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Participation in worship is a joy to be shared with everyone, and we offer many ways to serve.  To learn more about the opportunities below, please contact Laura Posecznick, Director of Congregational Life (laura@stjamesskan.org) or Becky Coerper our Rector (Becky@stjamesskan.org).

Acolytes

The word “acolyte” means attendant or follower.  Acolytes at St. James’ perform the significant ministry of preparing the church for worship, participating in the flow of the liturgy, and assisting the priest at the altar.  Serving as an acolyte provides a unique opportunity for youth and adults to learn more about the “who, what, why, when and how” of the time-honored Episcopal liturgy.  Additionally, acolytes are an important part of the worship service as they assist the priest in preparing for communion.

Altar Guild

This dedicated group cares for the altar, vestments, vessels, and the linens used in worship. They prepare our worship space prior to services and restore everything to order afterwards. The altar guild also helps to decorate our church for seasonal festivities such as Advent and Easter. If you feel called to serve our Lord in this way, we would be happy to have you join us. The Altar Guild is a vital ministry and at St. James’ we understand time commitments and work to be flexible.  This ministry is always in need of more members.

Audio Visual Team

The Sunday, 10:45 am service utilizes video screens and sound system during worship.  The primary purpose currently is to provide the words to the songs each week.  As the skills and team increase, ultimately the entire service can be paperless without the need of a bulletin.  The Audio Visual team is vital to worship each week. The St. James’ AV Team Leader, Pete Thomas oversees the sound system to enhance our incredible Worship Band.  Volunteers are needed to create the visual screens and others to advance during the service.  This ministry is growing and any new participants will be able to add their expertise to bring God’s word to life in our contemporary service.

Lay Eucharistic Ministry

A lay Eucharistic minister is a person licensed by the Rector to administer consecrated elements of the Eucharist, serving with the clergy during our worship services. It is a special ministry through which bread and wine are distributed to the gathered congregation. To participate, you must be recommended by the clergy, go through a brief training, and be a person of prayer. We invite you to consider whether God may be calling you to serve in this way.

Lay Readers

Reading the Word of God is central to our worship. The Bible is a story of God and God’s relationship with humankind. In reading Scripture, we receive guidance for our lives. Each Sunday, lay readers read the appointed lessons to the congregation. Lay readers are trained by our Rector and work under the direction of our clergy. The lay reader must be a confirmed person in good standing in the parish and must be recommended by the clergy to serve in this way. Lay readers have long held an important role in Episcopal worship and we invite you to consider serving through this ministry.

Ushers

No service could take place without the help of our ushers. St. James’ ushers are the first line of our welcoming mission.  They greet people each week, welcome newcomers, distribute bulletins, help those with disabilities, and guide people to receive communion. Additionally, ushers gather the offering and assist in closing up after the service.  This is a vital ministry and we have a wonderful group serving allowing for flexible schedules.  We can always use more!