The Good Friday Liturgy will begin at 12:00 Noon on April, 10
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The Friday before Easter Day, on which the church commemorates the crucifixion of Jesus. It is a day of fasting and special acts of discipline and self-denial. Read more of this article »
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The next meeting of the St. James’ Camera Club is ????.
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The St. James’ Camera Club meets on the 2nd Tuesday of each month in the St. James’ Parish Hall from 7:00 pm to around 9:15 pm. All are welcome.
All levels of experience are welcome. Visit us on Flickr CLICK HERE, for St. James’ Camera Club Photos.
New members are always welcome! Sign-up on the website (link above). Read more of this article »
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The shield was adopted by the General Convention of 1940 and is rich in symbolism. The red cross on a white field is the St. George Cross, an indicator of our link to the Church of England, the mother church of the Anglican Communion. The miniature crosses in the blue quadrant symbolize the nine original American Dioceses that met in Philadelphia in 1789 to adopt the constitution of the Protestant Episcopal Church in the United States of America. They are: Connecticut (established in 1783), Maryland (1783), Massachusetts (1784), Pennsylvania (1784), New Jersey (1785), New York (1785), South Carolina (1785), Virginia (1785), and Delaware (1786). The blue field in the upper left is the color traditionally associated with the Blessed Virgin Mary and is symbolic of Jesus’ human nature, which he received from his mother.
The outline of the miniature crosses is in the form of St. Andrew’s Cross in tribute to the Scottish church’s role in ordaining the first American Bishop, Samuel Seabury, in 1784. The colors red, white and blue symbolize, respectively, (Red) the sacrifice of Christ and Christian martyrs,(White) the purity of the Christian faith, and (Blue) the humanity of Christ received from the Virgin Mary. In duplicating the colors of the American flag, they also represent the Episcopal Church’s standing as the U.S. branch of the Anglican Communion.
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We are a living, growing church going forth in the name of Christ. Service to the community is a large part of our fellowship.
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Fr. Carl, chairperson
An acolyte is a lay person who assists in worship by carrying the processional cross or crucifix, lighting and extinguishing candles, holding a torch at the reading of the gospel, and assisting the priest and deacon during holy communion.
At the present, St. James has nineteen acolytes. They range in age from students in the sixth grade up to and including high school seniors.
If you are a boy or girl in the sixth grade or older and would like to become an acolyte, just give your name, address, and telephone number to the Parish secretary.
Marci Hanners, Chairperson
When Jesus visits Martha and Mary, Mary sits at His feet while Martha prepares the supper and cleans the dishes. When Martha complains that Mary is not helping, Jesus explains that there are different types of ministry…by sitting at His feet and learning, Mary pursues her ministry and by preparing the meal and cleaning up afterwards, Martha pursues hers.
The women and men of St. James’ Altar Guild are very much like Martha. Their ministry of service is to take care of the altar, the linens, frontals, vestments and the vessels. The group is divided into five teams who meet each week to set the Lord’s table, preparing the altar according to liturgical season, polishing the brass and silver of the church, and overseeing the ongoing care of the liturgical vestments and appointments.
Two times a year the entire group comes together to clean the interior of the church and decorate for the Christmas and Easter seasons.
If you are interested in this activity, it requires about one hour on Saturday and before and after one service on Sunday once a month.
Lectors & Eucharistic Ministers
St. James’ has a large dedicated group of Lectors & Eucharistic Ministers. A lector is a person chosen to read the lessons at the Eucharist.
A Eucharistic Minister in the Episcopal Church is a person licensed by the bishop of the diocese to administer the chalice at Holy Communion. This group meet on a quarterly basis with the Rector to plan the the EM Schedule and to go over details of the liturgy.
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