Ralph Waldo Emerson states so eloquently, “It is one of the most beautiful compensations of this life that no man can sincerely try to help another without helping himself.” Jesus was the ultimate volunteer teaching us that by giving all of himself; we could live in grace. At St. James’, we provide opportunities to serve and lead in various ministries allowing people to achieve their higher purpose.

Volunteers (or Servant Leaders) are at the heart of the growth and operation of our church. Because of volunteers assisting in so many facets, our church can remain viable and accessible to today’s diverse community. In addition, by utilizing volunteers and supporting our mission of igniting passion for Jesus Christ to change lives, we are a closer parish family.

The office of volunteer services assists parishioners in discovering talents and spiritual gifts, matches individuals with ministry options that best fit each talent, and showcases the positive outcomes to the entire church community. Though still in development, this department strives to become the resource hub where parishioners of all ages and talents come to fill ministries large and small found both within the walls of St. James’ and in the community at large. Together we all can make a difference and serve Jesus actively fulfilling our purpose.

Should you have any questions regarding how you can become a Volunteer (Servant leader) or learn more about St. James’ ministries, please contact Laura Posecznick at laura@stjamesskan.org
We are currently seeking candidates for the following positions…
Pastoral Visitors– St. James’ needs more people to make visits to people in our community not able to leave their homes.  An occasional visit from a friendly face brightens their life and lets them know they are loved. All that is needed for this position is a caring spirit and the ability to drive.  If you are interested, please contact Nancy Graham at Nancy@stjamesskan.org

Meal Preparation Help— The Martha’s are in need of additional people willing to help them prepare meals.  These meals nourish those who can not prepare meals.  Many of the recipients are older, sick, possibly recovering from surgery, or recently had a loss in the family.  The Martha’s are a well-oiled group who meet about once a month for a couple of hours to prepare a bunch of tried and true recipes.  If you like to cook and can spare a couple of hours a month, please contact Helen Dayal at 315-870-9563 or email her at dayalhelen@yahoo.com

Coffee Hour Ambassadors—Our monthly brunches have been such a success that our regular coffee hour time has become busy again. This is fantastic!  To keep this momentum, we need more help.  This position requires preparation of some tasty treats and coffee on Sunday between each services.  The most important thing is to be a smiling face to greet our parish family and visitors.  If you are able to commit to one Sunday a month or even every other month, please contact Nancy Graham at Nancy@stjamesskan.org

AV Sound & Screen Operators-The 10:45 service has become a unique worship event with the added component of screens and Worship Band. These features need support with Audio Visual operators for the soundboard and screen advance.  We have an amazing team right now and need more hands to enable us to lighten the load and be more flexible with everyone’s time. All that is needed is a willingness to learn, likes to pay attention to the service components, commitment to attend the 10:30 service as scheduled and a practice the week you are scheduled. The AV team tries to limit commitment to once or twice a month. Be a part of the worship service;  Join the AV team!  If you are interested in learning more, contact Mike Brown at michaelbrownmarcellus@gmail.com.
If you would like to get involved, please download our ministry card to get started! 
God has Given each of us A Gift from its great variety of Spiritual Gifts, Use them well to serve one Another. 1 Peter 4:10
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