The Altar Guild prepares the altar and sanctuary for worship under the supervision of the priest. Guild members faithfully and devoutly undertake the care of the altar, vestments, linens, metal wareand hangings. Guild members are also responsible for maintaining a supply of bread, wine and liquid wax for candles. Preparation for worship is usually in teams of three according to a rotating monthly schedule. A member of the Altar Guild should be present at all worship services of the parish.


Eucharistic Ministers assist the priest in performing liturgical services of the church. This ministry includes reading the Lessons and the Prayers of the People, serving as a chalice bearer and sometimes serving as an acolyte.

To become a Eucharistic Minister the following procedure should be followed
* Indicate to the priest your desire to become a Eucharistic Minister.
* Be interviewed by the priest.
* If accepted, a training period is required. The priest determines the length of the training period as well as when the person is ready to be included in the regular schedule.


A coordinator for the Eucharistic Ministers develops an annual schedule and also handles the scheduling of the readers as needed for special services as they occur.

All Eucharistic Ministers must be licensed by the diocese every three (3) years.

The Lectors are readers of the Psalm during the worship service. Written instructions, as well as the Psalm to be read, are given each Lector several days before he/she reads. The schedule for the entire year is given each Lector at the beginning of each year. Youth serve as Lectors on Youth Sunday, which is the second Sunday of each month.

The primary responsibility of an acolyte is to assist in worship services. From lighting and extinguishing candles to assisting the priest at the altar. They serve, usually in teams of four and are in the presession, help with Holy Communion, receive the offering from the ushers, ring the Sanctus bell and perform other duries as assigned. All persons, including adults and youth, male and female (age 10 and above) are welcome to receive training for serving as an acolyte.

The E.Y.C welcomes all young people ages 10 through high school to participate in their activities which range from group homework sessions before meetings to lock-ins and field trips. The E.Y.C provides fellowship, fun and simply an opportunity for our young people to get together as a group.

The E.C.W is an organization designed to assist the women of the Episcopal Church in carrying on Christ's work of reconciliation, mission, and ministry in the diocese, community, nation and world. Every woman of the Episcopal Church is automatically a member of E.C.W and each is encouraged to become an active member of the E.C.W. The meetings of St. Cyprian's E.C.W are held at the church every 2nd Saturday. September through June at 10a.m.

Activities of our E.C.W include:
* Annual Fall Bazaar
* Decorating of the church for Advent and Christmas
* Shrove Tuesday Supper
* Annual Parish picnic
* St. Cyprian's Day dinner
* Recognition of Graduates
* Furnishing a repast for each bereaved parish family
* Sending cards to the bereaved, sick and shut-ins
* Annual donations to Church Periodical Club, Washington National Cathedral, Boys' Home, Jackson Field Home
* Working with H.E.L.P (a community organization) to assist the needy by collecting food items and monetary donations each 4th Sunday and preparing 75 bag lunches each 5th Sunday

The Men's Club serves as a fellowship group for the men of the church.

Their annual projects include:
* Assist with the Fall Bazaar and Spring cleaning
* Assist with Flea market
* Hosting an Easter Day breakfast
* Hosting the Christmas Eve eggnog sip

The Men's Club sponsors seminars during the year for the entire parish on interesting and relevant topics. They also assist with special projects of the church such as the banner ministry, decoration of the church for Christmas and lawn care projects.

Meetings are monthly September through May.

Dues are $75 per year and are used to support special programs and events.

The Daughters of the King is a group of Christian women who have become members of a spiritual order and have adopted a rule of life based on prayer and services. They are women dedicated to serving the Lord and building up His Church. Through membership in our order women are given strength through prayer. Daughters pray daily for the spritual growth of our parish as well as for the spread of Christ's Kingdom.

Through our role of service Daughters vow to:
Participate regularly in the worship, study and work of the church
Undertake a personal program of evangelism
Assist the priest in whatever way possible for the spiritual growth of the parish
The only requirement for senior membership in the order is that a woman be a communicant in good standing of the Episcopal Church or a church within the historic Episcopate. Prospective members test their commitment to the organization during a three month training period.

The pupose of the Celebrants Committee, which was established in 1991, is to plan special celebratory events in the life of the parish. The committee had the overall responsiblity for activities in connection with the parish's 100th Anniversary celebration held in 2005. The committee also plans celebratory receptions for special occassions in the life of the parish.

The Ushers is a group of men and women who greet and welcome worshipers to the service. They seat members and guests, take up the offering and direct worshipers to the altar rail for communion. At times other duties may be assigned.

The mission of the choir is to bring scripture to life through various musical interpretations.

Celestial Choir
The Celestial Choir offers a myriad of musical forms to include anthems, cantatas, psalms and tracts as appointed the rector. The choir welcomes all parishioners who will `Make A Joyful Noise` in praise to God. Rehearsals are on Thursday evenings at 7pm, Friday mornings at 11am and Sunday mornings at 10am. Come join us as we sing our praises to God. We want you !!!

Inspirational Singers
The Inspirational Singers was organized during the spring of 1997 as an additional choir to render music during our worship experiences. Their aim is to provide an inspirational style or type of music. The Inspirational Singers provides all service music at the second service on each 4th Sunday as well as leads worshipers in the worship and praise observance prior to the regular service.

Handbell Choir
The Handbell Choir participates in the worship service each 3rd Sunday by playing the Offertory Anthem. Interested persons should be able to read music. Rehearsals are held at the church each Wednesday evening from 7:30 - 8:30pm (except during the summer months). Dedication and rehearsal attendance are `musts` in order for the group to be familiar with the bells and music.

Circle 1
Their purpose is to act as an arm of the E.C.W to assist in carrying out programs and activities. They help with coffee hour, Lenten lunches, Shrove Tuesday supper, the St. Cyprian's Day dinner and the Annual picinic.

Meetings are held at the church the 2nd Saturday of each month from September through June at 11:30am. As part of the meetings they have lively bible discussions.

Dues are yearly of which a portion goes to the diocesan E.C.W for our yearly assessment.

Circle 2
We are one of the women’s groups that make up and support the activities of the ECW (Episcopal Church Women). Monthly meetings are held from September to June. From the yearly dues, diocesan assessments and internal/external courtesies are made.

Some of Circle #2’s projects are:

• Sponsoring the Margaret Phillips Davis Scholarship Concert which raises funds for scholarships for deserving college students majoring in music.
• Sponsoring an annual Youth Recognition Sunday, celebrating the positive achievements of St. Cyprian’s non-graduating youth.
• Hosting Coffee Hour, a time of fellowship, in the months of January, April and October.
• Sponsoring the annual Old Fashioned Ice Cream Social in memory of beloved Circle member Mary H. Kelley.
• Contributing annually to H.E.L.P (Hampton Ecumenical Lodging and Provisions) and the Virginia Peninsula Foodbank.
• Contributing annually to community youth outreach performing arts programs.
• Sponsoring the annual Christmas Party for Church Senior Members who live alone.
• Assisting and supporting other annual projects and events, i.e. Lenten Supper, Shrove Tuesday Pancake Supper, Bag Lunch Program for the needy, Advent and Christmas Decorating.