Worship is at the core of our parish life. It’s where we gather as the people of God to give Him thanks and praise, to recommit ourselves to His service and to be strengthened to do the work He has given us to do. A long tradition of dedicated lay ministries continues today, providing support for our worship life. Please also see Spiritual Growth to learn more about addition program offerings.
St George’s is within the broad church tradition of the Episcopal church. We use Rite I during Lent and Rite II during the rest of the year.
Music: Music plays a key role in worship and the spiritual life at St. George’s. Together with preaching and sacraments, music binds us together, lifts our spirits, helps us go forth into the world rejoicing, and gives voice to our deepest yearnings. For information about our music ministries see the music tab above.
Acolytes: Acolytes comprise a youth ministry, augmented by adults, which assists the clergy during each of our worship services. Acolyte service is valuable training for young parishioners age 11 and older. See Brian Maves
Alter Guild: The Altar Guild is responsible for the preparation and care of the altar for all liturgies on Sundays and during the week, in both the Church and the Chapel. The guild makes sure that vestments and communion dishes are properly maintained and that we observe the seasons of church year with the proper colors and decorations. See Maryann Fernandez.
Lectors and Chalice Bearers: This group of men and women assist in the worship service by reading scriptures and leading prayers. Some are chalice bearers, licensed yearly by the bishop, to assist in the administration of the Communion wine.
The Diocese of Springfield provides information and training for licensed lay ministries including, Worship Leader, Eucharistic Minister, and Eucharistic Visitor. See the rector.
Ushers: Ushers are the all-important initial contact persons who welcome worshipers prior to the service. They distribute service bulletins, answer questions about the worship service, our facilities, and so forth, and generally make visitors and newcomers feel welcome. They also assist the priest and greeters after church with newcomers and visitors. See Nolan Haefner if you would like to be an usher.