St. James’ has a long history of involving the youth of the church in leadership roles in the service. Young people get a close-up and behind-the-scenes view of our Sunday services. You can join this ministry beginning in 5th grade. Teams are trained to assist with a service once a month. There is an occasional need for adult acolytes to serve as well.
Do you like to arrange flowers, help create a holy space for worship, enjoy the company of others while taking care of the things of the altar and preparing for the services of the church? The commitment is one Saturday and/or Sunday morning a month. Membership is by invitation of the Rector, but please contact the office to be considered.
The programs for Youth at St. James’ aim to come alongside our young people, to share life with them, to provide caring adult relationships, and above all, to form them in Christ to be his disciples in the world.
6th-12th graders meet each Sunday at 10:15 for Awaken, our liturgical service for youth. We spend time reading scripture, praying and sharing with one another. The service uses music, film, and art to meet students where they are and bring the light of Jesus there. We rejoin the main congregation for Communion.
Do you enjoy singing? In scripture we read that “God is enthroned on the praises of God’s people.” Our choir enjoys being together, learning new music and leading the music our worship. Choir rehearsal is held on Wednesday nights and Sunday mornings at 9am. For more information, visit our choir page.
The choristers program at St. James’ is open to girls and boys (with unchanged voices) ages 7 to 14. Previous singing experience is helpful but not required. The choristers perform in services throughout the year, plus Christmas Eve, Easter Sunday and Pentecost. For more information, visit our choristers page.
Join a committee to provide Sunday hospitality in the parish hall after the 10 a.m. service. Individuals may sign up for a single coffee hour or volunteer for continuous service as needed for events.
Lectors volunteer to read lessons from the scriptures and lead the prayers of the people during our Sunday morning Eucharists and at special services. Lay Eucharistic Ministers are trained and licensed to administer the chalice during the service of Holy Communion and to bring communion to the sick and homebound. The diocese offers training once a year.
Central to the ministry of any church is the call to prayer. A group of parishioners meets Wednesday nights after the 6 o’clock Eucharist to pray for the needs of the parish and for healing for those who attend and request prayer. If you are interested in the ministry of healing prayer, contact the church office.
Ushers are often visitors’ first impression of our church. They are first to greet new people coming to St. James’. Would you like to assist by distributing the service leaflets and assisting with details of our services? Join an usher team, meet new people and serve one Sunday a month.