The word acolyte means “follower” or “one who helps”. You assist the priest during and at the close of the liturgy. The acolyte is an important person in the worship service and is of great help to the celebrant.
Anyone who comes to church on a regular basis is invited to join in this ministry. Being an acolyte is a wonderful way to serve God and Zion Church. Various duties of being an acolyte are a crucifer, torchbearer, banner bearer, and Gospel bearer. Please contact the Rector or the Parish Office if you are interested in serving as an acolyte.
All persons are welcome to follow or assist Guild members in preparing the Altar for the service or to help remove the Sacraments after the service. Altar flowers are available after the 10:30 a.m. Service to take to nursing homes, hospitals, or to those convalescing at home. WE NEED MORE HELP in the Altar Guild. We need pairs of volunteers to set the altar on a weekly or monthly basis. If you are interested in helping, please contact the Parish Office at 304-725-5312.
The Altar Guild is responsible for opening the church and setting up and preparing the church for various services including Baptisms, Healing Services, Weddings, Funerals, and any other need that might arise. The work of the Guild relieves the Priest of much detail and helps to keep things running smoothly week by week.
Ideally, two members work together for a month at a time. However, there are many ways to serve. Family participation is encouraged, and is not limited to women. The Guild welcomes anyone including young people who would like to learn more about this ministry. There are presently twelve active members.
How You Can Serve: Partner with another member, set up only, clean up only, serve when needed (on call), set up for 10:30 a.m. Healing Service (Thursday), assist with weddings or funerals, bake bread, prepare for linens, polish silver and brass, set up hymn boards.
The Childrens choir meets after church in the choir room. The Children’s Choir does not sing during the summer months. Choir members are instructed in basic musical concepts of rhythm, melody and simple harmony. We start each rehearsal with warm-ups and the introduction or practice of a new musical concept or song. This year we have also introduced 2 part songs to our repertoire and the children have learned how to maintain their assigned part in multi-part songs.
The adult choir meets at 7:00 – 8:30 on Wednesday evenings and on Sunday morning from 9:45 – 10:15. The choir seeks to minister to the Zion family in music by presenting music selections that repeat the message presented in Scripture and in the Rector’s message. The choir ministers to its members through prayer support and social activities. You will also find many choir members participating in other committees and activities at Zion.
LAY EUCHARISTIC MINISTERS
A ministry of taking the Eucharist to those parishioners who were home bound and those in nursing homes on a monthly basis on Sundays after the service.
SUNDAY SCHOOL CHRISTIAN EDUCATION
Come and gather to make friends, to learn about God, to search into the Scriptures, and to build faith so that you may pass the faith on to others. Send the children so that they may learn about the love of God made known through Jesus Christ in the Bible. Young and old can journey together toward becoming better disciples of Christ. Make the worship service more meaningful and fulfilling by joining us from 9:30 a.m. until 10:15 a.m. in the parlors (Adult Forum with Reverend Melanie) and in the downstairs education rooms (children P-8). Youth meetings are held in the Parish House from 11:30 a.m. until 12:30 p.m. You will find God present in whichever Sunday school class you attend, ready to gather us in and help us find mentors and models to aspire us in our community of faith. Sunday school can make a difference in your spiritual exploration, and you can make a difference both inside and outside our church!
WEEKLY PRAYER LIST
Our weekly prayer list is an invaluable ministry to many. Lives are truly changed by our prayers on Sundays. We need your help however, to ensure that the list is current. As our list of prayer concerns grows, we must occasionally remove the names of folks who have been listed several weeks or more. We encourage all to continue to pray for those with ongoing concerns, and invite you to contact the church office when you feel that a name should be put again on the prayer list. In all of our prayers – at home, and together here – let us lift up to God all in special need, those both known and unknown to us.
If you are ill, hospitalized, having surgery, or otherwise in need of prayer or a pastoral visit, please contact Rev. E.F. Michael Morgan or the church office at 304-725-5312.