Each week, over thirty parishioners, excluding the choir, volunteer in support of our two Sunday services. We welcome all ages to get involved. If you are interested in participating in or volunteering for any of the below activities, please contact the parish office at 410-745-9076, or firstname.lastname@example.org
Acolytes at Christ Church assist liturgical worship as cross, torch and Gospel Book-bearers in procession, as servers to the celebrant, and as general assistants throughout the liturgy. Any responsible young person at least 9 years old can become an acolyte. Adults are also welcome to become members. Acolytes are typically scheduled to serve for funerals and holy days, such as Christmas and Easter. Volunteers are always welcome.
St. Mary’s Altar Guild
Members of the Altar Guild prepare all of the elements required for the Sunday Eucharist and other special services. Altar Guild members are organized into several teams with each team taking a turn approximately every five weeks. Sunday set up is usually done on Saturday mornings. Orientation is provided for new members who are always welcome.
The Christ Church Choir sings every Sunday at the 10:15 a. m. service from Labor Day to Memorial Day. Weeknight rehearsals are Wednesday evenings from 7:00 p. m. to 8:30 p. m. in the Music Room on the second floor of the Parish House unless otherwise noted. There is a half-hour warm up and rehearsal in the Church beginning 45 minutes before the scheduled service time. In addition to Sunday services, the Choir sings at services on Christmas Eve, Ash Wednesday, and Maundy Thursday. The Choir also participates in the Christmas in St. Michaels choral event. Due to COVID, our Chancel Choir has been suspended and will resume when it is deemed safe to do so.
Eucharistic Ministers—once called Chalice Bearers or Chalicists—assist the clergy in administering communion during the service of Holy Eucharist on Sunday mornings. Eucharistic Ministers are licensed by the bishop and vest (wear a simple robe called a cassock alb) for the service. Training and orientation are provided to volunteers as needed. Youth age 14 and older are welcome to participate. Due to COVID, we are celebrating eucharist one-kind (bread only). Our Eucharistic Ministers will resume administering the cup when it is deemed safe to do so.
The Flower Guild is responsible for flower arrangement for the main altar at Christ Church, working in teams of two on a repeating five-week schedule. Flowers are chosen in keeping with the church season, and reflect the colors and needs of each Sunday.
We are blessed to have a devoted and caring group of parishioners who listen and seek God’s wisdom to provide comfort and prayer to those visiting the healing altar on Sunday mornings during communion. Due to COVID, we are celebrating eucharist one-kind (bread only). Our Healing Altar has been suspended and will resume when it is deemed safe to do so.
As part of our regular Sunday worship, parishioners, including youth, read the appointed lessons from the Hebrew Scriptures, the Epistles, and the Prayers of the People. Training is available, and readers are provided copies of the texts in advance.
A primary focus of ushers is to make parishioners and newcomers feel welcome in our church. In order to greet those attending a service, ushers are asked to stand by the two entrances into the sanctuary, distribute service bulletins, identify newcomers in order to introduce them to vestry members or clergy, and invite newcomers to join church members at Lemonade on the Lawn or Coffee in the Parish House. During the service, ushers are to count parishioners and guests, bring the bread and wine forward to the altar at the Offertory, gather and present the collection, and coordinate the row by row release of those who wish to receive Communion. New ushers receive a written description of responsibilities and are paired with experienced volunteers until they are comfortable. Usher schedules are determined quarterly and take into account individual preferences. Any parishioner, including youth, interested in serving as an usher is welcome.