chidrenpentecostParticipation is the essential ingredient of lively worship. Each person participates through his or her presence and prayers. There are many ways you can participate in our worship services. If you are interested in learning more about the work of these groups, please contact our rector or the church office (508-392-3977).

Acolytes

Process the cross and assist at the altar in preparation of Communion. Acolytes are usually young adults in grades 6 and up.

Altar Guild and Flower Guild

Prepare the church and altar for worship and Communion.

Chalice Bearers

Assist at services of Holy Communion with the distribution of wine. We also need chalice bearers for Joy Mass and the Taize service.

Choirs

Sing at the 10:00 Sunday service — open to children and adults.

Lectors

Read the scripture lessons and Prayers of the People at services.

Ushers

Welcome and assist parishioners at services, take up the collection and manage the flow of people to communion.

Liturgy Committee

Liturgy is integral to our spiritual life at St. Mary’s, as it is to that of most Episcopal churches. The rector takes ultimate responsibility for planning and executing our services. However, the Liturgy Committee gives the clergy advice and counsel on issues relevant to the services and serves as a sounding board for comments, compliments, complaints, and questions from members of the parish.

The Liturgy Committee includes the clergy, the Director of Music Ministries & Organist, and representatives from the altar guild, ushers, lay readers, lay eucharistic ministers, and healing ministry. We encourage parishioners to make their thoughts known to the liturgy committee by talking with a member of the committee or via the Let’s Talk boxes located in the main office and entrance to the church.

The Liturgy Committee meets as needed.