Worship Leaders

Each member of the congregation helps to celebrate the Eucharist on Sunday. However, there are some who give of their time and talents to help lead the worship service. These are our Acolytes, Altar Guild, Chalice Bearers, Greeters, Healing Team, Intercessors, Lay Eucharistic Visitors, Lectors and Ushers. Together with our congregation and clergy, the worship leaders help to enact meaningful worship that leads people closer to God.

Acolytes
Altar Guild
Chalice Bearers
Greeters
Healing Team
Intercessors
Lay Eucharistic Visitors
Lectors
Ushers

Acolytes

Acolytes are adults and youth who assist in the service by acting as torch bearers, banner bearers, and bearers of the processional cross. They also light the candles before the service, hold the Gospel book during the reading of the Gospel, and help prepare the altar for communion. Acolytes help lead worship and are a vital (and fun) ministry at St. Bart’s.
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Altar Guild

The Altar Guild consists of approximately 24 women who serve in four rotating teams to prepare the altar for services. This includes arranging the flowers, monitoring the supplies, cleaning the silver and otherwise caring for all the accouterments to worship at St. Bart’s. They also oversee the greening of the church for Christmas, and Palms for Palm Sunday, as well as a deep cleaning of the sacristy and altar area three times a year.
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Chalice Bearers

Our Chalice Bearers assist the clergy at Communion by distributing wine. Chalice Bearers generally serve at one or two services a month. They are licensed by the Bishop to distribute communion and help lead worship by example from the front of the church.
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Greeters

Greeters welcome people as they enter the church. Whether you are a founding member of the parish, or visiting for the first time, greeters offer a warm smile and friendly welcome as people come to worship. Greeters serve about once a month.
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Healing Team

During communion at the 10 a.m. service the healing team is available in the south transept for the laying on of hands and prayer. Many of these teams are drawn from our Prayer Chain and are happy to hear what you want to share, and then add their prayers to yours. Prayers are confidential; we invite you to initiate any follow-up.
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Intercessors

Each Sunday an Intercessor leads the Prayers of the People. At the 8 a.m. service this function is filled by a member of the clergy. At 10 a.m. the intercessor is a member of the congregation, lifting up the corporate prayers of the community.
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Lay Eucharistic Visitors

Our teams of Lay Eucharistic Visitors take communion directly from our worship services to those who are unable to attend services. Members of our Lay Eucharistic Visitors team are clergy approved and trained, and licensed by the bishop.
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Lectors

Lectors read lessons from the Old and New Testaments during services on Sunday and on special occasions. Hearing the Scriptures aloud on Sunday is an important part of the liturgy. In fact, the first half of the service is called the Liturgy of the Word. Our lectors help us all to go deeper into the lessons.
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Ushers

Ushers have a variety of important jobs. They hand out bulletins at the start of the service, and then later count the attendance. At the Offertory they ensure that the bread and wine are presented to the altar and pass out the collection plates. After the Offertory, they then bring the people’s offering to the altar.
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