Church of the Holy Cross
2455 Gallows Road
Dunn Loring, VA 22027-1225


Serve in Worship at Holy Cross

Greeters welcome people as they arrive before the service begins and, if given an opportunity, continue the welcome following the service. After the service the Greeters show the newcomer or visitor around the church, take them to coffee hour and introduce them to other members of the church. Greeters also steward the Visitor’s book and get the newcomer or visitor to fill out a visitor’s card. If you would like to join this ministry or have additional questions, please contact Alice Wilson.

Ushers greet people as they come into the Nave and give them a service bulletin. They help with the movement of people during the service, identify two individuals to take up the elements, tally attendance, prepare the correct number of wafers for Communion, collect and present the offering, place the kneelers at the Chancel and tidy up after the service. Auxiliary duties include turning on the speakers in the Chancel, making sure the doors are open to the church, the lights are on and the heat or air conditioning is set appropriately. If you would like to join this ministry or have additional questions, please contact Ric Fiore.

Lectors at Holy Cross volunteer to assist in the worship services by reading the appointed lessons. The word Lector is a Latin term for one who reads, whether aloud or not. They commit to study and practice the lessons in preparation for the reading. If you would like to join this ministry or have additional questions, please contact Ann Sibold.

Chalice Bearers at Holy Cross are licensed by the bishop to administer the consecrated elements of the Eucharist. Chalice bearers vest, assist at the altar during the service, read the Prayers of the People and serve the chalice. In addition, a Chalice bearer serves as the Verger, whose primary responsibility is to assure that all the service participants are in place. If you would like to know more about this ministry, please be in touch with Ann Sibold.

The Adult Choir leads the music during the 11:00 service each Sunday from September through June, and sings at special services throughout the year (Christmas Eve, Holy Week, etc.). The choir may also have special performances during the year outside of normal worships services.

Rehearsals are Thursdays from 7:30-9 p.m., and Sunday mornings prior to the service. Occasional additional rehearsals are scheduled around church holidays. No special skills are required to participate in the choir, just a willingness to learn and attend regular rehearsals and services. For more information, please contact Nick Lodico.

The Children’s Choir All children age 4-11 are invited to sing with our children's choir. The children sing at the 9 a.m. worship service on occasions throughout the year. For more information, contact Claudia Tielking.

The Guitar Group provides the music at the 9:00 service on the second and fourth Sundays of the month. The group practices on Fridays evenings and plays a range of musical styles, predominantly contemporary Christian music and Taizé hymns.

Instrumentalists are also welcome to take part in the music ministries at Holy Cross. In the past, parishioners have played special preludes to the Sunday morning service, accompanied the choir, and played on special occasions such as Christmas Eve. For more information about music ministries, please contact our Director of Music Ministries, Nick Lodico.

Acolytes have a long history with the worship ministry beginning around 250 A.D. The word acolyte means “follower” or “one who helps.” When acolytes first helped with the liturgy, they carried candles in processions, lit candles on the altar and assisted with the Holy Eucharist. Today’s acolytes play the same role with very few differences. Acolytes at Holy Cross are Crucifers who carry the cross, or Torch Bearers who carry the candles in the procession. They also help assist in setting the table for the Holy Eucharist, open and close the gate at the altar and help with other tasks to keep the service moving. We welcome youth as young as 10 and up to high school seniors. We also welcome any interested adults. Please contact Nick Bruner for more information.

The Altar Guild is a group of volunteers who prepare the Altar and Chancel for each service held during the week. The role of the Altar Guild is as the stagehands and set designers for Our Lord’s table. The Altar Guild team for the following week meets on Saturday morning for a quick work session to prepare the altar for the Eucharist, post hymn numbers, prepare the readings, polish the silver/brass, etc. to make sure everything is in place for the worship services. We have super team captains and members who are responsible to see that all goes well. If you would like to join the team, please contact Cathy Bennett for more information.

The Flower Guild secures and arranges the flowers that adorn the altar for all church services. They also arrange flowers around the Baptismal Font for Baptisms. For training, new members are paired with an established member until they are comfortable working solo. In addition Flower Guild members prepare the service flowers for delivery to the sick, shut-ins, couples celebrating a birth, a special anniversary, to those who have lost loved ones, or as a thank you. If you would like to join the team, please contact Mary Hinkle for more information.