Ministries

All parishioners are welcome to participate in Worship Service at St. Matthew's. There are many rewarding opportunities to get involved either during the service or "behind the scenes". Being a part of these ministries is an important commitment and an opportunity to be an integral part of worship and fellowship at St. Matthew's Church. Join and participate in a rewarding work that focuses on the main existence of our parish, worship! No special prior experience is required, only faith and an interest in these meaningful ministries. All participants receive ongoing training and support and serve on a rotating schedule. Please contact the Parish Office for more information.

Acolytes and Torchbearers The youth of the parish assist in worship services by serving as Acolytes. They begin as Torchbearers and with ongoing training progress into different levels of service. They look forward to an annual retreat to the National Cathedral in Washington DC to participate in the Acolyte Festival.

Altar Guild The Altar Guild is an essential and meaningful ministry; one that serves and beautifies our church for Sunday services and additional special services. Members of the Altar Guild assist the Priest by preparing the Altar and assuring that the necessary items are in place for worship. The Altar Guild is responsible for the care of the linens and vestments, brass, silver, flowers and candles.

Chalice Bearers Chalice Bearers assist with the distribution of the wine or grape juice during Holy Communion.

Choir Why not join the small but talented choir to lead the congregation in music? No experience is necessary. Rehearsals for special services are often held immediately after the Sunday 10:00 a.m. service.

Lay Readers Members of the Lay Reading Ministry read Holy Scriptures during worship. Lay Readers read so that the Word of God can be easily heard and understood. Lay Readers also lead the congregation in reading the Psalms and leading the congregation in the prayers of the People. It is a true honor for Lay Readers to present these readings during worship.

Ushers/Greeters Our Ushers have the important job of welcoming parishioners and visitors, passing out the service bulletins, receiving the offerings, guiding the flow of the congregation to the altar during Eucharist and helping people who need assistance before and after the service.