It may seem like our liturgy—Sunday worship and special services—just happens.
Not true. It is created through the art and work of many.
Contact any of the clergy if you or your children are interested in serving with these ministries.
Trinity has many ministries and guilds to appeal to parishioners wanting to have a more active involvement at Trinity.
The high number of people involved in the ministries and guilds reflects our commitment to engagement with Trinity and, with respect to those guilds related to our worship and liturgy, reflect the commitment we have to our worship.
Members of St. Stephen’s Guild are Trinity Lectors who read scripture in the liturgy on a rotating basis and participate in retreats to deepen understanding of sacred text. Trinity’s young people and St. Richard’s students read at services at least once per quarter during the school year.
Members of the Acolyte Guild carry cross and candles in procession and serve as altar assistants during communion. Fifty-five Trinity youths in grades 4-12 are acolytes. About nine of them serve each Sunday, and they also serve on feast days and for special services. The acolytes light candles and carry the crosses, banners, gospel book, and candles in processions.
The Chalice Guild offers Chalice bearers who enhance the worship experience of each person by offering the cup of wine to those coming forward for communion. Almost 30 parishioners serve as Lay Eucharistic Ministers, the lay persons who administer the chalice at Eucharist at the 8:00am and 10:15am services.
Child communion ministers in third through seventh grades assist with the distribution of Holy Communion at the 10:15 Sunday liturgy. Training opportunities are scheduled throughout the year.
Altar Guild A volunteer group of close to 20 parish members make up the Altar Guild, a ministry to care for the altar, vestments, vessels, and altar linens of the parish. Altar Guild members prepare the sanctuary for services and clean up afterwards. Altar Guild members also supervise the decoration of the sanctuary with flowers.
Guild of the Holy Cross
Also known as Lay Eucharistic Visitors, members of this guild take Holy Communion to homebound members of the parish on a monthly basis and make “new baby” calls, giving a small book of prayers and a handmade blanket to each new baby in the parish.
Ushers welcome worshippers and assist with the flow of the liturgy. This guild, of which 50 parishioners are members, is responsible for assisting people to the pews, collecting the plate offering, releasing pews for communion, and cleaning up the pews after services, including Sunday services and special services.