The Altar Guild likes to say that we’re the oldest ministry in the church because someone had to clean and prepare the room and meal for Jesus and his disciples; and someone had to clean up the room and do the dishes after the whole group departed for the Garden of Gethsemane. Sounds like an Altar Guild, doesn’t it? We do know the St. Philip’s Altar Guild was one of the first ministries of this parish, having been started by Mrs. Ferguson, the wife of the first Rector.
The work of the Altar Guild takes place “backstage”: preparing and setting up the Eucharist at each Sunday service, as well as any other times during the year communion is served. We polish the “holy hardware,” fill the candles with oil, wash and iron the white linens, as well as the vestments of the priests, lay liturgical members, and acolytes, and anything else called on to do to fulfill our purpose of ensuring that our worship reflects the holiness and joy we have in Jesus Christ.
We are particularly proud of the fact that all our members are pledging members of the parish.
At the 9 a.m. service on October 26, we honored two members, Judie Ellyson and Debbie Walker, who received silver crosses given after one year of training and five years of service. This cross was designed especially for the Altar Guild by former member Lois Humphreys, and is worn with pride by our members. In addition, Silvia Becerra was honored for successfully completing her year of training and becoming a full member of our team. The honorees were feted with cake at coffee hour after the service.
We welcome new members (men and well as women), and invite you to pick up a brochure in the tract rack in the office. If you have questions, please contact Myra Ransick.
—Myra Ransick, Altar Guild Directress