Liturgy is literally “the work of the people,” and it takes a number of people to make our worship each Sunday.
Acolytes – Youth in grade 4 and up serve as acolytes at the later Sunday Eucharist. 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 Diocesan Acolyte Festival at St. Andrew’s-by-the-Sea in Nags Head each spring. Contact Ray Harris @email@example.com or 919-738-4857.
Altar Guild – 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. Members serve on a team for a month usually twice during the year. New members are always welcome. Contact Sally Pope @firstname.lastname@example.org or 919-222-8743.
Choirs – St. Stephen’s has choirs both for adults and children and youth.
Eucharistic Ministers – 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.
Eucharistic Visitors – 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.
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 – 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.