Liturgy is literally “the work of the people,” and it takes a number of people to make our worship each Sunday.
Youth in grade 4 and up serve as acolytes each Sunday at the 10:30 a.m. service. Acolytes lead the processions into and out of the church, carrying a processional cross, torches, and flags. Training and ongoing mentoring are provided, and a highlight of the year for many acolytes is the spring Diocesan Acolyte Festival at St. Andrew’s-by-the-Sea in Nags Head. Contact Ray Harris at firstname.lastname@example.org or 919-738-4857.
Members of the Altar Guild prepare the altar for the Eucharist and any additional services, setting out the vessels and linens, the bread, wine, and water. They keep the silver and brass polished and the candles ready to light. We have five teams, and each one takes a week, so we all serve once a month, for the entire year. New members are always welcome. Contact Susan Brown at Susan.P.Brown@nccourts.org.
Music is an important part of our worship at St. Stephen’s and is led by Marshall Foster, our organist and choirmaster. The Adult Choir regularly sings at the 10:30 am. service between Labor Day and Memorial Day, and at other times such as Christmas Eve, Ash Wednesday, and Maundy Thursday. Choir rehearsal is Wednesday evenings from 7–8:30 p.m. For more information, contact Marshall Foster, email@example.com or 919-722-9167.
Children age three and up are invited to join one of our children’s choirs, led by Rebecca Barnes. The youngest children are in the Cherub Choir; they learn basics about rhythm and singing together and sing occasionally at the 10:30 a.m. service. Children in first and second grade sing in the Junior Choir; older children and youth sing in the Schola Nova choir. The Junior & Schola Nova Choirs also sing together occasionally at the 10:30 a. m. service. The children’s choirs rehearse on Sunday nights. Contact Rebecca Barnes at firstname.lastname@example.org or 919-920-6848. The schedule is:
• Cherub Choir (Ages 3–K) 5–5:30 p.m.
• Junior & Schola Nova Choirs (1st grade and up, no age limit) 5:30– 6 p.m.
Eucharistic Ministers assist with the administration of the Eucharist, usually by bearing a chalice. They also help lead the service by reading lessons and by leading the Prayers of the People. Eucharistic Ministers must be confirmed members of the parish, age 16 and older, and licensed by the bishop. Contact Ray Harris at email@example.com.
Eucharistic Visitors take the Eucharist to parishioners who are unable to attend worship. They are called forward during a Eucharist and the congregation joins in a prayer sending them out. Eucharistic Visitors must be confirmed members of the parish, age 16 and older, and licensed by the bishop.
Contact Bob Cagle at firstname.lastname@example.org or 919-920-9169.
Lectors and Intercessors – Lectors help lead our worship by reading the assigned lessons from the Bible and by leading the congregation in praying the psalm. Intercessors lead the Prayers of the People. The only requirement is the ability to read public; youth are welcome to participate in this ministry. Training and mentoring is provided. Contact Ray Harris @ email@example.com or 919-738-4857.
Ushers serve at both Sunday services by greeting and welcoming worshippers, distributing worship bulletins, providing a count of the number in the congregation, and helping with the offertory. This ministry is open to all; children are welcome to help a participating parent. Contact Mike Saylors @ firstname.lastname@example.org or 919-222-9119.