Many of our parishioners take part in various aspects of the lay readers’ function. This involves reading Scripture, leading the reading of the Psalms, and/or leading the Prayers of Intercession at the Sunday services. During our transition period, on several Sunday mornings, lay readers have conducted Morning Prayer services in the absence of an available Priest. Lay readers have also officiated Evening Prayer services during Lent and other special occasions. Our regular lay reader cadre is periodically augmented by many of the youth and college students of the parish; reading Scripture, leading intercessions and preaching during special services, such as youth Sunday.
The Diocese licenses a number of persons in each Parish to serve as Ministers of Communion (Chalice Bearers) and Lay Eucharistic Ministers (Visitors). The Chalice Bearers serve at the Sunday services on average once a month, administering the Chalice at Communion as well as serving at special feast days, funerals and weddings. Lay Eucharistic Ministers are allowed to distribute previously consecrated elements to persons in hospitals, nursing homes and at homes of those unable to attend services at Saint David’s. This is a truly rewarding ministry for those able to serve in this capacity and is greatly appreciated by those receiving both Communion and a visit.
Greeters is a ministry focused on welcoming newcomers, making them feel "at home" at St. David's. Our team directs visitors to their desired areas, like church school, babysitting, fellowship as well as answering any questions about St. David's parish. It is our goal to provide all who come to visit or who are looking for a new spiritual home with information on services, ministries, Sunday school, contacts, and more.
Saint David’s is fortunate to have many wonderful church members who volunteer their time to serve as acolytes. The acolyte’s duties include:
- Lighting and extinguishing altar candles
- Leading the choir procession and the Gospel procession
- Accepting parish offerings from the ushers
- Assisting the clergy in preparation for celebrating the Eucharist
We are always looking for new volunteers who would like to be part of this important ministry. Any person in grade five or above can train to be an acolyte.
Preparing the table for the most nourishing meal in our parish life that is one of the roles of the altar guild. Each week a group of volunteers see to the behind the scenes preparations for the Sunday Eucharist services linens, silver, candles, dusting and polishing and yes, clean up afterwards. Of course there is also preparation for other services including weddings, baptisms and funerals. It is the role of the Altar Guild to ensure that the services go smoothly and that our lovely sanctuary looks its best.
There are normally two ushers at the 10:15 a.m. Sunday service. Their duties include:
- Greeting and distributing service bulletins to the congregation attendees at the service
- Ringing the church bell to announce the beginning and end of the service
- Delivering the Eucharistic bread and wine to the altar to be consecrated by the priest
- Collecting the offertory by passing the offertory plates
- Conducting a body count of all participants in the church, including Sunday School teachers, youth, children and nursery.
- Guiding members of the congregation to the altar rail for communion
- Cleaning up and securing the sanctuary following the service
Any individual (adult, teenager or youth) can serve as an usher. If you are interested in participating in this important ministry, contact the church office or speak to any usher.
The Flower Guild designs the flower arrangements for the sanctuary. They are one way to bring natural beauty to our sanctuary and enhance our worship services. Ordering and arranging flowers is a wonderful and creative skill which is easily learned. Training is provided for guild members to feel confident for arranging on their own. We number between six and eight members in this ministry. There is a Flower Chart listing all the Sundays for parishioners to sign up to give the flowers. A note of thanksgiving or memorial appears in the Sunday bulletin for that week.
Also, at Easter and Christmas we have arrangements on the window sills in the church as well. For Easter we add a large arrangement on a pedestal near the pulpit as well as Lilly plants in the altar area. At Christmas there are wreaths on all doors as well as in the church between the windows high on the wall with ribbon bows. We add Poinsettias in the altar area. More recently we have had an evergreen swag high on the wall behind the altar. During Advent the arrangements are made with greens only. There are no flowers during Lent.
Several times during the year the Flower Guild may be called on to make arrangements for other parish receptions and functions.