Participation in Worship


Sunday worship services at St. John's involve clergy and lay people working together before, during and after the service(s).  Our worship services are a community offering to God. From captivating sermons, to behind the scenes Altar Guild members, our worship is enriched by the participation and talent of parishioners of all ages. Music is an integral part of our worship - from the superb St. John's Singers,  to organ preludes and postludes played by our choir master and organist Dr. Miriam Zach, to individual musical offerings. There are many ways one can participate in worship at St. John's.  Consider these additional opportunities:

As a Chalice Bearer

Chalicers assist the Rector by serving the sacrament of the wine during the observation of Holy Communion. Very limited training is required. To participate in this ministry, speak with the rector.

As a Greeter/Usher

This very important group of people are the welcoming committee for newcomers and old members as well. All that is required is a friendly smile and a "Good Sunday Morning" attitude. George Smith and Pat Kavanagh coordinate.

As a Lay Reader

Lay readers serve during our worship by reading from the pulpit the Old and New Testament Lessons, leading the Psalm, and leading the congregation in the Prayers for the People. All are encouraged to participate in this important ministry. Jeannie Garcia: coordinator.  

As an Acolyte

This ministry welcomes all youth from 3rd grade on (at the age of 8) up to those aged 99. Training, which is minimal, is held when there are volunteers. Acolytes assist the clergy at the altar during worship services. If this is a service you would like to be part of, contact Jeannie Garcia in the church office. 


At St. John's, children participate in worship in many ways.  Children may demonstrate their Godly Play stories during the sermon time, they converse with the rector during the weekly children's sermon (!) and they take part in our Prayer Ground and the Holy Eucharist.  


Youth contribute to weekly worship as part of their Journey to Adulthood curriculum; by sharing their musical talent or their Pilgrimage experiences