Fincastle / Botetourt County, Virginia

Lay Ministries

Altar Guild


Beauty to Glorify

By keeping the altar linens beautiful and clean, by caring for the sacred vessels, and by arranging the flowers to glorify God, our corporate worship is enhanced weekly by the work of our St. Mark's Altar Guild. Each communicant is touched by the weekly preparations of the servanthood duty of the guild.

Altar Guild Training
A wonderful "Altar Guild Training Manual" has been completed by the Guild to enable all those interested in becoming members of the Guild to be assured of easy-to-follow guidelines for setting up the altar and preparing for weekly worship. In addition, the Guild plans future flower arranging seminars to help prepare members to better carry out the task of keeping the sanctuary beautiful for worship.

Please contact Pat Gordon for more information



We are graced at St. Mark's with a dedicated all-volunteer choir and organist to provide us with a beautiful variety of music in the Anglican tradition.

Our choir provides important support for the congregation to sing and participate in the liturgy, as well as with hymns both old and new. St. Mark's uses the 1982 Hymnal in the pews supplemented by the "Lift Every Voice and Sing II" hymnal published by Church Publishing. In addition, the choir uses "Wonder, Love, and Praise" for supplemental music.

Choir Membership
The main purpose of the Adult Choir at St. Mark's is to lead the congregation in worship at the 10:30 a.m. Sunday service. Usually from September until May an offertory is presented which is based on the lectionary of the day. The hymns also reflect the message of the lectionary.

The group practices regularly at 9:45am on Sunday mornings. See Calendar for updates.  

Gret Kidd serves as the director of our choir. Tommy Hunter is our organist, with Bruce Wilsie or Sue Loeschen serving when Tommy is out of town.

Anyone who enjoys singing and is willing to commit to attending rehearsals and the 10:30 Sunday worship service each week is encouraged to join the choir. Contact Gret for more information about the Choir.

Lay Eucharistic Ministers and Lectors

Lay Eucharistic Ministers

St. Mark's has a dedicated group of lay ministers who are licensed by the Diocese of Southwestern Virginia to serve at the altar. Their duties include everything from serving as acolyte at the 8 a.m. Eucharist, to assisting with the distribution of communion. At each service our LEM leads "The Nicene Creed" and "The Prayers of the People", eloquently representing the voice of the laity in leading the congregation prayer.

Lay Eucharistic Visitors
Lay Eucharistic Visitors are loyal, active members of our parish who are willing to take the Sacrament from the altar directly to the homes of parishioners who are not able to be in church with the worshiping congregation at 10:30 on Sundays, such as shut-ins or people recovering from illnesses. The same consecrated bread and wine used on the altar is taken to homes, together with a short service of administration (and a short visit, if desired). The bread and wine they carry act as a symbol of the unity of Christ's Body. Anyone wishing to have the Sacrament brought to him or her should call the church office by Thursday morning prior to the Sunday service.

The Lector schedule for St. Mark's is prepared by the Lector Chair and includes confirmed laity who are interested in reading the scriptures aloud to the congregation at the 10:30 service and at special services.

For information about Lay Eucharist Ministers, contact Chuck Geiger

For information about Lectors, contact Pete Mahony

Ushers and Greeters

Each week newcomers and old timers alike are greeted at the door by a smiling face and someone to give them a weekly bulletin. The ushers and greeters are a dedicated core of St. Mark's members who help collect the offerings, invite visitors to sign the guest book, and help newcomers understand the layout of our building.

For more information about the usher/greeter team, contact Jay Gordon

Youth Servers

Acolytes, Crucifers and Torchbearers

"Be present, Lord Jesus; be present! Grant that I may faithfully and loyally serve you in love and through my service proclaim 'In all things, God be glorified.'"

The Crucifer leads our weekly procession into worship by lifting high the cross. He/she is followed by Torch Bearers carrying lighted candles to symbolize the "light of the world" as it is brought into the nave by the laity, returning here to worship and to be renewed in their service. The Acolyte assists the priest's preparation of the Lord's Table for Holy Eucharist. At festival services a Kite Bearer flies the dove kite, symbolic of the Holy Spirit's being invited into our time of worship and praise.

These duties and others, as requested, are carried out at St. Mark's by our Youth Servers. 

Each Youth Server has his/her own ribbon with cross and annual updating to wear as part of his/her vestment. Upon graduation from high school, it is presented to him/her in sincere thanks from a grateful congregation.

Our youngest members serve as Torch Bearers. Crucifers are usually in middle school. After a young person has made the decision to be confirmed, he/she is invited to serve as an Acolyte.

Contact Emily Talbot-Guillote for more information on Youth Servers

Coffee Hour

Coffee hour is an informal time after the 10:30 service in the fellowship hall where coffee and light refreshments are served.  There is an online sign-up process for coffee hour on the home page. Click on the "sign up here" button on the right hand side.  There is always a need for parishioners to take a turn providing refreshments.  You can also team up with someone else.

For more information on coffee hour, contact Penny Neil.

Choir, readers, acolytes - 12-2-18

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