Lay Ministries

During Sunday and special worship services, lay participants help in a variety of ways as described below.

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. Training is provided. 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.

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. Training is provided.

Lectors read scripture readings during worship. Readings are mailed to the Lector a week prior to the service. Training and support are provided. 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.


Our Music Directors are Elizabeth Athorn and Cliff Athorn

The Adult Choir
sings during the 10:30 AM service, September through May. Being part of the choir requires weekly rehearsals from 7:15 to 9:00 P.M. on Wednesdays, and rehearsals at 10:00 AM on Sundays. No auditions required and no previous choral experience necessary. Newcomers are warmly welcomed!

Sunday Service

As a traditional parish of the Episcopal Church in Minnesota, our worship is guided by the Book of Common Prayer and by The Hymnal of 1982.


  • Our 8 a.m. worship is a quiet service of Holy Communion with scripture, preaching and prayer.
  • Our 10:30 service includes Holy Communion, scripture, preaching, hymns and, during the season, choral music. Youth Sunday is the first Sunday of each month — when youth of many ages lead in scripture readings, prayers, and a Youth Choir  anthem. On festival days the 10:30 service is often punctuated by special elements: our large papier-mâché angel hovering above on All Saints’ Sunday, a youth pageant during Advent or Pentecost, etc.

Advent, Lent and other liturgical seasons are observed with mid-week services. Please see our calendar for details.

Please, come and worship with us.