LAY EUCHARISTIC MINISTER


Lay person licensed by the bishop to administer the consecrated elements of the eucharist. Lay eucharistic ministers may be licensed to administer the consecrated bread and wine at any celebration of the eucharist in the absence of a sufficient number of priests and deacons to assist the celebrant. They may also be licensed to go from a Sunday eucharist or other principal celebrations of the eucharist to share the sacrament with members of the congregation who were unable to be present at the celebration because of illness or infirmity. Lay eucharistic ministers may be licensed for either or both ministries. This ministry is understood to be an extraordinary ministry, and is not to take the place of the ministry of priests and deacons concerning the administration of the eucharist. Prior to the current lay ministry canons, specially licensed lay readers administered the chalice at the eucharist and were known as "chalice bearers."

If interested in this ministry, see Father Wayne.

LECTOR

A lay person trained in reading scripture who is appointed by the clergy person in charge of the congregation to read lessons or lead the prayers of the people. The term is from the Latin, "to read." There is no license required for this lay ministry. A lector may also be known as a reader. Lay persons served as readers in the early church. However, by the third century this ministry was performed by those ordained to the minor order of lector (reader). The minor orders became steps leading to ordination to the priesthood. The reading of the gospel at the eucharist was the responsibility of the deacon by the fourth century. The lector read from the ambo (lectern) in the basilicas of the fourth and fifth century. Minor orders were not continued in Anglicanism.

If interested in this ministry, see Father Wayne.

ACOLYTE

In contemporary Anglicanism, a general term which covers not only servers, torchbearers, and lighters of candles but also crucifers, thurifers, and banner-bearers. Acolytes are mentioned as a minor order (along with porters, lectors, and exorcists) as early as a letter of Pope Cornelius to Fabius of Antioch in 252. They were also mentioned in Cyprian's writings. They assisted deacons or subdeacons at the preparation of the table. Later they carried candles in processions. In Rome they carried fragments of the bread consecrated at the papal Mass to other churches. In the late middle ages, when candles began to appear upon altars, they lighted the altar candles. Eventually lay servers or sacristans performed duties earlier associated with acolytes, and the order of acolyte was normally conferred upon a candidate for priesthood in the course of his training. The minor orders were not perpetuated in Anglicanism. Some of the duties earlier performed by persons in the minor order of acolyte were taken over by lay clerks. In the later nineteenth century the clerks were suppressed and their duties were largely taken over by lay "acolytes" and sacristans or altar guilds. 

If interested in this ministry, see Father Wayne.


 

USHER/GREETER

Ushers are often the first people seen by newcomers, visitors, and even regular parishioners when coming to church.  People enjoy being greeted by a smile.  Ushers welcome parishioners and visitors, distribute bulletins, and ensure that the worship service runs smoothly.  Ushers provide directions and answer questions for newcomers as needed, collect the congregation’s offering, and bear the alms to the altar. Ushers also maintain an attendance record for parochial reports


If interested in this ministry, see Father Wayne.

ALTAR GUILD


The work of preparing and caring for the Altar is one of the highest privileges that a person can have in their Church life.  The Altar is the most sacred part of the Church, before which gather the Priest and the people to offer to God love, praise, adoration, thanksgiving, and petitions in a great act of corporate worship together.  God comes to our hearts and lives in a very special way at the Altar and in the service of Holy Communion, and so to prepare God’s Holy Table for this great service is one of the highest honors. Work around the Altar should as far as possible be done in silence; all discussion or questions can be made in the Sacristy.

 

We are always open to new members. Please contact our Altar Guild director, Lynne Distefano or any Altar Guild member.

ST MICHAEL'S ECW


The meetings of St. Michael's ECW consist of an opening prayer, a meditation and short discussion, then on to business portion of the meeting. The ECW helps in contributing to a variety of outreach projects, as well as  in-house service at St. Michaels. For more information on how you can get involved, please contact the ECW president, Dana Homer  or a member of the

 

ECW.

Mission Statement:  The St. Michael's ECW is an intergenerational community of  women seeking spiritual wholeness and personal development.  Together we strive to help each other become the women God called us to be.

 

MISSION COUNCIL

The Mission Council is an elective church body composed of the vicar and a group of elected members administering the temporal affairs of St. Michaels.  Elections are usually held in January at the Annual Meeting. 
 

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