Worship Ministries

Choir

St. George’s choir enhances our worship with beautiful music as it leads congregational singing and offers anthems at different parts of the worship service.  Alongside dedicated parishioners who share their musical gifts, four paid singers from Westminster Choir College help to anchor each section, mentor other choir members, and magnify our music and praise.  All of this takes place under the able leadership of John Ayer, our organist and choirmaster.

The Choir of St. George’s sings at the 10:30 a.m. Eucharist every Sunday, except during the summer, and at other special services during the year, including Holy Week and occasional Evensongs.

Rehearsals are on Thursday evenings from 7:30 – 9 p.m., and Sunday mornings at 9:30 a.m. for the 10:30 a.m. Choral Eucharist. (Please allow enough time to don choir robes before 9:30.)

New members are welcome to join the choir at any time during the year.

Acolytes and Subdeacons

A small devoted group of parishioners assist in the liturgy to help create an environment to transcend our daily lives so that we may transform the world we live in. This robust community of Acolytes serve as thurifers, crucifer/servers, torchbearers, streamer and banner bearers to contribute in the creation of a holy space to praise, adore and worship God. In addition, several subdeacons assist the clergy by coordinating all activities
and participants to ensure the flow of the services.

Acolytes serve at all services from September through June. On-the-job training is provided under the leadership of Acolyte Ministry chair Dan Mitchell  and new members are welcomed anytime.

Serving as an acolyte can provide an unique opportunity to enrich and deepen your faith journey as you participate in a more intimate connection to worship God.

Altar Guild

The Altar Guild works behind the scenes as the ‘handmaidens’ to the liturgy; we are the servants who set the table and do the dishes. This is not to demean our role (nor to restrict it to women!). Our goal is to make the Holy Table beautiful and to make sure that it is properly prepared for the Eucharist. The ministry of the Altar Guild is vital to the spiritual life of the parish, but it is largely unseen. We are, in essence, like the stage hands in a theatrical performance. We make sure the props are all ready and where they need to be.

The Altar Guild makes sure that the priest is able to lead the liturgy unimpeded.  That way congregants and visitors can fully appreciate the spiritual essence and beauty of the liturgy’s words and actions. 

Altar Guild members become more connected with the spiritual underpinnings of the service by our intimate involvement with the preparation of the flowers, the vessels, the linens and the candles. We re-enact the roles played by those who prepared the table for the Last Supper, just as the priest enacts Jesus’ role at that supper.

Altar Guild is always happy to entertain new members.  Please contact Ulysses Dietz

Ushers

Pineapple - symbol of hospitality

St. George’s is graced by the faithful service of some of our parishioners as Ushers at the worship services on Sundays and other church feast and festival days.  Each Sunday and on other special days the ushers stand at the church entrance and receive parishioners, guests and visitors with a warm smile, often a hearty handshake and sometimes a supportive hug.  They provide a personal welcome into our wonderful community that we all know as the family of St. George’s.  Ours is a ministry of hospitality.

The ushers’ ministry includes some simple tasks.  Ushers distribute bulletins; provide directions and instructions to visitors and parishioners; collect the weekly offerings; monitor the flow of parishioners to the communion rail; post a count of the number in attendance; and tidy the pews after the service by collecting the discarded bulletins and any other items. 

A schedule of assignments is provided six weeks in advance for your planning purposes and covers a four month period during which you usher at three or four services.  Two people are assigned for the regular 10:30am Sunday services and arrive fifteen minutes ahead of time.  We have a listserv for communication among the ushers to share information or to make schedule changes. 

Ushering is a satisfying and enjoyable activity.  If you are interested in the ministry of ushering, you are encouraged to join us.  Just let any of the ushers know and we’ll take steps to welcome and orient you into our ministry.

“Hospitality means primarily the creation of free space where the stranger can enter and become a friend instead of an enemy. Hospitality is not to change people, but to offer them space where change can take place. It is not to bring men and women over to our side, but to offer freedom not disturbed by dividing lines.”
―Henri J.M. Nouwen, Reaching Out: The Three Movements of the Spiritual Life

Healing

Healing Ministries at St. George’s Church is dedicated to the practice of Healing Prayer

St. George’s Church has a long history of Healing Ministry and Healing Prayer.  Healing Prayer is a transformative process of inviting God to be present in our lives. You may petition God for healing for yourself or intercede in prayer for others and anything in Creation.

If you, or anyone you know is in need of healing prayers, please email the Healing Team at healingteam@stgeorges-maplewood.org