Be Ye Doers of the Word and Not Hearers Only Start Doing

Serving at St. James’s

As “Doers of the Word,” we believe that every Christian is called not only to worship and study but also to serve each other. Therefore, to further Christ’s work of reconciliation in the world we seek to be a church where every member is engaged in servant ministry.

Hospitality Ministry

Bake Shop buffet

Parishioners provide  food for special events such as Opening Sunday in September, Blessing of the Animals reception in October, Easter Sunday brunch for clergy and choir, and the reception following the Bishop’s visit for Confirmation in the spring. This team also includes a Nametag Ministry for encouraging nametags at worship services on designated Sundays.
Contact: Gloria Prevatt, 359-3776

Newcomer/Welcome Ministry

This ministry team hosts monthly “Meet and Greet” opportunities on Sundays at church and quarterly parties in parishioners’ homes for visitors and new members to St. James’s.

Contact: Newnie Rogers, 282.8262

If you are a newcomer and would like membership information,

please contact: Anita Lisk, 355.1779, ext. 313

Helping Hands Ministry

Volunteers prepare and deliver meals to parishioners during difficult times due to family crisis, hospitalization or the birth of a child. Typically the “chefs” on this committee cook about once every three months.
Contact: Jayne Pemberton, 232-5556

Wednesday Night Dinner Teams

These teams prepare and serve dinner on Wednesday nights before the adult education programs.
Contact: Nancy Warman, 355-1779, ext. 333

Feast of St. James’s

Volunteers for the Feast of St. James’s address invitations and host tables for the annual event which brings together all members of the parish for a wonderful evening of spectacular food, music and fellowship. The 2015 Feast will be on October 28.
Contact: Suzanne Hall, 355-1779, ext. 335

Read the Feast of St. James’s Playbook

Episcopal Church Women

Episcopal Church Women (ECW) facilitate a way for the women of the church to build relationships and to have direct impact on the ministry of the church.  ECW is heavily involved in the WomanKind event that occurs every other year, and we raise money via the Taste of St. James’s, which allows us to support the church’s Food Force program.  Our focus is to help families and individuals in need in the city of Richmond.

Taste of St. James’s

The Taste of St. James’s, Food Sale, is set for November 18, 2014.  The event funds the St. James’s Food Force – our mission to feed the homeless in Richmond.  Volunteers are needed to help prepare soups, casseroles, appetizers, and baked goods, as well as staff the event.

Contacts: Laura McCoy, 285-3993
or  Erin Jewett, 353-8504

Mardi Gras for Missions

A celebration extravaganza! Many volunteers work together to plan and host a Fat Tuesday (day before Ash Wednesday) feast and live and silent auctions that serve as the fundraiser for church mission trips.
Contacts:

Memorial Garden

The volunteers who lovingly care for our beautiful green spaces around the St. James’s Memorial Garden.
Contact: Bill Gregory, 673.3853

St. James’s Children’s Center

The St. James’s Children’s Center, directed by a board of directors and supported by funds and volunteers from St. James’s, is a multi-dimensional education program that includes at-risk and special needs children, ages 2 1/2 to 8 years old, primarily from low-to-moderate income families. The mission is to celebrate the uniqueness of every child. Volunteers serve in many capacities, inlcuding reading to the children, helping with lunch and other activities.
Contact: Debbie Lickey , 355-1779, ext. 322, or 358-9788

Parish House Volunteers

As a volunteer at the Parish House, members answer the phones and greet people coming to the Parish House during the week.
Contact: Emily Thrower, 355-1779, ext. 312

Children’s Ministries Volunteer Opportunities

There are many ways that parishioners can become involved in the Christian Formation of our youngest parishioners. If you are interested in helping in any of the following areas please contact Becky Page, 355-1779, ext. 314, unless otherwise noted.

Hands On Sunday School

  • 2-3 year-olds

Volunteers for this ministry to our 2-3 year-olds work together in teams of four and are asked to be present with the students  at least two times each month.

Godly Play

  • 4-5 year olds

Storytellers and Doorpersons work together with our 4/5 year old, kindergarten and first grade students in teams of four or five. Members take turns teaching and welcoming the children into their sacred space.

Growing in Faith

  • Second through Fifth Grade

Volunteers of all ages and backgrounds serve in a variety of ways (workshop leaders, shepherds, materials volunteers) for second through fifth graders. The time commitment varies from once a month to a few Sundays per year.

  • Teacher volunteers lead a workshop for a two or three-week period based on the bible story and yearly theme.
  • Shepherd volunteers work with one grade level of children throughout the year beginning in September.
  • Materials, Prop and Room set-up volunteers help prepare lesson materials and classrooms for Sunday morning by acquiring needed items and delivering to church..

Nursery

Parent volunteers help our youngest parishioners in the infant/toddler and preschool nurseries during the 9:00 a.m. service. Each parent who uses the nursery is called to this ministry.

Advent Fair

  • Sunday, November 23, 10:00 – 11:00 a.m.

Volunteers select, organize and help children and their families create crafts to usher in this season in the church.

Christmas Pageant

  • Sunday, December 21, 5:00 p.m.

All ages are needed for this large effort. Adults assist with managing the large number of Sunday school children during rehearsals and the pageant.

Vacation Bible School

  • June 20-24, 2016, 9:00 a.m. to noon

This summertime ministry is a complete volunteer effort.  VBS is open to 3 year olds (potty trained) to rising third graders. Volunteers help select curriculum, prepare for the week and spend time working with children during the camp. To attend, use the Vacation Bible Schools Registration. For more information contact Director of Children’s Ministries Becky Page.

Baptismal Banners

Volunteers create this special keepsake banner for each child’s Baptismal Sunday.

Children’s Chapel

During the 10:00 a.m. Summer services, volunteers lead elementary school-aged children in an age-appropriate study of the Gospel for the day and child-directed prayers.