Worship Ministry Opportunities

Acolyte Guild

The Acolytes vest (put on white robes), light the candles on the altar, and lead the procession into the church at the beginning of the service. The crucifer carries the cross and assists in preparing the bread and wine. At special services, acolytes carry banners, light extra candles and sometimes serve as thurifer, swinging the censor. At the end of the service, acolytes lead the procession out of the church.

Responsibilities include attending training sessions, being on time (15 minutes before the service begins), participating in the service and arranging for a replacement if you cannot serve when you are scheduled.

When – Sunday mornings at 8:00 and 10:00 worship service and special services when scheduled.

Who – All youth (grades 4 up) and adults are welcome to participate.

Time Involved – Acolytes at 8 a.m. serve monthly and at 10 a.m. they serve approximately every other month and both groups serve for special services. Training sessions are held as needed throughout the year.

Altar Guild

As a member of the Altar Guild, you will be working with your team to prepare the Lord’s Table for Holy Communion. The Altar Guild is also responsible for the care and cleaning of items used with the Eucharist, such as linens, candles, and the altar. Responsibilities include preparation for the service on Saturday, and arriving at least 15 minutes early to prepare for the service, clean up after worship, and preparation for the following week. There are four teams. Each team has specific monthly duties such as caring for linens, silver, nave elements, brass and candles.

When – Sunday mornings at 8:00 and 10:00 services (separate teams for each service).

Who – All adults (16 and older)

Time involved – Teams typically serve once per month on Saturday and Sunday morning, and as needed for Holy Days, weddings, and funerals.

When – Saturday mornings and Sunday mornings at 8:00 and 10:00 worship service and special services when scheduled.


An important part of our worship is listening to the stories of our faith and the wisdom of Holy Scripture. Lectors lead the community in this exercise by reading the lessons appointed for each Sunday during our worship services. Lectors participate in a brief training course and occasional follow-up training will be scheduled as needed. When they are assigned, Lectors are asked to prepare by reading and becoming familiar with their appointed lesson.

When – Sunday mornings at the 8:00 and 10:00 worship services.

Who – All adults who enjoy public reading.

Time involved – Lectors are typically scheduled to read every about every 6 weeks. Please arrive about 10 minutes before the scheduled service to check the lectern and ensure that readings are properly marked.

Lay Eucharistic Ministers

This faithful group serves at the altar as chalice bearers during Holy Communion. Coming forward when it is time to serve the Communion, the Lay Eucharistic Ministers offer the sacrament to each person with the words, “The blood of Christ. The cup of salvation.” Lay Eucharistic Ministers will participate in a training session, and are then licensed by the Bishop for service at the altar.

When – Sunday mornings at 8:00 and 10:00, and special services as assigned.

Who – All are welcome to join.

Time Involved – Lay Eucharistic Ministers typically serve about once each six weeks.

Qualifications – Must be an adult (over the age of 16) confirmed communicant in good standing. A diocesan training course must be completed and individual must be licensed by the Bishop.


Ushers at Grace provide a ministry of hospitality and assistance to all worshipers, giving extra attention and help to visitors or those with special needs. Duties include distributing worship bulletins to those entering the church, collecting the offering, providing attendance counts, and guiding worshipers to communion.

When – Sunday mornings at the 8:00 and 10:00 services

Who – All are welcome to participate.

Time involved – Ushers arrive 20 minutes before the beginning of the service and remain for a few minutes afterward to straighten up. Ushers serve about once every six weeks on Sunday morning. Also, ushers are needed to serve at extra services during the Christmas and Easter holidays and occasionally for special services.

Contact gifts@gracekirkwood.org for more information on serving in a Grace ministry.