Serving St. James’s

A Home for Worship

Worship is the foundation of our faith life. As servants of Christ and stewards of God’s mysteries, we nurture liturgical and musical excellence.  Find your place to help support our church family with your hands, your heart, your doing.

Acolyte Guild

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.
Contacts: Anne Marie Elles, 314-7988, and Sarah Hubard, 334-1946.

Altar Guild

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.
Contact: Lucy Meade, 200-1372

Flower Guild

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! If you’d like to join a fun and creative ministry at St. James’s, please contact: Jeanette McKittrick ( or 804.370.1610) or Loretta Miller ( or 804.314.0762).

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.
Contact: Michael Lantz, 938-5223

Lector Ministry

Lectors read the scripture passages at both the 9:00 and 11:15 a.m. services, once or twice each four to five months.
Contact: Christy Lantz,, 804-467-5180

Name Tag/Greeter Ministry

On designated Sundays, volunteers greet people and help them prepare and wear name tags.
Contact: Mary Slaughter, 353-1405

Nursery Volunteers

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.

Shutterbug Squad

Calling all lens pros, semi-pros, talented amateurs, interested dabblers.

The Communications Office invites photographers who are looking for a ministry to join the Shutterbug Squad. Your help is needed at church events and services, on trips and retreats, throughout the year. You can use your own camera, or one the church provides.

We also need additional members for the team that manages the live stream of our Sunday services. The rotation for this post means that you only serve about once every nine weeks. Why not try out a new Sunday experience? All necessary training provided.

Contact us to get on the list for assignments. And bless you for doing it!

Usher Ministry

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.
Contacts:  Brink Brinkley (11:15 a.m. ushers), 840-9618 , and  Harry Turton (9:00 a.m. ushers), 282-3484

Video Ministry

Volunteers operate the video equipment for each service that we webcast – two on Sundays September through May and one on Sundays in the summer – as well as special services and other events during the year. This ministry allows those who cannot attend services because of poor health or other reasons to watch our services. It allows others who miss church for one reason or another, who are out of town, or who are exploring St. James’s as a new church home to watch services live or archived.
Contact: Jonathan Sumrell, 703-946-5159

Wheels Ministry

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.
Contact: John Willett, 514-5389

Wednesday Night Dinners

Our Wednesday night dinners are a time of friendship and fellowship – and a way to get to know St. James’s parishioners – and our church clergy staff and family.  We’ve suspended this program during COVID, but hope to resume the program and fellowship as soon as is safe and allowed under current Virginia protocols.  Watch this space to learn more!