It's important to remember that the only "audience" in the room for worship is God. All people, including the congregation, are there to focus on the worship of God and receive his grace. This is why we have a "Sanctuary" and not an "Auditorium".
However, there are still special roles to play during the worship liturgy. Beyond the priest there are several ways for lay people to be involved in leading worship. Below are some of those ways and who to contact if interested!
The acolytes are individuals that help the Priest at the altar and assist during services and special celebrations. They are trained in all the practices and rituals of the church by the Acolyte Master. Serving as an acolyte is open to all ages and is the starting service position for all others. Contact our Verger Craig at email@example.com
The Altar Guild is the behind the scenes ministry that isy responsible for care of all the altar linens, vestments, brass and such. In addition, they prepare for each service held in the church or chapel. Contact our AG Director Anna at firstname.lastname@example.org
The Choir leads our church in musical worship of God. In addition to Sundays they also sing for High Holy Days and often other special services. Contact our Choir Director Sally at email@example.com
Readers, or Lectors, are responsible for reading the Old and New Testament lessons at each service. And any member of the church can be a Lay Reader. Contact our Verger Craig at firstname.lastname@example.org
Servers and LEM's
Servers assist the Priest in various ways during the liturgy, mostly with setting the Altar. The Lay Eucharistic Minister (LEM) helps the Priest at the altar and will help with serving communion at Sunday services by administering the Chalice. The servers are trained by the Priest and any member of the Episcopal Church in good standing is eligible to be trained and to help serve at the altar. Each LEM is licensed by the Bishop. Contact our Verger Craig at email@example.com
Ushers are first and foremost about hospitality. They help at each service in passing out the Order of Service as folks enter the church, take the offering and help count the collection after each service. Contact our Verger Craig at firstname.lastname@example.org