The liturgical ministries provide the opportunity to directly participate in the worship service at St. James'.
Lay Readers proclaim God's word to his people by reading the Lessons and Psalms to the congregation from the Lectern and leading the Prayers of the People from the center aisle.
Lay Eucharistic Ministers administer the elements (the consecrated bread and wine) at any celebration of the Holy Eucharist in the absence of a sufficient number of Priests or Deacons assisting the Celebrant.
Lay Eucharistic Visitors, directly following a celebration of the Holy Eucharist and accompanied by a Pastoral Associate, take and administer the elements (the consecrated bread and wine) to members of the congregation who by reason of illness or infirmity are unable to be present. Completion of Diocesan-provided "Prevention of Sexual Misconduct" training is required for all participants in the Lay Eucharistic Visitor ministry.
No special prior experience is required; only faith and interest in these meaningful ministries. Lay Readers and Lay Eucharistic Ministers must be persons of wisdom in the faith and of good repute who have received the respect of the local congregation and also demonstrate spiritual maturity. In addition, Lay Eucharistic Ministers and Visitors must be adult (defined as age 16 years or older) members of the congregation in which they serve.
For more information, contact the Church Office.