A church, or temple, is a building consecrated to God and intended for divine worship. The Lord is invisibly present in the church and receives our prayers there. The powers of heaven are also invisibly there serving with us. The church may be considered a bit of heaven on earth or an island of the kingdom of heaven. (Abridged from the webpage of St. George Greek Orthodox Cathedral.)
With this understanding, the Altar Care Ministry beautifies the altar, nave, and narthex space where God and His people meet in worship. We clean, prepare, and care for liturgical furniture, items, and icons. We also perform general housekeeping tasks.
We meet weekly to tidy, dust, vacuum, clean glass, remove wax, polish silver, and straighten furniture. Twice a year we invite all interested parishioners to help with a deeper cleaning.
All ages are welcome to serve in this ministry. Children must be chaperoned by a parent or guardian. A blessing from Fr. Evan is required to clean in the altar area.
“Sanctify those who love the beauty of your house.” ~ From the Divine Liturgy of Saint John Chyrsostom
Altar Care Ministry Leaders, Darrell Fox, Trish Vander Wall