The word acolyte means “follower” or “one who helps”. You assist the priest during and at the close of the liturgy. The acolyte is an important person in the worship service and is of great help to the celebrant.
Anyone who comes to church on a regular basis is invited to join in this ministry. Being an acolyte is a wonderful way to serve God and Zion Church. Various duties of being an acolyte are a crucifer, torchbearer, banner bearer, and Gospel bearer. Please contact the Rector or the Parish Office if you are interested in serving as an acolyte.
All persons are welcome to follow or assist Guild members in preparing the Altar for the service or to help remove the Sacraments after the service. Altar flowers are available after the 10:30 a.m. Service to take to nursing homes, hospitals, or to those convalescing at home. WE NEED MORE HELP in the Altar Guild. We need pairs of volunteers to set the altar on a weekly or monthly basis. If you are interested in helping, please contact the Parish Office at 304-725-5312.
The Altar Guild is responsible for opening the church and setting up and preparing the church for various services including Baptisms, Healing Services, Weddings, Funerals, and any other need that might arise. The work of the Guild relieves the Priest of much detail and helps to keep things running smoothly week by week.
Ideally, two members work together for a month at a time. However, there are many ways to serve. Family participation is encouraged, and is not limited to women. The Guild welcomes anyone including young people who would like to learn more about this ministry. There are presently twelve active members.
How You Can Serve: Partner with another member, set up only, clean up only, serve when needed (on call), set up for 10:30 a.m. Healing Service (Thursday), assist with weddings or funerals, bake bread, prepare for linens, polish silver and brass, set up hymn boards.
Children’s Choir practices the first two Sundays of the month at 9:30 a.m. The Children’s Choir does not sing during the summer months. Choir members are instructed in basic musical concepts of rhythm, melody, and simple harmony. We start each rehearsal with warm-ups and the introduction or practice of a new musical concept or song.
ADULT CHOIR | CHANCEL CHOIR
The adult choir meets for rehearsals are on Thursdays at 7:00 p.m. The choir seeks to minister to the Zion family in music by presenting music selections that repeat the message presented in Scripture and in the Rector’s message. The choir ministers to its members through prayer support and social activities. You will also find many choir members participating in other committees and activities at Zion.
LAY EUCHARISTIC MINISTERS
A ministry of taking the Eucharist to those parishioners who were homebound and those in nursing homes on a monthly basis on Sundays after the service.
SUNDAY SCHOOL | CHRISTIAN EDUCATION
On Sundays, children 8 and under can attend Sunday School during the 10:30 am service. Children will gather during the Gloria and rejoin the congregation during passing the peace. The only Sunday this doesn’t take place is the 3rd Sunday of each month. That Sunday is Family Sunday School which begins at 9:00 am in the Social Hall. Join us just for breakfast or stay for the lesson and monthly service project. The Zion Youth Group meets weekly on Sundays at 6:00 pm. For more questions or more information, please contact the Parish office at 304-725-5312.
WEEKLY PRAYER LIST
Our weekly prayer list is an invaluable ministry to many. Lives are truly changed by our prayers on Sundays. We need your help, however, to ensure that the list is current. As our list of prayer concerns grows, we must occasionally remove the names of folks who have been listed several weeks or more. We encourage all to continue to pray for those with ongoing concerns and invite you to contact the church office when you feel that a name should be put again on the prayer list. In all of our prayers – at home, and together here – let us lift up to God all in special need, those both known and unknown to us.
If you are ill, hospitalized, having surgery, or otherwise in need of prayer or a pastoral visit, please contact the church office at 304-725-5312.