Liturgical Schedule *
To see this month’s “Participants in Liturgy Schedule,” please click on a link below. This schedule includes ushers, greeters, vergers, acolytes, and readers for each service.
Ushers are often the first people visitors meet. They are responsible for greeting folks as they arrive for service, handing out the service bulletin, providing information about the Church and it’s services, seating people, collecting the alms, directing “traffic flow” during communion, and after services picking up items left in the church and redistributing the Bible, Book of Common Prayer, and Hymnal. All baptized members of the church are eligible. Couples are particularly encouraged to participate, as are families.
Fr. Charles spoke recently about sharing talents. A very special gift which you may wish to share with St Hilary’s would be to volunteer to usher at one of the Christmas services. It is a very special feeling to greet people, especially at the lovely holiday services, and help them find a seat if the church is crowded. Please consider helping at one of the Christmas eve services or Christmas morning. You will probably LOVE it and want to sign up for the regular usher schedule! It is easy and fun, and you get to know everyone! Contact Sue Miller to sign up.
Parish Choir *
The Parish Choir performs weekly at the Sunday morning 10:30 a.m. Rite II service. They rehearse each Thursday evening at 7:00 P.M. and Sunday mornings at 10 a.m. More information about the choir and our music program may be found here.
Altar Guild *
The Altar Guild provides the care and maintenance of the linens and vestments used in the worship services. This group oversees all services in the church, including weddings and funerals, as well as the weekly services. Altar Guild meets in the Conference Room the first Thursday of each month at 10:30 a.m.
Eucharistic Ministers *
These lay ministers have been trained by the rector and licensed by the bishop to assist in the services by reading lessons, leading prayers and administering the chalice during communion. This ministry is open to any confirmed member.
Pastoral Care Team and Eucharistic Visitors *
Eucharistic Visitors take communion to the homes of our parishioners who are unable to attend church. This ministry, is open to any confirmed member, is a vital one in which we share the love of Christ to those who are ill or shut-in.
These lay ministers are responsible for reading the scripture lessons during the services. Any baptized member is eligible. Youth are particularly encouraged to participate.
The word “acolyte” comes from the Greek word “acolytos,” meaning “companion, attendant, or helper.” Acolytes assist the clergy at the altar with a variety of duties, including processing in and out of the service carrying torches, cross, and flag; lighting the altar candles; handing the elements to clergy as they prepare for communion; and any other ways they can help make the altar experience a positive one. This ministry is for both our youth (ages 8 and up) and adults.
Oblation Bearers *
These people bring the gifts of bread, wine and water to the altar during Eucharistic celebrations. Anyone may participate in this ministry.
If you are interested in participating in any liturgical ministry, please contact the church office at 239.936.1000 or fill out our contact form.