Worship ministries

Choir

The choir regularly rehearses on Sunday morning at 9:20 for warm-up and preparation for that day’s worship and at 11:15 for full rehearsal for succeeding services.  We look forward to welcoming you to the choir. The only requirement is that you like to sing and have a joyous commitment to working to enhance our service of worship through music. If you like to sing, you need not be concerned that you can’t “read” music or don’t have a “solo” voice. Just come–the rest is my job! All I need is your voice. Oh, yes, and bring a good sense of humor–along with our hard work, we have fun, too! We just want you to come! Contact person: Organist/Choirmaster Joyce Crofts organist@holytrinitydiolex.org

Altar Guild

Altar Guild members work behind the scenes to assure the smooth flow of any service at Holy Trinity.  Whether the service is 10:00 on a Sunday morning or out on the lawn at the Blessing of the Animals, it is our duty to have it ready.  To quote the diocesan manual, “The Altar Guild’s work is most successful when it is least noticed”.  As participants in this ministry of the care of sacred spaces we do most of our work in the prayerful quiet of those spaces and are not noticed in ways that other ministries are.  It is very rewarding and can easily be performed by people who work inside or outside their home.  Teams serve on a monthly rotation so duties are not too much on any one member. Contact person: Nancy Anderson ncanderson2014@gmail.com.

Acolytes

Acolytes are members of our congregation, both adults and youth  who feel called to play a leadership role in our worship service. They serve as examples for worshippers, leaders of the congregation during the service, and assistants for the clergy and lay ministers. Acolytes participate in all phases of the rites and ceremonies at the Church of the Holy Trinity. The Ministry gives our youth an opportunity to assume a leadership position in the Parish, learn our traditions, and to actively participate in its services in a very unique and memorable way.

A acolyte accepts the work as a sacred duty, and participation reflects willingness to work under direction. An acolyte is a person that accepts direction and guidance from the Clergy and other acolyte coordinators. All relationships with fellow acolytes are to be Christian; using tact, composure and tolerance while exercising this ministry, and any negative personal feelings are left outside the Church when conducting this ministry.  Contact person: Nancy Leonard nancy7oaks@gmail.com.

Lectors & Intercessors

The Lector Ministry has as it’s mission to bring the word of God to the congregation by reading aloud the scriptures from the Bible. As prescribed by the Episcopal Edition of the Revised Common Lectionary, we read the assigned scriptures for that Sunday. “The Revised Common Lectionary was developed out of a concern for the unity of the Church and a desire for a common experience of Scripture. It is intended as a harmonization of the many different denominational approaches to the three-year lectionary.” In other words, all Episcopal congregations are reading the same lessons each Sunday.  In addition, several other Christian faiths also use the readings from the Revised Common Lectionary–the RCL is an instrument of unity for many Christians.

The usual format is that the Lector reads scripture from the Old Testament, then pauses while the Psalm is sung by the choir and congregation and then reads from the New Testament.  This ministry is open to all baptized Christians.  Contact person: Nancy Leonard nancy7oaks@gmail.com.

Eucharistic Ministers

Eucharistic Ministers (EMs) help serve the wine during Communion.  Diocesan Canons require that EMs be confirmed in the Episcopal Church and licensed through the diocese.  EMs are trained by our priest.  She/He will hold periodic educational sessions for EMs and Eucharistic Visitors.  Contact person:  Nancy Leonard nancy7oaks@gmail.com.

 Eucharistic Visitors

Eucharistic Visitors (EVs) take Communion to the sick and shut-in immediately after the Sunday service.  EVs are licensed through the diocese.  The Clergy will hold periodic educational sessions for EVs. Contact person: Nancy Leonard nancy7oaks@gmail.com.

Ushers

Ushers serve at all Sunday and major services.  Handing out service leaflets, helping people find seating, and passing the alms basins are some of their duties.  Contact person: Nancy Leonard nancy7oaks@gmail.com