Service as an acolyte is an ancient servant ministry and is
open to all. Acolytes participate in the
services by carrying the cross, torches and the Gospel Book in the Sunday
procession and recession. They assist
the Priest and Deacon at the altar, engaging in the service in a meaningful
Acolytes have the unique opportunity to support the church
in a responsible role, while learning more about the liturgy of the service. Coordinator of this important ministry is Tom
Members of the Altar Guild prepare the sanctuary for Holy
Eucharist with great care and dedication. Duties include maintaining the linens and vestments, changing them as
appropriate to the liturgical seasons. Guild
members are responsible for cleaning and polishing the sacred vessels, as well
as preparing the Credence Table and dressing the Altar. After each service, they help restore the
sanctuary to order.
Members are trained in all areas of the Guild’s work,
working with a senior member until they feel comfortable in working alone. The work of the Guild is coordinated by
Carolyn Williams. Service in the Altar
Guild inspires an emotional involvement in loving God and the Church.
At St. Andrew’s, our Lay Readers are trained in the
effective reading of lessons from the Bible and the leading of prayers. They also are trained to assist clergy as
To become a Lay Reader, one must be at least 16 years old,
be confirmed, receive Holy Communion, regularly attend worship services, and
help spread God’s Kingdom through work, prayer and giving. Coordinator of the Lay Readers is Tom White.
Our Lay Readers bring dignity and emphasis to the reading of
God’s Word in the Holy Eucharist.
Eucharistic Ministers are those individuals who carry Holy
Communion from the church service to those unable to attend – someone confined
to home, hospital or nursing home. Coordinated by Fr. David Bridges, these lay ministers also lead a short
monthly Holy Communion service at a local nursing home on a rotating schedule.
Eucharistic Ministers receive training in the specific
liturgy for these services. They begin
by accompanying the Deacon or a senior member until they are comfortable to
solo. The requirements for service are
the same as for Lay Readers, although being a Lay Reader is not a prerequisite.
The Music Program at St. Andrew’s is small but mighty! We are blessed with the talents of Music
Director Terry Jordan, who moves seamlessly from piano to organ to vocals. Terry’s background as popular entertainer in
Branson, Missouri, shines through as he offers creative arrangements of
traditional and modern hymns of praise. Accompanied occasionally by organist Scott Crow or guitarist Fran Rahn,
he engages the congregation in a joy-filled ministry of music.
Terry leads a talented St. Andrew’s Ensemble, made up of
Fran Rahn, Carolyn Williams, Heather White and Scott Potter. These dedicated singers give voice to the powerful
worship experience at St. Andrew’s – enlarging upon liturgy and praising God
with beautiful melodies. The group meets
weekly to rehearse pieces for each service.
St. Andrew’s also presents special musical programs for the
Grove community, such as ahumorous “old-time Christmas” songfest or a
Branson-style concert with guest soloist. These events typically are fundraisers either for the church or for
As always, we welcome members and visitors to add their
voices to the Music Program, by joining the Ensemble or simply joining us in
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