Chair: Linda Powell

Staff Liaison: Pastor B. Red Burchfield, Transition Pastor

Meetings: One Sunday in September (September 15, 2019), one Sunday in January, and a Saturday luncheon in May.

The Altar Guild prepares the Communion Service for worship, cares for robes, coordinates Sunday flowers, coordinates the baking of bread for Communion, and decorates the Sanctuary for special services.

To care for the vessels, the bread and the wine, the linens and hangings, the candles and flowers used for worship is far more than a task, it is a true ministry.

Altar Guild membership is not just for women! In fact, in the ancient church the preparation of the altar was reserved for men. We currently have one couple and one other male serving and welcome more men and women to join us. It can be a great way for a couple to serve together.

We each serve about eight (8) times per year. Each time we serve, we spend about 2.5 hours preparing for and cleaning up after worship:
1 hour on Saturday, 1/2 hour between services on Sunday, and 1 hour following the last service on Sunday.

In addition to preparing the church for worship every week, we are responsible for decorating the flower cross at Easter and hanging the Chrismons on the tree in December. We undertake these tasks in fellowship and worshipful joy.

Communion Bread

Everyone is invited to bake Communion bread, whether or not you are a member of Altar Guild.   

Communion Bread - Learn more


Summer 2019

We invite Saint Andrew’s members to shadow current Altar Guild members for a Sunday service! You will:

  • Work with Altar Guild team of two for about an hour on Saturday to set up and then on Sunday for about an hour after the 9:30 service.
  • Meet Saint Andrew’s members that you don’t know.
  • Enhance your vocabulary: corporal, purificator, chalice, ciborium.
  • Serve by setting the table for communion for the congregation.

To choose your date to shadow, or if you have any questions about serving on Altar Guild, please contact Linda Powell.