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    Acolytes are children, youth, and adults, male and female, who assist
    the clergy during worship services. They typically are scheduled to
    serve on teams of two for the 8:30am and 10:30am Sunday services,
    with variations for special services throughout the year. Training
    and vestments are provided. (Church Office: 575-526-6333,

    The Altar Guild assists the clergy by setting the altar for all services.
    Guild members are responsible for the proper care and handling of
    Eucharistic linens and vessels for Holy Communion. Rotating weekly
    teams are responsible for setting up the altar for Sunday and all
    special services held at the church. (Virginia Beckworth: 404-234-
    7681, )

    Children’s Chapel is an age-appropriate worship experience offered
    during the 10:30 a.m. Sunday service for children ages 3 to 10.
    Worship consists of songs of praise, a bible story linked to the
    lectionary, and prayer. Children rejoin their families in the sanctuary
    during the Peace for the celebration of Holy Communion. (Rebecca
    Cram: 575-652-1688, )

    Eucharistic Ministers (EMs) are licensed by the Bishop of the
    Diocese to assist the Parish Priest in the distribution of the
    sacraments at a service in the church. Potential Eucharistic Ministers
    must be trained and approved by the Rector and Vestry before
    licensing by the Bishop. (Church office: 575-526-6333,

    Eucharistic Visitors (EVs) are trained by the Priest or Deacon and
    are licensed by the Bishop to administer Reserved Sacrament to
    those who cannot make it to the church services. This usually applies
    to the permanently homebound or those who are experiencing
    medical problems of shorter duration. EVs use an approved form of
    the liturgy based on the Book of Common Prayer. The Priest or
    Deacon assigns the EVs to individuals in need of this service.
    (Deacon Phil Runge: 912-339-3224, )

    Lectors (Lay Readers) are trained by the Priest or Deacon to read
    the Old Testament, the Psalm, the Epistle, or the Prayers of the
    People at services. (Church office: 575-526-6333,

    The Music Ministry is organized under our Music Director. All are
    welcome to participate in the music programs at St. Andrew’s. Our
    motto is to “make a joyful noise unto the Lord!” We welcome new
    members at any time during the year. (Cory Gasparich: 575-386-
    0522,  )

    • The Bell Choir meets each Sunday during the school year
      from 8:30 to 9:30 a.m. The bell choir performs for special
      services and as often during the regular services as possible.
      Our goal is to play at the services at least once a month.
    • The Chancel Choir provides anthems for regular Sunday
      services as well as special services (i.e., Holy Week, and
      Christmas). Weekly rehearsals are held on Wednesday
      evenings from 7 to 8:30 p.m. There are no regular rehearsals
      during the summer months and the choir sings with the
      congregation during that time.
    • The Praise Band leads the Communion music for Sunday
      10:30 a.m. services (except during Advent and Lent). It
      consists of vocalists and instrumentalists and performs
      contemporary music.

    Prayer Partners are members of the congregation who want to
    pray for others. Partners come to the back of the church during the
    communion service. Prayer Partners are scheduled one, or perhaps
    two Sundays a month, and require appropriate training. (Church
    Office: 575-626-6333, )

    Ushers are scheduled to serve at the Sunday 10:30 a.m. service and
    other special services, such as funerals. Ushers are scheduled
    approximately once per month. The age range is 14 and above.
    Training is on-the-job and includes greeting and handing out
    bulletins, ringing the church bell, seating latecomers, collecting the
    offering, doing a headcount, monitoring our Gathering Space and
    hallways, and collecting bulletins left behind for recycling. (Bob
    Anderson: 575-644-9441, )