What does being a “Doer of the Word” mean to you personally?
We ask that each church member reflect on these important questions: How is God calling me to serve others? What are my gifts? What feeds my soul? What ministries am I called to do in Christ’s name?
Use the form below to indicate ministries you would like to renew and/or those you would like to add and begin as your new ministries. If you would like help discerning your ministry or understanding better our ministry options, please contact Blake Singer, Lay Assistant and Chaplain for Community Life, Discipleship, and Service: email@example.com or (804) 355-1779, ext. 321.
We would love to have every church member participate in a ministry! Your participation in one or many ministries helps strengthen the foundation of our life together. Use the form at the bottom of this page to sign up for the ministry that is calling you.
Thank you for your response to God’s call to serve.
Acolyte Guild is comprised of young people, sixth grade and up, who serve as crucifers (the lead crucifer assists the priest with the elements at the altar), banner bearers and torch bearers during the worship services. Due to COVID, changes in safety regulations have required us to suspend Acolyte service. We will likely wait until September 2021 to launch again, using the summer to train new and current acolytes.
Altar Guild is the ministry that prepares the church (with specific attention to the altar) and chapel for worship services, including weddings, funerals and baptisms.The Guild takes care to ensure that each feast day, most especially in Advent, Christmas, Holy Week and Easter, is celebrated visually and sacramentally appropriately to reflect the church season. The Altar Guild has five teams who serve every fifth week.
Altar Guild Contact: Lucy Meade, (804)200-1372
Faith in bloom! The St. James’s Flower Guild welcomes you to our ministry, to work with us or to contribute flowers or greens for worship. Our mission is to worship God and glorify His creation with joyful thanksgiving for earth’s beauty. We decorate the church for every service, festival, wedding or funeral. No arranging experience necessary, just a love of flowers and the desire to create!
Hospitality, Food and Fellowship Ministries
Food and fellowship are important parts of our church family’s time together, and service that we can offer to the larger community. Opportunities range from baking cookies for Sunday Summer Fellowship, helping to plan and organize food for our Parish Picnic in the fall, the “Men Who Cook” team, our annual “Taste of St. James’s” fundraiser – and so much more. Contact Donna Horizon at the church office to learn about these ever changing opportunities. Donna will put you in contact with the leaders of the event or hospitality ministry that is calling you.
Lay Eucharistic Ministry
Lay Eucharistic Ministers serve as chalice bearers during Eucharists. They also serve as lectors and acolytes to the priest at the 7:45 a.m. worship servic. LEMs also provide in-home communion to those parishioners who are unable to attend church.
Lectors read the scripture passages at both the 9:00 and 11:15 a.m. services, once or twice each four to five months.
Spring 2021 note: Nursery care has been suspended until COVID state and Diocesan restrictions are lifted. We will be very happy to resume this family ministry as soon as it is possible.
Nursery volunteers help our youngest members and visitors at St. James’s enjoy their time in our church, and help parents find moments of prayer and restoration at the service.
Nursery Contact: Becky Page, Director of Children’s Ministries, (804) 355-1779, ext. 314
Ushers welcome worshipers with bulletins, introduce newcomers, answer questions and guide people during our worship services, take up the offering, and deliver altar flowers to shut-ins and parish members.
Volunteers provide transportation each Sunday morning to Westminster Canterbury residents who attend the 11:15 a.m. worship service. Training for driving the WCR van is provided.