Beginning in the 4th grade, the youth of our parish are invited to participate in our worship in a variety of ways. The involvement of the youth in the liturgy is a blessing to the church, enhances our worship, and is part of what creates a spirit of joy in our Christian life together. Youth may participate as:
Acolyte: These are the students who carry torches, light candles, and assist the clergy at the altar. More senior acolytes also serve as Crucifers, those who carry the cross in procession.
Lector: Lectors read the first passage from the Bible-normally from the Old Testament-from the Lectern on the south side of the church.
Intercessor: this is the person who leads the congregation in the Prayers of the People following the Creed, frequently from the middle of the church.
Videographer/Photographer: Videographers film the 9:00 liturgy from the remote controls in the lower part of the sacristy. This year, we are also asking videographers to be the still photographers for special moments such as baptismal receptions and other such events. As with crucifers, this is normally reserved for older students.
Greeter: Greeters hand out bulletins and welcome parishioners and visitors before the service. On occasion, they also assist in guiding people during communion or assisting in other ways on the Big Days.
Chapel Helpers: This is a new ministry open to 7th and 8th graders, who can assist in the Children's Chapel during the 9:00 service for younger students; Chapel Helpers then proceed to their regular Sunday School classes after Chapel.