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The ushers are often the first impression that people receive of Christ & Grace Church. They try to maintain a warm atmosphere of welcome and orderliness within the church during worship services. Ushers welcome and seat worshippers, collect the offering and direct the flow of parishioners during worship services.
Serving as a lay reader and chalice bearer is a uniquely rewarding ministry that is open to the men and women of Christ & Grace Church. They read scriptures at Sunday services, bear the chalice, lead the Creed and Prayers of the People, and some deliver Holy Eucharist to those who are sick or homebound. A two-part training session that includes church history and serving instructions is required before participating in this ministry. Lay readers and chalice bearers are licensed by the Bishop for three years.
Our acolytes are volunteers who help carry out the liturgy of the worship service. Our worship services are enhanced by their assistance in lighting candles; carrying the cross, torches, and flags; presenting the alms basins; and serving our priest as needed in the preparation at the altar.
The Altar Guild takes charge of vesting the altar for services and has the responsibility of preparing and caring for the flowers on the altar, polishing the brass and silver and laundering the altar linens. All of these duties are divided into specific tasks and then assigned to member teams which serve on a rotating basis. The Altar Guild is currently seeking new members.