Acolytes

Acolytes are a crucial part of worship! From the processional to the recessional, they lead the clergy, lay leaders and other special guests, as well as, assist them throughout the service.

What is an Acolyte and why do they serve?
Acolytes have long been a tradition in the Methodist liturgical practice.  Generally, acolytes are young people, trained to assist the clergy often with Baptism and Communion. But the primary duty of an Acolyte is to carry into the worship service the “Light of Christ”. The symbolism of this act reminds believers of Christ’s presence; and by extinguishing the altar candles at the end of the service, acolytes relight their candle lighter and process out reminding believers of Jesus’ call to serve and spread His light to people everywhere.

Acolytes participate because of their desire to grow in their commitment to the church and to God by enhancing the worship ceremony for all.  As they gain experience, acolytes can progress from a Principle Acolyte to Lead Acolyte and ultimately a Senior Acolyte; earning new responsibilities each year. Most youth begin to serve around the age of 9 or 10, but training is available to any youth in the 4th grade or older.  Acolytes typically commit to one Sunday a month, but many find such fulfillment in their service to the church that they assist more often. Training for acolytes occurs 3 times a year - fall, winter and spring. Acolytes are typically not used during the months of June and July due to school holidays and family vacations. 

Can I be an Acolyte?
Of course! Serving as an acolyte can be very rewarding and is an important part of the worship leadership team. It’s a leadership role and can be listed on school transcripts and college applications. 

I’m interested – what do I do?
Contact Jenni Stancill at jstancill@gfumc.com to attend a Lunch & Learn meeting. Parents and interested youth should attend this initial luncheon for more details.  Following the luncheon, acolytes will participate in a short training session in the Sanctuary. Subsequent training sessions will not require parental attendance.