Our chalice servers assist our Rector at the altar during communion by offering the cup (the blood of Christ). This honorable ministry - made available to the laity by our Episcopal Church - provides an opportunity to serve our church in a rewarding and humbling manner. All serve on a rotating basis each month. If you are interested in this ministry or have questions about it, please contact Fr. Gordon.
The ushers are dedicated to ensuring the efficient functioning of services and meetings held at the church. Ushers make sure that all things are in place and working. At each service the ushers greet the attendees, distribute programs/bulletins, and provide any assistance needed (seating, audio help, directions to office, etc.). Ushers also take up the collection, ensure a smooth flow during communion, and bringing the elements of wine and bread to the altar. Because ushers are the first line in public relations- the first people whom visitors will meet when attending a service for the first time- the main requirement for ushers/greeters is a welcoming and cheerful attitude. Ushers serve on a rotating basis. See Bill Hillringhouse in the office or speak to Fr. Gordon to volunteer.
Acolytes assist in our worship services by carrying torches, the cross, and occasionally other items in processions, and by assisting at the altar table. Any middle school or high school aged member or adult member is welcome to serve as an acolyte; we will give you the simple training at any time of the year. If you think you might like to be an acolyte, ask any of our acolytes about it or speak to Fr. Gordon.
We have a wonderful music program with opportunities for sharing your musical gifts. It is our goal to develop an understanding within our members of the value and inspiration that music provides in supporting our weekly worship and spiritual unity. We focus on quality and growth to our music program as we implement a wide variety of music from traditional to contemporary praises. The choir meets Thursday nights from 7:30 to 9 for practice and sings at the 10:15 service on Sunday's and at other designated services. For more information, please speak with Truuke Ameigh, Organist & Music Director.
Those who serve as lectors read the lessons and psalms appointed for Sunday services on a rotating basis. Lectors have a strong voice in reading God's word; they aren't afraid to use a microphone and are familiar with the service layout. They need to be somewhat flexible and alert to changes or the need to spontaneously "fill in". The readings for each week are provided in advance to allow the Lectors time to review and prepare. Lectors make themselves available and offer support in reading lessons during special services throughout the church liturgical year, including Christmas and Holy Week services. If you would like to be part of the lector ministry contact Fr. Gordon.
The Altar Guild
The Altar Guild does the behind the scenes work of preparing the church for worship. Altar Guild members care for the altar linens, vestments and paraments (the special garments and hangings we use for worship), Polish the brass and silver, replace the candles, organize the service books, and make sure everything is in place before the service begins. This is a rich and quiet service that many people find enriches their spiritual lives. If you are interested in learning more about the Altar Guild, please contact Debbie Knipe or Cindy Staup.
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The Church of the Transfiguration
Braddock Heights, MD