There are many ways that parishioners can serve at the worship services as liturgical assistants and as members of other ministries. Some of these ministries are very old in Anglican origin, and some are quite recent. All of these require periodic training and refresher training. Schedules are sent out quarterly. Please speak to the clergy if you would like to participate in one of these Liturgical Ministries.
Acolytes are a very old ministry in Christian history: acolytes assisted the deacons in their regular duties of visiting shut-ins and prisoners, taking communion to the absent, distributing alms, and generally ministering to those in need. Today, in an analogous role, they are members of the youth groups who process with the choir and clergy and serve in the chancel. They are responsible for assisting the clergy at the Altar in the preparation for the Eucharist and for bearing the torches, acting as lexifers (those who carry the Gospel Book and hold it for the reader) and they also serve as crucifers.
Chalicists serve in the chancel with the clergy and offer the chalice to the congregation during the Eucharist. The most recent of Anglican lay liturgical ministries, adopted with the 1979 Book of Common Prayer, Chalicists are vested, process with the choir and clergy, and must be licensed by the Diocese annually.
Lay Eucharistic Ministers are laypersons who assist the clergy when they take the Eucharist to those in the local nursing homes. This is both a sacramental and pastoral ministry.
Lectors read the Lessons of the day at all Eucharist services: Sundays, Wednesdays, and at services such as Christmas and Easter. This is one of the oldest Anglican liturgical lay ministries. Occasionally they also lead the psalm of the day.
Intercessors are Ministers of worship who offer the Prayers of the People at the celebration of the Holy Eucharist. Parishioners can sign up to be either Lectors and Intercessors or both, and will be scheduled accordingly.
There are several other ways to serve as a volunteer for our Worship services as a member of the Altar Guild, Flower Guild, or as an Usher. These ministries are described on the Worship menu under Volunteer Opportunities. Please speak to the clergy about any of these ministries, or go to the Trinity Yellow Pages on the About Us page for the name of the person to contact.