Worship Ministries

Licensed Eucharistic Ministers (LEM's)

To serve as a Lay Eucharistic Minister (LEM) is a privilege granted by a license from the Bishop of the Diocese at the request of the parish rector. This position of service is an integral part of this ministry. Duties include:

  • To be a regular and faithful participant at worship.

  • To be willing to serve at any of the Sunday celebrations of the Eucharist or any other celebrations of the Eucharist and at special services.

  • Proclaim the Word of God from the Old and New Testaments and lead the Prayers of the People.
  • Determine if the lector assigned to the service has arrived. If not, one of the LEMs may be called upon to read the lessons.
  • Assist in the administering of communion.
These are the people who serve at the altar in various roles during a service. They range in age from 7 to 70 and serve as crucifers and torch-bearers to help make our worship experience complete. They also offer assistance to the priests, and deacons who lead the services.



Lectors proclaim the Word of God from the Old and New Testaments and lead the Prayers of the People.



The ushers play a vital role in welcoming people to our services. In many cases, the ushers are the first person to greet people on their way to worship, it is, therefore, extremely important that they make a good first impression of St. Mary's. In addition to handing out the service bulletins, the ushers must also be willing and able to assist anyone who either needs directions or needs assistance with going to communion, or just wants to have someone to talk to. All in all it is a very rewarding ministry.


Altar Guild

The Altar Guild is a quiet behind-the-scenes ministry at St. Mary’s, comprised of four teams of three or four ladies and gentlemen. The Altar Guild have the honor of handling, preparing and caring for the blessed pieces of silver and brass and linens used on the Altar. The Altar Guild prepares for weekly services by setting-up and cleaning up the Altar.  Assistance is also provided for weddings, funerals, memorial services and special services when needed.

Duties include:

  • Set up the Altar for Sunday services one weekend per month, as well as any other services which occur during that week.
  • Launder and iron soiled linens used on the Altar.
  • Clean and polish silver and brass pieces on two clean-up days per year – before Easter and Christmas.
  • Participate in the Altar stripping on Maundy Thursday.
  • Decorate the Altar and church for Christmas.
  • Serve the Altar for weddings, funerals and memorial services as needed.

For more information, contact the church office, 815-459-1009.


St. Mary's Choir

Provides the highest of musical standards for the Community Choral Eucharist Celebration at the 10:00 a.m. service through dedicated parishioners who have made a commitment to offer to their Creator the gift of music they received.

New members are always welcome.

If interested in joining St. Mary's Choir, contact the church office at 815-459-1009.

Liturgical Dance

Several times a year liturgical dance is offered as a part of special liturgies. Formal dance experience is not required. This is a spiritual and meaningful way to get involved in worship in a whole new way.

If interested in joining St. Mary's Liturgical Dance, contact Missy Spengel through the church office at 815-459-1009.

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