Each Sunday, a variety of lay leaders serve God and the community through their participation as volunteer (lay) teachers, ushers, chalice bearers, choir members, flower guild, and various other functions that serve the life and functioning of the church. As God has given every believer a gift for ministry, we seek at St. Matthias to have each member serve in one or more Sunday Ministry roles. Below is a list of these ministries along with a basic description. To learn more about involvement, we encourage you to ask about the Discovering St. Matthias newcomers course.
(Click on ministry titles for more information, including customaries and substitute lists; each box is scrollable)
Scheduling for Sunday Ministries
Sunday Ministries are scheduled two or more months at a time. Currently, Terry Newton coordinates scheduling via email, working with the Parish Administrator.
Click here for the current Sunday Ministry Schedule.
If serving, thank you for your ministry. If you are unable to serve as scheduled, please find a substitute and let our Administrator, Micky, know who will serve by Wednesday prior to the Sunday.
Acolytes help support congregational worship by carrying the cross, carrying and holding the book containing the Gospel readings, and assisting the priest in setting the table (altar) for Holy Communion. This ministry, for which special training is given, is usually provided by the children and youth at St. Matthias.
The acolyte ministry customary is here. For Acolyte Substitute List, contact the office for password.
Members of the Altar Guild prepare the altar (e.g., hangings and linens, chalice, books used in leading the service) for our Sunday and special liturgies. At St. Matthias, both women and men actively serve in this vital behind-the-scenes ministry.
This ministry is for those adults who are called to vest and literally serve at the altar rail to administer the wine from the chalice during communion. Chalice bearers normally process along with the priest and acolytes, sitting near the altar ready to respond to any special needs during worship.
The music director works with the Rector to choose all the music (primarily hymns from the Hymnal) used during Sunday and special worship services, instructs and supports the organist, and directs the church choir. The congregation is encouraged to sing during many parts of the service; the choir routinely sings during the offertory and communion. There is always room for more singers, young and old, regardless of range.
After the Sunday service, quiet service is provided by counters, working in teams of two, to count and record all collected monies for bank deposit.
For each Sunday (except during Lent,) a member of the Flower Guild, having coordinated with the Administrator as to special giver desires and needs, provides and arranges flowers or other suitable arrangements in front of the altar. For certain special services, e.g., Christmas and Easter, larger arrangements of appropriate flowers or plants are displayed to complement the season.
Lay Eucharistic Ministers
A small group of trained and licensed (by the Bishop) Lay Eucharistic Ministers take the communion elements (as an extension of the Eucharistic service) to members of the parish family who are unable to attend church services, e.g., hospitalized, prolonged illness at home.
Lectors (Lay Readers)
Members of the parish who would like to read the scriptures during Sunday worship and on other occasions are given special training. Each week, one of the Lectors also serves as an Intercessor, helping lead the Prayers of the People during the service.
In a very important "first impression" role, an Usher welcomes each family as they enter the church, providing them a service bulletin and ensuring they are given any help in finding a seat. During the service, the Usher will: count all participants, handle the collection plates (and basket of Tri-Lakes Cares Food Bank items,) and ensure lighting and temperatures are kept at appropriate levels.