Lay worship leaders at St. James' are faithful lay-persons who are able to lead the rest of the congregation in worship in an orderly and reverent manner, to the glory of God.
Jeanne Todaro, firstname.lastname@example.org
Father Joseph Krasinski, email@example.com , 203-748-3561
Acolytes: Acolytes are trained laypeople, sixth grade through adulthood, who assist in the worship of God at Saint James' under the leadership of the rector and acolyte director. During the worship service our acolytes serve as Torch Bearers or Crucifer, fly the liturgical kite, or act as Gospel bearers. They also have responsibilities in the setting of the table for the Eucharist and in guiding the congregation to the communion rails. If you are interested in this ministry, speak to the Father Joseph: 203-748-3561 or Mr. Bob Pearson: 203-792-0808.
Altar Guild: The purpose of the altar guild is to prepare and put in place all the things necessary for the celebration of the Eucharist and other offices such as baptisms, weddings, funerals, morning and evening prayer. The altar guild is also responsible for the purchase of communion wafers, altar wine, candles and altar linens as well as the maintenance of altar linens and silver. This is an interesting and rewarding ministry. For additional information check out the Altar Guild Brochure and speak to Yvonne Kiddoe 203-794-0925.
Chalice Ministers/Ministers of Communion: A Chalice Minister is a layperson licensed by the bishop to administer the consecrated elements of the Eucharist. Chalice ministers may be licensed to administer consecrated bread and wine at any celebration of the Eucharist in the absence of sufficient number of priests and deacons to assist the celebrant. The clergy, who will submit their names for licensing, trains chalice ministers. Speak to Father Joseph about this ministry.
Choirs: The choir's primary role is to lead and support the congregation's worship. Choirs may also sing anthems and present other musical offerings. Saint James' has several choirs of singers and bell ringers of all ages. Please Click here to connect to the Music Ministry Web Page.
Intercessors: An intercessor is 'one who prays on behalf of another or others.' The intercessor leads the congregation's prayers of intercession-The Prayers of the People- which include prayers for the 'whole state of Christ church and the world'. Speak to Father Joseph if you are interested in this ministry.
Oblations Bearers: Oblation is "an offering of ourselves, our lives and labors, in union with Christ, for the purposes of God" (Book of Common Prayer p. 857). Oblation bearers are members of the congregation who bring the people's offerings of bread, wine and water to the altar for consecration at the Eucharist. This is a wonderful ministry for families to become involved in. Contact Father Joseph if you want to participate in this ministry.
Lectors: Lectors are lay people trained in reading scripture who are appointed by the clergy person to read lessons or lead the prayers of the people. Young people who have been confirmed and adult communicants of the congregation perform this ministry. Speak to the clergy about this ministry. Speak to Father Joseph
Ushers: Usher teams at Saint James' are made up laypersons that greet and assist the people as they enter the church. Ushers are called upon to hand out service leaflets, answer questions of visitors and newcomers count the number of people in the congregation, collect and present the offertory, assist the acolytes in directing the congregation to communion and to straighten up the pews following the liturgies. From time to time the usher teams are asked to help with midweek services, such as funerals and Holy Week. They may also be called upon to help with weddings. Saint James' has a unique tradition of "tuxedo" ushers. During the Christmas season and Easter Day, members of the usher teams are decked out in their finery. Ushers serve on rotating at the 10:00 am Sunday liturgy teams while ushers serve in pairs for the 8:00 am Sunday liturgy. If you are interested in joining an usher team contact: Lew Westfall: 203-790-0229 (10:00 AM) or Joan Tarrant: 203-748-1044 (8:00 AM)
The Worship Committee meets the 2nd Wednesday of the month at 7 PM in the Coburn Lounge. Meetings last about 1 hour and all people who enjoy worship are invited to join us.
"The Parish of Saint James' ministers to all people in the name of Jesus Christ"
25 West Street Danbury, CT 06810 Phone (203)748-3561 Fax (203)744-6350