From our worship comes action. Parish ministries help us live out our faith by providing opportunities for learning more about our faith and by supporting one another in our lives.
Coffee Hour Hosts
Coffee Hour is an integral part of the Sunday service experience. After the conclusion of the service and postlude, we gather together in St. Nicholas Hall to greet one another, welcome visitors, and catch up on weekly goings-on. Our congregation is home to many gifted chefs and bakers who share their talents with everyone by volunteering to host Coffee Hour and serve beverages and light refreshments to the congregation.
Hospitality is one of the ways that we welcome people into our parish. Through the sharing of food, we open our arms to the greater community. The members of the Hospitality Committee are a welcoming and dedicated group of volunteers who organize the meal served after the Bishop's annual visit, funeral receptions, and community events like the Downtown Church Walk.
Fellowship is about fostering friendships and creating a sense of community within our parish. The members of the Fellowship Committee organize events throughout the year to bring our members together to socialize. Many of these events involve gathering for a meal because God and food bring people together! The Fellowship Committee brings everyone together as a St. James family by hosting picnics, outings to baseball games, game and trivia nights, and a grand Holiday Fest.
Building & Grounds Committee
Caring for our beautiful church building is an important ministry at St. James. The Building and Grounds Committee is responsible for the well being and upkeep of the church building and surrounding property. They are a dedicated group of parishioners who take care of the day to day issues (i.e. lawn care, flower beds, minor repairs, etc.) and also handle any emergent requirements that arise. Members of the Building and Grounds Committee also often volunteer to act as coordinators for one-time large projects like the restoration of our towers or roof replacement.
Pastoral Care at St. James is how we support one another in our faith community. We call on the home-bound and those in nursing homes to bring them flowers, play cards, or just catch up. Our priest and Lay Eucharist Visitors bring Communion to those who cannot physically attend the Sunday service. We send birthday cards to each member of the congregation to offer them prayers and love on their special day. And we also have a group of people willing to phone parishioners whose schedules have not allowed them to be in church recently to check in and let them know that they are still in our thoughts.
Christian Formation is the interactive process of being transformed by the Holy Spirit into the likeness of Christ and growing in our love of God and our neighbors. At St. James we participate in weekly lectionary Bible Study where we have lively discussions about the texts for the upcoming Sunday. We regularly host book groups on a wide variety of topics ranging from the writings of faith leaders to books on social justice issues like anti-racism. We also hold a Lenten Program each spring. New members, inquirers, and pre-confirmation sessions are offered as needed.
Our Prayer Chain is comprised of parish members who feel the call to intentionally pray for others each day. They are known as our “Prayer Warriors”. The leader of the group takes prayer requests and shares them with the group as they are received. It is a ministry of intentionality and deep care for the needs of those we know and those we may never know. Prayer requests can be made openly or confidentially. They can even be made anonymously since we trust that God knows the person and their needs.