Servants in Worship are parishioners who serve in various roles on Sundays and at other special services throughout the year. Training is provided. The schedules are prepared with your input as to availability, and substitutions can be arranged. If you are interested in learning how to be involved as an Acolyte, Coffee Hour Host, Lector, Chalice Bearer, Greeter, or Usher, please email Dena Veazey to add your name to the appropriate list(s).
If you served in worship services on Sunday mornings pre-pandemic, please login to Ministry Scheduler Pro to update your information so we will know how and when you want to be included in the fall schedule.
(4th grade through ….)
Children can become acolytes once they are in 4th grade. We also encourage adults to participate, making this an opportunity for intergenerational community building. This is a critical ministry during our Sunday morning worship. While we have only had a crucifer throughout the summer, at 10:30 we normally have a crucifer and two torch-bearers.
We would love to have as many children and youth involved as possible, ideally so that a team is only serving once a month. We will also schedule children with their parents who are the lector and Eucharistic minister for the service.
Acolyting gives our children and youth a chance to have a leadership role in church, teaches them about our liturgy, and allows them to play with fire (supervised, of course). It is also pretty cool to have all eyes on you when you are leading the procession. If you or your child is interested in learning how to be involved as an Acolyte, please email Dena Veazey to add your name or your child’s name to the list.
Coffee Hour Hosts
Coffee Hour hosts provide refreshments for the 10:30 a.m. service. The host makes coffee and lemonade, and then cleans up. Volunteers are welcome to join at any time of the year!
Eucharistic Ministers (Chalice Bearers)
Lay Eucharistic Ministers administer the chalice during Sunday morning services and at special services. Lay Eucharistic Ministers are assigned as part of the regular worship schedule. Lay Eucharistic Ministers are trained by the clergy and licensed by the Diocese. If you are interested in this ministry, please contact Fr. Stephen.
St. James Greeters welcome both members and newcomers on Sunday mornings and at special services. They help familiarize visitors with the facility and take time to get to know them before and after the service. St. James Greeters also introduce newcomers to the Rector and other members of St. James so newcomers feel warmly welcomed.
Lectors read the lessons during worship services on Sundays and at special services. Lectors should be solid readers who are able to articulate clearly and project appropriately. Individuals ten years old and up are invited to consider being Lectors.
Nursery Volunteers serve alongside our paid childcare staff on Sunday mornings and at special services to care for infants through age four. At this time, we offer nursery on the first Sunday of the month and follow current COVID protocols. Safe Church Training is highly recommended.
Ushers arrive early to greet worshippers as they arrive and help facilitate the smooth running of the service. They help familiarize visitors with the facility and introduce newcomers to the Rector and other members of St. James so newcomers feel warmly welcomed.