The Cathedral of St. Philip - Atlanta, GA

Worship Support Ministries

Worship at the Cathedral depends on the efforts of hundreds of parishioners whose support and dedication allows services to run smoothly. We encourage you to consider being involved in any of the following areas.

Acolytes

Youth acolytes, sixth grade and above, assist at the worship services at the Cathedral. Training is offered at the beginning of each school year. For more information, contact Maggie Paul, 404-365-1080. 

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Adult Acolytes

We use adult acolytes at Evensong services and during the summer at the 11:15 Eucharist. There is a required training session. For more information, contact Stewart McDonough or Ernie Darby

Altar Guild

The Altar Guild sets the credence table for the celebration of the Holy Eucharist on Sundays and during the week, and then cleans up after the service. Members usually serve at one or two services per month. For information, contact Nancy Rizor, 404-262-3314.

Baptism Committee

Baptism Guild members serve on the day of baptisms by greeting families, preparing baptismal records, and assisting the clergy. For information, Dottie Fluker, 404-240-0070.

Brass Polishing

These members polish all the brass used in worship services, including railings, candlesticks, and alms basins. Volunteers are divided into teams, serving two or three times a year on the days of their choice. For information, contact Hillary Jones, 404-365-1038.

Eucharistic Ministers

These persons administer the chalice of wine at our Eucharistic services. Training is required, and a commitment to serve on a rotation at our Sunday Eucharists. A license from the Bishop is given after training. To express an interest in this ministry, please contact Hillary Jones, 404-365-1038.

Eucharistic Visitors

These confirmed members take the Holy Communion from the Sunday services to those who are homebound. Training is offered occasionally throughout the year. For information, please contact Jeannie Mahood, 404-365-1034.

Finance Count Teams

These teams are responsible for counting the offering on Sunday morning. Each team of four or five members serves every other month during the Sunday morning services. Team members often discover a great opportunity for fellowship in this “behind the scenes” ministry. To volunteer, please contact Charles Jacobs, 404-365-1070 or Emily Bazzel, 404-365-1074.

Flower Guild

The Flower Guild arranges the flowers for Sunday services, festivals, weddings, funerals, and receptions. Arrangers are part of a team that arranges flowers every three months. The entire guild helps with the Christmas and Easter festivals. To learn more,contact Laura Iarocci or Grace Foster.

Altar flowers in the Cathedral and Mikell Chapel may be given in memory or in thanksgiving of loved ones. The minimum suggested donation is $75 per name.Click here to make an online flower donation.

Funeral Guild

This group of parish members assists at funerals through hospitality and the altar guild, in addition to ushering and greeting guests. For more information, please contact Jeannie Mahood, 404-365-1034.

Intercessors

These confirmed members lead the congregation in the Prayers of the People during the Sunday morning Eucharists. Training is offered occasionally throughout the year. For more information, please contact Hillary Jones, 404-365-1038.

Lectors

These confirmed members read the scriptural lessons at the Sunday services on a rotating basis. Training is offered occasionally throughout the year. To be a lector, please contact Hillary Jones, 404-365-1038.

Lay Readers

These members are licensed by the Bishop to read morning and evening prayer both at the Cathedral and at various nursing facilities that we serve. Training and commitment is required. To inquire about this ministry, please contact Hillary Jones, 404-365-1038.

Ushers

Approximately 350 men and women serve on usher teams, greeting and welcoming members and visitors, distributing worship leaflets, assisting in the seating of our worshippers, and being attentive to those who need assistance. During Holy Communion they assist people moving to and from the altar rail. Usher teams serve two consecutive Sundays approximately every two months. Ushers are also needed at special services. To volunteer, please contact Rod Bunn, 770-446-2084.

Vergers

These persons, appointed by the Dean, help design and organize the liturgies of the Cathedral and work with the Canon for Worship on Diocesan and Cathedral liturgies. Verger Hotline: 404-365-1046. For more information, please contact Richard Perry, 770-587-5870.

Wedding Guild

These members assist the clergy and families during the wedding rehearsal and ceremony. Members meet regularly and serve several times per year. For information, please Joan Gilbert, 404-310-2791, or Sherri Musgrove, 404-641-9657.

Weekday Lay Readers

These confirmed members lead morning prayer Monday through Saturday at 8:45 a.m. in Mikell Chapel. Training is offered on an as-needed basis. For more information, please contact Hillary Jones, 404-365-1038.