Lectors Scripture plays a vital role in every Episcopal service. Lectors participate in bringing the Word of God to the congregation by reading aloud appointed selections from the Bible and leading prayers, making our Sunday service less clergy-oriented and more participatory than some denominations'.
Chalice Bearers Lay Chalice Bearers are licensed and trained Episcopalians who serve at the altar during Holy Communion. They administer the cup (chalice) of wine after the priest and/or deacon has administered the bread, helping unite us as members of Christ's Body as we receive him in the consecrated elements.
Ushers The ushers of Emmanuel greet people as they enter the church for Mass, make sure everyone has a copy of the service leaflet so they can participate, collect and present your financial offerings that make Emmanuel's work possible, and serve worshipers in other ways as needed.
Acolytes Acolytes are members of our congregation, both adults and youth, who assist in the rituals of the Mass and serve as examples for worshipers. Serving at the altar is a valuable experience for young people in particular. It builds discipline, the ability to pay attention, poise in a public setting, and teamwork.
Altar Guild These behind-the-scenes ministers, organized into weekly teams, have a crucial role in setting up the altar, cleaning up after services, polishing brass and caring for linens. They make the logistics of worship flow smoothly.