About Liturgical Ministries

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Our worship is called liturgy, a word meaning “the work of the people.” Thank you for offering you for service to God at St. Margaret’s through liturgical ministry! Here’s a quick overview of ministries available to you, and you can sign up using the form at the bottom of this page.

Note that while we will do our best to honor your preferred service times, volunteers can be called on to serve at any service of public worship, including the 5 p.m. Saturday night Eucharist and the 8 a.m. Rite One Eucharist.

Training will be provided for these ministries. Most training will occur annually or as needed.

Note that liturgical ministry schedules are maintained using web-based online software called Ministry Scheduler Pro. If you sign up for a ministry, you will be added to the system as an available substitute, but will not appear on the schedule until the next regular schedule is generated. Schedules are generated three times annually to cover the following periods:

  • February – May
  • June – September
  • October – January

Officiant: Leads non-sacramental worship such as Morning and Evening Prayer or Compline. Currently, officiants regularly lead worship on a regular basis at Evening Prayer on Monday and Tuesday of Holy Week, but if a significant number of people signal interest in this ministry, we may expand the parish’s offerings. This ministry is exercised only at the invitation of the Rector, and is licensed by the Bishop of San Diego. The Rector’s invitation will be extended only to those who have been active members at St. Margaret’s for one year or longer. Officiants are required to complete and remain current on Safeguarding God’s People training through the Diocese of San Diego. Minimum age: 16

Verger: Coordinates and directs the work at major services of public worship including the 10 a.m. Sunday Holy Eucharist. Requires substantial liturgical experience and leadership skills. This ministry is exercised only at the invitation of the Rector, and is licensed by the Bishop of San Diego. The Rector’s invitation will be extended only to those who have been active members at St. Margaret’s for one year or longer. Vergers are required to complete and remain current on Safeguarding God’s People training through the Diocese of San Diego. Minimum age: 18

Reader: Reads the scripture lessons, Psalms, and/or Prayers of the People in public worship. Minimum age: 12

Eucharistic Minister: Administers the Chalice (wine) at Holy Eucharist. This ministry is exercised only at the invitation of the Rector, and is licensed by the Bishop of San Diego. The Rector’s invitation will be extended only to those who have been active members at St. Margaret’s for one year or longer. Minimum age: 16

Server (New!): Assists with setting the table for Holy Eucharist by bringing required dishes, linens, books, bread, wine, and water to the Deacon during the Offertory, and washing the Celebrant’s hands. Minimum age: 12

Acolyte: Carries the torches and/or cross in procession during major services of public worship. Minimum age: fourth grade

Streamer Bearer: Carries and waves celebratory decorative streamers (long ribbons at the end of tall poles) in procession at major worship celebrations including Easter Day, St. Margaret’s Day, ordinations, installations, and other events designated by the Rector. Minimum age: 16

Altar Guild: Prepares the church worship spaces, including the main church and the lower level St. Margaret’s Chapel, including setup of the altar, flowers, Eucharistic dishes, bread, wine, and linens. Minimum age: 12

Usher: Welcomes and directs the people who arrive for worship by distributing orders of service, helping with seating, collecting the offering, and directing movement during Holy Communion. Minimum age: 16

Safety Team (New!): Serves as a sergeant-at-arms by responding to and managing contingencies during worship including medical emergencies (falls, heart attacks, etc.), disruptive behavior from unexpected visitors or members of the congregation, or other emergencies such as fire, power failure, or earthquake. These ministers are not expected to offer specialized medical or peacekeeping services, but will need to provide calm leadership, follow established emergency procedures, summon help, and direct the actions of others. Training in basic first aid, including CPR and the use of a defibrillator, will be provided. Minimum age: 18

Sound Manager (New!): Manages the sound system for special events, records sermons and other materials, and posts them to a podcast website. Minimum age: 16

Light Manager: Manages changes in lighting for special events including lowering the lights at Christmas Eve and Maundy Thursday, raising the lights at the Easter Vigil, and bringing lights and and down at Advent Lessons and Carols. Minimum age: 16

Rector’s Chaplain: Stands with the Rector in the receiving line to keep the line moving by attending to visitors who need special information or pastoral assistance. Minimum age: 16

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