Inside the Cathedral

Members of our congregation possess a wealth of talent and enthusiasm, and opportunities exist for any level of commitment—from one-time projects to regular weekly, monthly, or yearly ministries. We invite you to join with the members of our congregation who seek and serve Christ in others by means of these ministries.

Acolyte Guild

Trinity Episcopal Cathedral is blessed to have a committed community of young people who serve faithfully as acolytes at our primary Sunday morning services, as well as Church holidays and other special services. Training for new acolytes occurs in the fall.

Acolyte Masters

Our acolytes are overseen by a group of adults responsible for recruiting, training, and scheduling acolytes for Sunday and other services at the Cathedral. Acolyte Masters assign acolytes their various tasks and are responsible for the maintenance and care of the acolyte vestments and for assisting acolytes in vesting. They also, with the Altar Guild, maintain the processional crosses, torches, and banners.

All Saints Guild

This group exercises the ministries of compassion and service by assisting in the planning and conduct of funerals held at Trinity Cathedral. They help establish a climate of welcome and love for those who might not be familiar with Trinity Cathedral or our funeral liturgies.

Altar Guild

The Trinity Cathedral Altar Guild serves an ancient and sacred function by preparing the altar for Holy Communion at each service, to the worship and glory of God. After each service, the altar and credence tables are cleared, vessels and dishes are cleaned, and preparations are made to prepare the church for the next service. Special Altar Guild services may be requested for ordination and diocesan events, weddings, funerals, and other special services throughout the church year. All interested people are welcome to join and become further acquainted with the accoutrements of the sanctuary.

Caring Drivers Guild

These are members of Trinity Episcopal Cathedral who volunteer to pick up members who cannot drive for services on Sundays. Volunteers are always needed.

St. Catherine of Sienna Card Ministry

Members of this rewarding team ministry monthly send cards and notes to members, families, and friends of Trinity who are in the hospital or who are homebound and to those in the military. This is a team ministry where members send cards a month at a time on a rotation. Each member sends cards on the average of once or twice during the year.

Centurion’s Guild

The Centurion’s Guild is a quiet ministry of intercessory prayer by and for Trinity Cathedral. Guild members hold someone on the Cathedral prayer list in their prayers throughout the week and voice their names on Sunday during the Prayers of the People.

Children’s Formation Leaders

These dedicated volunteers enrich our children's developing relationship with Christ on Sunday mornings using the Catechesis of the Good Shepherd Curriculum. Training is provided.

Christmas Pageant

Volunteers assist in the production of our annual Christmas Pageant dedicated to celebrating the real meaning of Christmas with joy and pageantry for all ages. Requires being available for practices and preparation during the season when called by the director.

Choir

The Cathedral Choir sings regularly for the 9:00 a.m. Choral Eucharist and seasonally offers Evensong, Lessons and Carols, and Choral Settings of the Eucharist at the 11:15 a.m. service. The choir consists of a professional quartet, students in the Robert Wilson Choral Scholars Program and lay singers both from within and friends of the parish. Our choral sound and much of our literature is rooted in the Anglican tradition, and our repertoire varies from Gregorian Chant to the most recent composers of sacred choral literature.

Culinary Guild

This group is dedicated to providing excellence in quality of food and food service for a variety of Trinity events including weekly Sunday meals. No cooking experience necessary.

Dinners for Eight

Join us for an opportunity to know more of our fellow parishioners by hosting a series of small potluck dinners in the homes of volunteers. Parishioners sign up both to host and attend these events.

Early Childhood Education Program Volunteers

Support the ECEP staff by rocking babies, reading stories, helping with art projects, office administration, organizing teacher resources, or helping with one of several yearly projects. In addition, we collect recycled material for art projects. Bring them to church and drop them in the big blue recycle bins outside classrooms.

Eucharistic Ministers

A Eucharistic Minister is a member of the Cathedral who is licensed by the bishop to administer the elements at any Celebration of the Holy Eucharist in the absence of a sufficient number of Priests or Deacons assisting the celebrant.

Eucharistic Visitors

Eucharistic Visitors are licensed members of the Cathedral who take the sacrament to other members of the congregation who because of illness or infirmity cannot be present at the celebration. Each visitor is sent out from a service by the deacon with a special communion kit, provided by the Cathedral, immediately following a service of the Holy Eucharist.

