Ministries at St. James
We all have different gifts and interests, and everything we do with the intention of serving God and our neighbor is ministry. Here are the ministries the Spirit has led us into at St. James.
Worship is at the heart of all we do. It is when we gather to encounter God in Word and Sacrament and to pray with and for one another and the world. The 8:00 am service is a quieter, more meditative service, using older language and is completely spoken. The 10:30 am service includes music from the organ and choir along with congregational singing and other instrumental music. The Wednesday morning 8:00 am service is usually a small gathering that focuses on the life and teaching of one of the saints of the church and we gather around the altar for the Eucharist. There are many people who help in various ways to make these services possible.
From our worship comes action as we live out our faith. We seek to provide opportunities for learning more about our faith through a weekly Bible study, seasonal adult programs, Inquirers confirmation classes, Sunday school, and pre-marital counseling. We also gather to support one another in our lives through hospitality (coffee hour and 5th Sunday meals, funeral receptions) and fellowship events and activities (baseball outing, movie gatherings, holiday dinner, the Men’s Pancake Supper). We also have a dedicated group of people who care for our buildings and our grounds.
Reaching out is an important part of our mission as followers of Jesus. We have a two-arm approach to serving the needs of the community. One focus is outreach that provides direct service to our neighbors. The other is peace and justice work that promotes justice and advocacy in our local community and larger world. We also began the Wooster Interfaith Justice Committee that combines people from many faith communities to work together on particular issues that face our community and nation. Our primary outreach programs are our Saturday Community Lunch, service to other non-profit organizations, and hosting 12-step groups in our building.