Mission: The Altar Guild prepares all the things necessary for the celebration of the Eucharist or any of the other sacraments and offices of the church.
Liturgy begins and ends with the work of the Altar Guild. Caring for the sacred vessels, the bread and wine, the fair linens and hangings, and the candles and torches used for worship in the Sanctuary is far more than a task, it is a true ministry.
No particular skills are needed — just a willingness to serve. If you have 2-3 hours a month, you can help prepare the Sanctuary for Sunday services, funerals, and weddings. Each team serves one weekend a month.
The Altar Guild is a ministry – a gift of time and talent to serve God in His house. It is a privilege to serve God in this way. The housekeeping and decoration of God’s house should be done with sincere devotion and dignity and good taste. The rector is the head of the guild, but he or she cannot do all that must be done in preparation for all of the services. The Altar Guild plays an important role and must be reliable and dependable.
The rector sets the rules, the style, and the tone of the services by his or her preference for flowers, placement of the vessels used in the services, and whether to use incense or not. The rector appoints the head of the Altar Guild to organize and schedule work assignments. The contribution of each Altar Guild member is important; together those contributions are a devotion to the greater glory of God.