Although circumstances have changed over time, the essence of chancel guild work has remained constant. Preparation for the eucharist and the other sacraments and offices of the church, and care of the altar, sanctuary, and vessels are ‘behind-the-scenes’ jobs necessary for the efficient functioning of worship.
However, the work is not mere housekeeping. It is done for the Glory of God. Care of the furnishings of a church supports the liturgical life of the parish. It is a vital ministry and a great privilege.
Our chancel guild welcomes people of all genders, from students to retirees. This is a ministry of all the people of God.
Our work is done by teams of two who are responsible for setting up the vessels and linens for the Sunday services, arranging the flowers, checking if hangings need to be changed, tidying the sanctuary and seeing to all services for the coming week. We also decorate the church for major festivals.
We have specialty teams as well:
- Those who prepare the communion bread (currently on sabbatical as a result of COVID safety measures)
- Those who wash and iron the linens
- Those who clean and polish our brass and silver
If you are interested in knowing more about any of the ministries of the chancel guild, please contact Lorraine Gates or Louise Langman.