The Acolytes Guild provides a vital ministry for the church and its worship. Young people in Elementary School through High School make up our guild of Acolytes. Acolytes carry the cross and torches in the processions, and assist the priest in the liturgies of the parish. Acolytes serve on a rotation schedule, serving about one or two Sundays each month. Training is required and can be scheduled by contacting Lois Graham, the acolyte coordinator.
A crucial part of our worship together, the Altar Guild prepares the Altar for all the liturgies of the parish, maintains the vessels and special linens used in our celebrations, and prepares the flowers in adorning the church for all the liturgies and special seasonal celebrations throughout the year.
The members of the Altar Guild serve one Sunday a month and work as part of a team. They also meet periodically to discuss seasonal plans for holidays such as Christmas and Easter. No experience is necessary and all ages are welcome to join!
Lay Eucharistic Ministers (Chalice Bearers)
Adults, confirmed into the Episcopal Church, who assist the priest in the Eucharist by serving a chalice during Communion. Chalice bearers serve on a rotation schedule, serving about once a month.
Lectors read the lessons at our Sunday and weekday liturgies. Interested children, youth and adults can speak with the coordinator Jason McMahan about joining this group. Also serving on a rotation, Lectors read the lessons about once a month.
Ushers assist with our Sunday morning as well as all other liturgies by greeting people as they arrive, assisting in seating people on major feast days like Christmas Eve and Easter morning, handing out bulletins, taking up the collection, and recording attendance numbers.
Ushers serve in teams and each team serves one Sunday per month. They arrive generally 15 minutes before each liturgy begins and finish a few minutes after the liturgy concludes. The time commitment is an easy one to make, but the service ushers provide to parishioners, visitors, and new members is tremendous!
All children, youth and adults of St. Barnabas are welcome to serve as ushers. Our teams are always looking for friendly, energetic people to join in this ministry of welcome and service. Interested individuals may contact the coordinator, Mary Eleanor Graul for more information.