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The duty of the Altar Guild is to prepare all things necessary for the conduct and celebration of public worship at Saint James. Altar Guild is comprised of twelve members who serve in teams of two or three on a monthly rotation basis. Members are responsible for maintaining linens and all accouterments for the Eucharist for both Sunday services as well as funerals and weddings. Each team works out their own schedule, setting up on Saturday. Cleanup is done immediately after each service. All brass and silver and all linens are shined/ironed by the Altar Guild volunteers. The Altar Guild is supported with donations from our parishioners. Volunteers, both men and women, are always needed and welcomed. Peggy Melton, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Music is an important part of worship at Saint James. The choir sings each Sunday, September through May, at the 10:30m service. We are an all-volunteer group; no auditions required—just a love of singing. We’re a friendly group and are always on the lookout for new voices. Speak to any member or the director. The choir also is integral to special services throughout the year. Alan White, email@example.com.
Daughters of the King (DOK)
The DOK is a spiritual sisterhood of women dedicated to a life of Prayer, Service and Evangelism. We have made a commitment to Jesus as our Savior, and we follow Him as Lord of our lives. We welcome new members and are an Order for women who are communicants of the Episcopal Church, churches in communion with it, or churches in the Historic Episcopate. Today our membership includes those in the Anglican, Episcopal, Lutheran (ELCA), and Roman Catholic churches. Mary Flanigen, firstname.lastname@example.org
The Flower Guild is responsible for placing flowers on the altar each Sunday, year-round, and for arranging flowers for various parish functions, such as picnics, the Bishop’s visit, and baptisms. The Guild works very hard on holidays, such as Christmas and Easter, to make Saint James special for members and visitors. Our annual Flower Festival embraces many in the Church doing all kinds of tasks together. Anyone interested in flower arranging is invited to join us. Our group is comprised of both men and women, and we have a great time together. John Templeton, email@example.com.
Members of the Garden Guild are responsible for the nineteen gardens on the church grounds. All of the gardens continue to develop, grow and change as they mature with the seasons. These sacred places are maintained by members of the Guild. Each garden is monitored and watched over be a leader and team. All members help when there are projects, special events, and/or general maintenance to be done. The group meets on the fourth Monday of the month. If you are interested in working with other gardeners, learning about plant care and would like to play in the church gardens setting, this is definitely the spot for you! Kathy Booker, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Serving at all services, Ushers welcome and greet everyone entering the church, providing them with service bulletins and assisting them, if needed, to find a seat. They assist during the service by collecting the offering and greeting newcomers at the end of the service. Eucharistic Ministers help the Priest at the altar and help serve communion. Any member of the Episcopal Church in good standing is eligible to be trained; this position is licensed by the Bishop. Lectors are approved by the rector to read the Lessons and Psalms, along with the Prayers of the People. They may also lead other Offices as authorized by the Rector. Serving primarily at the Sunday 10:30 service, acolytes participate in a variety of ways. These include crucifer, torch bearer, offering and Eucharist tasks.
Liturgical arts are an important part of worship at Saint James. The clergy vestments, paraments for the altar and lectern and banners are made by members of the congregation. We are always looking for suggestions for new art and gratefully accept any help creating them. Bev Mannes, email@example.com.
The Pastoral Care Team helps support the health needs and safety issues of the Saint James congregation. The focus is on health, disease prevention, and spiritual well-being—integrating physical, emotional and spiritual components, in our parish as well as extending into the larger community where appropriate. The Team does not diagnose, treat, or provide direct hands-on nursing care. However, assistance is provided in getting those things done. The Team is composed of volunteers who have an interest in health issues. They receive special training in working with others, identifying problem areas and helping find available resources. The group works under the direction of the Parish Nurse. Kathy Booker, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Outreach at Saint James extends far and wide, supporting both organizations and individuals- locally, regionally, and internationally. The parish has adopted and supports two godchildren at Our Little Roses Orphanage in Honduras. Saint James financially supports Emmaus House in Atlanta, The Episcopal Community Foundation, and many helping agencies in Rabun County. The committee sponsors Brown Bag Sunday each month in support of Sharing and Caring of Rabun County. In addition food and other necessities are gathered each month for the local animal shelter, Paws for Life. The annual fall "Tag Sale" is a parish-wide event that helps fund the Miracle Fund. The committee welcomes volunteers. Peggy Melton, email@example.com.
Acolytes assist the priests at God's Table and the congregation throughout the service. Leading by our example of dignity and reverence; thereby proclaiming the Good News of our Lord Jesus Christ's Love. Acolytes serve God through their service in the church. The acolytes are instrumental in helping the services to run smoothly. The Acolyte ministry is open to those ages eight and up. Deacon Anthony Sgro, firstname.lastname@example.org.