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An acolyte is a youth volunteer trained to assist the clergy in a religious service or procession. At St. Francis, acolytes include altar servers, torchbearers, crucifers, and banner-bearers who help in our 9 am Family Worship Service, our 11 am Traditional Worship Service, and special seasonal services. Serving as an acolyte is a unique way for youth to reverently serve our Lord, and allows them to learn more about the traditions of the Episcopal Church.
Acolytes wear a red cassock (robe), topped with a white surplice and a cross necklace. In a worship service, they process into the sanctuary ahead of the priests and then sit in the front of the church near the clergy. The ministers lead the worship service, and the acolytes are their key helpers: they hold the offerings for blessing, receive the gifts (the bread and the wine) for the Eucharist, and assist with preparations for Communion. Acolytes are scheduled once every 4–6 weeks throughout the year and also help at services for Christmas and Easter.
The acolyte ministry for the 11 am Service is open to teens in grades 8–12. There is a mandatory training session for all new and returning acolytes each fall, but the new acolytes are welcome at any time of the year and can be trained individually.
In the 9 am Family Service, younger children can help too! We invite children in grades 1–5, depending on maturity level, to participate as Server, Crucifer, or Torchbearer; youth in grades 5–9 to serve as Readers; and children ages 3+ to ring the chimes that begin the service. If interested, please contact Hollie Buza for more information. 
Last Published: November 22, 2016 7:10 PM
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