Worship Ministries

Our lay volunteers and ministers are invaluable to the work of the cathedral. From vergers to sound volunteers, ushers to altar guild, our lay team allows both the clergy and the congregation to worship fully during our services. We are always excited about new people who are interested in finding their own worship ministry at Saint John’s Cathedral.

  • Lector

    Lectors make the Word of God and Prayers of the People come alive as they read the Holy Scriptures clearly and reverently. As trained liturgical readers, lectors are called upon to be prepared and knowledgeable leaders of the liturgy.

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  • Acolyte

    Acolytes assist with liturgical processions as crucifers and torch-bearers and with the distribution of Holy Communion as eucharistic ministers. An annual training takes place to acquaint new acolytes and refresh the memories of seasoned ones. Acolytes take part in all weddings, funerals, Sunday celebrations of Holy Eucharist, and festival liturgical occasions.

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  • Verger

    Vergers assist with the coordination of liturgical processions and liaise with families present for baptisms and burials. In other settings, they might be called “masters of ceremonies.”

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  • Usher

    Ushers greet and seat worshippers in the Spirit of Christ. Their attention to detail and knowledge of cathedral logistics are indispensable to Saint John’s many meaningful liturgical experiences.

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  • Soundboard Volunteer

    With the recent addition of a new hearing loop, hearing sermons and other dimensions of the liturgy is the most accessible it has ever been. Soundboard volunteers use their training to ensure high and consistent quality for both our physical and digital congregations.

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  • Altar Guild

    Members of the cathedral altar guild prepare the altar, candles, linens, and other physical materials for the celebration of Holy Eucharist and observance of daily prayer. This ministry of care extends to all of the cathedral’s diocesan and festival liturgies and includes the cathedral flower team.

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  • Flower Guild

    The flower team chooses and arranges flowers for Sunday liturgies, weddings, funerals, and other occasions. This team enables the cathedral community to worship God in the beauty of holiness.

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  • Evening Prayer Officiant

    Evening Prayer occurs in historic Saint Martin’s Chapel on Mondays, Tuesdays, and Thursdays and is lay-led. Officiants light candles, set out service leaflets, and set the tone of the quiet evening service. An annual training is held in September.

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  • Eucharistic Visitor

    Our trained lay Eucharistic Visitors provide the sacrament of Holy Communion to those who are hospitalized, homebound, or in nursing homes. Those engaged in this ministry must be licensed by the bishop and undergo a diocesan training session before any visitation is done.

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  • The Wilderness Planning

    Members from the Wilderness community meet regularly to plan upcoming seasons and prayer stations. Many also arrive early on Sunday evenings to help set up prayer stations for the service.

    If you want to get involved with the Wilderness planning and set up, please email Emily Smith, Sacristan, to get connected.

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