The Altar Guild
The Altar Guild members are privileged to serve the Rector and congregation. Duties include providing reverent care of the sanctuary, the sacred vessels, appointments, and arranging the flowers that adorn the Retable each Sunday. They prepare the worship space for services. Members of the Altar Guild assist the Rector during baptisms, weddings, funerals, and other occasional services throughout the Church year. Meetings are held on the third Saturday of each month. If you are interested, please speak to any member of the Altar Guild.
St. John's historically has made a commitment to mission through music. Our church has a wonderful pipe organ that leads and supports congregational singing. We have an active choral program and encourage all to share their talents to the glory of God. The organist/choir director invites interested singers and instrumentalists to become part of our music ministry.
The Sanctuary Choir sings weekly during the 11 am service. Weekly rehearsals begin just before Labor Day and continue through May. Rehearsals are scheduled each Wednesday from 7:30 - 9:00 pm. Vocal and instrumental soloists and small ensembles serve the congregation's musical worship needs during the summer months.
The Praise Choir and Instrumental Ensemble, a less-formal singing group, rehearses a half hour before their service, and sings more contemporary music to the accompaniment of piano, guitars, and other instruments for the 9:00 am Sunday service.
Please contact Paul R. Bartsch for all questions related to the music ministry at firstname.lastname@example.org or 804-732-6879.
Lay Eucharistic Ministers (LEMs) from St. John’s visit with the sick and shut-in on a regular schedule. The LEMs take the Eucharist to members of the parish, who because of illness or injury, are not able to attend Sunday Services. This provides for those who cannot regularly attend, due to health issues, to continue to be part of the worshiping community and fellowship of St. John’s.
Once a month, St. John’s provides worship at the Crossings, a residential community in the Chester area. On the forth Sunday of the month, LEMs and musicians provide a time for singing, prayers, scripture reflection and the Eucharist.
Deacon Sherry Munday visits Tyler’s Retreat every Tuesday. She leads a bible study, a time of worship, and as she describes her vocation, “hangs out” with members of this assisted living facility.
Parishioners are requested by the Committee to volunteer to usher for the 9 am and 11 am services. Further information can be obtained by Chris Day at email@example.com.
Acolytes perform an important role in assisting the priest and deacon during worship services. They carry the processional cross and torches leading processions into and out of the church. Also ,they assist by bringing the bread and wine to the altar for concecration by the priest. This service to the Lord's bidding enables the acolyte to learn the Episcopal Church traditions and liturgy while assisting the celebrant and the congregation. Fourth grade through senior high students and adults are welcome to participate. If interested in serving in one of these areas, please contact Kent Horner through the church office.
Lectors, Lay Readers, and Chalicers
Lectors, lay readers and chalicers assist the celebrant in conducting church services. Volunteers from high school freshmen to retirees receive special training to attain a comfort level the enriches the service. If interested in serving in one of these areas, please contact Kent Horner through the church office.