Acolytes grow spiritually in the church by actively assisting in the worship of God during the Sunday services and at other special services. Acolytes perform a variety of duties, including carrying the cross in procession (crucifer), carrying the torches (torch bearer) and carrying banners on occasion (banner bearer). They also assist the celebrant in preparing the altar for the Eucharist (server/clergy crucifer). All youth from middle school through high school are encouraged to serve as acolytes. Acolytes are trained by the master of ceremonies and serve about once every four or five weeks.
Each week, the beautiful flowers at the altar are given in memory of departed family members or in honor of friends or family members. Many choose to give flowers in recognition or thanksgiving for some special occasion in their life. The flowers can be given for $125. After Sunday morning, the bouquets are moved to the chapel for our daily services throughout the week or re-arranged for people on the pastoral care list. To give flowers, please contact Anna Rojas.
Another opportunity to honor a loved one is to donate the Aumbry candle. It burns continuously, signifying the sacramental presence of Christ in the church. The Aumbry candle can be given in someone's honor or memory for $20. To make gift in memory or in honor of someone, please call 767-6987 for available dates.
The Altar Guild is open to all parishioners and includes a cross-section of the parish. Each of the 60 members is assigned to a team that has responsibility once a month for preparing the altar, vestments and communion vessels for all worship services that week. The services include weddings, funerals and baptisms, as well as Holy Eucharist. New members are welcome any time of the year. Contact Altar Guild directors, Milton Rogers or Sarah Doyle, for an orientation.
Festival Decorating Committee
This group plans, procures and arranges special altar and chancel decorations for Thanksgiving, Christmas, Palm Sunday and Easter. Donations given in memory of or in honor of individuals for Christmas/Easter music and flowers are acknowledged in the service bulletin. Contact: Vance Lewis
Lectors, Eucharistic Ministers & Eucharistic Visitors
During each celebration of the Holy Eucharist, laypersons are involved in various roles around the altar. The roles include lector, eucharistic minister and eucharistic visitor. A lector sits in the congregation and comes to the lectern during worship to read the first scripture lesson of the day. A eucharistic minister serves in a few different ways: as intercessor (wears white vestment, sits in the chancel, reads the second scripture lesson, leads Prayers of the People, serves as chalice- or bread-bearer (wears white vestment, sits in the chancel, administers the wine or bread) and subdeacon (represents the laity as a visible presence during the eucharistic prayer, assists the clergy). A eucharistic visitor takes Holy Communion after corporate worship to those to ill or too weak to attend worship.
An usher is often the first person to welcome a guest at CHC on Sunday – and is our opportunity to make a good impression. We welcome your participation in this important ministry. Please fill out a pew card to note your desire to become an usher. Contact: Andy Malmo