The liturgies at St. John’s require a host of volunteers, who are members of the following guilds. Membership in the guilds is at the invitation of the parish priest. When undertaken faithfully, each duty is indeed a form of worship, allowing those serving to help create an overall environment given over to the greater glory of God.
Acolytes and Chalice Bearers serve at every Eucharist. They carry crosses and torches and in procession, assist the celebrant during the Eucharist, and other Choral services and help set-up and clean-up the chancel before and after each service.
The Lay Readers:
The Lay Readers assist in reading the second lesson at the Eucharist, as well as assisting in the distribution of Communion.
The Altar Guild:
The members of the Altar Guild assist the Clergy by preparing the High Altar, St. Edmund’s Altar and the Lady Chapel Altar for the celebration of the Holy Eucharist. They are also responsible for the proper care and storing of the linen, silver and silks used on these altars.
The Lector Guild:
Lectors read the Lesson (usually from the Old Testament) during the 8 am and 10:15 am services on Sundays and during special weekday services, as well as the Prayers of the People.
The ushers welcome the parishioners and guests at the front doors and help them find what they need in order to prepare themselves for worship; distributing service leaflets, assisting in the seating of the congregation, gathering the offering, and guiding parishioners and guests to and from their pews during the Eucharist.