What is the Altar Guild?
In the early days of the Church the duty of caring for the Altar and sanctuary was the concern of the priests and attendants. In certain parts of the world nuns do this work but, for many years in most churches, these duties have been performed by a group of women, and more recently men, known as the Altar Guild.
Following procedures and traditions of the Church, the Altar Guild functions “behind the scenes” before and after each service polishing the silver and brass, washing and ironing the linens, and preparing the sanctuary for worship. During Christmas, Holy Week, and Easter the Altar Guild works even harder to support many special services.
Altar Guild members must be thoroughly familiar with the Book of Common Prayer, the changing seasons of the Church year, the names of everything used in the sanctuary and sacristy, and how to properly care for linens and vessels. In doing so, they are the priests’ partners in making the worship life of the parish run smoothly.
Serving on the Altar Guild provides a wonderful opportunity for spiritual growth through humble service, especially for those who prefer to work quietly behind the scenes, serving in a quiet yet very important way. If you would enjoy the opportunity to learn more about the elements and symbolism of our liturgy, and serve our Lord and his church one week per month, the Altar Guild might be for you. Please contact the Church Office if you would have an interest in serving God and His Church in this way.