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Worship is the foundation of our faith life, and there are many opportunities for youth to participate. As servants of Christ and stewards of God’s mysteries, we nurture liturgical and musical excellence. We are committed to living as a prayerful, hospitable community, inviting others into their own encounter with Jesus Christ.

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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. Contact Donna Ellis ( or Robin Jager ( to find out more! There is training for acolytes each year.

Find the current schedule on our Volunteer Schedules page.

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

Find the current schedule on our Volunteer Schedules page.

Readers (Also known as Lectors)

Lectors read the scripture passages for both the 9:00 and 11:15 a.m. services. Lectors read approximately once or twice in a four-to-five month period.
Contact: Bennette Burks, 353-9031

Find the current schedule on our Volunteer Schedules page.

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

Read the Usher Handbook
Find the current schedule on our Volunteer Schedules page.

Video Squad

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

Find the current schedule on our Volunteer Schedules page.

Other Opportunities

Virtual Christmas Pageant – Take a Look!

It's Christmas at St. James's! This might be your favorite Christmas video of 2020.  Featuring photos and footage that go all the way back to 2002, our brand new Christmas…

Troop 400 Invites Fathers and Sons to May 18-20 Overnight Hike

Troop 400 was chartered in 1911. St. James’s has been the Troop’s sponsor since 2016. The Troop’s program features the outdoor experience. It schedules two-night campouts (they’re called “hikes”) every…

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