Lay Ministries

During Sunday and special worship services, lay participants of all ages help in a variety of ways.

If you’re interested to learn more about any of these key roles, please contact Fr. William Heisley, <>, or the individual listed below.

Altar Guild members  prepare the sanctuary and altar for services. Members of the Altar Guild meet twice a year for cleaning and organization. Training and support is offered. Commitment is for 1 to 1.5 hours for each assigned service. If you’re interested in learning more, please contact Rosemary Caspar <>.

Acolytes light the candles for services, carry the cross and torches into and out of the sanctuary for service, and assist the priest during the service. Adults and youth are both welcome.

Bread Bakers bake the Eucharistic bread, using the recipe provided. Bread bakes in less than 15 minutes. Rotation is once every several weeks.

Chalice Bearers assist the priest in serving the chalice during Holy Eucharist. Training and certification provided. Rotation is once every several weeks.

Counters record and deposit contributions placed in the offering plates each Sunday morning. Rotation is once every several weeks.

Intercessors lead the Prayers of the People. Prayers are sent to the reader the week prior to the service. Petitions are added based on prayer book information and current events. Rotation is once every several weeks.

Lectors read scripture readings during worship. Readings are mailed to the Lector a week prior to the service. Rotation is once every several weeks.

Greeters/Ushers welcome people to Saint James, distribute service bulletins, count attendance, collect and present offering to priest, usher the people to communion, and tidy the pews after service. 10:30 service only. Rotation is once every couple of months.