Acolyte means one who follows (follows the priest, and in this case, assists). When serving at the altar, acolytes assist the celebrant in the worship of God. Acolytes serve also as torchbearers and crucifers as the altar party processes.
Becoming an Acolyte gives the youth of our parish an opportunity to lend their time and talents at an age appropriate fulfillment of their stewardship to God. Candidates must be willing, sincere, prompt, regular in attendance, alert to instruction, cooperative, and at least eight years old. Acolyte training sessions are provided, however the best training comes from their peers while actively serving at the altar.
Acolytes at our parish wear a white alb with a cincture in the color of the church season or holy day. At their commissioning an Acolyte is presented with a wooden cross on a black cord. Over time, each acolyte progresses through four different colors of cords to which a silver cross is attached. After completion of their fifth year they are presented with a special cross of their own. Each Acolyte is recognized annually on his or her anniversary date.
In all things, the acolyte must be aware that the purpose in assisting at the altar is that God may be glorified.
If you are interested in becoming an acolyte, please speak with our rector Bonnie Brandon, or Pauline Hatt.
The Altar Guild at Saint Andrew's prayerfully prepares and maintains the altar, sanctuary, and Eucharistic vessels, candles, elements, paraments and vestments that are used in all services. If you are interested in joining the Altar Guild, please speak with Marge Cooley.
The Buildings & Grounds committee works to maintain and beautify the parish buildings and grounds. If interested in joining this group please speak with Junior Warden, Roger Walker.
The Daughters of the King is an order for women in the Episcopal church. The Saint Andrew's Chapter was created in 2001. Daughters take a vow to live a life of service, prayer and evangelism in order to serve as an extension of Christ's Kingdom in the world.
The Daughters Chapter at St Andrew's supports the parish through prayer (including prayer chains and individual prayer in the side chapel during the 10am Sunday service) and sponsoring events such as quiet days and field trips.
Please contact Carol Porter-Jurado, chapter president, through the church office with any questions.
Daughters of the King National Website: http://www.dok-national.org/
Our hosts welcome parishioners and visitors alike, both before and after the Holy Eucharist. They offer a friendly smile, a listening ear, and an opportunity for fellowship in the sharing of time. The Hospitality Ministry sponsors coffee hour, where we gather after the 10:00 a.m. service to socialize and enjoy the delicious goodies shared by our hosts. Hospitality ministry is an excellent way to become involved in the parish. If you have not yet participated in this ministry, please consider hosting a Sunday hospitality gathering.
Lay Readers are responsible for reading aloud the weekly lessons at church services. Lay Readers must speak slowly and clearly and be able to project their voices enough that they may be heard by all in attendance.
Lay Eucharistic Ministers (LEMs) are members of the church who have been trained to give consecrated wine during the Celebration of the Holy Eucharist. They are also eligible to take Holy Communion to people who are unable to attend church services.
If you are interested in becoming a lay reader or a LEM, please see the rector, Bonnie Brandon, or phone or email the church office.
On the 3rd Saturday of every month, Saint Andrew's reaches out to our community through our Loaves & Fishes ministry. Loaves & Fishes provides fellowship and a warm meal and to our neighbors in need, and also maintains an area where people may find gently-used items of clothing. This is an excellent volunteer opportunity. Please join us in being of service and loving our neighbors in a tangible way.
10am-11am Volunteers arrive and food is droped off and prepared.
11:30am Our guests are served lunch.
12:30pm-1:30pm Volunteers clean-up.
You may contribute in many ways:
For more information, please contact the church office or just come on out. We'd love to have you join us in this rewarding outreach program.
Parish Council is a group of people who enjoy setting up and decorating for our events. They have a lot of fun getting together and making our events memorable and beautiful. If you are interested in participating in Parish Council, please see Pam Iorio or call or email the church office.