Episcopal liturgy is NOT “done” by clergy alone, in fact it is not suppose to be “done” by just clergy at all – Liturgy is the work of the people. All baptised persons are ministers of the church, just as our Baptismal Covenant reminds us; serving in Liturgies is something anyone and everyone can do.
Church signage is great, but a real person is better. A smile will open almost any conversation and a Greeter does just that. Pointing someone in the correct direction, or just saying hi! are all extremely important. You might be called to this ministry if you are an extrovert, love meeting new people, have empathy with folks who are new to the Episcopal way; or remember what it was like to walk into a new space and how nice it was to receive a smile – Baptismal Covenant “Proclaim by Word and example!”
Being an usher is awesome. You get to hang out in the Narthex (look it up), walk around during the service, count people, help people, collect money, be a part of the campus safety team and live out your Baptismal Covenant by “seeking and serving Christ in ALL persons!” You might be called to this ministry if you like order, enjoy counting, enjoy physical activity and are the strong silent type.
Parking around our campus is getting more and more difficult, but we have places for every type of vehicle. All kinds of weather – you are on the front line of hospitality, safety and Grace. Newcomers, elders, those with infants; everyone needs your assistance – and not just at C+E. If you enjoy a good puzzle, you are writing your thesis on Tesseract, would prefer to be outside more than inside or you like to wear orange vests this ministry is for you – Baptismal Covenant “Proclaim by Word and example! “
Director of all things Holy and our first line of safety and security. Not a job to be taken by the faint of heart. Mentor and teacher to old and young alike. This Ministry is discerned over time, so watch out where the Holy Spirit might take you
We have adult acolytes and youth acolytes. There are lots of subdivisions in acolyting, but let’s start with a general overview – Revelation 7:9 Acolyte serve the liturgical needs of those worshipping. They lead processions, light candles, help the Deacon proclaim the Gospel and set the table, and generally make everything Holy. Baptismal Covenant – “Continue in the apostles teaching and the breaking of Bread”
Carry the cross in procession