Worship is the core of our experience as a parish community. Many of our parishioners play an active role in worship services.
The ministries below support our weekly and special services. Contact the church office for more information about how you can get involved.
Our greeters are purposeful in making guests feel welcome as soon as they enter the front doors. They invite people into our community, to welcome them and answer their questions, and to connect them into our common worship. Being alert to offer information such as where to find restrooms or the nursery; how to sign up for a name tag; where to locate the coffee table can make a visitor’s experience of St. Martin’s much more comfortable. Greeters will also assure follow-up by staff if visitors desire more information. Any member or regular guest of St. Martin’s may participate. The only requirement is a desire to welcome new people to our church.
Ushers assist the congregation in creating a more prayerful experience at our services. Some of their duties include interacting with members, guests and visitors as they arrive. One key role is working with greeters to make sure that visitors and potential new members are identified and welcomed warmly, and of course, providing bulletins and offering assistance to find seating in the sanctuary. Training is provided.
Lectors proclaim the Word of God and the Prayers of the People. They are expected to have a thorough understanding of the readings; to have read them several times before the scheduled Sunday; and be able to enunciate clearly and distinctly. Before reading for the first time, a new Lector will attend a training session. Lectors are also expected to participate in focused annual retraining sessions.
Chalice Bearer / Eucharistic Ministers
A chalice bearer or Eucharistic minister is a lay person licensed by the bishop of the diocese to administer the chalice at the Eucharist. To become a chalice bearer a person must be a confirmed member in good standing of the church.
Music at St. Martin’s incorporates many musical styles and many people. At our 10:15 Sunday morning worship service (Holy Eucharist) you will find traditional organ music and hymns, along with our beloved choir singing Psalms and anthems. We also have folk hymns and contemporary songs that are easy to sing accompanied by guitar and other instruments. Children and youth will find opportunities to sing or play instruments at special times throughout the year. Our hand bell choir provides another layer to music in worship. At special times during the year, such as Christmas Eve and Easter, we encourage everyone to join us in presenting the Hallelujah Chorus with our orchestra.
St. Martin’s Acolytes volunteer to serve during the liturgy by carrying the processional crosses, torches, banners and flags. The acolytes assist the clergy throughout the service; they help define the tone of worship for the community. The Acolyte program is open to all church members from 5th grade through adulthood. Acolytes must be baptized. If they have not been confirmed, we encourage them to consider confirmation as a vital step in their development as Christians.
Altar Guild members prepare the sanctuary (both main altar and chapel altar) for all services held at the church. They are responsible for maintaining the elements and utensils used for the service. Altar Guild members share a commitment to our Lord and church, to making each service meaningful, as well as assisting the priest in his/her work. An Altar Guild member needs to be totally “aware” during the liturgy to what is going on and be available if the priest needs something during the service. Members can be either men or women and we invite and encourage younger people to participate. It is an excellent way to really learn what the Eucharistic service is all about.