Acolyte Ministry


Send forth your light and your truth, let them guide me; let them bring me to your holy mountain, to the place where you dwell.  Then will I go to the altar of God, to God, my joy and my delight.  Psalm 43:3-4a

The word “acolyte” comes from the Greek word, “to follow, to accompany or to escort.”  Therefore you as acolytes are attendants, helpers; you are participants and assistants to the Pastors as well as to the worship service.  You are not just lighting candles but acting as servants of the Lord and serving the congregants in their worship, learning, and service to their Lord.  Acolyting is meant to be a privilege and an opportunity to serve, not a burdensome chore.

Students in Confirmation Class at St. Paul are strongly encouraged to acolyte at least once.  Any other students in grades 5 through 8 may acolyte too.  A schedule including all students in Confirmation Class and Faith Training (5th & 6th grade) can be accessed by clicking on the link below.  If you are not on the schedule and would like to be, please contact Vicar Peter at

Duties of an Acolyte:

  •      Please show up 15-20 minutes before service begins.  Please wear DRESS shoes (no flip-flops, or jeans).
  •      Get your robe on.
  •      Check to see if you have a bulletin and hymnal at your seat.
  •      Speak with the Pastors to see if there is anything special acolytes will do for that service.
  •      Light Candles (Baptism candles if needed).
  •      Administer the offering plates to ushers.
  •      Extinguish Candles.
  •      Worship with the congregation!

If you have ANY questions, please do not hesitate to contact Vicar Peter at or 561-395-0433 ext 106.