Acolytes are part of a venerable tradition of ministry within the church spanning 17 centuries. At St. Paul’s young people (Grades 4 – 12) are invited to participate, serving at the altar and assisting the Bishops and priests. They serve as crucifers (carrying the cross in procession), torch bearers (carrying the candles) and banner bearers. Occasionally there is a Gospel bearer and Bishop’s chaplain. Acolytes assist in worship as part of a larger worship team. This team includes the Altar Chapter, Lay Eucharistic Ministers, Greeters, Lectors, musicians, members of the choir, and more. When we all come together and work as a team we are able to lead the congregation in a worship service that brings glory to God. If you are interested in participating as an acolyte, please contact the Rector or speak with any of our acolytes, who would be happy to tell you about their experiences.