Youth can serve as Acolytes beginning in 6th grade. This ministry is a key part of St. George’s worship services and is a fulfilling and fun part for many of our youth. If you are interested in being involved in this ministry, please contact Frank Puryear.
The Altar Guild is primarily responsible for preparing the Church, Chapel and Table for services, including weddings, baptisms, and funerals. Among their many duties, the Altar Guild readies and sets up the vessels and elements to be used in the Eucharist, cleans, prepares the flowers, candles, altar linens and hangings and helps to decorate the Church for various seasons and occasions.
The Altar Guild meets twice a year, at All Saints Day and Ascension Day. Each member signs up for four 2-week rotations a year.
The Altar Guild is an excellent way to serve the church at the very heart of its life: The Altar. Membership in the Altar Guild is open to all women of St. George's Church. If you are interested in Altar Guild service, please contact Debbie Townsend, Chairman, at (615) 473-3322.
View the Altar Guild Rotation Schedule here.
Apostles of Sound & Vergers of Video
The Apostles of Sound are the volunteer adults and teens who control the A/V systems in the church during services and special programs (music events, weddings, funerals, etc). The Apostles of Sound make certain the priests’ microphones can be heard clearly and evenly, and that the service is recorded and archived. It’s an important job! Adults and youth are welcome! To find out more, or to join the Apostles of Sound/Vergers of Video group, contact Jim Williams.
View the current schedule here.
The Flower Guild is responsible for flowers in the chapel and can assist with flowers in the Church as necessary. Open to all parishioners, the Flower Guild is part of the broader Altar Guild. Please contact Jane Sloan at (615) 292-6009 if you would like to join St. George's Flower Guild.
Interested in greeting people as they enter and leave the church on Sunday mornings? This simple yet profoundly important ministry may be just for you. If you are interested in exploring it, we invite you to contact Katie Agnew.
Lay Eucharistic Ministers
The licensed Lay Eucharistic Ministers (LEM) assist the clergy of St. George's by participating in the scheduled services on Sunday and weekday mornings. Those who are interested also make weekly visits to church members who are homebound or in the hospital to bring the Eucharist and pray with them. LEMs are asked to go through a special training with one of our long-time volunteers before serving. Contact Rebecca Teel in the church office at (615) 385-2150 to learn more.
Lectors (Lay Readers)
Lay readers read the Lessons and the Prayers of the People at Holy Eucharist services.
This is a chance for 6th - 12th graders to be involved in Sunday morning worship in a different way, as they read the Scripture lesson at the 8:45 a.m. service. Contact Daniel Bradley at (615) 385-2150 x 222 if your son or daughter is interested in becoming a youth lector.
Using the Lectionary
The Episcopal Church follows the Revised Common Lectionary, which provides a selection of readings from the Old Testament, New Testament, and the Gospels for each day of the church year. There are many resources online, but we recommend the website provided by Vanderbilt Divinity School found here. You may also purchase an "Episcopal Lesson Calendar" from Church Publishing.
Oblation Bearers are a meaningful way to be a part of the service and are open to any one that might be interested. They represent the entire congregation as they bring the unconsecrated elements of bread and wine (called oblations) to to the altar with the offering. It is an easy way to get your family involved on Sunday mornings! If you want to learn more, please contact Emily Walker.
Being an usher is a volunteer service open to all men and women in the parish. Ushers help during services by distributing bulletins, passing the offering plate, and directing people to the altar rail for Eucharist, along with other important tasks. If you are interested in learning more, please contact Rebecca Teel in the church office at (615) 385-2150.