Worship Ministries

For more information contact:  parishadmin@stmatthewshallowell.org


Youth and adults are always encouraged to seek ways of living out their baptismal ministry.  Becoming an acolyte is one way to do this.  Acolytes assist the clergy in the conduct of public worship. Training and orientation are provided.

Altar Guild

The Altar Guild prepares the sanctuary for all services during the assigned week:  Sundays, baptisms, weddings, and funerals.  Other duties include cleaning of vessels, brass, and linens.  This is a sacred and prayerful ministry that provides a wonderful opportunity to spend quiet time in the sanctuary.


The Choir at St. Matthew’s assists in leading the congregation in the singing of hymns and service music and prepares anthems for the 10:30 a.m. service and other special services throughout the year.  Participation in the Choir is open to anyone who loves music and can commit to weekly rehearsals, which are held on Sundays from 12 noon until 1:30pm (mid September through Trinity Sunday).

Flower Guild

The Flower Guild arranges to have flowers at the altar each Sunday and decorates the entire church for Christmas, Easter and other special services.  Flowers are provided by the generosity of donors.

Lector, Chalice Bearer and Prayer Leader

Lectors read lessons.  Prayer Leaders lead the Prayers of the People, and Chalice Bearers assist in the ministration of the sacraments.  These ministries are open to all interested parishioners.  Participation in training, reliable attendance and thoughtful preparation of readings and prayers is expected.


Greeters assist the Liturgical Assistants in preparing the church for worship (lights, heat, sound system, etc.).  They greet worshippers, welcome newcomers and encourage them to sign the guest book, distribute bulletins, bring forward the gifts (bread and wine) for communion, take the offering, and generally assist worshipers and clergy.  The ministry of the Greeter is very important as they provide the face of welcome to those who are seeking connection with a new church.