Operation Home Bound
Operation Home Bound is a hot meal program. The meals are prepared by the Operation Home Bound center at North Lake Presbyterian Church in Lady Lake. Members of St. James deliver the meals to residents of Leesburg. The meals cost $3 and are provided to shut-ins at lunch time Monday through Friday every week of the year including holidays.
Prayer Shawl Ministry
The Women of St. James have a group that knits shawls that are given to people who are ill or recovering from surgery. The Shawls are blessed by one of our priests and hold the special qualities of comfort and healing in the name of Jesus Christ.
Daughters of the King
The Daughters of the King (DOK) is an order of women devoted to service, prayer, and evangelism. DOK is the fastest growing organization in the Episcopal Church. The Daughters at St. James are known as the Martha and Mary Chapter. They meet on the first Wednesday of each month at 3:30 PM. Besides planning, the meetings usually involve bible study.
St. James Men’s Club sponsors social events for the men and boys of the church during the year. In addition the club sponsors an annual pig roast, which is open to the entire parish and is one of the social highlights of the year.
The Altar Guild is an organization of women who are dedicated to preparing the altar and sanctuary for each worship service. There are four teams. Each team serves on a given week of the month. The Altar Guild has an important role in regard to weddings and funerals. The directresses of the Altar Guild is Sue Geiger, who also serves as the Altar Guild Directress for the Diocese of Central Florida.
Ushers and Greeters
The Ushers and Greeters are a group of men and women who provide hospitality to everyone who comes to worship at St. James. The Ushers and Greeters especially try to serve visitors and newcomers. They are dedicated to serving a variety of needs ranging from locations of restrooms to guiding a visitor through worship. The Ushers and Greeters are trained to follow special guidelines during emergencies. They do their best to help those in the congregation with special needs. While Ushers are at all services, the Greeters assist the Ushers at our largest service at 10:00 AM. If you would like to be an Usher or Greeter, contact the church office.
Acolytes are young people who serve at the altar during worship services. They range in age from third grade through high school. The Acolytes serve at the 9:30 AM service and sometimes at weddings and funerals. At the end of the year an award is given known as the Blair McLin Acolyte Award, which is traditionally awarded to a graduating senior.
Becoming a lector is one of the many opportunities for parish members to participate in the life of St. James. Lectors read the First Lesson at all worship services. Lectors serve on a rotating basis and are provided a schedule as well as the readings well in advance of their assignment. All that is required to become a lector is a willingness to serve St. James in this capacity; contact the church office if you are interested in this ministry.
Lay Readers/Lay Eucharistic Ministers
All Lay Readers are licensed by the Bishop upon recommendation of the Parish Priest. Duties of the lay reader include lighting the candles before the service begins, reading of the Epistle, reading of the Prayers of the People, administering of the Chalice, assisting the Celebrant and extinguishing the candles after the service. Each lay reader has his/her own vestment which is worn during the service. Training is provided by senior lay readers with more extensive training available through the Diocese of Central Florida.
Senior Warden-David Smith; Junior Warden-Rob Bowersox; Finance Officer-Dan Robuck; Treasurer-Tom Grizzard; Clerk of the Vestry-Kristen Daley; Members of Vestry- Becky Binneveld, Bill Cauthen, Leah Delgado, Lisa James, Jim Logan, Mackie McCabe, Dick Singeltary, Jason Smalley
A fine collection of books on religious subjects is housed in Room 6 of the St. James Sunday School complex. It was compiled over the years from the collections of our parish clergy, particularly Father Knud Larsen and Father Terry Jackson. In addition, memorial books have been added as well as books, periodicals and audiovisual materials bought by the E.C.W. Currently, there are over 1700 print volumes organized in Dewey Decimal order. These books are available for members of the parish to check out for study, programs and recreational reading.
The volunteer parish librarian, Margaret Branham, invites you to visit your library, a comfortable quiet space where one can read, converse, meditate and study. The library is open weekly on Thursday morning, from 9 am to 12 noon. Children’s books are also available. Sample collections, correlating with the church seasons, are kept on two book trucks in the Parish Hall. Additional access is possible by contacting the church office at (352) 787-1981.