“For even the Son of Man camenot to be ministered unto, but to minister, and to give his life a ransom for many.” Mark 10:45
From a Greek word meaning, "to follow." Acolytes are lay volunteers who carry the Cross in the procession and recession and assist the priest in worship. An acolyte lights and sometimes carries candles, and helps in the preparation of communion.
The Altar Guild members serve as “God’s Housekeepers” in the Church. They prepare the Church, including the Altar for all services. They polish silver and brass, launder linens, order wafers, candles, wine, and secure repairs when necessary. They prepare the church for baptisms, weddings, funerals, and anything in between.
Ruby Cox, Coordinator
The choir sings at the 10 AM service during the school year and practices on Thursdays at 7:00 PM and Sundays at 9:15 AM
Eucharistic Ministers and Lay Readers
Eucharistic Ministers and Lay Readers assist the clergy during worship services. At Good Shepherd, Lay Readers read the first and second lessons. The Eucharistic Ministers lead the psalm, read the prayers of the people and administer the chalice during communion. Eucharistic Visitors bring communion from the Holy Eucharist to those who cannot attend.
Marie Field, Coordinator
The ushers are the first official representatives of the church that people see when they arrive to worship. They play an important welcoming role, greeting visitors and newcomers, distributing bulletins, collecting the offering and assisting with communion.
Flowers are placed on the Altar for each service in memory of those who have died or in thanksgiving for those who bring joy to our lives, except during Lent when no flowers are present. After the service, the flowers are delivered to parishioners who are ill, are unable to get to church, are celebrating a special life milestone or who have a special pastoral need. To donate flowers for a loved one or special blessing, contact the Flower Ministry Coordinator.
Leslie McGovern, Coordinator
Several years ago, a group of parishioners decided that they would like to volunteer their time to help clean the church, performing tasks which had been managed by a professional cleaning service. Currently, there are six teams which take a turn once every six weeks to clean bathrooms, vacuum, dust, remove trash and mop floors. This has resulted in a significant savings for the church.
Elaine Grosso, Coordinator
Building on the success of the Clean Team, another group of volunteers help keep our beautiful grounds mowed, weeded and cleaned.
Elaine Grosso, Coordinator
Counters and Verifiers
Our dedicated team of money counters come every week to count and record Sunday's offering. Once the collection plate receipts are tallied and noted, the verifying team checks the counter's work, prepares the deposit and takes the money to the bank.
Jane Farrar, Edna McDonald, Ted Smethurst, Counters Caroline Chapell, Joe and Marie Field, Ray Luddy and Ted and Nancy Smethurst,Verifiers
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Church of the good Shepherd
95 Woburn Street, Reading, MA 01867 Phone: 781-944-1572 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Office Hours: by Appointment Only