Ministry Opportunities

For information about any of the following ministry opportunities, email sta_stm@comcast.net or call 703-683-3343.

Altar Guild

The members of our Altar Guild proudly care for the linens and sacred vessels used during Divine Worship. Duties include set-up/take down for all services, cleaning/laundering/repairing of altar linens, cleaning and polishing of sacred vessels, and maintaining proper order of the sacristy.

Appointment to the Guild is a great honor and testimony to those chosen, as Guild members are charged with one of the most sacred duties entrusted to the laity.

Salvation Army Food Donation Program

Our church, along with several others in the Alexandria community, donates food to the Salvation Army Pantry.

Non-perishable food and other dry goods are collected once a month and delivered to the Del Ray Salvation Army building to be distributed to those in need.

Flower Guild

Our parish is truly blessed to have a talented group of folks who provide beautiful flowers for our altar throughout the year. Under the direction of Carolyn Amesse, guild members design fresh floral arrangements each week and on Holy Days and other special occasions.

Regular classes on design are held throughout the year. Volunteers are always needed and training is provided.

Acolytes & Lay Readers

acolytes1Like our Altar Guild members, the men who serve as Acolytes and Lay Readers must be appointed by the rector. Lay Readers must be licensed by the Bishop Ordinary; this license is renewed annually.

Acolytes assist the priest during Divine Worship in a variety of ways. Their most important duty is to make the responses to the prayers prayed by the priest. They also present the bread, water, and wine to the priest during the preparation for Holy Communion and light/extinguish the candles for liturgical services.

In addition to acolyte duties, Lay Readers read the lessons during Divine Worship. With permission, they may also read Morning & Evening Prayer, deliver approved sermons in the absence of a priest or deacon, and read the burial office if no ordained minister or deacon is available.  By the ancient virtue of the offices, only males may serve in these ministries.

Acolytes receive ongoing training throughout the year.

Ushers

Our ushers assist the faithful during Divine Worship by providing bulletins, registration information for new folks, and seating assistance before the services.  The ushers are also responsible for the collecting of alms during the services and counting and safe storage of collections following services.

Men’s Group

The St Andrew and St Margaret’s men’s group meets on the third Saturday of every month September through May. Time is spent in fellowship with a breakfast starting at 8:30am followed by a one hour (9 to 10am) study on various religion and faith topics led by a volunteer from the group. The group also supports the annual church picnic held each September.