Join the Worship Ministries of King of Peace Episcopal Church
Worship Ministries support activities that are directly a part of the regular worship services, participating in or contributing to those services. In the Book of Common Prayer, a question is asked and answered: “Who are the ministers of the church? The ministers of the church are lay persons, bishops, priests, and deacons.” Each of us is a minister of the church. King of Peace offers a variety of opportunities to serve within the church. These dedicated groups welcome additional helping hands, minds, and hearts in these services. Vestry Liaisons are Ruth Proctor Terry and Barbara Mathis.
Acolytes: Children and youth who assist with worship services by performing such duties as lighting and extinguishing candles, carrying the processional cross and torches, and other duties as required by the Priest. Training is provided by the parish. Contact: Ruth Proctor Terry
Altar Guild: The Altar Guild prepares the church for worship and the Altar for the Holy Eucharist, and cleans the areas after services. They are responsible for maintaining sacramental linens, vestments, and liturgical accessories, and preparing the Bread, Wine, and Sacred Vessels for Communion. Contact: JoAnn White
Children’s Nursery*: A Children’s Nursery is provided for the 10 AM worship service and is staffed by professionals.
Choir: The Choir performs at 10 AM worship services and for special occasions and services. The group is directed by Rebecca Christian and new voices are always welcome. Contact: Rebecca Christian
Communion Bread Guild: The Guild is responsible for making the bread used in the Holy Eucharist. The recipe for King of Peace is adapted from a Trappist Monk recipe used at Virginia Theological Seminary. Contact: JoAnn White
Flower Guild: The Guild is responsible for the floral arrangements used for worship services and special occasions. To contribute altar flowers as a memorial to loved ones, sign up on the calendar provided in the Narthex. Memorials are $30. Contact: JoAnn White
Lay Eucharistic Ministers: Lay Eucharistic Ministers are trained by the parish and certified by the Diocese to serve the Sacrament to communicants during Holy Communion. Contact: Barbara Mathis
Lay Eucharistic Visitors: Lay Eucharistic Visitors are trained by the parish and certified by the Diocese to take the Sacrament to the homes of those who cannot attend worship services due to illness or infirmity. Contact: The Rev. Dick Casto
Lectors and Readers: Lectors and Readers read the first and second Scripture lessons and the Psalms for the worship services as well as leading the Prayers of the People.
Memorial Garden: The Marcus Dickman Memorial Garden of King of Peace Episcopal Church is located on church property with readily available access from the building proper. The setting is designed as a quiet and sacred place for prayer and reflection. The many blossoming trees, flowers, and plantings reflect the typical landscaping of the area and serve as a visible reminder of our belief in God’s gracious gift of resurrection. The memorial garden is designed to remember those who have gone before us in faith, as it is a place where the ashes of the dead are interred. Those interred in the garden are recorded in the parish register. For information, contact Al Virgin.
Music: Three musicians lead worship service music at King of Peace: Carol Ludwigson, Bill Bruce, and Debbie Warden.
Children’s Sunday School*: Sunday School is held weekly during the 10 AM service for children in kindergarten through third grade. Children leave the Sanctuary after the opening Hymn and a Children’s Sermon, have an age appropriate lesson, then return to have Holy Communion with their families. Contact: Dara George
Ushers and Greeters: Ushers and Greeters welcome parish members to services, orient and assist newcomers, distribute bulletins, make last minute church announcements, collect the offering, and carry the Sacraments to the Altar for the Holy Eucharist. They help visitors sign the Guestbook, invite them to Coffee Hospitality, and introduce them to other parish members.
Worship Committee: The Worship Committee serves as an advisory body to the Rector in matters of worship including scheduling and style of worship, worship space, recruitment and training of special ministers of worship and the assistance of parish education regarding worship services. The purpose of the committee is to ensure that the worship services flow smoothly and are meaningful for the parishioners. Contact: Barbara Mathis
Worship Service Bulletins: Worship Bulletins are prepared for each service at King of Peace. They contain the liturgy for the service and announcements about church activities. Contact: Neil Maxwell.
Worship Service Schedules: Participants in the weekly worship services are scheduled to serve individually or in teams. Flower, Altar, and Communion Bread Guilds are scheduled by JoAnn White. Lectors, Lay Eucharistic Ministers, Acolytes, Ushers and Greeters are scheduled by Celeste McCullough. Music for specific services is scheduled by the musician responsible for that service. Scripture readings come from the Episcopal Lectionary.
*All Congregants who work with children’s programs in the Diocese of Georgia are trained in the “Safeguarding God’s Children” Program. Information about the program is available at the website for the Diocese of Georgia.