Worship Service Ministries
Our Worship Services involve a great number of people who volunteer to serve in a variety of ways in order for our worship of God to be a joyful, holy, and faithful act of the community. Below are brief descriptions the various ministries and how to learn more about them and get involved.
Since the 3rd century acolytes have served in Christian worship services. Like their ancient predecessors, members of St. George's Acolytes light candles and assist in various parts of the liturgy, including leading the processions and assisting with Holy Communion. Young people (grades five through college) are invited to consider ministry as an acolyte. For more information, email:
Ushers serve at all of our services and ensure that worship services run smoothly. They greet worshipers as they enter the church and hand out the service bulletins. They bring forward the the bread and wine for Holy Communion, pass the alms basins at offertory time, and guide service participants to the altar rail to receive Communion. Ushers are also ready to help those who have questions or special needs during the service, such as providing assisted listening devices and letting clergy know if disabled persons need communion brought out to their pew.
If you'd like to join our team of ushers, call the church office, 434-1781.
St. George's vergers are specially trained volunteers who assist the clergy with preparing for and conducting worship services. In simple terms, they are the "master of ceremony" at each service; it is their responsibility to see that the various lay ministries involved with the service run smoothly.
Vergers wear black or gray robes and lead the procession carrying a staff (called a 'verge'). They help organize the Chalice Bearers and Lectors before the services, and work closely with the acolyte teams and are charged with contributing to the Christian formation of acolytes and shaping their ministry. To find our more about becoming a verger, contact our Head Verger, Bob at or call 937-848-8509.
These lay ministers are trained and licensed to administer the wine at Communion. Many of our Chalice Bearers (also sometimes called Lay Eucharistic Ministers) also double as lectors and read one or more of the Lessons and/or lead the prayers of the people. To learn more please email
Lectors are volunteers who read the Lessons from Scripture during our worship services, and also lead the congregation in the Prayers of the People. Training workshops are offered periodically, but special licensing is not required. For more information on becoming a lector, email
St. George's strives to be a welcoming community, and to make sure everyone is warmly received, greeters welcome parishioners and guests as they enter the church. Greeters also are ready to help visitors/guests find their way around our campus and answer any questions they may have about St. George's.
If you're interested in serving as a Greeter, email
The Altar Guild is a group of men and women who help prepare the church for worship -- ensuring that bread and wine and the right vessels are ready for Communion, putting out the correct altar coverings in the seasonal colors, and preparing the lector's stall with the day's readings. Members of the guild also maintain vestments, altar linens, and other liturgical appointments, such as vessels, processional crosses, torches, etc.
Often accompanied by the church's magnificent Fisk pipe organ, the St. George Choir leads the congregation in song during the 10:30 a.m. Sunday worship service and special seasonal liturgies. Membership is open to adults and teens. The adult St George Choir rehearsals are conducted from 7:00 to 9:00 p.m. on Thursday evenings September through May at the Church. Questions: . For younger singers and musicians there is the Children's Choir (Pre-K through 5th grade), which rehearses on Sunday mornings at 10:30 as part of Sunday School.
If you're an instrumentalist, vocal soloist or part of a small music group and would like to participate in the church's traditional music program, please contact our Music Director,
Members of the church sign up to provide flowers to beautify our time of worship every Sunday. After services these flowers are often taken to the sick, home-bound, bereaved, newborn, or others with pastoral concerns. Volunteers are always needed after the 5:00pm service to help make arrangements and deliver the flowers. Contact the Church office 434-1781 for more information.