For Christians, the principal act of participation is the worship of God. For us, this means the celebration of Holy Eucharist, frequently called Holy Communion or The Lord’s Supper. In the Eucharist, we give thanks to God for our creation, preservation, and redemption. Chiefly we give thanks to God for the gift of his Son, our Lord Jesus Christ.
All baptized Christians in good standing with their own faith communities are welcome to receive Holy Communion at St. Simon & St. Jude, and everyone is invited to receive God’s blessing from our priest.
Here are a few of the many opportunities for lay persons to serve [click name for assignment schedule]:
- Acolytes—aid in the worship service from the procession, through the Gospel reading, to the reception of the elements and distribution of collection plates, through the recession; serving from about age 11 up.
- Ushers—manage influx and outflow of parishioners; generate attendance statistics; distribute collection plates; facilitate flow to and from altar for communion.
- Greeters—welcome all who come to our church, guide visitors through the facilities, distribute newcomer materials.
- Lectors and Storytellers—communicate the first and second lessons each Sunday (storytellers memorize their assignments); lead the prayers of the people.
- Chalicers—assist at the altar in the distribution of wine for communion; assist the celebrant as needed.
- Altar & Flower Guilds—behind the scenes prepping the altar to facilitate the Eucharist and preparing flowers for select seasons of the church year.