Opportunities for Service

Lay Ministers are a key part of our parish life. If you would like to serve as a Lay Minister in any of the capacities below, please contact the people listed under each section, call the church office at 323-8597, or contact The Rev. Bob Van Doren: rvandoren [at] stjohnsmemphis [dot] org.

Schedules will be updated biannually or as needed. Please contact your team leader for more information.

Acolytes, LEMs, & Lectors

Acolytes and Lay Eucharistic Ministers (LEMs) are the most visible members of lay ministry in the church. Acolytes lead the procession during the worship service and carry the cross and candles. Acolyte means “one who serves”.  Also known as Chalice Bearers, LEMs are trained and certified to assist the priests prepare the altar and serve the wine during communion. Lectors are lay readers of scripture during the worship service who read the first and second lessons from the lectern, or missal stand, to the congregation. To join a team, contact the church office at 323-8597.

Altar Guild & Flower Guild

The Holy Eucharist is a community experience, and we need YOU to make it beautiful and meaningful.

Serve on the Altar Guild and prepare the altar, the holy vessels, and the host for services. Bring a willing spirit and we'll show you the rest! Serve once a month with a team. Men and women welcome. Contact: Carol Calame cccalame [at] mindspring [dot] com or 458-6654.

Serve on the Flower Guild and craft arrangements for the services at Saint John's. Your work will bring nature's beauty into the house of God. Serve once a month with a team. Men and women welcome. Arranging experience not required! Contact: Myra Ann Kelso myraann2 [at] gmail [dot] com or 452-0642.

Flower Delivery

Our parishioners who haven fallen ill and those who are homebound receive a selection of the altar flowers delivered to them by parishioners after church. This ministry brings fellowship and a friendly face to those who appreciate it dearly. You may never truly know how much it means to those whom you visit. To be a smiling face and join our flower delivery team, contact The Rev. Bob Van Doren: rvandoren [at] stjohnsmemphis [dot] org or 323-8597.

Ushers & Greeters

Ushers and Greeters are the face of the parish for our visitors, and they are a valuable part of our lay ministry team. Ushers distribute bulletins during service, and they collect the offertory and process the sacred elements forward for communion.

To join an usher team, contact Head Usher, Hugh Mallory: bungalow385 [at] hotmail [dot] com.

    Greeters serve before the 10:30 service, welcoming visitors and parishioners and providing information about the ministries of the church. Step up and serve in this valuable and visible ministry.

    To join the greeters, contact Dee Bradley: wbradley51 [at] gmail [dot] com.

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    Saint John’s Episcopal Church
    3245 Central Avenue | Memphis, Tennessee 38111
    Phone (901) 323-8597 | Fax (901) 327-9032