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Altar Guild Annual Report 2022

Altar Guild 2022 Annual Report


Thank you to all contributors to this ministry over the past year.  Our members helped St. James’ services proceed smoothly each week with safety precautions.  This year out of an abundance of caution, we modified procedures for the distribution of consecrated wine by using mini recyclable, plastic cups in communion trays.  So that our services may be as inclusive as possible, the Altar Guild continues to offer gluten-free hosts and grape juice.

During 2022, St. James’ held Holy Eucharist at 10 AM most Sundays with the Rev. Don Hamer or supply clergy officiating.  The church offered two Christmas Eve services at 5 and 9 p.m. as well as a 10 AM service Christmas Day.  

This past fall the Altar Guild purchased a new green superfrontal that allows for viewing our beautifully carved wooden altar.  The purchase includes green hangings as well as the burse and veil used when the altar is set for a communion service.

Our ministry has been responsible for changing altar hangings based upon the church calendar, care of linens, vestments, candles, wine, and any other needs required by the presiding clergy.  Each Sunday a team is responsible for preparing the sanctuary and cleaning after the service; we also prepare and clean up after weddings and funerals.  Altar Guild is a quiet, contemplative and rewarding ministry as we do whatever is necessary for the efficient successful completion of our worship services.  Members of the current Altar Guild invite all interested parties to join us in this ministry.


Respectfully submitted,

Cherie Cooper

Patricia Goodrich