The Altar Guild prepares the altar, communion vessels and the priests’ vestments for all services, and maintains them between services. They also provide wine and bread for communion. In addition to regular Sunday services, the Altar Guild helps prepare for weddings, funerals, and baptisms, and decorates the Church for holidays and other special occasions.
In Episcopal churches, lay people take active roles in our worship services. At Saint Thomas’, these are:
Lay Readers read the Bible lessons for the day, and, in services without music, they lead the congregation in reciting the psalms and canticles.
Aid in the worship service by joining the Priests and Deacons (ordained clergy) at Holy Communion and administering the Cup.
In addition to clergy, lay members are invited to lead services of Morning and Evening Prayer.
With a warm and gracious spirit, ushers welcome all people to our services in the name of Jesus Christ. They help those needing assistance, whether because of unfamiliarity with the service, or due to infirmity.
Welcome members and visitors with a smile, hug, or handshake as they arrive for worship through the church doors.
For questions about Worship ministries, please contact the Parish Administrator at 713.666.3111 or via firstname.lastname@example.org.