Worship Support

Lectors and Lay Eucharistic Ministers

Parishioners can participate in our worship services by becoming a lector or Lay Eucharistic Minister (LEM). Lectors read lessons during the services. LEMs have been trained and are licensed by the Bishop of South Carolina to assist with Holy Communion. They also read the prayers of the people during the service. For more information, contact Shirley Parsons at (843) 524-7382 or email her at

Altar Guild Committees

The Altar Guild is divided into six groups working two months in each year. They prepare the altar for services including polishing the brass, changing the linens and hangings, filling the candles, updating the hymn boards, etc. For more information, please contact Melissa O'Steen at (843) 379-2270 or email her at

The Altar Flower Guild arranges the flowers for the altar and for the window at the baptismal font. For more information, please contact Ann Ballantyne at (843) 838-5650 or email her at

The Wedding Committee is a small group of women who are assigned on a rotating basis to help couples with their weddings at the church. They consult with the bride and direct the rehearsal and the wedding. For more information, please contact Connie Hipp at (843) 525-9363 or email her at


Ushers assist the clergy and congregation at worship services, funerals, and other occasional events. They serve an average of once a month. For more information, contact Paul Griffin at (843) 524-8792 or email him at


Young people, age 11 through high school, serve as acolytes in the procession and at the altar during Sunday services. At times, they are also asked to serve at weddings, funerals, and other special services.

  • If you are interested in serving the Lord in this special way,
  • If you would like to be a crucifer (the person who carries the cross),
  • If you would like to be a server at the altar, assisting with the service,
  • If you would like to serve at weddings and other special ceremonies, and,
  • If you are 11 years old, or older, and haven’t completed high school ...

... then call John Barber at (843) 525-1316 or email him at about joining the acolytes of St. Helena’s.

Contemporary Service Support

Lay ministry opportunities abound assisting the clergy as readers, Lay Eucharistic Ministers, altar guild, ushers, and greeters at the 5:00 p.m. service of Holy Eucharist. This service is for anyone who prefers a more casual liturgy and music. Whether you’ve just spent the day on the river, getting back into town, or looking for a new church home, come just as you are! For more information on assisting at this service, contact Mary Segars at (843) 838-3299 or email her at

Sound Technicians

A great opportunity to serve the Lord by providing amplified sound to all. Volunteers operate the sound systems in the church for the 8:00 and 10:15 a.m. services. They assist in operating the Parish Hall system and portable systems used at off-campus events and special events throughout the church year. Technicians in the church usually work once a month. For more information or to volunteer, call John Barber at (843) 525-1316 or email him at