The ministry of the Altar Guild is the quiet service of lay members to make the worship liturgically correct and beautiful. Our work goes largely unnoticed as it is a ministry behind the scenes.
Our responsibilities include the preparation and care of the altar for all church services (Sunday services, weddings, funerals and memorials, baptisms, and special services). It is our responsibility to care for all altar vestments, linens, communion vessels and candles, and to order and care for flowers for Sunday and special services.
Each Saturday a group meets at 9 am for about an hour. During that time we fill the communion cups with wine and the trays with wafers. All the candles are filled with oil, including the hanging eternal light. The pews are supplied with the appropriate cards, pencils sharpened and all trash is removed so that each service is prepared for the worshipper. In addition, before and after each communion service, a member of Altar Guild cleans up and/or sets out for the next service.
Over the years, we have been fortunate at Abiding Savior to have been blessed with many dedicated women who have served faithfully year after year. A few men have joined our ranks, along with the children who have come with their moms each week to help. Our 7th and 8th graders have also helped out during the week to fill the pews with cards.
The congregation has responded to our call for help in providing fresh flowers by your contributions on Flower Sunday in November. And we thank you so much. It greatly adds to the beauty of our worship.
We invite you to be part of this wonderful and historical ministry. We believe that during Jesus’ time there were those “behind the scene” people serving Him in this way also.
We invite you to join us and make new friends as you serve. This service opportunity provides a wonderful mother/daughter or mother/son – or husband/wife time – and we welcome any men who’d like to join us.
We’re divided into 6 groups so that each group serves twice a year, a month at a time. For example: January/July. One hour of service Saturday morning and then helping out at the service you attend. We especially need helpers at the middle and last services on Sunday morning. We do have two meetings during the year, usually in February to prepare for Easter and one in the Fall to prepare for Christmas. And, believe it or not, we conduct these meetings and are done in about an hour.
Abiding Praise Worship Band
Abiding Praise is a dynamic praise and worship band that leads worship during the following two services each weekend:
- Saturday Evening Contemporary Worship at 5:00 pm
- Sunday Morning Contemporary Worship at 10:15 am
Rehearsals are held every Thursday evening at 7:30 pm and conclude before 9:00 pm.
Worship Service warm-ups begin Saturday afternoons at 4:15 pm and Sunday mornings at 9:30 am.
If you’re an instrumentalist, singer or sound system guru with a love for the Lord, and you’re interested in serving in this passion-filled ministry, please contact Dr. Christian Guebert.
The Chapel Choir is a mixed adult choir. We sing for the traditional services (once per month) and festivals, and as requested, weddings and funerals.
Rehearsals are Wednesday evenings from 7:30-9:00 pm on the church balcony. We welcome all abilities and ages from high school on up. Our season is from September through May. To become a member please contact Dr. Christian Guebert.
Praises Ring – Adult Handbell Ensemble
Praises Ring is our adult handbell group that meets on Tuesday evenings from 7:15-8:45 pm from September through May. We play for the traditional services (once per month) and festivals, and as requested, weddings and funerals.
We have four octaves of bells and chimes. All are welcome but a basic knowledge of notes and rhythm are very helpful to join. To become a member please contact Dr. Christian Guebert.