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WORSHIP MINISTRIES

 

ALTAR GUILD

The Altar Guild’s purpose is to serve the priest and congregation by preparing the altar and sanctuary.  This is a very behind-the-scene organization responsible for the set up of all services at the church.  They are in charge of cleaning and polishing chalices and cruets, filling candles, setting up the altar, and cleaning linens.  They work in teams of two for two consecutive weeks.

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ACOLYTES
The Acolytes assist the priest at the altar during the Eucharist and at other times as requested.

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LAY EUCHARIST MINISTERS
The Lay Eucharist Ministers administer the chalice at Communion and are licensed by the Bishop.

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CRUCIFER
The Crucifer is a Vestry member. This person takes an attendance count, carries the cross, precedes the acolyte and priest in processions, and reads the Prayers of the People. 

 

LECTORS
Lectors are a group of people gifted with the ability to read aloud, about God, in the presence of God and their fellow parishioners.  Their main responsibility is to read the Old Testament Reading, New Testament Reading, and to lead the reading of the Psalm.

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GREETERS
This group of ministers is comprised of men and women volunteers working in teams of two.  Greeters meet people as they arrive, paying special attention to make visitors feel welcome and assisting anyone not familiar with the Episcopal service, hand out bulletins, direct seating, administer the collection plates, direct the congregation to the altar for communion, straighten and clean the pews and adjust the air conditioning and heating after the services have concluded.   

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PARISH MINISTRIES

 

VESTRY
The Vestry is the governing body of the parish presiding over the financial and organizational affairs.  The Vestry consists of the Rector, eight voting members (including the Senior and Junior Wardens), and a Treasurer and a Clerk who may or may not be voting members.  The Vestry meets the first Wednesday of the month at 6:00 p.m. at the church, and at other times as required by urgent church business.  Each year two or three members leave the Vestry and others are elected to take their place.  Elections are held at the annual meeting of the church in January.  Any member who is in good standing and confirmed in the Episcopal Church is eligible to serve on the Vestry.

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COFFEE MINISTRY

Volunteers are responsible for coordinating the coffee fellowship in the Parish Hall immediately following the Sunday service.  The coffee and paper products are provided by the church.  The ministry members set up the coffee and condiments, provide refreshments and clean up afterwards.  Each group is made up of three or four ladies and it alternates between the groups each week.

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THE ORDER OF THE DAUGHTERS OF THE KING – ESTHER CHAPTER

The Daughters of the King is an order for lay women who are communicants of the Episcopal Church.  A daughter pledges herself to a life-long program of prayer, service and evangelism, dedicating themselves to the spread of Christ’s Kingdom and to strengthing the spiritual life of the parish.  One daughter meets with the priest on Sunday morning before the service to pray with him.  Meetings are the last Sunday of each month at 5:00 p.m.

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COMMUNITY GARDEN

This project was begun in the Spring of 2009.  A fish fry was held to raise funds to pay for getting water to the garden and materials and soil to construct it.  This is a totally organic garden.  The garden is divided into large and small individual plots.  Members of the church “bought” a plot for a small fee.  They are responsible for planting and tending their plot.  The produce is harvested not only for the “owner’s” table, but used to supplement our Angel Food boxes with fresh produce. In the spring of 2010 fruit trees and a vinyard were added.

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PRAYER MINISTRY

The members of this ministry meet each Tuesday at the church at 4:30 p.m. to pray for requests submitted on prayer request cards, phone calls to the church, requests from the community, and personal knowledge of people in need of prayer.  In addition to individuals, events, other ministries, the church, our nation, the diocese, ministers and bishops are lifted up in prayer.  

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REUNION GROUPS

The reunion groups are based on the principal used by Cursillo.  When an individual attends a Cursillo event, they are encouraged to join a group of other people in continuing to practice piety, study and action and sharing with other members of the group.  St. James does not limit attendance at the meetings only to people who have completed a Cursillo course.  We welcome anyone who wants to share their relationship with Jesus Christ.

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BIBLE STUDY

Currently we have three study groups.  In addition, our adult education class meets after coffee hour on Sundays.  The women and men meet in separate classes on the first and third Monday of the month at 6:30 p.m..  The subject for each class is selected by the group coordinator.  The women also meet on Wednesday at 1:30 p.m. for approximately two hours. These studies are six to twelve weeks and are comprised of a study book and a DVD.  There is also another men’s bible study which meets on Thursday at 6:00 p.m.    Anyone is welcome to attend any of our bible studies.  

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NURSERY AND CHILDREN’S SUNDAY SCHOOL

Two members from a group of lady parishioners are available each Sunday to oversee the small ones in the nursery, and teach an age appropriate bible lesson to the other children. 

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