ANNUAL REPORT - 2020
Trinity’s Acolyte Ministry is the largest, most active group of youth in the church. We have 45 youth that serve on a regular basis, at least once a month but sometimes more. The goal of the acolyte ministry is to serve God and his church and to enhance the worship service for all involved. Acolytes don’t do or say a lot during the service, but imagine how different our service would be without the cross, candles, or banners!
Each Sunday requires a minimum of 5 acolytes- one for 8:00 service and 4 for 10:45. The average number of acolytes scheduled for 10:45 service is 7 per Sunday. Bill Morrissey has faithfully served as the acolyte for the 8:00 for several years now, and only misses one or two Sundays a year. For special services, like Easter, we can have up to 13 acolytes! This adds up to 472 acolyte positions each year!
The majority of our acolytes are in 3rd-12th grades. We do have some adults that acolyte occasionally when it is not appropriate to use youth. We use adult acolytes primarily for funerals, the 11:00 pm Christmas Eve service, and 6:00 am Great Vigil of Easter.
Our youth acolytes also serve at weddings, funerals, and special services at Trinity when appropriate.
Monies from the acolyte ministry budget are used for maintenance of vestments, purchase of new gloves as needed, and to purchase and engrave crosses for our acolytes.
We have two adult volunteers to help with the acolytes, Elizabeth Boulter and Anna Whisnant.
We have one training session each January.
Beginning in mid March, I was the acolyte Sundays for our virtual services. Mid August, I began bringing acolytes to the Sunday 10:45am and 5:30pm services on a volunteer basis.