Assisting in Worship
There are many different ministries that assist in our worship services at Christ Church Anglican. Below is a short explanation of each with information. Contact our Parish Life Administrator, Katie Beaumont, to join in their ministries!
Lay Eucharistic Ministers serve in worship services with the priests and deacons, particularly during the celebration of communion. They lead the prayers of the people, serve the chalice (wine) during communion, read scripture, and other duties that may be needed. Lay Eucharist Ministers serve once or twice each month and undergo training and licensing before assuming the role.
The reading of the Old Testament and New Testament lessons from scripture is offered by Lectors, who each read once per quarter. Those who speak clearly and have a desire to thoughtfully present the readings are well-suited to this ministry. Lectors are given training on speaking, using the microphone, and in the mechanics of getting up to the lectern from the pews in the nave.
Jesus said, “Let the children come to me, and do not hinder them, for to such belongs the kingdom of God.” We love our children, and we believe they are a vital part of our worshipping community. Little Church is meant to form our children in our liturgical way of worship. We sing together, hear the Scriptures, profess the Apostle’s Creed, pray for each other, confess our sins to each other, and exchange the peace of the Lord. These common practices are meant to draw a child’s heart towards devotion of their Good Shepherd, Jesus. There are two types of volunteers who can serve for Little Church; the Homilist and the Liturgist. The Homilist bases their short lesson from the “Jesus Story Book Bible” with an emphasis on how Jesus’ love connects to us. The Liturgist pastorally leads the children into the wonder of worship through the various prayers and actions within our worship. We typically close Little Church with illustrative coloring sheets that communicate Scripture through art.
Our Music Ministry is comprised of five choral and instrumental ensembles for participants 1st grade through adult. The ensembles’ primary service is to lead music in our corporate worship while offering their musical talents to the Lord.
Ushers welcome worshippers to our services and help all feel at home by greeting them, handing out bulletins, and providing directions. They also pass the collection plates during the offertory and direct communicants to the altar for communion. Ushers serve on teams which rotate throughout the year.