Adult Opportunities

Acolyte Masters and Vergers
Contact Matt Harbison for Acolyte Masters at or at the church office (423) 821-1583
Contact Donna Maddox for Vergers

Acolytes work in groups to assist the clergy in worship. Adult leaders are needed to help coordinate and schedule teams and assist acolytes in the sacristy before worship. The Verger is the main ceremonial leader at the 10:30 am Eucharist.  Vergers are trained to assist acolytes, deacons and clergy in the service as well as lay participants.

Altar Guild                           
Contact Hazel Bell

The Altar Guild prepares the Table for Holy Eucharist for each service.  Members of the Altar Guild serve in the Chapel or in the main church one week each month, generally on Saturday morning. Lay Leader: Hazel Bell

Chalice Bearers
Contact The Rev. Robert Childers at or at the church office (423) 821-1583

Chalice Bearers are chosen by the Rector and trained and licensed through the Diocese of East Tennessee for a limited term.  This group assists the clergy during the service by offering the wine element during the Holy Eucharist. Lay Leader: TBD

Children’s Church
Contact Kathleen Crevasse at or at the church office (423) 821-1583

Volunteers lead the liturgy of the word for preschoolers at the 10:30 am worship service (summer: 10 a.m.). Children engage the word through music, stories and crafts and join their parents for Holy Eucharist.

Children’s Liturgy of the Word
Contact Kathleen Crevasse at or at the church office (423) 821-1583

Kindergarten through 2nd graders experience an age-appropriate liturgy of the Word during the 10:30 am service (summers – 10 a.m.) before returning to their parents at The Peace. Volunteer leaders conduct the service, teach object lessons and lead the children in ‘wondering’ about the lessons of the day.

Eucharistic Visitors
Contact Milly Rawlings

This group is charged with representing Good Shepherd by sharing the bread and wine from each Sunday Holy Eucharist with those in our community who are not able to attend services at the church. They meet one Monday every other month for prayer and reflection in addition to visiting parishioners.

Flower Delivery
Contact Mitsy Costello  

These volunteers hand deliver the altar flowers to parishioners who are sick, homebound, or who have significant celebrations in their home life. Flowers are delivered on Sundays following the 10:30am worship service. Lay Leader: Mitsy Costello

Flower Guild: Church
Contact Emmie Avery or Barbara Helton

This is a wonderful way to learn to arrange flowers! Teams meet one Saturday morning a month to arrange flowers on the altar. After the late worship service, volunteers divide the flowers into vases to be delivered to people in the community. Lay Leaders: Emmie Avery, Barbara Helton

Flower Guild: Chapel
Contact Carolyn Miller

Teams of two meet n Mondays to arrange flowers for the Tuesday service and returns before the Thursday afternoon service to freshen the flowers.   Lay Leader: Carolyn Miller

Funeral Visitation Hosts & Ushers
Contact Sandra Alagona at or at the church office (423) 821-1583

There are opportunities for service to families dealing with the death of a love one by serving as a Funeral Visitation Host or as an Usher at Good Shepherd.

Lay Readers/Lectors  (8 a.m. and 10:30 a.m.)
Contact Mike Costello (8 am), Katie Harbison (10:00 am)

Lay Readers (Lectors) are needed at both 8am and 10:30 am Holy Eucharist services to read the prescribed scriptures for the day and the Prayers of the People.  Training for new lectors is provided annually.  Lay Leaders: Mike Costello (8 am); Katie Harbison (10:00 am)

Linen Guild
Contact Sandra Alagona at or at the church office (423) 821-1583  

This group launders and cares for all fine linens used in the church and chapel. Teams of two are responsible for the linens one week per month. The duties may be done on one’s own time. Lay Leader: Martha Westbrook & Lee Moore

Contact George Robinson

Teams of ushers are needed at both Sunday services to hand out bulletins, take up the offering and help the congregation to Holy Communion. Each team of ushers serves 5-6 times each year and are additionally asked to serve for special during Holy Week and Christmas. Lay Leader: George Robinson

Wedding Guild
Contact Nicole Seiferth at or at the church office (423) 821-1583

The Wedding Guild offers support and guidance for brides and their families in the preparation and execution of a wedding in the Christian tradition at Good Shepherd.  Members of Good Shepherd who would like to serve on the Wedding Guild are invited to contact May May McGuire or the church office.