Acolytes serve Christ's Church by assisting the priest in public worship. They carry the cross or torches in processions, receive the alms of the people at the hands of the ushers and sidesmen, 'serve' the altar by handing the priest the sacred vessels, bread, wine and water he needs for the Holy Communion, and performing ablutions (washings) of the priests before and after the blessing and distribution of communion. Acolytes need to be mature enough to sit through an entire service without fidgeting or being otherwise distracted and they need, in the midst of their duties, to still be involved in the worship of Almighty God.
From time to time All Saints' Church offers an overnight Acolyte Training Retreat in conjunction with our Sister Parishes in the Anglican Fellowship of the Delaware Valley.
For more information on becoming an acolyte, contact the Pastor.