There are various ways to serve on Sundays in our worship services: Acolytes, chalice-bearers, lay clerks, vergers, thurifers, Lectors and Intercessors, ushers, and sacristans. All are vital to our common worship experience.
We are always encouraging those who are interested to serve. Please contact The Rev. Jenifer Chatfield at JChatfield@saintjamesla.org
Ushers welcome people as they enter the church on Sundays. They provide direction and assist members and visitors before and during each service. They hand out programs, assist people in finding seats, manage the offerings, and direct the orderly movement of people to and from communion. Ushers greet and assist parishioners and guests at all services. Ushers are typically the first and last people that visitors see at worship services. Most ushers serve approximately once a month.
Greeters welcome everyone who enter the doors of Saint James in a friendly and informative way, making them feel welcome and at ease. Greeters work along with the ushers before the church service, welcoming old friends and new ones as they walk in the door. If there are first time visitors, they are offered a brief tour of the church and ask to fill out their name and number so that we can follow up with a welcome letter.
Sacristans By definition, a Sacristan is one who prepares for the service. We take care of all of the pre-service preparations, including set-up, clean-up and the storing away of the vessels used in each service. The duties consist mainly of meeting one Saturday a month to set things up for the service on that following Sunday. We set-up for the Communion; when necessary, we change the linens on the Altar including Frontals, Fair Linens, Pulpit and Lectern Hangings. We then serve on that Sunday to put things out before the service and to clean-up after the service and prepare for the next service. We also take care of the Linens; primarily the purificators, Lavabo towels, Corporals and post-communion veils. Larger linens, we take to the cleaners unless we have someone who wishes to volunteer to wash, iron and care for these. Don’t know what we are talking about? Don’t worry we will train you! Prayerfully consider this ministry. It is a vital part of our worship service.