Worship Support

Altar Guild

The Altar Guild is a group of parishioners who prepare for and clean up after church services. They wash and polish the Eucharistic vessels and utensils, launder linens, and vestments, and see to the maintenance of all appurtenances associated with worship. Contact: George Dick (598-5825).

Otey Bread Bakers 

Otey Bread Bakers provide fresh, home-baked loaves for the two Sunday Eucharistic services and for other occasional and festival services. Bread baking is a unique ministry for those who want to contribute to a lovingly handcrafted symbol for the liturgy. Our bread recipe is simple, and there are other bread bakers to help. Contact: Diane Jones, (598-0775), djones.sewanee@gmail.com.

Participating in Worship

There are a variety of ways to participate in worship services as lay members of the parish. For more information, contact the Rev. Rob Lamborn, 598-5926 oteyparishrector@gmail.com.


Our youth and adults can serve as acolytes. The young people serve as torchbearers and banner bearers, crucifers and/or servers. Most often, our servers and crucifers are adults. Young people must be in the fourth grade or nine years old to serve as acolytes.


Our lay readers or lectors read the Old Testament and Epistle lessons. All are encouraged to read their selected lesson in advance to prepare for any potentially difficult pronunciations. Bulletins for reference are available in the church by Friday afternoon.


The Intercessor leads the “Prayers of the People” at services. The full text is prepared in advance for those reading the prayers and may be picked up as early as Friday afternoon.


The Oblationers bring the bread, wine, and water forward at the beginning of communion. We like to use family groups, particularly families with young children, to bring the elements forward because this is an excellent way to allow children too young to serve as acolytes to participate in the service. However, anyone may participate in this important part of the Holy Eucharist.

Chalice Bearers

These persons assist at each service by serving the wine during communion.


The ushers welcome everyone, collect the offering, direct the flow of communicants to the altar and help to tidy up inside the church when the service is over. Ushers at Otey also ring the church bell.