Acolyte – companion; attendant; or a server; from the Greek word akolouthos
Acolytes have served in Christian worship since 250 A.D. and the acolyte tradition has its roots in the Old Testament when the prophet Samuel assisted Eli, the Levite priest. It is an old and venerable tradition.
Acolytes assist the priest and help lead the congregation during worship on Sunday. Training for all acolytes occurs in August or September every year. If you missed training, but would still like to be an acolyte we can make that happen! Just call the church office.
Light the altar candles and carry the torches during the procession, pass out the offering plates to the ushers, and receive the gifts of bread and wine. Torchbearers are generally in 3rd through 8th grades.
Carry the cross and lead the choir and worship leaders in the procession and recession. They also assist the celebrant in preparing the altar. Crucifers are generally in 9th through 12th grades.