Worship Ministries

Worship at Grace Cathedral involves the participation of not only the clergy and the assembled congregation, but also the support, assistance and coordination of several dedicated groups known as Liturgical Guilds. These people work behind the scenes to prepare items needed for worship, and they participate in the service itself. Membership prerequisites vary — some roles provide an excellent introduction to a more involved worship experience for newer congregants and others require a more developed understanding of our worship life.


We welcome people of all ages to participate in these ministries. Key to all these roles is a desire to serve, enhancing one’s own worship experience and that of the gathered community.

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Members the Guild of the Transfiguration, our acolytes, participate in our Sunday worship services. They carry the cross, torches (candles), and banners in procession and assist ordained ministers at the altar as servers. Training is available, offered two or three times a year. Love of liturgy and a passion for participatory service are the strongest requirements for this work.
Email Jeffrey Hookom, Canon Precentor, or call 415-749-6393.

Cathedral Chaplains

Our Cathedral Chaplains serve Monday through Friday as a pastoral presence in the cathedral during the day.  They meet and welcome tourists and other visitors, as well as preside at a brief midday Eucharist with a very short homily (about 3 minutes). Many cathedral chaplains bring their lunch and take a break to eat with staff in the Chapter House after that 12:10 pm service, and then go back to the cathedral to greet afternoon tourists. Most serve once a month or more if they’re able.
Email Jeffrey Hookom, Canon Precentor, or call 415-749-6393.

Ceremonial Vergers

Ceremonial vergers escort our processions, carrying staffs of symbolic authority. Vergers also lay out and put away the vestments before and after a service. Training is required and is offered a couple of times a year. The Guild encourages aspiring members to be familiar with Episcopal liturgy.
Email Charles Shipley, Head Verger, or call 415-749-6316.


The members of the Guild of St. Chrysostom read the Old and New Testament lessons at the Sunday morning liturgies. They also participate in special services at Christmas and during Holy Week, including the reading of the Passion Gospel and the readings at the Great Vigil. A strong, articulate voice is required. Auditions are conducted periodically during the year.
Email Jeffrey Hookom, Canon Precentor, or call 415-749-6393.

Ministries with Families, Children & Youth

On Sunday mornings, adult volunteers welcome children and their families, and lead Godly Play and GraceQuest sessions, with a different approach to that that thing we used to call “Sunday School.” No experience is necessary, and everyone who serves with children at Grace Cathedral is trained and screened for serving with children.

For more information on these and other opportunities to serve with families, children & youth, email the Rev. Mary Carter Greene, Director of Children, Youth and Family Ministry, or call 415-749-6369.

Eucharistic Ministers: Chalice Bearers, Eucharistic Visitors and Healing Ministers

Eucharistic Ministers, or chalice-bearers, are lay (non-ordained) people who assist in administering the wine at Holy Communion.  Experienced Eucharistic Ministers who are called to a special ministry are trained as Eucharistic Visitors, carrying the consecrated bread and wine from the Eucharist to homebound congregants. Healing Ministers are lay people called and trained to share in the Cathedral’s ministry of healing, through prayer and the laying on of hands, during the principal Sunday morning service.
Email the Rev. Canon Nina Pickerrell, Cathedral Deacon, or call 415-749-6391.

Cathedral Camerata

The Cathedral Camerata is a mixed-voice ensemble that sings a diverse repertoire of chant, Renaissance and Baroque motets, Anglican anthems and newly composed sacred works. The group offers an excellent opportunity to serve in a vitally important ministry to the community. Cathedral membership is not required. Camerata rehearses on Wednesday evenings and sings twice monthly at Sunday Choral Evensong, Sunday morning Eucharist, and at festivals. Singers must have choral experience, read music, and commit to regular rehearsals.
Email the Music Department, or call 415-749-6332.

Altar Guild

For those who prefer to work in quiet, alone or with a few others, the Altar Guild is a lovely way to participate in the services at Grace Cathedral. Members generally commit to one Saturday or Sunday each month, helping to set up for and clean up after the services — arranging chalices and linens, setting them out for worship, then cleaning and putting them away.

For some, this is a meditative time; others enjoy working around the sacred objects; still others participate as a team, serving with a friend. Saturday tasks generally take about an hour; Sundays volunteers arrive at 10 am then finish up after the 11 am Eucharist. Training is provided.
Email Charles Shipley, Head Verger, or call 415-749-6316.

Bread Bakers Guild

Our bread bakers prepare the loaves of bread used for Holy Eucharist at Sunday services. This is a wonderful opportunity for home bakers to share in the sacramental life of Grace Cathedral.
Email Charles Shipley, Head Verger, or call 415-749-6316.

Flower Guild

Flower Guild members help arrange floral decorations throughout the Cathedral for all services, with special efforts at Easter and Christmas.
Email Charles Shipley, Head Verger, or call 415-749-6316.

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