Our well-trained corps of acolytes (altar servers) enrich our worship as crucifers, torch bearers and altar assistants. This inter-generational group includes; boys, girls, young adults, men and women and also serves at many special services and observances. Junior Acolytes also have important responsibilities in our weekly children’s Liturgy of the Word.
Our Altar Guild teams devote many hours to preparing for our Eucharist services as well as for funerals, weddings, baptisms and other special events. Volunteers also launder linens, cleanse vessels and participate in the Maundy Thursday cleaning of the Sanctuary. Men and women are welcome to join at any time.
Eucharistic Ministers assist during the Eucharist by administering the chalice to those sharing communion. Confirmed or received members of the Episcopal Church are eligible to become Eucharistic Ministers. At St. Stephen’s, candidates are selected by the Rector and approved by the Vestry. They participate in a training workshop sponsored by the Diocese of Western Massachusetts and are then licensed by the Bishop to serve annually.
Eucharistic Visitors are trained and licensed to take Holy Communion on a regular basis to homebound parishioners. Confirmed or received members of the Episcopal Church are eligible to become Eucharistic Visitors. At St. Stephen’s, Eucharistic Visitors serve under the direction of the Rector and Pastoral Care Leader. Candidates participate in training sponsored by the Diocese of Western Massachusetts and are then licensed by the Bishop to serve annually.
Parishioners of all ages read the lessons and lead the Prayers of the People at most of our services. New Lectors are always welcome (especially for the Saturday 5 p.m. and Sunday 8 a.m. Eucharist services) and receive practical training in reading effectively in public.
Ushers assist those attending Sunday morning and holy day services throughout the year. They assist the physically and hearing disabled, help orient guests, organize the offering and help the Sunday Sexton with the light and sound systems. All women and men are invited to serve on a rotating schedule.