Lay Ministries in Worship

Ways to serve during worship.

The Episcopal Church defines “lay ministry” as the many ways the laity of the church live out their baptismal covenant. The laity are the people of the church, those who have been baptized. It generally refers to those who have not been ordained. The ministry of lay persons includes bearing witness to Christ wherever they may be.

Ways to serve at All Saints include preparing the church for worship, and also serving during services.

Due to COVID-19 precautions, opportunities to serve during worship are currently limited. Please contact our Parish Coordinator, Tara Portney, with your volunteer interests. For more information on ministries, please click the boxes below.



The Rev. Mary Bea Sullivan
The Rev. Seth Olson
The Rev. Charles Youngson




  • Acolytes and Crucifers
    8:45 and 11:00 a.m.

    This ministry is composed of children and youth who serve as gospellers, torch bearers (also known as acolytes), crucifers, and adults who serve as Acolyte Masters. These groups serve at the 8:45 and 11:00 services each Sunday. Gospellers and torch bearers are in grades 4th through 8th, and serve approximately once a month. Crucifers are in grades 8th-12th and also are scheduled to serve once a month. Acolyte Masters remind children and youth of their scheduled Sunday to serve, and also help the younger ones when robing before a service.

  • Altar Guild

    Altar guilds are groups of men and women who are called to serve God by preparing and tending to the places where Episcopalians worship. The group prepares the altar for worship at the Eucharist, and for weddings and funerals, and cleans up after each service. Members of the Altar Guild serve on teams, with each team responsible for one Sunday per month.

  • Baptismal Guild

    This group of women and men facilitates the baptism of children and adults at All Saints. Some people are involved in the physical making of the baptismal banners, while others host on the day of baptism itself. We always need people to help out with baptisms.

  • Flower Guild

    Members of the Flower Guild are responsible for creating the altar flowers on Sundays when no one has signed up for a flower memorial. Not only do the flowers add beauty to the church, each designer reads the lectionary readings and – when possible – creates designs that artistically interpret the readings, using home-grown and wild flowers as often as possible. Designers work individually or as a team approximately every six weeks. New designers are always welcome.

  • Flower Memorials

    To contribute the altar flowers as a memorial to loved ones, sign up below. Flower Memorials are $100 and are designed by a local professional florist. They may be designated in honor of, in memory of, or in thanksgiving for someone. Your designated memorial will be included in that week’s bulletin.

  • Lay Eucharistic Ministers (LEM's)

    A Lay Eucharistic Minister (LEM) is a lay person who is trained by clergy and licensed by the bishop to administer the chalice during Holy Communion.

  • Lectors

    A lector is a lay person who is appointed to read the lessons that precede the Gospel, to lead the reading of the psalm, and to lead the Prayers of the People. The role of the lector is among the oldest of the liturgical lay ministries.

  • Ushers

    Ushers have a number of important duties related to the worship service: to hand out service bulletins to arriving parishioners and guests; to assist in the collection of the offering; and to present the elements of bread and wine. All parishioners are welcome to serve as ushers at one of the four weekly services.

  • Wedding Guild

    The Wedding Guild provides the ministry of hospitality to the bride and groom and their families and friends by coordinating preparations for the wedding at All Saints. Guild assistance includes guidance in the selection and placement of altar flowers and other floral arrangements, assisting the clergy at the wedding rehearsal, being available to the bridal party before and during the wedding, and providing refreshments on the wedding day during photo sessions. No outside coordinators or consultants are permitted.