contact Head Usher Bill Spring.
The verger leads the processional and recessional, directly ahead of the crucifer and/or thurifer. Some of the verger’s duties include:
- assisting the handicapped to and from the Communion rail
- directing clergy to serve Communion to the handicapped in the pew when needed
- offering assistance to parents with young children
- conveying messages or instructions from the clergy to another individual such as the organist, choir director, usher, or AV room attendant
- directing the congregation into the nave prior to the service
With the help of the verger, the service should run smoothly, so that the clergy and congregation can concentrate on the liturgy and prayers. At present all verger positions are full; however, if you are interested in becoming a verger, please contact the church office.
Garden Guild members donate time and talent to beautify and maintain the church and rectory grounds and plantings. The grounds include lawn, trees, trees, shrubs, a rose garden, and both annual and perennial flower beds. The guild works throughout the year, clearing and planting in the spring, maintaining the lawn and plants in the summer, and raking and pruning in the fall. We also coordinate spring and fall workdays in which all St. Markers are invited to work an hour or two at a job they might enjoy. The guild welcomes and encourages new members at any time; contact chair Mike Kelly.
St. Mark’s welcomes people who like to make copies, stuff envelopes, work on our bulletin, or do a number of office duties. All that’s needed is some free time, a cheerful attitude, and a desire to serve. Contact Marla Taylor.
Responsibilities of the Property Commission include maintenance of the physical plant (the church, chapel, rectory) and the grounds, landscaping, and parking lot. The commission is also responsible for security and safety, and monitors the use of all facilities by staff, congregation, and outside community services. We meet the first Monday of every month from 7:30–9:00 pm. All are welcome to attend; anyone interested in serving should contact John Bernard or John Temple.