Our "Rota" (rotating schedule) lists all who serve in scheduled worship support roles for each moth.
The following service opportunities are central to our worship experiences. Interested? Please fill out the form below.
Acolytes are responsible for attending to the altar candles, carrying the cross and torches in procession, and helping the Celebrant at the Eucharist. Young people (5th grade and older) and adults may serve as acolytes. Training is conducted each fall, but can also be scheduled as needed.
The Altar Guild is the “arm of the priest” (like the stage crew). Duties include insuring proper liturgical colors for all vestments and hangings on the pulpit and lectern, preparing the Communion vessels for all services and for the shut-in visitation kits, setting up the altar, and laundering and ironing all linens. There are also special tasks associated with holidays, baptisms, weddings, funerals, and memorial services. At St. Mark’s, members work on teams, each team serving once per month, setting up on Saturday and cleaning up on Sunday.
A/V Technicians are responsible for maintaining a comfortable environment during worship services. This includes monitoring the sound systems, the HVAC controls, and the lighting within the narthex (lobby) and nave (sanctuary). Technicians also ensure that sermons are recorded for the website.
The Flower Guild is responsible for providing the main church and the chapel with flower arrangements throughout the church year, reflecting the liturgical seasons and the lectionary readings. Classes are offered for beginners and as a refresher to experienced arrangers. Each volunteer serves about one Saturday morning a month.
Greeters are a group of friendly, outgoing people who welcome everyone to Sunday services and introduce newcomers to other St. Markers. Greeters direct visitors to classes, connect them with church staff, point out sign-up sheets on the information table, and offer other information as needed. The term of commitment for a greeter is two years.
Lay readers are members of the congregation who read the Old and New Testament lessons at worship services. Candidates audition and attend training sessions and occasional refresher courses. Participation is by invitation of the Rector.
Chalice bearers assist the clergy in leading worship by leading prayers and assisting at the Lord’s Table during Holy Eucharist. Candidates attend training sessions and occasional refresher courses. Participation is by invitation of the Rector.
Each Sunday during the Eucharist at the 9:00 and 10:30 services, a team of two prayer ministers is available to pray with individuals at the prayer desk by the west window. The duties of a prayer minister are to listen, love, and pray for the needs of those who come for prayer. Each team is typically scheduled to serve once a month. Prayer ministers are selected in consultation with the Rector
Ushers greet arriving members or guests, pass out service booklets, and help people find seats. They pass the offering plates, bring up the bread and wine at the Eucharist, and straighten up the pews after the service. Ushers also assist with the microphones.
The verger leads the processional and recessional, directly ahead of the crucifer and/or thurifer. Some of the verger’s duties include:
- assisting the handicapped to and from the Communion rail
- directing clergy to serve Communion to the handicapped in the pew when needed
- offering assistance to parents with young children
- conveying messages or instructions from the clergy to another individual such as the organist, choir director, usher, or AV room attendant
- directing the congregation into the nave prior to the service
With the help of the verger, the service should run smoothly, so that the clergy and congregation can concentrate on the liturgy and prayers.