A Eucharistic Minister is a lay person authorized to administer the consecrated elements at a Celebration of Holy Eucharist. To serve the sacrament of Christ’s precious Body and Blood to our brothers and sisters is a profound spiritual privilege beyond measure.
A very important part of our worship experience is hearing the stories of our faith and the wisdom of Holy Scripture. Lectors have an opportunity to assist with the liturgy by reading the scripture lessons from the Old and New Testament and leading the congregation in the Psalm.
The Lector ministry is ideal for anyone who enjoys both public speaking and the opportunity to share the Word of God. Lectors serve at all of the Sunday services, weekday services, and special services like Christmas, Holy Week, and Easter. Readings are available in advance—giving plenty of time to practice!
Eucharist Ministers typically serve about once per month. Eucharist Visitors serve as needed.
GREETERS AND USHERS
Ushers at St. James provide a ministry of hospitality and assistance to all worshippers, giving extra attention and help to visitors or those with special needs. Hospitality is paramount in our Christian faith, where to welcome strangers and regulars alike is akin to welcoming Jesus himself into our midst.
Duties include setting out name tags, welcoming people, distributing worship bulletins to those entering the Cathedral, counting the congregation, collecting the offering, and guiding worshippers to communion. However, there is also a profound spiritual role ushers/greeters play at services. For many visiting St. James, an usher/greeter is the first person they meet. Ushers/Greeters set a tone; and hopefully, the message they share with others says that St. James is a welcoming, thoughtful, and intentional community of faith.
Ushers/Greeters typically serve about once per month.