Christ Church offers many opportunities for lay (non-clerical) people to be part of the worship service. Speak to our clergy for guidance in providing these services.
Christ Church ushers are the first to greet parishioners and visitors. They answer questions, distribute bulletins, assist with seating, gather the collection and deliver it to the altar, assist the flow of communicants, compile a count of attendees and communicants, and pick up stray bulletins and return books to the racks after parishioners depart.
Members of the altar guild care for the altar and its appointments, and prepare them for Sunday services, weddings, and funerals. They also take care of the chapel and additional decorating of the sanctuary and narthex for major celebrations at Christmas and Easter.
Acolyte, Crucifer, Thurifer
Acolytes and the crucifer are primarily middle and high school aged youth who are trained to assist the priest during the service and to lead processions carrying the torches and cross. The thurifer is an acolyte who carries a thurible, a metal censer suspended from chains, in which incense is burned.
Lectors read the Old Testament (first) lesson at Sunday services. Readers can specify the service or services they prefer, and are scheduled usually once every two or three months.
Lay readers are trained and licensed to administer the consecrated wine during Holy Communion. They also lead the psalm, read the Epistle (second lesson), and lead The Prayers of the People during the service.
Lay Eucharistic Minister
Lay Eucharistic Ministers are trained and licensed by the Bishop to take the consecrated Holy Communion and administer it to parishioners who are homebound or in the hospital.