The purpose of the Altar Guild is to serve God in God’s house by preparing the altar for all services and for all occasions (weddings, funerals, and baptisms) including polishing and maintaining the brass and silver, cleansing and ironing the linens and vestments, setting out the wine and the bread, preparing the candles and purchasing/arranging flowers and special decorations. Members of the Altar Guild perform a silent or hidden ministry to our Parish so that we may worship and glorify Christ.
The Altar Guild is a ministry of faithful people who work closely with the Rector and serve with reverence, devotion, and attention to detail and often possess qualities of tact, composure, tolerance and adaptability. A rotating schedule assigns members to serve once or maybe twice a month, usually about an hour on Saturday and a few minutes after service on Sunday. There are extra duties during the Christmas season, Lent/Easter seasons and for special occasions.
Membership in the Altar Guild is open to anyone in the church who is willing to be trained in the proper procedure and wishes to serve the Lord in this quiet, but meaningful way. The work of the altar guild is rewarding and interesting. If you would like to join us and participate in this very special ministry, please contact our Parish Administrator firstname.lastname@example.org
If you would like to donate flowers for the altar on Sundays, simply let us know. Payment may be made by cash or check (please note on check “altar flowers”) and can be mailed to the church, given to one of the office staff or placed in the collection plate on Sundays.
If you would like to make a donation towards the purchase and upkeep of linens, candles, hosts, wine, and brass/silver items, cash or check is acceptable (please note on check “altar donation”) and can be mailed to the church, given to one of the office staff, or placed in the collection plate on Sundays. When making donations online at our website, please indicate “Atar Guild” or “Altar Flowers” in the Special Fundraising section.
A Prayer for Altar Guild Members
Grant we beseech you,
That we may handle these Holy things with reverence,
And perform our work with such
Faithfulness and devotion
That it may rise with acceptance
Before you and obtain your blessing;
Through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen