Our Ministries

Learn more about the ministries of St. James Episcopal Church.

Altar Guild

The ministry of the Altar Guild is an opportunity for our members to faithfully serve the parish to the Glory of God through the loving care of the altar and its appointments, the vessels, vestments, linens, candles, and special decorations which adorn and enhance the beauty of our worship here. In addition to setting up for the Sunday liturgies, the Guild also lovingly cares for the linens, cleans and stores the vessels, and does special set-ups for weddings, funerals, and holy days as needed. The regard that we have for our church and its worship tradition is often expressed by the care given to its furnishings. It is truly a labor of love. If interested in helping contact Susan Benson.

Friendship Dinner Committee

The Friendship Dinner is a parish-wide ministry involving virtually everyone in the congregation helping in one way or another. We are reaching out to people in our community who simply exist day to day. Some are unemployed, some are “working poor” who have families to support. It can be hard to make ends meet, especially at the end of the month. A good, nutritious meal served with warmth and understanding is appreciated. It is a gift that is easy to give. Support for the dinner comes from members of the congregation with help from a grant by the Episcopal Community Services Foundation. Dinners are offered, free of charge, on the last Saturday of every month in the Undercroft. Sign-up sheets for helpers are posted in the undercroft. Donations may be made by sending a check to the church marked “Friendship Dinner”. If interested in helping contact Susan Benson.

Episcopal Church Women

The ECW supports St. James in multiple ways, proving both financial and service support initiating a variety of projects. These projects are funded through the Shrove Tuesday Dinners, traditionally one of the biggest events of the year. If interested, please contact Janet Stewart.


LayWeeders is a group of dedicated gardeners who maintain the beautiful Memorial Garden next to the church. They do spring and fall plantings; lawn seeding and feeding; as well as garden care and maintenance. If interested in helping contact Tom and Dianne Ischy.

Pastoral Care Committee

The Pastoral Care Committee helps to bridge the gap between our active membership and those who are home bound, hospitalized or who reside in assisted living or rest homes. If interested in helping contact Marilyn Knell.

Daughters of the King

Daughters of the King are women and girls between the ages of seven and one hundred and seven who desire a closer walk with the Lord. We are Christian women, both lay and ordained, who are strengthened through the discipline of a Rule of Life and supported through the companionship of our sisters. We are all at different stages of our Christian journey – some have just begun, and some have been on this path for a long time. But no matter where we are on our sacred journeys, our primary goal is the same – to know Jesus Christ and to make Him known to others. If interested, please contact Renée Spiker.

Lectors / Chalicers / Acolytes / Ushers

Those who volunteers for these services provide a critical part of the liturgy each Sunday. If interested in volunteering, please contact Barbara Saunders.


Our Hospitality committee is a vital part of the St. James’ community. This group provides comfort meals for families after funerals, provide meals during special events and assist in making St. James a warm and welcoming place. If interested contact Janet Stewart.

Loads of Love

In the early fall of 2022, St. James began an outreach program with our new downtown neighbors at Pearl House. Located at the corner of Third St. and South St., Pearl House is a newly constructed 34 – unit apartment complex for persons in recovery from addiction and their families. Muskingum Behavioral Health (MBH) provides programming for Pearl House. When contacted by our vestry, MBH indicated that one of the unmet needs for the tenants was assistance with the costs associated with laundry. With that in mind, our “Loads of Love” ministry for Pearl House tenants was established.

We are currently going to Pearl House on the third Wednesday of each month. We provide laundry products and a roll of quarters for use in the small on-site laundry facility. (The washers cost $2.00 per load and the dryers cost $1.50 per load.) The heart-felt gratitude shown by the tenants for this small kindness has been overwhelming.

We invite all of you to participate in and support this new outreach ministry! Please keep the tenants at Pearl House in your prayers. We welcome you to join us at Pearl House on the third Wednesday of the month (5:00 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.) to meet the tenants and share a few moments of fellowship with them.

For more information about this ministry, please contact Tom Tompkins at or 740-297-0575.

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