Spiritual Life

Our Spiritual Life Committee oversees the worship and spiritual nurture of St. James’ Church. Most of its ministries deal with what happens in worship, but it also involves planning for special spiritually relevant functions and events. Examples include a Lenten retreat at Holy Cross Monastery, a series of Bible studies, a Taize worship event and Lenten Evening Prayer services. Ministries include: Acolytes, Altar Guild, Choir, Family Service, Junior Choir, and Lay Readers and Lectors.


Our Acolytes, a hardy band of youth and adults, serve each week to make sure that everything runs smoothly at the altar during services — and add a dash of festivity to our worship. Acolytes must be at least 10 years old but other than that there are no restrictions other than a desire to serve.

Altar Guild

The Altar Guild consists of teams who set up the altar for each service, as well as make special arrangements for weddings, funerals and other special services. They make sure the flowers are in place and supplies are plentiful. Our Altar Guild took an even more active role in researching the Columbarium (resting place for ashes).

Guild of the Christ Child

The Guild of the Christ Child distributes material to children who have recently been baptized at St. James’. This material is sent to the parents in the hope that the child’s questions about the church’s ministry will be answered by the parents. The child is also remembered on the first three anniversaries of his or her baptism.


The Choir of St. James’ is a group of dedicated musicians who lead the congregation in singing, as well as provide beautiful musical gifts to the congregation as acts of love, under the direction of our Minister of Music.

Lay Readers and Lectors

These two ministries are very similar. Lay Readers and Lectors both read a scripture lesson during worship, but Lay Readers also lead the psalm and intercessory prayers, and offer the chalice at Communion. Lay Readers are licensed to lead Morning Prayer in the absence of a priest.