Have your thoughts been leading you to think you might want to be part of the service?  It's quite possible that the Holy Spirit is nudging you.  However, remember that "Even God can't steer a parked car!"  You need to actually do something if you want to help, but, of course, you already knew that.  You just don't know what to do.


  • Altar Guild
  • Greeter
  • Usher
  • Lay Reader
  • Acolyte
  • Chalice Bearer
  • Prayer Rail
  • Sevice Assistant




Not all of these are immediately open to all people, but there are plenty of roles for anyone to play.  Let's take a look at each of these:

  1. Altar Guild.  Anyone can be part of the Altar Guild.  While traditionally the Altar Guild has consisted of only women, more and more men are finding this a fulfilling role in the church.  The altar guild prepares for the various church services, cleaning and maintaining everything that is used in the service.  Doing this in a manner that brings honor to our Lord requires a great deal of attention and care.  There are several altar guild teams.  If you want to participate you would be assigned to one of the teams or guilds.  These guilds often become a close knit family over time.  To be a part of this ministry either call the office, or speak to the Rector after the service.  There is training provided and new participants will undergo and apprenticeship period.  This ministry can be a great way to be a full partner in the church service, but to not have to do public speaking.
  2. Greeters.  Greeting newcomers is one of the most important acts that a church can perform with guests.  If you enjoy speaking with new people, or if you have the ability to make people feel comfortable please consider becoming part of this important but often overlooked ministry.  Call the church office, and we will tell you how to be a part of this ministry.  There is very little training involved.
  3. Ushers.  The main role for ushers is to collect money during the offering, count the number of communicants for the Rector, and to sometimes provide guidance for participation in communion.  While seldom required any more, sometimes an usher will assist people in being seated.  Call the office if you would like to be an usher.  We always need more.
  4. Lay Reader.  This role is just what it says: a lay person who reads Bible lessons during the service.  At Good Shepherd the Lay Reader does not wear special vestments, is seated with the remainder of the Congregation (or wherever normal seating would be), and reads either the first or second lesson in each service.  Lay Readers normally prepare before the service by reading through each passage several times, and often take time to consult Biblical Reference books to better understand the passage.  A Lay Reader is licensed by the Bishop at the suggestion of the Rector, but it is possible to serve while awaiting a license.  There is not a set of qualifications to be a Lay Reader other than the approval of the Rector.  We never have enough Lay Readers, so if you think you might want to do this, please call the church office.  Becoming a Lay Reader is often the first public step that many make in becoming more active in the church.
  5. Acolytes.  Hey wait a minute, acolytes are much younger.  Well yes they often are, but for many services having an adult acolyte is the only practical way to be assured that there will be an acolyte.  At 8:00 AM, at many special services, and even at 10:00 on occasion we have adult acolytes.  This is a great way to learn more about the service.  If you think you could help do this, contact the office.
  6. Chalice Bearer.  A Chalice Bearer passes the cup of wine during the Holy Communion.  To be a Chalice Bearer you must be approved by the Rector and licensed by the Bishop.  To take on this role draws one very closely into the Communion Service, and this is a rewarding ministry to those who feel called to do it.  Speak to the Rector if you think this ministry is for you.
  7. Prayer Rail.  At the 10:00 service there is a prayer altar for anyone who wants special prayers.  The people at the prayer altar are all lay people.  The minstry is open to all, but approval of the Rector is required to be part of this ministry.  Speak to the Rector if you feel God is calling you to this ministry.
  8. Service Assistant.  The Service Assistant leads most of the Communion Service before the offering.  Service Assistants must be approved by the Rector and licensed by the Bishop.  Because the Service Assistant is such an integral part of the service, the Rector has exerted much influence over the selection process.  If you think this is a role you might like, you should discuss this with the Rector.  The discussions that will certainly follow will determine whether or not this is a ministry for you.

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