Acolyting is a very popular youth ministry for ages 9 and up. The youth participate directly in the worship service by lighting candles and processing in and carrying the cross, Gospel book, icons and banners. They also assist the priest and deacon before and after celebration of the Eucharist.
Christ Church acolytes attend diocesan gatherings and even the National Acolyte Festival at the National Cathedral in Washington, D.C. Ministry leader Chris Collins is always in search of new recruits.
The word acolyte is derived from the Greek word acolytos, meaning companion, attendant, or helper. The Acolyte ministry has its roots in the Old Testament of the Holy Bible, where the prophet Samuel is seen assisting Eli, the Levite priest, and Elisha is seen assisting Elijah the Prophet.