The Internal Ministries of St. James Church
Members of the congregation serve on the Vestry, our governing council, which is responsible for strategic planning and the management of the church and its finances.
This small group of people devote themselves to the maintenance of our large property and historic buildings. As the church was built in 1857, and the Parish House in 1877, something always needs to be done!
Our Eucharistic Ministers carry the cross in procession, act as acolytes to prepare the altar for Communion and help to clear it, and serve the chalice.
Lectors and Readers
Read the lessons from the Old and New Testaments and read the Prayers of the People at services.
Prepare the linens, altar hangings and Eucharistic vessels (for the bread and wine) for our worship services, weddings and funerals.
Greet those who come to church, distribute bulletins, record attendance and receive the people’s offerings of money and food. Ushers also function at funerals.
Using the Episcopal Children’s Curriculum and a lot of patience and flexibility, we help our children understand and grow into Christianity and a loving relationship with God through Jesus Christ.
Whether it’s the flower garden in front of the church or the vegetable garden in front of the Parish House, our small but sturdy band of gardeners keeps up our appearance!
Several members of St. James deliver donated food to local food pantries.
Prayer Shawl Ministry
A small but dedicated band of craftswomen crochet shawls for sick and hospitalized members of St. James to wear while in prayer or merely while reading, watching TV, sleeping and so on. Each shawl contains the healing prayers and love of its creator, which are passed on to the wearer.