Below are descriptions of the many opportunities to participate in worship at Grace Church.
A ministry serving on Sunday mornings at 10:30 am. Acolytes assist in the worship by carrying a processional cross, lighting candles, holding the Gospel book, holding candles or “torches”, and many other tasks as seen fit by the priest or acolyte warden. Acolytes commonly wear a Cassock and Cotta or an Alb with girdle. A girdle is usually a twisted rope with knots on the ends which is secured round the waist. It may be white or of the liturgical color. They also wear crosses. The guild is open to both boys and girls who are in grades 6 and up.
The Grace Adult Choir rehearses on Wednesdays from 6 – 7 p.m. Members gather to rehearse at 9:15 a.m. on Sunday morning and sing at the 10:30 a.m. Service. In addition to traditional hymns a special Anthem is selected for each Sunday.
Altar Guild is responsible for the care and preparation of the altars, linens, brass, silver, and candles. Currently we have about 25 active members. The Altar Guild operates with a team of three members who are on duty for a week at a time. Each week’s team prepares for the Sunday services (8:00 and 10:30 a.m.), weekday services (Wednesday at 5:30 p.m.), special feast day services (these teams usually have up to six members), and any baptisms, weddings or funerals that occur during that week. Each team tries to work around its members’ work schedules or other commitments. We realize everyone leads busy lives, so we do try to be flexible. Also, new members work with experienced members to learn what to do and how to do it. We try to utilize everyone’s abilities and talents to accomplish the duties of the Altar Guild.
The Children’s choir meets on Wednesday afternoons from 5 – 6 p.m. and sings for seasonal and special services throughout the church year such as Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve, Easter, Youth Sunday, and for the Bishop’s visit.
Children’s Worship Bags
Children’s Worship Bags are available for young children to have meaningful activities during church service. The bags contain a book, crayons and a coloring sheet, activity sheets specific to the lesson, and a toy.
The Eucharistic Minister is a lay person who assists the priest in administering the sacraments of Holy Communion, the consecrated bread and wine. EM’s participate in the Sunday and Wednesday Eucharist and usually vest in an Alb. Training is provided by the Rector.
This ministry arranges flowers for the altar each week. Members create the floral arrangements and are reimbursed for the cost of the flowers. No experience is necessary!
Home Communion & Eucharist Visits
This is a function over which the Rector is provisionally presiding, although a member of laity is required for these important responsibilities, which include the bringing of the Sacrament of Communion to those members of the Grace, Camden family who are home-bound or in situations of long-term hospitalization. The Rector will try to accompany the Eucharistic Visitors once a quarter on their visits to the parishioners receiving this ministry.
Lectors are lay persons who participate in the Eucharist by reading the appointed Bible verses and lead the Psalm readings. They do not vest. Training is provided.
The memorial Garden provides an appropriate and consecrated place for the interment of cremations of Grace church members and their families. Applications are available in the church office.
Oblation Bearers bring the offerings of bread and wine (the oblations) from the Narthex to the altar during the Eucharist. They represent the congregation as they provide the elements needed for communion. Oblation Bearers are scheduled to help out on Sunday mornings at the 10:30 a.m. Eucharist. At least two people are needed at each service. Some families enjoy being able to serve together. Individuals are encouraged to sign up as well.
Ushers & Greeters
These teams of dedicated ushers greet parishioners, guests, and visitors, pass out bulletins with the order of worship for that service and give directions to various church locations & activities. They assist in the service, seating latecomers and leading the congregation to the altar during communion.
We welcome visitors to Grace Church, incorporating and mentoring all members into a full engagement in our shared life, through meaningful opportunities for worship, service, and prayer.