There are many opportunities for lay participation in worship. Don’t let the names worry you. They define both what the ministry is and the limits of what it is or is not.
Acolytes assist with several jobs. The Crucifer carries the Processional Cross and is responsible for lighting and extinguishing the Altar candles. The Torch Bearers carry the Processional Torches. The Gospel Book Bearer carries the Gospel Book.
Ushers help people get seated, count the number present (so the celebrant knows how many people to expect for Communion), bring up the bread and wine, collect the offering, and direct traffic during Communion. The job is easier with several people sharing the work.
Lectors read the first two lessons, usually one from the Old Testament and one from Hebrew scripture and one from Christian scripture.
Intercessors lead the congregation in the Prayers of the People.
Lay Eucharistic Ministers are licensed to help distribute communion. This usually means serving as Chalice Bearer, bringing the wine to the rail behind the Celebrant.
Eucharistic Visitors are licensed to bring Communion directly from a primary worship service Sunday morning to homebound, hospitalized, or otherwise prevented from attended services. It is one way to include our sick and shut-in in the Eucharist.
Licensed Worship Leaders are specially trained and licensed to lead a service of public worship. At St. Patrick’s this usually means leading Morning Prayer the weekend of Diocesan Council and Evening Prayer or Stations of the Cross during Lent. Other opportunities do occasionally arise.
If you are interested in participating in any of these ministries, please contact the church office or talk with our senior Verger, Danny Meaders, after the service on Sunday.
The Wolfe Trust
The Wolfe Trust provides funding to assistWolfe Trust fund goes to help with utilities, rental assistance, and other needs in our community
Prayer Shawl Ministry
This group meets monthly at the church office to knit and crochet prayer shawls for persons who are shut-ins, ill or in need of support. Some participants are also working on items to donate for children. You do not have to know how to knit or crochet to become part of this ministry – beginners are welcome. If you would like to try this out please contact the church office.
Great sites on Knitting Ministries
For Prayer Shawls – http://www.shawlministry.com/
Long Beach Food Pantry
The Long Beach Food Pantry has reopened on Johnson Road in the Industrial Park in Long Beach. We support this community ministry (sponsored by First Baptist Church in Long Beach) by a monthly offering collected on the 1st Sunday of each month.
Each year St. Patrick’s adopts a number of families to assist at Christmas time. A list of gifts desired, as well as clothing sizes and basic needs, are posted at Sunday services. Members of the Parish contribute money, clothing, and gifts. Call the church office if you have any questions.