Sunday Service Volunteers
Enhance your Sunday morning worship experience by volunteering to be a lay worship leader during our worship services. It is a rewarding way to meet new people or to view worship in a different way. Each Sunday volunteers greet members, usher members and guests to their seats, read scripture, and light candles as an acolyte. It doesn't take much time but they are very important tasks. There will be a separate sign-up form for each volunteer activity; please sign up for as many as you can.
Communion Servers: The Sacrament of Communion is generally celebrated the first Sunday of every month, as well as special services such as Good Friday and Easter Sunday. At St. Pauls, we practice both Pew Communion, when the congregation is served the bread and wine in their pews, as well as Altar Communion when congregants approach the Communion Table down the center aisle and return by the side aisles. Eight to ten servers are required to serve Pew Communion (up to 30 servers are required on Easter Sunday); two servers are required to assist the pastors serving Altar Communion. Communion servers receive check-in instructions prior to each Communion Sunday. Sign up here to volunteer for a service or two.
Scripture Readers: From September through June, one reader is needed for the early service (9:30 AM) and one for the late service (11:00 AM). During July and August, one scripture reader is needed for the 10:00 AM service. You will get an email the week you are signed up to read from the pastor who is preaching. This email will include the scripture passage with an introduction. We ask that you arrive at church 20 minutes before the service on the Sunday you're reading and check in with Kevin O'Brien, our Lay Liturgical Administrator, upon arrival. Sign up here for as many Sundays as you are available to read. (Check back this fall for a new sign-up form that includes both Sunday services.)
Ushers: Ushers are stationed at each entrance to the sanctuary to hand out bulletins, help worshippers find seating, and be available to answer any questions or provide assistance when needed. In addition, our ushers collect the offering and bring our gifts to our acolytes who present them to the altar. Ushers should check in with our Head Usher upon arrival. Sign up here to usher.
Greeters: On nice days, greeters stand outside and welcome members and guests to our worship services. Otherwise they stand inside the entrance doors and direct worshippers. Greeters should check in with our Head Greeter or Head Usher when they arrive.
Acolytes: Including children and youth in worship leadership is a long-standing commitment at St. Pauls. Acolytes have the special responsibility of leading the pastors to the Chancel during the Processional and lighting the candles on the altar. During the Offertory, they receive the offering plates and present our gifts to the altar. Children in 4th - 9th grade are welcome to join the Acolyte Guild. They earn points to grow from Apprentice to Master Acolyte positions. Only Master Acolytes may serve as Special Service Acolytes. Sign up here as many times as you can to serve this year.