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A Home for Worship

Worship is the foundation of our faith life. As servants of Christ and stewards of God’s mysteries, we nuture liturgical and musical excellence. We are committed to living as a prayerful, hospitable community, inviting others into their own encounter with Jesus Christ.

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Acolyte Guild

Acolyte Guild is comprised of young people, sixth grade and up, who serve as crucifers (the lead crucifer assists the priest with the elements at the altar), banner bearers and torch bearers during the worship services.
Contacts: Anne Marie Elles, 314-7988, and Sarah Hubard, 334-1946.

Find the current schedule on our Volunteer Schedules page.

Altar Guild

Altar Guild is the ministry that prepares the church (with specific attention to the altar) and chapel for worship services, including weddings, funerals and baptisms.The Guild takes care to ensure that each feast day, most especially in Advent, Christmas, Holy Week and Easter, is celebrated visually and sacramentally appropriately to reflect the church season. The Altar Guild has five teams who serve every fifth week. See a list of teams.
Contact: Lucy Meade, 200-1372

Find the current schedule on our Volunteer Schedules page.

Flower Guild

Faith in bloom! The St. James’s Flower Guild welcomes you to our ministry, to work with us or to contribute flowers or greens for worship. Our mission is to worship God and glorify His creation with joyful thanksgiving for earth’s beauty. We decorate the church for every service, festival, wedding or funeral.   No arranging experience necessary, just a love of flowers and the desire to create! If you’d like to join a fun and creative ministry at St. James’s, please contact: Jeanette McKittrick ( or 804.370.1610) or Loretta Miller ( or 804.314.0762).

Lay Eucharistic Ministry

Lay Eucharistic Ministers serve as chalice bearers during Eucharists. They also serve as lectors and acolytes to the priest at the 7:45 a.m. worship servic. LEMs also provide in-home communion to those parishioners who are unable to attend church.
Contact: Michael Lantz, 938-5223

Find the current schedule on our Volunteer Schedules page.

Lector Ministry

Lectors read the scripture passages at both the 9:00 and 11:15 a.m. services, once or twice each four to five months.
Contact: Lisa Niemeier, 937-3777

Find the current schedule on our Volunteer Schedules page.

Name Tag/Greeter Ministry

On designated Sundays, volunteers greet people and help them prepare and wear name tags.
Contact: Mary Slaughter, 353-1405

Usher Ministry

Ushers welcome worshipers with bulletins, introduce newcomers, answer questions and guide people during our worship services, take up the offering, and deliver altar flowers to shut-ins and parish members.
Contacts:  Brink Brinkley (11:15 a.m. ushers), 840-9618 , and  Harry Turton (9:00 a.m. ushers), 282-3484

Read the Usher Handbook
Find the current schedule on our Volunteer Schedules page.

Video Ministry

Volunteers operate the video equipment for each service that we webcast – two on Sundays September through May and one on Sundays in the summer – as well as special services and other events during the year. This ministry allows those who cannot attend services because of poor health or other reasons to watch our services. It allows others who miss church for one reason or another, who are out of town, or who are exploring St. James’s as a new church home to watch services live or archived.
Contact: Jonathan Sumrell, 703-946-5159

Find the current schedule on our Volunteer Schedules page.

Wheels Ministry

Volunteers provide transportation each Sunday morning to Westminster Canterbury residents who attend the 11:15 a.m. worship service. Training for driving the WCR van is provided.
Contact: John Willett, 514-5389

Find the current schedule on our Volunteer Schedules page.

Sign up for this or any ministry, or indicate you are volunteering already so we can add you to our rosters, by completing this form.
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