To get involved in any of Calvary’s worship and music ministries, contact Ebet Peeples.
Acolyte means “one who serves.” An acolyte assists in worship by carrying a processional cross, lighting candles, holding the Gospel book, carrying candles or “torches,” assisting a deacon or priest set up and clean up at the altar, handing the offering plates to ushers, and many other tasks. Youth (grades 7–12) serve about once every three weeks. Adults serve every 5th Sunday. Participants arrive 20 minutes before the scheduled service. Training sessions are held before or after a service.
The duty of the Altar Guild is to prepare all things necessary to conduct a worship service at Calvary with order and beauty. This quiet, behind-the-scenes work is a true gift to the entire congregation. The Altar Guild at Calvary is divided into teams that rotate each week with each team serving every 4th week. Preparation for a Sunday service takes about 30 minutes before the service and another 30 minutes to clean up after the service. There also are opportunities to serve for special services, including mid-week services, funerals, and weddings.
Eucharistic Ministers (EMs) assist with the Eucharist on Sunday, at special Christmas and Holy Week services, and, occasionally, at weddings and funerals. It is a unique ministry, being involved with the congregation in a very personal way. New Eucharistic Ministers are required to attend a training that lasts approximately 90 minutes. Most EMs are scheduled for two Sunday services every six weeks.
Flower Guild members arrange flowers each week on the altar and adorn the church for major feast days such as Christmas Day and Easter Day. Members are assigned every other month to arrange on either Friday or Saturday. New participants work with another team member until confident enough to work independently.
Lectors help lead worship by reading the appointed lessons for the day or leading the congregation in the prayers of the people (Intercessor). This ministry offers an opportunity to better understand the liturgy and tradition of the Church and often leads to greater knowledge of the scriptures. Training is required, and lectors typically serve once every 10 weeks.
Ushers are the first impression that parishioners and visitors have of Calvary. By their positive and uplifting greeting, they establish a joyous spiritual atmosphere for those entering the nave for worship. Specific duties include collecting, counting, and recording the offering; counting attendance; cleaning up pews after services; and ringing the tower bell. This ministry requires about 1-¾ hours for the 10:30 a.m. worship service once every six weeks and one hour for the 8 a.m. worship service once every three weeks.