Acolytes are important lay ministers in the Episcopal Church. Together with the clergy, choir, lay Eucharistic ministers and lay readers, you are leaders of the liturgy. More specifically, the responsibilities of an acolyte include leading or being a part of the entrance and exiting processions, assisting with the offertory, helping to prepare the table for the celebration of the Eucharist, and in general, preparing the church for worship.
Your role as a worship leader helps to create the right space and mood for worship. You are visible leaders and, as such, can help other people to follow along with the service. Through your assistance during communion and throughout the service you help create the liturgy. The congregation depends on you and appreciates your special ministry. As importantly, acolyting is fun! Being an acolyte is both a big responsibility and a joyous experience.
At St. Chrysostom’s, acolyting is a ministry that is especially suitable for young people in our Journey to Adulthood program. As you begin to transition from childhood to manhood or womanhood, the church asks you to take on new and greater responsibilities in the life of the congregation and parish community.
If you are interested in serving as an acolyte, please speak with Rev. Danielle Thompson or Rev. Larry Green to arrange a training.