Lay Church Leadership
One of the things that makes Trinity great is that we have so many talented members who are committed to the life of the church and willing to get involved where they are needed.
Among the most rewarding service opportunities at Trinity are the lay leadership roles that allow you to be intimately involved with our worship services and the daily life of the church:
For more information or to volunteer, contact the church office
Acolytes have been a part of church life for hundreds of years. In fact, acolytes used to be an ordained ministry, just like a priest or a bishop. Acolytes assist the priest in leading the service, and so really they help lead the congregation, too. Trinity has an acolyte corps that ranges in age from 10 to 60+. Acolytes are an integral part of every service and add to the beauty of our liturgy. Training moves the acolyte from the first steps of torch bearing through crucifering and serving the priest during communion.
The Altar Guild prepares the church for worship under the direction of the clergy. The Guild is also responsible for providing and caring for the furnishings and decorations for the altar. Members meet weekly to set the altar for Sunday services, and members of the Guild are present at all worship services. Guild members prepare the church for special music performances, weddings, and funerals, and a Guild committee serve as consultants to clergy and those being married at Trinity to make sure everything on the special day is perfect.
DAUGHTERS OF THE KING
Members of the Daughters of the King are Christian women, both lay and ordained, who are committed to prayer and service. Membership is open to women of any age and at every stage of life. (Some chapters sponsor a Junior Daughters chapter open to girls 7 to 21 who make a promise to pray daily and to serve our Lord Jesus Christ.)
Prospective members go through a three-month period of study and discernment. Then each new member takes lifetime vows to uphold the two Rules of the Order, the Rule of Prayer and the Rule of Service. There are DOK chapters around the world.
A Eucharistic Minister is a lay person licensed by the Bishop to administer the consecrated elements (the Bread and the Wine) of the Holy Eucharist. Eucharistic Ministers may administer the consecrated Bread and Wine at any celebration of Holy Communion in the absence of enough priests or deacons to assist the Presider.
Trinity has six licensed Eucharistic Ministers. Every Sunday one Minister serves at the 8:00 a.m. service and two help with the 10:30 a.m. service. The responsibility of the Eucharistic Minister is to serve wine at the communion and, if the Minister is also an acolyte that day, to serve the priest during the consecration of the elements.
One of the Ministers reads the prayers of the people following the sermon. Eucharistic Ministers may also help out during weddings and funerals.
Lector is the title given to those who read the assigned Scriptures for the day. The Ministry of the Lector is to proclaim the Word of God by reading from both the Old and New Testaments at church services throughout the year.
A Lector may also leads the Prayers of the People. Lectors are scheduled to serve at both Sunday morning services. Lectors do not need to be licensed, and anyone with a love of Scripture and a good speaking voice is an ideal candidate for this role after a short training session.
OFFICE ASSISTANT/SPECIAL PROJECTS
Office Assistance/Special Projects can be a wonderful ministry. Besides offering help with many of the necessary small and large tasks involved in running an office, there is often the chance to get involved in special, one-time projects that will keep your organizational skills sharp, get your creative juices flowing, or make new connections in the parish.
The Gathering is an informal Wednesday evening worship service that draws around 120 people a week, many of them homeless or at risk for homelessness and all in need. Worship is followed by fellowship and a hot meal that is planned, cooked, and served by Trinity volunteers.
Anyone in need is welcomed.
The ministry of the usher is very important. It is a ministry of hospitality - seeing that communicants and guests of the church are taken care of and comfortable, and that the service is a meaningful to them.
Ushers help make sure that entering and exiting the church and moving about during the service is easy and orderly. The ushers also oversee bringing up the Bread and Wine for Communion, and pass and gather the collection plates during the offering, serving the people of God by bringing forth the gifts offered to God for use in the Holy Eucharist and in the work and mission of the Church on their behalf.