Acolytes are youth and adults who serve at the altar during worship. They light the candles, lead processions carrying the cross and torches, help prepare the Table (altar) for Holy Communion and assist the priest during the service. Acolytes make a commitment to serve and to work cooperatively with other worship leaders.
The Altar Guild is responsible for preparing the altars of the church and chapel for all services. This includes the ordering of floral arrangements and the care of the linens, frontals, silver and other altar appointments. The Altar Guild serves under the direction of the Rector.
Eucharistic ministers participate in the service by reading lessons, the Prayers of the People and assisting the Rector in serving Communion. Parishioners serving as Eucharistic Ministers receive training to prepare them for this commitment.
Eucharist visitors are trained ministers who bring the Eucharist to the homes of parishioners unable to attend church. To request a visit for you or a family member, call the church office at 248-644-0820.
Lectors are readers of the non-gospel Scripture lessons at Sunday worship services.
Music and Choir
Music plays an important role in the life of St. James.
The Senior Choir provides music for weekly services, Evensongs and special liturgies during Advent/Christmas and Holy Week. Wednesday rehearsal,
The St. James Ringers, our bell choir, performs for many services throughout the year. Tuesday rehearsal, 6:30-8:00 p.m.
The Primary Choir is a training choir for Kindergarten through 2nd grade children who learn to work together as a group and to understand music basics. They sing in church from time to time and in occasional dramatic and music presentations.
- The Junior Choir offers an opportunity for 3rd to 9th graders to continue their study of choral singing. They sing in church and in occasional dramatic and music presentations.
Order of the Daughters of the King
The Daughters of the King are an international order for women who are communicants of the Episcopal Church. They are dedicated to living a Rule of Prayer and Rule of Service to their neighbors. Parishioners can look to Daughters of the King members for love and help in times of need or loneliness.
The St. James Elizabeth chapter meets monthly and offers instructional classes for those interested in joining.
Church School Teachers
Our teachers lead the youth from age 3 through high school on Sunday mornings with the interactive Seasons of the Spirit curriculum. They offer an atmosphere and experience to our youth, teaching, nurturing and helping them develop as individuals and as a Christian community to understand their faith. Training is provided by the church staff.
Ushers and Greeters
On Sunday, ushers greet people as they enter church, direct visitors and distribute the weekly worship programs. They assist with the Offertory and present the bread and wine to be blessed. During the Sacrament, they direct the congregants to the altar for Communion and assist communicants with special needs.
Greeters are the first people worshipers see when they enter the church on Sunday. They give a warm welcome to parishioners and visitors and give directions to those looking for Sunday School or other locations.