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lay ministries


The acolytes are youth (5th-12th grade) who serve with the clergy in leading worship at St. John on the Mountain. The word “acolyte” means "follower” or "one who helps.” Acolytes assist the clergy at the altar and in processions, carrying the crosses (crucifers), candles (torches), banners and flags. All parish youth are welcome to be trained and to serve as acolytes.

Altar Guild

Teams of four meet once a month on either Friday or Saturday morning to prepare the altars for Sunday morinng and to care for the vessels and linens. The teams also prepare for special services such as weddings and funerals.


A lay person who is appointed to read the lessons that precede the gospel, and to lead the reading of the psalm following the first lesson, unless sung by the choir.

Eucharistic Ministers

A Eucharistic Minister is trained and licensed by the bishop of the diocese to administer the chalice during Holy Communion and to bring the reserved sacrament to people in hospitals and homes immediately after the service. They also lead the Prayers of the People during the service.


This friendly group of parishioners welcome people as they enter and exit the church. They also take the offering, select members to be oblation bearers (bring in the bread and wine), and help direct people to Communion.

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