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Youth In Church

Everyone can help

Worship is the foundation of our faith life, and there are many opportunities for youth to participate. As servants of Christ and stewards of God’s mysteries, we nurture liturgical and musical excellence. We are committed to living as a prayerful, hospitable community, inviting others into their own encounter with Jesus Christ.

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Acolyte Guild

Acolyte Guild is comprised of young people, sixth grade and up, who serve as crucifers (the lead crucifer assists the priest with the elements at the altar), banner bearers and torch bearers during the worship services.

Find the current schedule on our Volunteer Schedules page.

Acolyte Training Oct. 9

We’re having an acolyte training for all current and new/interested acolytes on Monday, October 9. All new acolytes and current torch bearers and banner bearers will be trained from 4:00-5:00. Crucifer training (must be in at least 9th grade) is from 5:30-6:30. Free pizza dinner will be served to both groups from 5:00-5:30. Our clergy, including new rector John McCard, will be there and look forward to seeing all our acolytes there. Please RSVP: Click here to RSVP.  Contact Donna Ellis ( or Robin Jager ( with questions.

Lay Eucharistic Ministry

Lay Eucharistic Ministers serve as chalice bearers during Eucharists. They also serve as lectors and acolytes to the priest at the 7:45 a.m. worship servic. LEMs also provide in-home communion to those parishioners who are unable to attend church.
Contact: Michael Lantz, 938-5223

Find the current schedule on our Volunteer Schedules page.

Readers (Also known as Lectors)

Lectors read the scripture passages for both the 9:00 and 11:15 a.m. services. Lectors read approximately once or twice in a four-to-five month period.
Contact: Bennette Burks, 353-9031

Find the current schedule on our Volunteer Schedules page.

Usher Ministry

Ushers welcome worshipers with bulletins, introduce newcomers, answer questions and guide people during our worship services, take up the offering, and deliver altar flowers to shut-ins and parish members.
Contacts:  Brink Brinkley (11:15 a.m. ushers), 840-9618 , and  Harry Turton (9:00 a.m. ushers), 282-3484

Read the Usher Handbook
Find the current schedule on our Volunteer Schedules page.

Video Squad

Volunteers operate the video equipment for each service that we webcast – two on Sundays September through May and one on Sundays in the summer – as well as special services and other events during the year. This ministry allows those who cannot attend services because of poor health or other reasons to watch our services. It allows others who miss church for one reason or another, who are out of town, or who are exploring St. James’s as a new church home to watch services live or archived.
Contact: Jonathan Sumrell, 703-946-5159

Find the current schedule on our Volunteer Schedules page.

Other Opportunities

Other important information about Youth Ministry