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Worship Ministries

Acolytes

  • Young people and adults who have a supportive role in the service, assisting in worship by carrying the processional cross, lighting and extinguishing the candles, carrying the Gospel book, and assisting in the collection of alms and the presentation of the bread and wine during holy communion.

Altar Guild

  • Prepares the altar and church for regular services, holy days, and the great festivals of the church such as Christmas and Easter. Preparations for weddings, funerals, and baptisms are also the responsibility of the guild. The guild cares for the linens, communion silver, liturgical hangings, candles, and brass vases which are used in the various services. This is a sacred and important responsibility and ministry in the church. Contact: Teda Williams.

Chalice Bearers

  • A small group of parishioners licensed by the Bishop to assist the clergy in the distribution of the wine during Holy Eucharist. Contact: Tom Beckner.

Choir

  • An integral part of our worship at Saint James, this group of dedicated individuals joins to make a joyful noise to the Lord (and help the rest of us). Parishioners who can either read music or love to sing are invited to lead the congregation in the hymns appointed for the service, as well as performing anthems on special occasions. More…

Lay Eucharistic Ministers

  • Sanctioned by the Bishop to deliver Communion to those unable to participate in our corporate worship due to illness or infirmity. This is an important "in-reach" ministry for those in our parish family who are sick or shut in and cannot make it to church. It brings the Holy Eucharist celebrated by our faith community to this person, and it brings the fellowship and support of our parish family. Contact: Carolyn Isley.

Lectors

  • Parishioners who read the Scripture lessons appointed for that day’s worship. This is for anyone who enjoys articulating the Word. Contact: Patti Lane.

Ushers

  • Our ushers greet and welcome each person as they arrive for worship, seat according to preference, and provide for any special needs during the service. Ushers also assist in the collection of the offering. This is the frontline ministry for radical hospitality—making people feel welcome and at home! Contact: Martin Hayes.