An important part of our heritage as Episcopalians is that our lives are centered around worship which engages the energies of the entire congregation, rather than a performance by the clergy. Therefore, full and deliberate participation by everyone is encouraged by singing hymns, psalms, and canticles; in reciting prayers together; and by joining together in the sacrament of Holy Eucharist. Central to our worship experience is the Book of Common Prayer, an excellent liturgical resource which contains prayers, psalms, service liturgies, and lectionaries, providing a strong base for Christian faith and worship.
Acolytes are 5th – 12th graders who participate and help lead the 9:00 am and 11:15 am worship services.
The Altar Guild is comprised of communicants who care for and prepare the church for regular and special services. Team members are assigned duties every 4-5 weeks.
This is a group of men and women licensed by the bishop to assist the clergy during communion.
Parishioners who enjoy working with flowers and have an eye for decorative detail decorate the church on for high holy days.
Lay Eucharistic Ministers
This is a group of men and women licensed by the bishop to assist clergy in serving wine and bread at communion and to take communion to parishioners who are unable to attend services.
Volunteers read the Old or New Testament lessons or Prayers of the People during Sunday worship services.
These volunteers are responsible for the weekly laundry and care of the altar linens. Teams divide this responsibility yearly.
Volunteers welcome everyone to church and assist in the orderly flow of worship services.
Wedding Guild members are present at the weddings held at St. James Church and Lebanon Chapel to assist the clergy and the wedding parties. Teams of two volunteers serve two weddings per season (typically May to August).