The Worship Liturgical Assistants include Sides-people, Greeters, Readers, Intercessors who lead Prayers of the People, Servers, Chalice Bearers, and Collection/Offering Counters. These ministries contribute to the smooth running of our worship services. The scheduling is done on a rotation basis, taking into account the particular ministry of participants and their availability.
Sides-people welcome people as they enter the Church, make sure that appropriate books are provided for worship, keep a count of numbers of congregants for the priest, assist people during collection of the offering and communion. Sides-people are also responsible for making sure the building is tidy and secure after the service.
Greeters are responsible for making new people feel welcome and inviting visitors and newcomers to join in the time of coffee and conversation following the worship service. They assist the Sides-People with the collection of the offering and communion.
Readers are responsible for the public reading of the Scripture lessons appointed for the day. St. John's follows the prescribed readings set out in the New Revised Common Lectionary.
Intercessors are responsible for leading the congregation in the public Prayers of the People for the community, the world, and the Church.
Chalice Bearers assist the priest during communion by administering the wine or the bread.
Servers assist in the preparation of the Communion Table and perform various tasks during the liturgy on behalf of the people and the priest.
Collection/Offering Counters work in pairs to properly record and account for the Sunday/Wednesday Collection in a responsible and secure manner.