The various Worship Service Ministries are vital and necessary parts of each worship service at Incarnation. In most cases, there is a training and/or orientation period, in which parishioners who wish to serve in these capacities learn about the importance of each role and work with experienced members to learn the responsibilities of each role.

Lectors

Also known as a Reader, a Lector is a lay person trained in reading scripture who is appointed by the clergy person in charge of the congregation to read lessons or lead the prayers of the people. The term is from the Latin “to read.” There is no license required for this lay ministry.

Chalice Bearers

Chalice Bearers serve the consecrated wine at church services when Holy Communion is served. They sometimes serve the Bread during the Communion if one of the clergy is not available. They may also volunteer to provide Home Communion to parishioners who are unable to attend services.

Acolytes

In the contemporary Episcopal church, “acolyte” is a general term which covers not only servers, torchbearers, and lighters of candles but also crucifers, thurifers, and banner-bearers. Their history in the church dates back to as early as 252 AD.