Lay Ministries


Worship Service Opportunities

(Training will be provided if you are interested in any of these Ministries)

Altar Guild

Holy Eucharist is part of our Sunday worship. Altar Guild members prepare the altar by setting out the appropriate linens, Eucharistic vessels, bread and wine before the service. Cleaning up after the service takes only a few minutes. Contact Mary Eagan (eganmh@gmail.com) or Joanne Filmanowicz (roseyjosie@wi.rr.com)

Chalice Bearers

During communion, the priest or deacon distributes the consecrated bread. The Chalice Bearers offer the chalice of wine for drinking or intinction (dipping). Contact Fr. Steve Teague (steve.teague@stpaulsmilwaukee.org).

Communion Bread Bakers

For many years, St. Paul’s has been blessed to have our Eucharistic Bread made by parishioners. It is a simple whole wheat yeast dough formed into individual rounds. If you wish to contribute to this ministry, your skills will be greatly appreciated. Contact Joanne Filmanowicz (roseyjosie@wi.rr.com).

Individual Prayer

After the 8AM service and during communion at the 10:15AM service, individual prayer is offered in the Baptistry using prayers from the Book of Common Prayer. Contact Father Steve Teague (steve.teague@stpaulsmilwaukee.org).

Intercessor

Following the Nicene Creed in the Liturgy of the Word part of the service, Prayers of the People are read by the Intercessor using a form offered in the Book of Common Prayer. Contact Joanne Filmanowicz (roseyjosie@wi.rr.com).

Lay Reader

The lectionary found in the Book of Common Prayer gives the appointed Bible readings for each day. Lessons from the Old and New Testaments are read at each service. Contact Joanne Filmanowicz (roseyjosie@wi.rr.com).

Acolytes

Acolytes assist the celebrant in the performance of liturgical rites. Both male and female youth and adults are welcome. Contact Julie Okoro (ujokoro@sbcglobal.net).

Ushers

At the 10:15AM service, ushers greet worshipers, distribute bulletins and guide communicants to the altar for communion. There are no appointed ushers at the 8AM service, although an informal collection is taken. Contact Joanne Filmanowicz (roseyjosie@wi.rr.com)

Choir

St. Paul’s Choir enjoys an enviable reputation and admirable history. A choir (sometimes several!) has existed here at St. Paul’s since its founding in the mid 1800s. By joining our hearts with the beauty of sound, we give voice to our faith through the art of music. Music soothes, excites, challenges and unites us in ways in which words alone cannot. Through our hymns and acclamations, the singing of our choirs, and the sounds of our instruments, music enables us to touch the very mysteries of God as we unite in prayer.

At St. Paul’s, music for worship spans the centuries from Medieval chant and Renaissance polyphony through modern repertoire of the new millennium. The Choir provides musical leadership at the 10:15AM service and at various other liturgical celebrations (most notably the annual Lessons & Carols service), and the church houses a fine three-manual fifty-one rank Schantz pipe organ which is heard regularly in worshipo.

For those interested in becoming involved in our music ministry, rehearsals are held on Wednesday evenings from September through May from 7 to 9PM in the Music Room, and a brief warm-up is held before the 10:15AM service on Sundays, from 9 to 10AM. Sight-reading skills and previous singing experience, although not required, are helpful. No audition is necessary, but the Music Ministry Director, Tim Benson, will want to hear a brief selection in order to determine voice placement. We’re a happy and spirited group and guarantee that you’ll make new and lasting friends here. We’re always happy to welcome new members. For more information, please feel free to contact Tim Benson (timothy_benson@mac.com).