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WORSHIP MINISTRIES

 

ALTAR GUILD

The Altar Guilds purpose is to serve the priest and congregation by preparing the altar and sanctuary.  This is a very behind-the-scene ministry responsible for the set up and take down 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.  The Altar Guild works 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. Acolytes may begin serving at 12 years old throughout adulthood, both male and female.

 

 

LAY EUCHARIST MINISTERS

The Lay Eucharist Ministers administer the chalice at Communion, are trained by the priest and 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. 

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LECTORS

Lectors are a group of people trained to read aloud during worship services. Typically they read Old Testament lesson, the Psalm and the New Testament lesson on Sunday mornings.

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GREETERS

This group of ministers is comprised of teams of two who are gifted in the ministry of hospitality and greeting.  Greeters meet people as they arrive, paying special attention to make guests feel welcome, assist 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/clean the pews and adjust the air conditioning and heating after the services have concluded.

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MUSIC

 

The music team includes a group of individuals who alternate programing the hymns selected by the priest for each Sunday into FRED, our programmable organ. With the priest, they select style and tempo and volume. They each take turns operating FRED for Sunday services. They also control the volume on the microphones.

 

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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, six voting members (including a Senior and Junior Warden), a Treasurer and a Clerk are selected by the vestry who attend all meetings but are not voting members.  The Vestry meets the 2nd Tuesday of each month at 6:00 p.m. at the church, and at other times as required by urgent church business.  Each year two members rotate off and their replacements are elected by the parish.  Elections are held at the annual meeting of the church in January.  Any member of St. James who is in good standing and a giver of record for the past year, and also confirmed in the Episcopal Church is eligible to serve on the Vestry.

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HOSPITALITY MINISTRY

Volunteers are responsible for coordinating the fellowship and snacks 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 parishioners 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 (DOK) 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 herself to the spread of Christ’s Kingdom and to strengthening 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 2nd second of each month at 4:30 p.m

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SHARECROPPERS 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 “buy” 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 vineyard were added. The grapes harvested are used to make our altar wine. We plant and harvest hundreds of pounds of watermelons to give away to the less fortunate.

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PRAYER MINISTRY

 The members of this ministry meet each Tuesday at the church at 4:00 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 by a faithful group of intercessors.  

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REUNION GROUPS

The reunion groups are based on the Cursillo 4th day model.  When an individual attends a Cursillo event, they are encouraged to join a group of other Christians who continuing to practice piety, study and action and sharing with other members of the group. It’s a wonderful time of mutual encouragement and spiritual accountability. St. James does not limit attendance in these groups to people who have attended Cursillo. Anyone wanting to share their relationship with Jesus Christ is welcome.

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BIBLE STUDY

Currently we have three study groups.  Our adult Bible Study meets after coffee hour on Sundays.  The women’s Bible study meets on the 2nd and 4th Monday of the month at 6:30 p.m.  The subject for each class is selected by the group coordinator.  There is also another men’s Bible study which meets on Thursday at 6:00 p.m.  All classes are open to anyone who is interested.

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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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CURSILLO WEEKENDS

Cursillo (a Spanish word meaning little course) gives church members the tools and "rules of life" to enthusiastically share the joys of knowing Jesus Christ with others in their everyday environments. Cursillo is patterned on Jesus' own example. He searched out and called groups of potential leaders, trained them and sent them out to share him with the world. Cursillo weekends begin Thursday evening and end Sunday afternoon. During the weekend, participants engage in study, reflection, fun, fellowship, and worship, and are renewed in their faith to love and serve the Lord with a passion. See Fr. Randy for more information.

 

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YOUTH MINISTRY

There are few teenagers at St. James, but Fr. Randy is working with them to provide some regular opportunities for youth ministry to those who are interested and their friends. Meetings will soon begin on Wednesday evenings (time TBA). Plans are to also take periodical field trips and an annual mission trip. Stay tuned!!!

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