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Worship Ministry

After all, it is those who have a deep and real inner life who are best able to deal with the irritating details of outer life.

                                                                              - Evelyn Underhill

The Worship Committee is involved in all the worship services at St. James. It is at these services that we serve and share Jesus Christ.

Each group within the Worship Committee has its own, unique part to play in the enhancement of our worship services.

Worship Ministry Goals:


Weekly Service Planning Group

The weekly planning group meets every Wednesday to review the previous week and plan for the following Sunday. Hymns are chosen at this meeting. Music is planned by the Music Director. Long term planning also takes place at these meetings.

Sidespeople and Counters
More than 60 men and women of the congregation enable parishioners at the two Sunday services to worship in a welcoming, comfortable and safe environment. These volunteers provide bulletins to worshippers as they arrive, ring the bell before the service, carefully count the number of people attending, collect and count the offering, tidy up the pews after the service and generally offer assistance where needed.


New participants are always welcome. For further information or to indicate your interest in being a sidesperson, call the church office.

Intercessors

The purpose of an Intercessor is to choose or create a set of "Prayers of the People" for a particular Sunday 10:30 a.m. service, gathering the real concerns of the people and lifting them to God on that day.  These prayers usually include petitions for the church, the world, the leaders of the nations, the sick and needy, the community and those who have passed into the Lord’s hands.  Thanksgivings may also be added, especially for parish family events.  Trained lay members of St. James' share this ministry.  Workshops are given as necessary.

Readers

Readers are scheduled for the 8 a.m. service and 10:30 a.m. service.  If you would like to be part of the team of readers for either service, please contact the church office.

Senior Choir

The senior choir meets every Thursday at 8 p.m. to rehearse for the 10:30 a.m. service, Evensong (the last Sunday of each month) and other special events, such as Gospelfest, concerts, soirees, under the leadership of  Director, Albert Greer.

This is a dedicated, hardworking, fun loving, supportive group who enjoy singing and many social activities during the year.

There is always a need for new members. If you are interested, can sing in tune and preferably read music, please contact Albert Greer through the church office.

Albert Greer,

Director of Music

Awake, my lute, and struggle for thy part

With all thy art.

The crosse taught all wood to resound his name,

Who bore the same.

His stretched sinews taught all strings, what key

Is best to celebrate this most high day.


      - George Herbert


Greeters

Each Sunday, a team of greeters welcome visitors and regular church members as they arrive for the worship service.  Long term church membership is not a necessary credential for a greeter.  It is more important to have a smile and a cheerful word of welcome in order to fulfill this very important Christian ministry.

If you think you’d like to be a greeter, please contact the church office.

Servers

St. James’ is proud to have servers ranging from 8 years of age. New servers are needed every year. Training and mentorship are offered to new servers so they feel confident in their roles as soon as possible.

Being a server offers the opportunity to be directly involved in worship.  This often leads to a lifelong interest and connection with the church.

If you are interested in becoming a server or know of someone who might be a candidate, please contact the church office.

Altar Guild and Flower Power


Each week teams of two or three people work quietly behind the scenes to assist the clergy in preparation for worship services, weddings and funerals. Duties include: arranging memorial flowers, polishing the silver and brass, changing the frontal colour according to the church calendar, setting up and clearing away communion.

New members are welcome and work with an experienced team to learn the protocol.  For further information, and/or to express your interest, please contact the church office.

Audio Visual Team

The Audio Visual Team looks after the technical needs at St. James’.  Responsible for all the audio visual enhancement of worship and special occasions, the team does much of its work behind the scenes.  In addition to the regular Sunday services, there are many events, big and small, that take place in our church building, and many of them require the support of the team.


If you require more information, or think you might like to help out with the AV team, contact the church office.

Spirit of God,

You have given me what I need

in order to make good choices.

May I be attentive to your voice today

and heed your call to follow your ways.

Amen

An Easter Journey, April 2009

Audio Enhancement Available

Hearing assistance devices are available at the back of the church at the sound console. If you need help, a sidesperson is available.


Accessibility

St. James' is accessible. We can accommodate those with mobility (elevator available), hearing and visual impairments with special equipment for the hearing impaired and visual aids. For more information please visit: Accessibility

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