Flower Guild

The Flower Guild is responsible for the adornment of the altars and other worship spaces at Trinity. Many of the men and women of this Guild have completed the training courses at the Washington National Cathedral. The Guild may be contacted to design the altar floral arrangements for weddings, funerals, ordinations, and other special Cathedral events.

Flower Delivery

Every Monday morning the High Altar Flowers are taken down and arranged into small arrangements as a reminder to those receiving them that they are remembered in the prayers offered on Sunday. A team oversees the arrangements and delivery to those in hospitals, nursing homes, and recovering at home. The delivery team welcomes anyone who is interested in arranging or delivering flowers.

Handbells

The Cathedral Handbell Choir provides music for preludes, postludes, or other parts of our services on an occasional basis. Additionally, smaller ensembles accompany or add musical ambience to hymns, psalms, or anthems. Membership is open to all persons from high school and up. Although handbell playing does require practice and keen attention, it is a skill that can be acquired within months, rather than the years needed to become proficient in other areas of music. It is a fun and rewarding way to contribute to the music and worship of the Cathedral.

Intercessors

A groups of trained lay people who assist the clergy by reading service lessons, leading prayers of the people, and serving the wine at the altar. Training is required and provided.

Lay Weeders Guild

The Lay Weeders Guild helps maintain the grounds of Trinity Episcopal Cathedral by weeding, planting, pruning and other gardening needs. Volunteers always needed.

Lectors

These are members of the Cathedral trained in the reading of Holy Scripture and appointed without license by the Dean of the Cathedral to read the lessons or lead the Prayers of the People at the Eucharist.

Mary’s Miracles

This is a parish group supporting expectant moms and new families through special prayers, baby showers, and meals for families. All are encouraged to participate and help welcome the youngest new members of our Parish.

Needlework Guild

It is the mission of the Trinity Cathedral Needlework Guild to create beautiful, unique needlepointed kneelers throughout Pierce Chapel and the Cathedral Nave. It is expected that this project will take years to complete. The members of the Needlework Guild will stitch the kneelers from designs created by various companies and individuals. We invite all stitchers to join the Needlework Guild and work the kneelers. The Guild members attend workgroups monthly and periodic informational guild meetings.

You can follow our progress on the Needlepoint Guild Facebook Page

Parish Office Assistants

Volunteers may assist the parish staff in preparing the monthly newsletter, The Message, for mailing, and various other office duties as needed.

Prayer List

We maintain active prayer lists for anyone in need. The Sunday morning list is kept for critical and urgent requests and is read at Sunday services. The Daily List for those being held in our long term prayers. Please contact us to request an addition to the prayer list.

Prayer Shawl and Baby Blanket Ministry

Care and the love of knitting (and crocheting) have been combined into a prayerful ministry that reaches out to those in need of comfort and solace. Many blessings are knitted into every shawl. The knitter begins each shawl with prayers for the recipient. Intentions are continued throughout the creation of the shawl. When the shawl is completed it is offered a final blessing before being sent along its way. As this gift has been sent along, some recipients have continued the kindness by making one themselves and passing it onto someone in need.

Tower Bells

The Cathedral has a full peal of bells in its Tower and is a center for the art of campanology (change bell ringing). The Trinity Ringing Society meets every Wednesday evening from 6:00 p.m. thru 7:30 p.m. Full instruction is offered to beginners, and all are welcome to try. The Centennial Bells are rung every Sunday before services, other special occasions, and are often requested for weddings. The change bell ringers can be watched in the Bell Tower every Sunday morning.

Usher Guild

The Usher Guild of the Cathedral includes men and women who support the clergy, promote hospitality, and enhance the experience of all worshipers during services.

Duties include: greeting people as they enter the Nave, distributing the bulletins, recording service attendance, assisting the elderly and physically challenged, collecting the offering, directing parishioners to the Altar rail for communion, and straightening up the pews after services.

Youth Ministry Support

Assist the Youth Director with leading youth formation and EYC.

Wedding Guild

The Wedding Guild is responsible for assisting the officiating priest in carrying out the wedding arrangements for a couple in the process of being married. Each couple is assigned a mentor who is available to answer the couple’s questions, give guidance, and to assist with the coordination of other Trinity Guilds and ministries involved in the wedding.

The Wedding Guild members assist the priest with the rehearsal and the wedding. After the wedding the Guild prepares the altar for Sunday service if necessary. Training is provided and new members are always welcome.

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