Lay Leadership in Worship



Acolytes serve with dignity and reverence when carrying the Cross or torches in procession, lighting and extinguishing the candles, holding The Book of Gospels, giving the offering plates to the ushers, assisting the celebrant to set up and clean up at the altar, ringing the Sanctus bell during the Eucharist, and anything else the clergy may require of them. Acolytes are scheduled each month on a rotating basis. New teenage or adult Acolytes are always welcome, and training is provided.

Altar Guild

​The mission of the Altar Guild is to work closely with the priest to create a spiritual and reverent setting for the Holy Eucharist. The Guild works behind the scenes by preparing the bread and wine, polishing all sacred vessels, and caring for hangings, linens and vestments. After each service they take care of the consecrated wine and host, cleanse all vessels and see that the sacristy is neat and clean and ready for the next service. No longer a ministry only of women, the Altar Guild also welcomes men who are interested in preparing for sacramental worship. New members are always welcome and we offer on-the-job training.


Flower Guild

The Flower Guild is responsible for the care of the altar flowers, which are recycled and taken to those who are ill or confined. This ministry also decorates the church for Palm Sunday, Easter, Christmas and any other festive occasions. Flowers are paid from donations in the form of memorials. Checks to St. Alfred’s Church, with a note on the memo line “For Flower Ministry,” may be placed in the offering plate or mailed to the church office.


Intercessors read the Prayers of the People at every service. Intercessors do not have to be public speakers, but do need to read clearly so as to be understood. New Intercessors are trained, and scheduled each month on a rotating basis.


Lay Eucharistic Ministers

LEMs are confirmed adult members in good standing who assist in administering Holy Communion as chalice bearers, and otherwise serve at the celebrant’s direction. New Eucharistic Ministers receive training, and are scheduled to serve each month on a rotating basis.


Music is a vital part of worship at St. Alfred’s. Our mission is to proclaim the gospel with the finest possible choral and instrumental music. Our hope is that you will find meaning in the music, whether through participation in a choir, or in the congregation at services, or in the audience at the various concerts we offer.



The ministry of Ushers is one of both welcome and assistance. Ushers convey the first impression of St. Alfred’s to those arriving for worship. They act as greeters and guides at all worship services, take up the Offering, facilitate at Communion, and offer assistance when needed. New teenage and adult Ushers are provided training, and are scheduled each month on a rotating basis.

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