Saint David’s is a reconciling, affirming, and inclusive Christian community striving through worship, love, and service to welcome all people just as God created you.

No matter your step on the journey or place in the story: our welcome knows no boundaries of sexual orientation, race, ethnicity, culture, gender, economic condition, physical or mental ability, or age.

We believe that God delights in the diversity of creation and so do we!

SUNDAY SERVICES – 8 am & 10:30 am (with 9:30 am Sunday School)

Worship Ministries

“At all celebrations of the Liturgy, it is fitting that the principal celebratn, whether bishop or priest, by assisted by other priests, and by deacons and lay person.” (BCP, 354)

While worship is the work and service of all the people gathered together for the glory of God, there are certain specific roles and functions necessary for the carrying out of the Episcopal liturgy. 

Acolytes & Vergers

Acolytes assist the priest during worship. They serve in worship in a variety of capacities, including carrying the cross, torches (candles), and assisting during the offertory, among other duties as needed.

Vergers lead the processions and assist with the direction of other ministers during the service. At Saint David’s, Acolytes & Vergers serve at the 10:30 am Sunday service and might be asked to serve on feast days. Acolytes & Vergers must be baptized. Acolytes can begin training at the discretion of the Rector in conjunction with the parents (usually as children approach the 2nd grade). Vergers are trained when they enter high school.

Altar Guild

The Altar Guild consists of men and women who’s task is to prepare the altar and sanctuary for Sunday and holy day services. They also care for the various instruments, vessels, and vestments used during liturgy.

Choir

The choir sings on Sunday and on selected feasts days, raising their voices to the glory of God and helping the congregation do the same. The choir sings at the 10:30 am service (September – May) and the 9:30 am service (June – August). Rehearsal times vary. If you cannot make a long-term commitment, consider joining for a season. 

Musicians, who can play with the choir, are also invited. 

Lectors

Lectors or Readers give voice to the sacred scriptures during Sunday and holy day services by proclaiming the lessons from the Old Testament and the New Testament Letters. Lectors might also be asked to lead the Psalm and the Prayers. At Saint David’s, Lectors choose to serve at either the 8:00 am or the 10:30 am Sunday service, and might be asked to serve on feast days. Lectors must be baptized and can begin training when they have reached the age of twelve

Lay Eucharistic Ministers (LEMs)

Lay Eucharistic Ministers assist the clergy with the distribution of communion. They might also be called upon to read the lessons and lead the prayers as needed. At Saint David’s, Lay Eucharistic Ministers choose to serve at either the 8:00 am or the 10:30 am Sunday service, and might be asked to serve on feast days. Ministers of the Eucharist must be confirmed and licensed by the diocese. 

Greeters & Ushers

Greeters provide the first line of welcome for those coming to worship, offering a smiling face and an invitation to join the life of the church. They also assist after service, wishing both newcomers and long-time members a good day and inviting them to any events after church or during the week. As Ushers, this group assists with the offertory, takes up the collection, and offers guidance during the service. At Saint David’s, Greeters & Ushers choose to serve at either the 8:00 am or the 10:30 am Sunday service, and might be asked to serve on feast days.

Saint David’s Episcopal Church

145 East Edgewood Drive

Lakeland, Florida  33803

863.686.4143

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