Step Forward & Engage with us in worship and music at Normandale! Scroll down for a brief description of the service opportunities listed below. Please contact Jenny Bock, Director of Connections, at firstname.lastname@example.org / 952.977.9349 with questions or to learn more about any of these opportunities, and thank you for joining us in serving our NLC worship community!
Step Forward & Engage:
As Worship Assistants
- Crucifers (cross-bearers)
- Diaconate (Communion servers)
- Lectors (readers)
- Sacristans (worship helpers)
With Music For All Ages
- Cherub Choir
- Boys Choir & Girls Choir
- Youth Choir
- Normandale Choir
- Instrumental Ensembles: Brass Quintet, Handbell Ensemble, Flute Ensemble
- Liturgical Dance
With Worship Environment
- Altar Guild
- Sanctuary Servants
- Worship Environment Team
Step Forward & Engage: As Worship Assistants
Being an acolyte is an up-close altar experience that is faith formative and puts youth in an active role in worship alongside pastors and others. Acolytes assist with sacraments: the lighting of candles, Holy Baptism and Holy Communion, collection of offering, and healing prayers.
Crucifers lead worship processions while carrying the cross at the beginning and end of each service.
Diaconate (Communion servers)
Diaconates assist with baptisms, help serve Holy Communion, and participate in healing prayers during worship services.
Lectors read Bible passages during worship services. Lectors are asked to read 1 to 3 times a year at the service time of their choosing. Readers of all ages are encouraged participate.
Sacristans (worship helpers)
Sacristans assist those participating in worship with basic preparation. They prepare items and people for their place in worship, fitting robes, marking pages in Bible for readers, and organizing those involved with assisting in worship.
Ushers provide hospitality, welcome, guidance, and support for those who enter the church and the sanctuary. Ushers distribute worship bulletins, collect offering, and aid with emergency or safety procedures. Ushering is fun way to meet people at NLC!
Step Forward & Engage: With Music For All Ages
Cherub Choir is a choir for boys and girls in kindergarten through grade 2. Choir members rehearse weekly on Thursday afternoons and participate in scheduled worship services.
Boys Choir & Girls Choir
The Boys Choir is an all-boy choir for students in grades 3-6. They rehearse weekly on Wednesday afternoons. The Girls Choir is an all-girl choir for students in grades 3-6. They rehearse weekly on Wednesday afternoons. These choirs participate in worship monthly.
The Youth Choir is a mixed-voice choir for singers in grades 7-12. They rehearse on Wednesday evenings and sing in worship 2-3 times per month.
The Normandale Choir is a mixed voice ensemble for post-high school singers. The choir rehearses weekly on Wednesday evenings and participates in worship on a regular basis.
Normandale Brass Quintet rehearses weekly on Wednesday evenings. Substitute musicians are often needed.
Normandale Handbell Ensemble rehearses weekly on Thursday evenings. Substitute handbell members are needed on a regular basis.
Normandale Flute Ensemble is open to all flute instrumentalists ages 16 through adult. The flute ensemble plays for worship monthly.
Liturgical dance in our community brings beauty and movement to the worship experience. Normandale’s Liturgical Dance group welcomes dancers of any age to help lead worship through movement. The group rehearses on Wednesday afternoons. If interested, please contact Colleen Lindstrom at email@example.com.
Step Forward & Engage: With Worship Environment
The Altar Guild maintains and prepares Holy Communion elements and Holy Baptism supplies, as well as seasonal paraments for the altar and pulpit. Teams set the altar table with appropriate items, and put them away post-worship. Altar teams can be made up of pairs or small groups.
Sanctuary Servants help tidy the sanctuary, and serve on a rotation. On their week to serve, they choose what day and time to come in and pick-up in the pews, tidy hymnals, and replenish any pew supplies.
Worship Environment Team
The Environment team transforms the worship space seasonally to help create meaningful worship experiences. This team meets seasonally as needed, typically on Saturday mornings, to design, build, and create visual elements for our Sanctuary space and common areas.