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Worship Teams

Sunday morning services at Grace are made possible by a diverse team of volunteers: some read scriptures, some offer healing prayers, while others greet visitors or prepare the elements for the Holy Eucharist.

New volunteers are always welcome to join a worship team. Below you will find a brief description of these teams and their contact person.

Acolytes - Young people (grades five through high school) and adults take part in Sunday worship through tasks such as lighting the candles, carrying the crucifix, and assisting with Holy Eucharist. Teams are set up to serve the same Sunday every month (1st, 2nd, 3rd, or 4th) with volunteers signing up to serve in months with a 5th Sunday. Contact: Matthew Pollock

Altar Guild - St. Margaret's Altar Guild is a service guild devoted to the care of altar vessels, utensils, vestments, flowers, and other pieces essential to worship at Grace. Guild members sign up to serve with a team of three to four people, choosing the dates they are available to serve. Teams usually meet on Saturday mornings to prepare for Sunday worship. Contact: Lynn Felhofer

Healing Prayer Team - Members of the Healing Prayer Team are available every Sunday in the chapel during 10 a.m. communion to offer prayers for those who request them. Two people each Sunday sign up to serve. Contact: The Rev. Margaret Irwin or Kara Pagano.

Usher's Guild - Ushers play an important role in greeting incoming parishioners and visitors to the 10 a.m. Sunday services. They hand out bulletins, take up the collection, direct communicants to the altar rail during the Eucharist, and keep a general lookout for anyone who might need assistance. Ushers are scheduled on teams of four which rotate throughout the year. Contact: Jon Augspurger

Service Ministers - Service Ministers volunteer to assist with four different aspects of worship:

  • Lectors - two readers are assigned for the 10 a.m. service, one for each scripture reading
  • Eucharistic Ministers - three people are assigned each week to assist with the Holy Eucharist
  • Prayers of the People - one person is assigned to lift up the morning's responsive prayers
  • Tellers - two volunteers who count the offering after the 10 a.m. service
  • Service Ministers are scheduled through the church office using an online Doodle survey. Ministers receive the survey at the end of every month, selecting the dates they would be available to serve. The Volunteer Coordinator uses the survey results to put together what is called a rota, a schedule which outlines all the worship teams in a monthly glance. As with all volunteers, the process is a flexible one with substitutes on deck to serve in case of schedules change.

    While a majority of our service ministers serve at the 10 a.m. service, the 8 a.m. service also requires one person to serve as acolyte/lector/Eucharistic minister.

    Contact: Andrew Boland

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