Serve at Worship

Many people work together to prepare for Sunday and weekday worship at Trinity Episcopal Cathedral. The guilds described here provide invaluable support for the many aspects of worship. If you are interested in any of these opportunities, please contact the appropriate ministry lead through the Cathedral office at 775-329-4279. 

  • St. Martha’s Altar Guild:  Members of St. Martha’s Altar Guild prepare the altar for Sunday and weekday worship in the Cathedral and the Bishop Lewis Chapel. Altar Guild members are also responsible for setting up the altar for funerals, weddings, and other special services.  In addition, the Altar Guild coordinates periodic housekeeping days.  (Ministry Contact:  Juliette Leneaux)
  • Floral Guild:  The Flower Guild selects and arranges the flowers to beautify the altar to the glory of God.  Flowers may also be placed on the altar in memory or thanksgiving of someone special or in celebration of a special event. To sponsor flowers or greenery, please contact the Cathedral office. 
  • Ushers and Greeters:  Ushers and Greeters are a big part of our worship ministry in welcoming members and visitors to services.  They also receive offerings, count attendance, and guide people to receive communion.  This is an excellent way to meet fellow parishioners and newcomers alike while being a significant part of the Sunday liturgy.  (Ministry Contacts:  Tom Anderson and Sandi Brooke)
  • Acolytes:  Youth in the fifth grade through high school can serve at our Sunday services by leading the processions and assisting the clergy at the altar. This participation gives them a hands-on appreciation of our worship life. It is also a great way for young people to meet and connect with other parish youth. They are also encouraged to attend Church classes and other events. 
  • Eucharistic Ministers:  Eucharistic Ministers are members over 16 who serve the consecrated wine during Communion.  They participate in all of the church services, including each Saturday, Sunday and weekday Eucharist, weddings, funerals, and additional celebrations and Feast Days.  Most also serve as acolytes and as such they may also light and extinguish candles, carry the Cross or torches, ring bells, be thurifer (censor), banner bearer, or assist with setting the table at Eucharist.   
  • Lectors:  Lectors are lay ministers who read the assigned Scripture at each Eucharist service, funerals, weddings and special occasions and feasts. They may read the Old Testament lesson, the New Testament lesson, or occasionally the Prayers of the People.  When the Psalm is not sung, the Old Testament lector will lead the congregation in reciting/reading the Psalm.  Bringing the Word of God to the people is an awesome and reverent ministry, and training sessions are held as needed. 
  • Oblation Bearers:  Oblation bearers are part of the Offertory presentations during our Eucharist, bringing up the bread and the wine to the altar from the center aisle. The symbolism is that we present gifts that God has first given us. It is a good way to get to know fellow members and feel more an active part of the congregation.  (Ministry Contact:  Helen Paganucci)
  • Prayer Ministers:  We do not need to bear our burdens alone.  Prayer Ministers are lay members who are available at the 11:00 Sunday service to pray individually with members. 
  • Sound and Video Ministry:   A new sound system as well as high-definition cameras and broadcast equipment have been installed to support enhanced on-line streaming of worship services and events.  Volunteers are trained to serve on a team dedicated to supporting and ensuring consistent in-person worship and broadcasts.  (Ministry Contact:  Gary Gordon)
  • Eucharistic Visitors:  These trained members of the parish bring the Eucharist to the homebound or infirmed. This ministry is critical in that it keeps us bound together as a community and assures that those who are unable to be with us are visited by lay persons as well as clergy. Though this is a liturgical, not a pastoral role per se, it is a way that we can be alert to the needs of those who are not physically with us.  Parishioners need only to contact the Cathedral office, and a visit can be arranged.  Training for this ministry is provided, and individual recommendations for licensing by the Diocese of Nevada are made by the rector. 
  • Daughters of the King:  The Order of Daughters of the King St. Hildegard Chapter at Trinity Episcopal Cathedral is an order for women who are communicants of the Episcopal Church.  Members undertake a Rule of Life, incorporating the Rule of Prayer and the Rule of service.  A Daughter pledges herself to a life-long program of prayer, service and evangelism, dedicated to the spread of Christ’s Kingdom and the strengthening of the spiritual life for her parish.  (Ministry Contact:  Ginny Nelson)