The Episcopal Church provides not only adult laity,
but also youth with several ways to assist in church services. Acolyte
is the general term that applies to the youth who serve as either torch
bearers, crucifers or banner bearers.
Torchbearers are responsible for lighting & extinguishing
the altar candles, carrying the torches in and out, bringing the wine
and bread to the altar. Anyone age 10 or over serve in this capacity.
Prior to assuming this role, all Torchbearers must attend a training
session with the minister before starting. Training sessions are held
2-3 times per year.
Crucifers carry the cross in and lead the processional; in
addition, they are the minister's chief helper during communion. They
also aid the minister by bringing her/him the gospel book and
presenting the offering before the altar. Crucifers must be 13 and have
attended specific training with the minister before starting. They must
also show a decided level of maturity. Although most teens find it easy
to work into the role of crucifer by being a torchbearer first, it is
not a requirement.
Banner Bearers must be 13, and large and strong enough to carry
the heavy banner gracefully. They process in and out with it. They are
also responsible for ringing the bell 10 minutes before the service to
announce to all the Trinity is about to hold services. This is a great
job if you don't want to get involved with all the other aspects of
acolyting -- you can be just a banner bearer.
All of these positions rotate, and there is no minimum or maximum time
commitment for serving as an acolyte. Most youth perform their
responsibilities every 4-6 weeks. We are currently searching for
acolytes willing to serve at the 8am Sunday service.
If you are interested in any of these positions, please contact Diane
Pelrine through the church office.