Bethesda depends on the faithful dedication of so many parishioners to help make our services glorious and worshipful. Since worship is at the core of our life and mission, people serving in these ministries find the joy of loving service to God and their faith community. There are several ways to serve in worship described below. Anyone feeling a call to serve in any of the following areas should contact the Rector or one of the Associates.
Acolytes provide assistance in worship by leading processions and assisting the clergy. They carry processional crosses, banners, and torches (candles) and hold the Gospel book for Deacons. The clergy and vergers offer training for acolytes regularly. Adults, as well as children as young as the third grade, may serve as acolytes.
Members of the Altar Guild set up for all services at Bethesda and care for all the items needed for worship, such as the Eucharistic vessels, linens, vestments, and candles. Men and women of all ages serve on the Altar Guild.
Eucharistic Ministers administer the consecrated wine to those receiving communion at the celebration of the Holy Eucharist. Both women and men over the age of 16 serve as Eucharistic ministers after thorough training with the clergy and vergers.
Eucharistic Visitors, directly following a celebration of the Holy Eucharist, take and administer communion (the consecrated bread and wine) to members of the congregation who by reason of illness or infirmity are unable to be present.
The Flower Guild adorns our magnificent worship space with glorious flowers and other decorations befitting each different liturgical season and occasion. They also make small arrangements each week for parishioners in the hospital and homebound. For Christmas, Palm Sunday, and Easter the entire Flower Guild comes together to decorate the church and grounds for these most significant festival days. Over the last several months the Flower Guild has taken on various special events, such as the Annual Picnic and uses their talents to benefit other ministries with the church. All are welcome to join this ministry.
Lay Readers proclaim God's word by reading the Lessons to the congregation and leading the Prayers of the People from the Lectern. Lay Readers are men and women of at least high school age, must be comfortable reading in public, and will receive training before being scheduled to read.
Sound System Operators
Sound System Operators run our sound system for Sunday services. We have a few dedicated people serving in this capacity now, but we depend on them too often. It’s not a difficult job but is very important for the seamless flow of our worship. Anyone high-school age or above can serve in this ministry, and it’s a perfect way for you to contribute to our worship. We will provide training. Please contact Regine Reimann at firstname.lastname@example.org or call her at (561) 655-4555 x117 if you would be interested or if you’d like more information.
Bethesda's Ushers greet parishioners attending Sunday services, distribute service leaflets, and assist in the general flow of the service—especially with Communion. There are Usher teams and a team normally serves on a rotation. Men and women serve as ushers, and some children serve with their parents when scheduled.
Vergers at Bethesda-by-the-Sea are the behind the scenes coordinators who serve as the principle ministers of ceremony. They work closely with the Clergy to make sure each service runs smoothly. There are many interwoven parts in Episcopal services, and the vergers are charged with ensuring that all the others helping to lead a service have what they need to serve their very best. They coordinate the movements of Acolytes, Eucharistic Ministers, Eucharistic Visitors, and Clergy, and support and coordinate other ministry groups like the Altar Guild and Ushers. They also make guest Clergy and visitors feel welcome while always maintaining a warm, friendly disposition.