The Cathedral of St. Philip - Atlanta, GA

Worship Support Ministries

Worship at the Cathedral depends on the efforts of hundreds of parishioners whose support and dedication allows services to run smoothly. All of our liturgical volunteers are leaders who facilitate the congregation’s prayer. We encourage you to consider being involved in any of the following areas.

For more information or to sign up for any of these liturgical ministries, please contact Canon Cathy Zappa, or 404-365-1043, or Hillary Jones, or 404-365-1038.



Youth acolytes, sixth grade and above, assist at the worship services at the Cathedral. Training is offered at the beginning of each school year and throughout the year as needed. For more information, contact Canon Cathy Zappa

Adult Acolytes

Adult acolytes assist in the 4 p.m. worship services as well as other special services at the Cathedral. Training is offered as needed throughout the year. For more information, contact Hillary Jones. Lay leaders are Stewart McDonough and Ernie Darby.

Altar Guild

The Altar Guild sets the credence table for the celebration of the Holy Eucharist on Sundays and during the week, and then cleans up after the service. Members usually serve at one or two services per month. Altar Guild chairs are Mary Caroline Cravens and Mary Mercer.

Baptism Guild

Baptism Guild members serve on the day of baptisms by greeting families, preparing baptismal records, and assisting the clergy. Dottie Fluker chairs this guild.

Brass Polishing

These members polish all the brass used in worship services, including railings, candlesticks, and alms basins. Volunteers are divided into teams, serving two or three times a year. For information, contact Hillary Jones, 404-365-1038.


The Cathedral’s choirs offer music ranging from plainchant, European continental masterworks and the Anglican tradition, to African-American Spirituals, music of the Episcopal and other American worship traditions, and premières by living composers. Learn more »

Eucharistic Ministers

Due to pandemic protocols, we currently are not able to distribute wine for Communion and therefore not able to use lay Eucharistic Ministers.

Eucharistic Visitors

These confirmed members take the Holy Communion from the Sunday services to those who are homebound. Training is offered occasionally throughout the year. For information, please contact Hillary Jones, 404-365-1038.

Finance Count Teams

These teams are responsible for counting the offering on Sunday morning. Each team of four or five members serves every other month during the Sunday morning services. Team members often discover a great opportunity for fellowship in this “behind the scenes” ministry. To volunteer, please contact Charles Jacobs, 404-365-1070 or Emily Bazzel, 404-365-1074.

Flower Guild

The Flower Guild arranges the flowers for Sunday services, festivals, weddings, funerals, and receptions. Arrangers are part of a team that arranges flowers every three months. The entire guild helps with the Christmas and Easter festivals. Laura Iarocci and Grace Foster chair this guild. 

Altar flowers in the Cathedral and Mikell Chapel may be given in memory or in thanksgiving of loved ones. The minimum suggested donation is $100 per name. For information on donating, contact Hillary Jones, 404-365-1038.

Funeral Guild

This group of parish members assists at funerals through hospitality and the altar guild, in addition to ushering and greeting guests. To learn more, contact Trammell Williams, 404-365-1067.

Intercessors and Lectors

These confirmed members read the scriptural lessons or lead the congregation in the Prayers of the People during the Sunday morning Eucharist. Training is offered occasionally throughout the year. To express an interest in this ministry, please contact Hillary Jones, 404-365-1038.


Approximately 350 men and women serve on usher teams, greeting and welcoming members and visitors, distributing worship leaflets, assisting in the seating of our worshippers, and being attentive to those who need assistance. During Holy Communion they assist people moving to and from the altar rail. Usher teams serve two consecutive Sundays approximately every two months. Ushers are also needed at special services. To volunteer, please contact Hillary Jones, 404-365-1038.

Wedding Guild

These members assist the clergy and families during the wedding rehearsal and ceremony. Members meet regularly and serve several times per year. Joan Gilbert and Sherri Musgrove chair this guild.