Feb 192012

I was glad when they said to me, “Let us go into the house of the Lord!” ~ Psalm 122:1

“If we walk in the light, we have fellowship one with another.” 1 John 1:7

If you’re interested in serving as an acolyte, please contact Ms. Sonja Mullens.

The meaning of acolytes:  The word acolyte is taken from an ancient Greek word meaning companion, attendant, or helper.  Acolytes work closely with the pastors and take part in church services to help people worship God.  The acolytes light and extinguish the candles on the altar and the Paschal candle when it is used. They also assist during the communion service.
The acolyte ministry originated during Old Testament times.  Since ancient times, light and fire have reminded people that God is here with us.  Remember your Old Testament verses referencing God in the burning bush.  When the acolytes bring the light (fire) into the sanctuary, they are reminding people that God is with us in our worship service.
When the acolytes extinguish the candles and leave the sanctuary with their candle lighters aflame and exit the building to bring the light outside, they are reminding people that we take the light and scatter it out into the world remembering that God is with us.
The Acolytes ministry provides children with a meaningful opportunity to be involved and serve in the Lord’s House as helpers and attendants in the worship service.  Remember we said:  Acolyte means helper or attendant, but does not designate an age that is usually church specific.   The acolytes duties also include assisting with the offering and other duties during the services.  The acolyte youth develops responsibility to be on time and fulfill his/her obligations.  It takes a little courage initially to stand up before the congregation and perform the duties.

St. Andrews’ Acolytes:  Our acolytes serve by lighting altar candles and assist in the sacrament of communion.  Acolytes serve from 3rd grade to about 8th grade.