The Chancel Society

The Chancel Society is composed of women of the Parish with a special ministry to support the worship offered at St. John’s, and whose work touches every aspect of the life of the church. Their duties are to keep clean and in good order the sanctuary and the sacristies, the linens and vestments, the silver and brass, and to have them ready both before and after every service. Particular opportunities for volunteer service include the following:

  • Arrangement of altar flowers for the Sunday services in the Church and Chapel, and for Funerals and Weddings in the Church or Chapel
  • After Sunday services are completed, the arrangement of altar flowers in smaller bouquets, for delivery to the hospitals, shut-ins, and parishioners recuperating at home
  • Laundering of linens and care of vestments and frontals
  • Preparation of vessels, elements, and vestments for Holy Communion for all Sunday services in the church and chapel, or for Wednesday services in the Chapel, and or for daily services during Advent and Lent
  • Polishing silver vessels used in Baptism and Holy Communion

To learn more about volunteering for the Chancel Society, please email


New! Junior Chancel Society

30-minute Orientation, Sunday, Jan. 29, 2023, at 10 a.m. in the Sacristy

A new intergenerational ministry is beginning in February 2023. The young women of St John’s Youth Group will begin working with the Chancel
Society to arrange altar flowers in the chapel for the 9 a.m. Family Holy Communion on the second and fourth Sundays. They’ll have hands-on experience in an artistic skill for which St. John’s is well-known; and the privilege of contributing in a special way to the congregation’s worship.

A vital ministry, though often behind the scenes, the Chancel Society is composed of women of the Parish to support the worship offered at St. John’s. They set out and take down the elements, vessels and linens for Holy Communion; arrange altar flowers for Sunday worship; and maintain the silver and brass, linens and vestments, sacristy and altars.

We will have a brief, 30-minute Junior Chancel Society orientation Sunday, Jan. 29th after 9 a.m. Family Service in the sacristy. If you are a St. John’s member who is a young lady in grades 4-12 interested in the Junior Chancel Society, email Coren Ross.