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Episcopal acolytes are boys and girls who assist with services in the Episcopal church. The word acolyte is derived from the word akolouthos, which is the ancient Greek word for an attendant or helper. Acolyte duties include helping with candle lighting, processions and offertory, but the most important duty of an Episcopalian acolyte is to be an attentive worshipper and leader during church services. At St. Columb’s, all boys and girls 9 –18 years old are invited to serve as an acolyte. Please contact the church office if your child is interested.

Altar Guild

At St. Columb’s, the Altar Guild is an integral part of the life of the parish. The members of the Altar Guild serve the church under the direction of the priest, and are responsible for setting up and caring for the furnishings in the nave, sanctuary, chapel, and sacristy, as well as any other area of the church where special worship will take place.

The Altar Guild is responsible for tasks such as:

  • Preparing the altar.

  • Laying out the vestments and vessels for worship.

  • Setting the credence table with the elements (bread and wine) to be administered during communion.

  • Ordering and arranging the flowers for weekly Sunday worship, Christmas, Easter and special events.

  • Laundering and ironing altar and worship linens, polishing brass and silver, filling candles and various other tasks.

  • Ensuring the altar is prepared in the proper color of the day (frontal hanging, burse, etc.).

  • Cleaning up after services.

We encourage participation in this important ministry and we welcome men and women to join one of our Altar Guild "teams". All are welcome.

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