Support for Saturday Evenings, and Sunday & Wednesday Mornings
AcolytesAcolytes 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.
Altar GuildThe 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.
A/VAV 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.
Flower GuildThe 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. Make a dedication online or 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.
GreetersGreeters 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 BearersLay 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.
Prayer MinistersEach 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 the office.
Prodigal CafeFamilies, individuals, and groups of friends are invited to volunteer on a rotating schedule as bakers and hosts during our time of fellowship on Sunday mornings. It’s a lovely way to meet and chat with your fellow St. Markers, and you don’t have to miss worship! Choose a date and task on the Prodigal Cafe signup sheet.
UshersUshers 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.
VergersThe 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