Being a “Doer of the Word” can mean serving our church too.
With so many ways to serve St. James’s, we’d like to think there’s something for everyone. And your participation in one or more ministries does so much to strengthen the foundation of our life together.
If you’d like help discerning your ministry or better understanding your 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.
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.
Here’s a partial list of our ministries.
Our Acolyte Ministry is comprised of young people, sixth grade and older, 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 fall 2021to launch again, and will have training for 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 join 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!
Newcomers and long-time parishioners alike love to be greeted by a smiling face on Sunday mornings. If you have a gift for making people welcomed, consider joining the happiest ministry at St. James’s, our Greeters. You’ll be a resource for visitors and the first warm “Hello!” of the day to everyone else.
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, and she will put you in contact with the leaders of the event or hospitality ministry that is calling you.
Lay Eucharistic Ministry
Lay Eucharistic Ministers (LEMs) serve as chalice bearers during Eucharists. They serve as lectors and acolytes to the priest at the 7:45 am worship service, and also provide in-home communion to those parishioners who are unable to attend church.
Lectors read the scripture passages at both the 9 and 11:15 am services, once or twice every four to five months.
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. We welcome responsible, child-loving adults to care for our children during services and special events.
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.
This is one of the easiest and most satisfying ministries available to St. James’s’ members. You provide transportation on Sunday mornings to gracious and grateful Westminster Canterbury residents who attend the 11:15 am worship service. Training for driving the WCR van is provided. Our goal is to engage 8 to 10 drivers so each Wheels Ministry member only has to drive once every two months. Open your heart, then open the doors of the church to people who otherwise can’t get here.
Wheels Ministry Contact: Mary Brown (firstname.lastname@example.org)