We’re really pleased to have formed a Guild of Servers at Church. We’ve a great group of servers at our church and we want to encourage them in the splendid work they do in our worship. The Guild is for all members of our wonderful serving team of all ages – acolytes, thurifers, M.C.s… It’s aimed at developing our servers and we’ll have social events, training and spiritual events too.
Serving at the Altar is a wonderful privilege and experience. Many a priest’s vocation has had its seeds sown as they have served at the Altar – and St Paul wrote
“Those who serve at the altar share in what is offered at the altar” 1 Cor.9.13
Earlier in June we had a meeting with servers and since then Amar, Andrew and Fr Chris have explored ways of supporting our serving team. We decided to form a group for any of our servers who wish to join, and we are keen the group is led by servers themselves. We’re calling the group the Guild of St Phoebe. Phoebe was an early Church deacon, and we read about her in the Letter to the Romans.
Serving is a joy, but, it is not without its demands. There is always the nagging fear of doing something “wrong”, and then there is the temperament of priests to contend with! We are all aware of being on show, and no one likes looking foolish. We like to do things right and we like to support one another too.
The members of Church guilds, or societies often support one another in prayer. To know that others pray and support your ministry helps when the going gets difficult – and there is a Rule of Life to sustain members.
It will be the same for our servers of the Guild of St Phoebe – they will sustain one another by their prayers and service, joining together for special acts of worship, and having fun and the occasional outing with each other.
Please pray for our servers regularly, and especially as we form the Guild. As the Guild develops we hope also to meet with servers from neighbouring churches.