Acolytes assist in worship by carrying the crosses, lighting candles, carrying the Gospel book, carrying torches, assisting with the setup and clean up at the altar, swinging the censer or thurible, handling the offering plates, and performing any other tasks as seen fit by the priests.
The Evangelism Ministry includes two primary areas of responsibility:
- The Greeters at the 8:00 a.m. and 10:30 a.m. Sunday services
- The Newcomers Class, which organizes and meets seasonally.
Eucharistic Ministers include both chalice bearers who assist in distributing the wine at Eucharist, and Lectors, who read Holy Scripture and lead the Prayers of the People at services.
The Lay Pastoral Ministry is HTP’s way to keep in touch with those members who have a pastoral need. Each week, volunteers send cards, visit, call, and deliver flowers or meals. Sometimes the occasions are happy (new baby), sad (a family death), difficult (illness or surgery), and sometimes, it’s just a social call.
A Word to Those Grieving from a Recent Death
The death of a beloved friend or family member is always hard but as we approach winter and the holiday season that grief can feel especially difficult. If mourning is your companion right now, here are a few things at Holy Trinity you might consider.
At Sunday Coffee Hours, weekly volunteers serve fair-trade coffee, doughnuts, and light snacks after Sunday morning services.
The Flower Guild prepares arrangements for the Nave and Chapel, as well as for funerals, weddings, and other services.
The Altar Guild prepares the church for all of the services, polished the altar silver and brass, launders the altar linens, and orders supplies for worship.
Vergers at Holy Trinity serve at all worship services held in the Nave including Sunday Eucharists, funerals, and special services. They work closely with clergy, acolytes, altar guild members, and ushers to help make the service a worshipful experience for the congregation.
Interpreters for members of the congregation who are deaf are regularly scheduled for the 10:30 a.m. Sunday services and for other services and events upon request. Interpreters have been provided for DOK meetings, Epiphany, Ash Wednesday, Good Friday, Easter Vigil, Christmas services, English teas, ordinations, funerals, forums and discussion groups.