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 call our church office at 685-7600 or e-mail our Rector Becky at becky@stjamesskan.org

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.


We welcome the participation of both young and old in this important ministry. Acolytes assist in worship as servers, torchbearers, banner carriers, lighters of candles, crucifers, and thurifers.

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.


No service could take place without the help of our ushers. They greet people each week, welcome newcomers, distribute bulletins, help those with disabilities, and guide people to receive communion. This is a vital ministry and we have a wonderful group serving.