A parishioner, usually an older child or teen, who assists ordained and licensed ministers at worship services. The ministry of acolyte is one of service. Duties of acolytes may include: lighting altar candles, carrying torches in procession, serving the clergy who prepare the elements for communion, carrying the processional cross, assisting the clergy when incense is used in a service, and bearing banners. At Christ Church, any parishioner who is 9 years or older is welcome to join the acolyte guild. Acolytes are trained/mentored by a team of senior acolytes, clergy and adult parishioners in the necessary knowledge, roles, and responsibilities of being an acolyte. Training involves education in: liturgical terms, presence and prayer, the order of the Book of Common Prayer services, behavioral expectations, and the ministry of service as an outgrowth of our Baptismal Covenant.
For more information contact Mother Aune.