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Lay Worship

You, the laity, are essential in worship. Worship is not limited to clergy but involved the community as a whole. There are several laity roles critical to worship. One must be baptized as a requirement for any lay worship role. All lay worship roles require mobility (no walkers) for safety. If interested in a lay worship role please contact the us.

An acolyte is one who assists the clergy in a service. An acolyte sets the tone for the procession and recession,. the reading of the Gospel, and performs other tasks as directed by the celebrant or deacon. Acolytes must be at least 8 years old and have the maturity and presence to carry out duties on the altar with dignity and decorum. 

A torch bearer sets the tone for procession and recession, and the reading of the Gospel, by caring the torches. Children at least 8 years of age and adults are welcome.

The lector serves the liturgical assembly by proclaiming the sacred scripture during the Liturgy of the Word. A lector is also expected to serve as an intercessor, who leads the Prayers of the People. Lectors are expected to prepare for proclaiming the Word (Old Testament, Psalm and Epistle), and have good public speaking skills; project and speak clearly without over dramatization. Be clear and respectful in tone and delivery, and be comfortable reading before the congregation. Intercessors have the same requirements. The lector and intercessor must demonstrate respect for the Liturgy of the Word and the Prayers of the People. One must be at least 14 years of age. 

A lay person who has been licensed to administer the consecrated elements of the eucharist. LEMs often visit those unable to attend the Eucharistic service due to illness, providing them the consecrated elements. They may also be called upon to help administer the eucharist during services at the direction of the celebrant.


The men and women who serve as ushers are the shepherds of the congregation during worship. They greet and welcome as well as provide guidance and direction to regular attendees and those visiting who are encountering Episcopal worship for the first time.

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