Acolytes grow spiritually in the church by actively assisting in the worship of God during the Sunday services and at other special services. Acolytes perform a variety of duties, including carrying the cross in procession (Crucifer), carrying the torches (Torch Bearer) and carrying banners on occasion (Banner Bearer).They also assist the celebrant in preparing the Altar for the Eucharist (Server/Clergy Crucifer). All youth from middle school through high school age are encouraged to serve as acolytes. Acolytes are trained by the Master of Ceremonies and serve about once every four or five weeks.
Each week the beautiful flowers adorning the altar in the church are given in memory of departed family members or in honor of friends or family members who are living. Many choose to give flowers in recognition or thanksgiving for some special occasion in their life. Depending on the vases used, these flowers can be given for either $75 or $100. After Sunday morning, these flowers are moved to the chapel for our daily services throughout the week. Another opportunity to honor a loved one is to donate the Aumbry Candle. The Aumbry candle burns continuously, signifying the sacramental presence of Christ in the church. The Aumbry candle can be given in someone's honor or memory for $20. To make gift in memory or in honor of someone you love, please call 767-6987 for available dates.
Contact: Teresa Boone(tboone [at] holycommunion [dot] org)
The Altar Guild is open to all parishioners and includes a cross section of the parish. Each of the 60 members is assigned to a team which has responsibility one week a month for preparing the altar, vestments, and communion vessels for all worship services that week. The services include weddings, funerals and baptisms, as well as Holy Eucharist. New members are welcome anytime of the year. Contact the Altar Guild director for an orientation if you think this is a ministry you will enjoy.
Contact: Milton Rogers(amhrogers [at] hotmail [dot] com) and Sarah Doyle(sarah.doyle3181 [at] hotmail [dot] com)
Festival Decorating Committee
This group plans, procures, and arranges special altar and chancel decorations for Thanksgiving, Christmas, Palm Sunday, Easter, and Pentecost. Financial donations in memory of or in honor of individuals for the special Christmas and Easter decorations are acknowledged in the service bulletin.
Contact: Vance Lewis(vancelewis [at] bellsouth [dot] net)
Lectors, Eucharistic Ministers & Eucharistic Visitors
During each celebration of the Holy Eucharist, lay persons are very involved, especially at various roles around the altar. These roles include the ministry of Lector, Eucharistic Minister, and Eucharistic Visitor. A Lector sits in the congregation and comes to the lectern during worship to read the first scripture lesson of the day. A Eucharistic Minister serves in a few different ways: Intercessor (wears white vestment, sits in the chancel, reads the second scripture lesson of the day, leads Prayers of the People, serves a chalice), Chalice or Bread Bearer (wears white vestment, sits in the chancel, administers the Wine or Bread) and Subdeacon (represents the laity as a visible presence at the during the Eucharistic Prayer, assists the clergy). A Eucharistic Visitor takes Holy Communion after corporate worship to the sick and shut-in who are unable to attend worship. All members are encouraged to consider serving in roles associated with worship or in other ways that are rewarding.
An usher is often the first person to welcome a guest who comes to worship at CHC on Sunday – and our one opportunity to make a good first impression. If you would like to share your time and talent we would welcome your participation in this important ministry. Please fill out a pew card to note your desire to become an usher.
Contact: Tom Cowens(tomc6h0 [at] bellsouth [dot] net)