St. Mark's is fortunate to have both adult and youth acolytes.  In general, acolytes are involved in most all of the movement phases of the service, including the initial lighting of the candles, the processional, the Gospel procession, the offertory, the preparation of the altar for Holy Eucharist, post-communion clearing of the altar, and, finally, the recessional and extinguishing of the candles.

Gospel Bearers

The Gospel Bearer is responsible for processing the Gospel book in at the commencement of the worship service and out at the conclusion, as well as processing and holding the Gospel book during the Gospel reading.

Eucharistic Ministers

Eucharistic Ministers administer the chalice of consecrated wine during the Eucharist.  This is a ministry licensed by the Bishop of the Diocese.  Guidelines for Licensed Ministries can be found here.


Lectors read the appointed lessons, the Psalm, and the Prayers of the People.  

Music & Choir

Hymns during services are from both The Hymnal 1982 and its addendum Wonder Love and Praise. 

St. Mark's Ensemble, under the leadership of Music Director Diane Mullis-Waddell, offers the opportunity for anyone who likes to sing to join the group around the piano during the offertory at the 11:00 a.m. service.


Sacristans (aka Altar Guild) are charged with care of the sacristy, the church, the sacred vessels, and the vestments. The sacristan performs the altar set-up and furniture movement, as needed, to transform Union Church from a museum to an Episcopal worship space.  There is a single sacristan assigned for each service.


Ushers are responsible for greeting, providing bulletins (as well as activity packets for children), processing the communion bread and wine to the altar, collecting the offering, directing congregants to communion, counting and recording attendance, and counting and securing the offertory after the service.