Ministries

“Like good stewards of the manifold grace of God, serve one another with whatever gift each of you has received.” 1 Peter 4:10

St. James the Apostle offers numerous opportunities for involvement in ministry both inside and outside our woodland setting. There are opportunities in worship, education, evangelism, outreach, finance, long-range planning, pastoral care and parish life.

Worship Ministry

  • Acolytes, typically youth about 12 years old and up, assist with worship by carrying the cross and torches in procession, lighting candles, and assisting in communion.
  • Ushers, men and women of any age, greet worshipers, hand out bulletins, assist worshipers in finding seating and receiving communion.
  • Lectors read the lessons of the day in worship.
  • Oblationers are families or individuals who bring the bread and the wine to the altar for communion.
  • Chalice Bearers administer the chalice of wine to worshipers during communion services.
  • Altar Guild members prepare the altar Holy Eucharist and other services as well as the church for worship.
  • Master of Ceremonies oversee and coordinate the altar party for Sunday worship services.

Family Ministry

  • Youth Commission members oversee the plans and coordinate activities for youth of all ages.
  • Children’s Chapel Leaders guide children ages 4 through 4th grade through a Bible lesson activity during the 10:30 a.m. service.
  • New for 2017! Children’s Sunday School Leaders guide children ages 4 through 6th grade a Bible lesson connected with the readings of the day.
  • Family Ministry Volunteers help out in a variety of ways with the needs of Family Ministry.
  • Art Camp VBS Volunteers serve in a variety of creative capacities during this weeklong camp serving more than 100 children from throughout the Conroe area.
  • Cub Scouts and Boy Scouts call St. James home to their pack and troop and are always looking for volunteers.

Outreach

  • Family Promise volunteers serve as hosts, drivers, cooks and a variety of other roles supporting the homeless families during their weeklong stay on campus three times a year.
  • James School volunteers provide a range of gifts to the children by reading to them, helping with special needs, and assisting in the office.
  • Knitter’s Guild members create hats for newborns, blankets for shut-ins and a variety of other beautiful works that comfort those who need them most.
  • Memory Care residents are visited twice monthly by volunteers who lead them through a worship service designed just for them.
  • New for 2017! Men-toring at Runyan Elementary allows men to visit once a week with a student who simply needs the time and attention from someone who cares.
  • Salvation Army Soup Kitchen volunteers make a meal and so much more for those who would not be able to eat otherwise.
  • Crisis Assistance Center volunteers help provide a range of help — food, financial assistance, referrals — to those facing hard times.
  • Crossroad Bible Institute is a correspondence Bible study between prisoners and volunteers.
  • The Gathering Place at the nearby Methodist Church invites volunteers from all denominations to visit with memory-care patients on an occasional basis.
  • Interfaith Commission members explore ways we can learn more about and build relationships with members of other faith traditions.

Hospitality

  • Hospitality Team members serve as hosts, cooks, and cleanup specialists for parish-wide fellowship events.
  • Lenten Suppers are prepared and served by volunteers as part of our Whole Wednesdays each week through the Lenten season.

Music and Fine Arts

  • Parish Choir is a non-audition ensemble of men and women who offer their gift of song for worship services throughout the year.
  • Art With Vision calls for our parish’s visual artists — painters and sculptors in every medium — to provide a piece related Sunday scripture for display during worship.

Newcomer Ministry

  • Greeters welcome all worshipers — but especially newcomers — to each and every Sunday service, and after the service they make a point to greet visitors to answer their questions, introduce them to longtime members, and provide them with more information about the parish.
  • Newcomer Socials occur about every six weeks or so and are made that much better with the presence of parishioners who can warmly welcome our newest members.

Pastoral Care

  • Lay Eucharistic Visitors are members who, after a bit of instruction, take communion to the homebound and hospitalized.
  • Flower Ministry is accomplished by those who, after Sunday worship, divide the altar flowers and take them to the homebound and hospitalized.
  • New for 2017! Columbarium Guild is a team of members dedicated to caring for our columbarium, home for cremains of our dearly departed.

Parish Life

  • Supper Clubs are monthly gatherings of six to eight people over a meal hosted by a parishioner in their home.
  • Men’s Lunch occurs every first Monday of the month at Vernon’s Country Catfish across the highway from the church.
  • Men of God is a monthly gathering on Wednesday evenings that includes good food, fellowship, and a faith-filled story.

Christian Formation

  • Faith Seekers Bible Study is a small-group gathering on Monday nights, focusing on one book or aspect of the Bible.
  • Dayspring Women’s Bible Study is a large-group gathering on Tuesday mornings, focusing on a book of the Bible.
  • New for 2017! Men’s Bible Study is designed with men in mind. Time and day to be determined based on those who sign up!
  • New for 2017! Sunday Forum is St. James’ new approach to adult Christian formation, offering most every Sunday morning an informative encounter with a guest speaker on any range of topics. Help by suggesting topics/speakers.
  • Daughters of the King, an international religious Order for women in The Episcopal Church, meets every second Saturday of the month.

Buildings and Grounds

  • Green Thumbs are those who help beautify our church campus with flowers and plants.
  • Garden Club not only helps maintain a portion of our campus, but also meets monthly with gardeners throughout the Conroe area.
  • Facilities Maintenance is open to anyone handy with a paintbrush, hammer or plunger!

Parish Administration

  • Vestry members serve three-year terms on the governing board of the parish after being elected by the congregation during a parish meeting in October.
  • Church Office volunteers staff the front desk on weekdays, answering the telephone and helping with clerical duties.

 

For more information about any of these ministries, contact the Church Office (936) 756-8831 or info@stjames-conroe.org