are some guidelines or tips for you as you serve God, the Pastor,
and the People of St. Matthew Lutheran Church as an acolyte:
arrive in the Vestry at least ten minutes before the start of a
Worship Service. Make sure your restroom needs are attended to prior
have your hair combed (there is a mirror in the Vestry) and your
hands and fingernails clean. Wear a white shirt or blouse, dark
socks, and dark shoes that are clean and neatly polished. Boys should
wear dark slacks or pants.
no gum chewing or eating of food or candy while you are an acolyte!
Please sit reverently. Remember you are an important person or leader
in the Worship Service.
for the torch lighter, or ask the Worship Assistant for help. Check
to see that the torches are burning properly prior to entering the sanctuary.
your vestments. Do they look neat and clean? If there is a problem
or need repair, please set the vestment aside and tell the Altar
Guild person following the Service.
the Worship Bulletin for changes or
different in the Service.
care of any errands that the Pastor or Worship Assistant may have.
assisting in the Service, always walk in a reverent, dignified, and
the sanctuary with the processional cross and torches as the Service
begins. Remember to hold the processional cross straight up and do
not sway it from side-to-side. Please take your seat in the area as
directed by the Pastor.
seated in your place, do not leave the area to get a drink or go to
you are unable to serve on the date and Service assigned, it is your
responsibility to contact another trained acolyte to fill-in for you.
If you know this in advance, please notify the Church Office or the
Acolyte Coordinator. Remember, as an acolyte, you are a part of a
worship team. Each person is depending on the other for offering a
dignified, and meaningful Worship Service.
God. Pray, meditate, and reflect. As a leader in the worship Service
you are also a member of the worshiping family of God.
you for your service to God, to the Pastor, and to the Worship
Assistant, and to the Family of Saint Matthew Lutheran Church.
God bless you in your ministry!