The Ascension has a wide range of worship services where we gather to worship and praise God. These services vary from traditional to more contemporary. We need various forms of assistance at these services. Below you will find a few of the areas where you can help.
Acolytes are young people and adults who have a supportive role in the service. Acolytes assist in worship by carrying the processional cross, lighting and extinguishing the candles, carrying the Gospel book and assisting in the collection of alms and the presentation of the bread and wine during the Eucharist.
Contact: Bailey, Stacia
Volunteers Needed: Not at this time
The Altar Guild prepares the altar and church for regular services, holy days, and the great festivals of the church such as Christmas and Easter. Preparations for weddings, funerals, and baptisms are also the responsibility of the guild. The Guild cares for the linens, communion silver, liturgical hangings, candles, and brass vases which are used in the various services. This is a sacred and important responsibility and ministry in the church.
Chalice Bearers are a small group of parishioners licensed by the Bishop to assist the clergy in the distribution of the wine during Holy Eucharist.
Children's Church is held during the 10:15 a.m. service on Sunday for ages Kindergarten through 6th Grade. This will be a special worship time for them. The children will follow the second Crucifer during the processional hymn to the Children's Chapel on the first floor and return during the announcements to receive Holy Communion with their families.
The choir is an integral part of our worship at Ascension. This group of dedicated individuals join together to make a joyful noise to the Lord (and help the rest of us). Parishioners who can either read music or love to sing are invited to lead the congregation in the hymns appointed for the service, as well as performing anthems on special occasions.
Lay Eucharistic Ministers (LEMS) are anctioned by the Bishop to deliver Communion to those unable to participate in our corporate worship due to illness or infirmity. this is an important "inreach" ministry for those in our parish family who are sick or shut in and cannot make it to church. It brings the Holy Eucharist celebrated by our faith community to this person and it brings the fellowship and support of our parish family.
Parishioners who read the Scripture lessons appointed for the worship that day. This is for anyone who enjoys articulating the Word.
Our ushers greet and welcome each person as they arrive for worship, seat according to preference, and provide for any special needs during the service. Ushers also assist in the collection of the offering. This is the frontline ministry for radical hospitality-making people feel welcome and at home!
Contact: Turner, Walter
Volunteers Needed: Yes
The Office of Verger dates back to the Middle Ages when the Verger was the "Protector of the Procession." He led the Procession into the Church or Cathedral, clearing the way for the Procession and protecting it from vagabonds and animals that tried to attack it. Today, in many parishes and cathedrals you will see a Verger ceremonially leading the Procession. The Verger wears a gown and carries a Virge (staff of Office) to help clear the way, and point the way for the procession.
Contact: Norris, Richard
Volunteers Needed: Yes
The Worship Committee overseas the operation and needs of weekly worship services and special worship services. The committee meets quarterly to discuss our current opportunities for worship and to look for new ways to praise and glorify God.
- Sunday: 8:00 am – Holy Eucharist, Rite I; 10:15 am – Holy Eucharist, Rite II.
- First Sunday of Every Month: 7:30 pm -Compline - chanted (with music).
- Third Sunday of Every Month: 5:00 pm - Evening Eucharist (chancel-informal-come as you are)
- Monday-Friday: 8:00 am - Morning Prayer (chapel).
- Tuesday: 8:00 am - Choral Morning Prayer (chancel).
- Wednesday: 6:00 pm - Holy Eucharist, Rite II (chapel).