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Jesus told his disciples to love & worship God with all we are and have, and to love our neighbor as we love ourself. We strive to do the same at St. James. It can often be difficult to know how to best to care for our ourselves and our neighbor. Being in community is critical for us to do this! 

To love God & our neighbor means that community is both our parish/church and those that don't come to St. James. Click on one of the ministry areas on the drop-down to the right to learn more and discover ways you can offer your gifts to our community - at St. James and for the larger community.


Please note that many opportunities to serve at St. James and for our community, including face-to-face meetings or events, are suspended for an indefinite time due to precautions involving COVID-19. Stay tuned for updates here and in the weekly email announcements!
 

A.A.
We have long opened our doors, Monday through Friday @ 12:15, for years for a group meeting - usually meeting in the Parlor, just off the Parish Hall. 

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, and suspension of face to face meetings at the church, the A.A.group is not meeting as regularly scheduled. During this time please call the Friends of Bill hotline number @ 318.561.6119 to speak with someone or for meeting locations that might be open. You can also reach other, open meeting locations at aa-cenla.org or aa.org.
After School Reading Program
Since 2001, volunteers meet twice a week during the academic year with a small number of students from nearby Rugg Elementary School, with volunteers reading one on one with students to improve their readings skills and comprehension level. Our goal is to instill a love of reading and inquiry, and for students to pass standardized tests in order to move up to appropriate grade levels.

Please call Rita Klock at 445.3845 for more information about this program and to discover how you might be part of this ministry.
Emergency Ministry Fund
Thanks to the generosity of parishioners we are able to provide limited, short-term funds to assist our neighbors with acute needs, such as food, an overnight hotel stay, and rental or utility assistance. All applicants are carefully screened by Rita Klock, and we are able to verify other assistance given to individuals from local churches or community agencies through the real-time software  HMIS (Homeless Management Information System). Use of this software is a coordinated effort with the CENLA Homeless Coalition, the Strong Neighborhood Program, and the Volunteers of America, among others.
first sunday community breakfast
We have opened our doors to the Parish Hall for a community breakfast on the first Sunday of each month, in which we invite both parishioners and our local homeless neighbors to join in a common meal.

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, this community breakfast, like all church, face-to-face meetings, is suspended for an indefinite period.
Episcopal Church in Western Louisiana
Some money pledged and/or given to St. James goes toward helping the diocese fullfill its mission within our larger community of churches and ministries in western Louisiana and beyond. For instance, our gifts to the diocese support Camp Hardtner and college chaplaincies, such as the newly formed Canterbury House at LSUA. 

You can find more information about diocesan ministries by clicking
here.

You can discover more about Camp Hardtner by clicking here.

You can learn about Canterbury House at LSUA by checking out their Facebook page by clicking here.
Altar Guild
This volunteer group's ministry is to care for the altar, vestments, vessels, and altar linens that are used for Eucharist or communion. Altar Guild members, along with vergers, prepare the Nave (main church) for services, and clean up afterwards.They are invaluable with helping clergy prepare for worship services and, on occasion, they assist the Flower Guild.

Please call the church office @ 445.9845 if you are intrested in this "behind the scenes" ministry.


 
Flower Guild
This group does an outstanding job of making the Nave or Chapel look beautiful for weekly services, and especially for major seasons of the church year such as Advent, Christmas, or Easter.  They also assist with flowers for weddings or funerals. Their work really brings focus to the altar, and they often work closely with the Altar Guild to assist the clergy.

Please call the church office @ 445.9845 if you are interested in this "behind the scenes" ministry.
Lay Eucharistic Ministers & Lectors
A Lay Eucharistic Minister (LEM) is a person licensed by the bishop to administer the chalice (consecrated wine) during communion, serving alongside clergy. LEMs can also be licensed to serve as a Eucharistic Visitor, such that they are sent by the presiding clergy at the altar to go into the world and serve consecrated bread and wine to church members that are homebound, in nursing homes, or in hospitals.

This ministry is not to take the place of the ministry of priests and deacons concerning the administration of the sacraments, yet LEMs are of real assistance and ministry to the clergy and church when it comes to communion.


Lectors provide an important ministry in leading the responsive praying of the Psalms for the congregation and reading various scripture each week during the worship service. 

Please contact Fr. Tim @ 445.9845 to learn more or if you are interested in these important ministries.
Sunday Greeters & Ushers
Greeters and ushers are a vital part in welcoming people to St. James, and they are often the first person someone encounters when entering the church. They are huge ministers when it comes to hospitality and welcoming the stranger! Qualifications for this ministry are a smile and desire to welcome others into our doors and ministry.

Call the church office @ 445.9845 if this is you!

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