There are a variety of ways to share your time and talents to enhance the worship experience for St. Bart's family. New members are joyfully welcomed to any of these ministries. If you are interested, please call the church office at (858) 487-2159.
Acolytes participate with clergy and other lay ministers in worship services in the church. They carry the cross, candles and flags in the procession. Acolytes also assist with setting of the altar table and other liturgical duties during the services.
Acolytes can begin as early as the 6th grade and continue serving with increased responsibility through grade 12. The acolyte team comes together for their Annual Meeting with lunch and there are also training sessions several times during the church year.
For more information, please call the church office at (858) 432-2159.
The Altar Guild prepares and maintains the vessels and vestments used at the altar for worship services. New members receive training and are partnered with a more experienced member of the Altar Guild in the schedule. Teams are scheduled for setting up for Eucharist and cleaning the various chalices and vessels following the services on a rotating monthly schedule.
Drivers of the Bartmobile golf cart help those desiring transportation to and from the patio and church area of the campus and the parking lot. The Bartmobile is staffed from 7:45 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. on Sunday mornings and at special events.
Lay Eucharistic Ministers - Chalice Bearer Ministry
Chalice Bearers, also known as Lay Eucharistic Ministers, are trained to administer the sacred sacrament of the Blood of Christ during the Eucharist. They assist clergy in worship and support the service liturgy in reading prayers or scripture. Training is provided for new ministry members, and service schedules are prepared on a three-month rotating calendar.
Choirs of St. Bart's
St. Bartholomew's choirs offer a variety of opportunities to share the gifts of beautiful music to enhance our worship. These include the 50-voice Coventry Choir, smaller choral groups (double quartet, Psalm Singers, Schola Cantamus), the Salisbury Handbell Choir, the Camerata String Ensemble and the contemporary instruments and voices supporting the "Gather Together" singing prior to the 9:30 a.m. services.
The choirs come together for the annual choir retreat in the fall to preview the music planned for the coming year and share fellowship together. Learn more about the choirs at St. Bart's. For more information please contact Nathan Costa, Director of Liturgy and Music.
Flower Guild members work together to prepare the altar flowers each week and then “recycle” them into smaller arrangements for the clergy to deliver to hospitalized or homebound parishioners. New guild members are always welcome.
Greeters are among the first faces anyone coming to St. Bart's will see. Making that first impression count is the focus in this ministry, welcoming guests to our church and making them feel at home. Our greeters answer newcomer and visitor questions, provide directions to Sunday School, distribute information packets and facilitate getting guest sign-ups so a welcome letter can be sent out from the rector.
Ushers provide a vital service for worship services by ensuring the facility is properly prepared for worship, providing worshipers with service bulletins, assisting with seating in the church and answering questions. Ushers also coordinate collection of the pledge offering gifts, and they guide everyone to the altar to receive communion or a blessing. Ushers also assist worshipers who are less mobile by helping them to receive communion, and they hold out a welcoming hand to anyone in need during services.
Lay Eucharistic Visitors - Lay Pastoral Visitors
Both Lay Pastoral Visitors and Lay Eucharistic Visitors receive specific training to bring prayer support, companionship, and Holy Eucharist to anyone unable to be at church. These visiting teams work closely with our clergy to provide pastoral care and support. New members are licensed by the diocese following required training.
Lectors read the lessons—the Word of God—at church services. Lectors are trained in how to read biblical texts, pronounce unusual words, and relate to the listeners. This ministry is one of many ways to help God’s Word come alive in the hearts of listeners.