Many people find that participating as a lay worship leader deepens their spiritual life. If you would like more information, contact us.Oblationers
Oblationers are individuals and families who, on behalf of the congregation, carry the Communion bread and wine forward to the altar during the Offertory at 9:00 and 11:10 am Sunday Eucharists.
Intercessors are lay people who lead the Prayers of the People at Sunday Eucharists.
Lectors are trained to assist in public worship by reading the lessons and psalms (and sometimes the Prayers of the People) prescribed for the various services.
Lay Readers are trained to lead non-Eucharistic services of worship, such as Morning and Evening Prayer. After a training program lay readers are licensed by the Bishop.
Eucharistic Ministers are trained to assist in serving communion. After a training program, they are licensed by the Bishop.
Eucharistic Visitors are trained to take Holy Communion to those who are hospitalized or homebound. After training, they are licensed by the Bishop.
Acolytes are baptized members of the congregation who assist in the liturgical duties during the services of worship. Acolytes are recruited from the youth of the parish in the seventh to twelfth grades, by the Acolyte Coordinator(s). Acolytes are divided into teams under the direction of a team parent, recruited by the acolyte coordinator. To sign up online, click here
To download the latest acolyte schedule, visit our resources page, found here.
Vergers assist the clergy in the preparation and conduct of public worship, especially in the marshalling of processions, and in the organization of the presentation of the Liturgy. During the services of worship, the Verger coordinates the activities of the participants to insure that the services of worship are properly and smoothly conducted. Vergers are appointed by the Rector and organized into a guild presided over by the Head Verger.
Ushers & Greeters
The ushers at Church of the Good Shepherd participate in a ministry of hospitality. Their primary responsibilities are to assure that those who come to our door feel welcome, to facilitate their participation in the worship, and to serve as ‘hosts’ to the Congregation.
Greeters are ushers who volunteer to serve outside the doors of the church and in the narthex of the church during services of worship to welcome newcomers and visitors on behalf of the parish.