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Lay Ministry

Worship is an important ministry at St. Philip's. While the clergy are there to preside over the service, lay people are very involved in every service. Please browse the variety of volunteer opportunities below and see how you might like to become involved.

During the service

Acolytes (10:30 a.m. and special services)

Children in 4th-12th grades may serve at the altar on Sunday mornings as torchbearers, crucifers, or flagbearers. Training is provided by acolyte master Colby Broadwater, and an adult acolyte mentor is available to assign roles and supervise on Sunday mornings.

Contact Colby Broadwater.


Chalice Bearers (Chalicists) are responsible for administering the chalice (wine) during Holy Communion. Chalicists are scheduled in rotation, and usually serve every other month (more often around Easter and Christmas). Training sessions are conducted by appointment. Chalists are licensed by the Bishop of the Diocese.

Contact The Rev. Gerry McCord

Greeters (10:30 and special services)

Greeters welcome worshippers to Sunday services. They make special efforts at the conclusion of the worship services to welcome those visitors who elect to be indentified by wearing the Yellow Ribbon affixed to the Visitor Cards in the pew racks.

Contact Ed Pendarvis


Lay Readers (Lectors) read the Scripture lessons for all worship services. Readers are scheduled in rotation. The schedule is printed quarterly. If you are interested in this service, contact The Rev. Brian McGreevy.


Ushers are a key part of the hospitality ministry of St. Philip's, ensuring that newcomers as well as longtime St. Philippians are welcomed warmly into our worship services. Ushers assist with many aspects of the logistics of worship as well, helping direct the flow of the congregation at communion, collecting the offering, and assisting with other needs during and after the service. 
Contact Jimmy Bailey (843-302-1848 or by email) or Reid Davis (843-270-2995 or by email)

Before the service or during the week

Altar Guild

This guild is responsible for altar preparations for all services of Holy Communion in the church and in the chapel. Members are scheduled in rotation. New members are always welcome.

The Guild is also responsible for the upkeep of all silver communion vessels. Volunteers polish the silver in rotation.

For more information, contact Betsy Harvey at 843-762-5030.

Flower Guild

The Flower Guild makes beautiful floral arrangements that grace the altar each week. Members also do special arrangements and other decorations for special Sundays (Especially Christmas and Easter!) and Weddings. Training is available for new members. For more information, contact one of the following Flower Guild leaders:

Sarah Stuhr | sarahstuhr@bellsouth.net

Jane Jilich | jjilich@gmail.com

Lay Ministry Worship Schedule

Our lay ministry schedule is published on a quarterly basis.

Click HERE to view the Summer 2019 schedule.

Click HERE to view the Fall 2019 schedule.

If you are unable to serve on your scheduled day, please try to find a replacement to serve on your behalf, or contact Felicia Lescow at the church office if you are unable to find a replacement.

flescow@stphilipschurchsc.org or 843-722-7734.