In addition to the Priest, the Organist and Choirmaster, and the Choir, a large cast of characters is involved in planning and executing regular worship and special liturgical events. Some of them work mostly behind the scenes, before and after services. Others take a very active and visible role in the services themselves.
For several decades, Don Ford has served as the Verger and Sub-Deacon at St. Mark's. He assists the Priest in Charge with the planning and execution of services. He usually sets the table and manages the altar book. He assists in the training and organization of other worship ministries. He skillfully directs wedding rehearsals, and assists with baptisms, funerals, and other special liturgical events.
THE ALTAR GUILD
The Altar Guild, headed by Irene Linares, is in charge of the ordering, care, set-up, and cleaning of all the holy vessels, candles, linens, hangings, and other objects which are used in liturgy at St. Mark’s Church.
THE FLOWER GUILD
The Flower Guild, headed by Sheila Bosch, is responsible for the weekly arrangements on the altars, both the Main and the Baptistry. They are also responsible for the very special decorations at Christmas and Easter which transform the Church. Members of the Church can support the Flower Guild's work by making donations for Sunday flowers that honor special events in a Parishioner's life and family.
LAY EUCHARISTIC MINISTERS
Lay Eucharistic Ministers are licensed by the Bishop to administer the chalice at the Eucharist.
LAY EUCHARISTIC VISITORS
Lay Eucharistic Visitors are licensed by the Bishop to take Holy Communion to those members of the congregation who are unable to attend church due to illness, infirmity, or disability, either in the hospital or at home.
Lectors have been trained to read Biblical Readings on church liturgies.
Acolytes are young people or adults who have been trained to carry crosses and torches in procession, to assist with the setting of the holy table, to help receive the offering, and to aid the Priest and the Verger in other ways. We are always looking for additional acolytes. Speak to Mr. Ford or Father Doubleday if you are interested.
The Ushers greet people as they come into Church, provide them church bulletins, guide them to seats when necessary, take up the collection, monitor safety when people are coming or going from the altar, and count and record the collection after the service.