Guild of St Stephen – ALTAR SERVERS
Ever thought of deepening your faith? Do you want to do something different to help the parish? Do you like working in a team?
Well, maybe becoming an altar server is the thing for you!
We have a long tradition of encouraging people to help serve on the altar, assisting the priests and other clergy of the parish at Mass and other liturgical celebrations. Becoming an altar server is a wonderful way to deepen your faith, involve yourself in the life of the parish and become part of a team.
Those who serve are committed to helping people to pray and ensure that our liturgical celebrations are carried out efficiently, giving praise and honour to God.
We welcome people of all ages but before you start serving you will be asked to complete a basic training programme in which you will learn what you need to do. Altar servers work with candles and other sometimes dangerous, heavy and sharp objects. This means health and safety is a priority and so the training helps ensure you are happy and safe as you go about your tasks on the altar. Further training and experience on the altar concludes with the award of the bronze-coloured Guild of St Stephen Medal. In charge of altar servers is our Master of Ceremonies, John Pontifex, who works closely with the parish priest, Fr William Hebborn, and the parish administrator, Martine Mercer.
Each altar server is allotted a regular Saturday evening or Sunday Mass at which you will serve. We do encourage our servers to serve every week.
Christmas and Easter are our busy times as are occasions when the Bishop comes to preside at special services including Confirmations.
You will be glad to learn it is not all work and no play – we hold a summer barbecue and other social events are planned so you can get to know servers from other Masses.
If you are interested in becoming an altar server simply visit the parish office (9 Tooting Bec Road) or drop a note through the letterbox there giving your full name and telephone number.
Alternatively, download the form below and give to the parish office (9 Tooting Bec Road) .
Click to download the ALTAR SERVERS form.
“Saturday night was party night for the altar servers of St Anselm’s who on Saturday 23rd April 2016 were treated to an evening of entertainment as a thank you for all they do for the parish. The festivities, in the upper new hall, began promptly at 7pm as planned with (soft) drinks and nibbles and then it was straight on to the pizzas. Soon after, the film got underway, an animated production of Tintin , whose adventures both on land and sea kept everyone on the edge of their seats.
A huge thank you to Martine Mercer, the Parish Administrator, for organising the party, to Fr Will Hebborn, the Parish Priest, for his expert film selection and to all the servers who thoroughly enjoyed their evening. Next morning we had our Guild of St Stephen medal ceremony with Annie, Marcus, Joe, Jack, Sofia, Shaunna, Payin, Kakra and Luke (Have I missed anyone out?) all receiving their medals from Fr Will at the 11.30am Mass. James sadly could not join us and will receive his medal later. Please pray for our altar servers and for a renewed life of faith within our young people. May they always stay close to the Lord and to the Sacramental life of the Church.”