A Note From Pastor Michele
It never ceases to amaze me how, without fail, Sundays always happen. Now, I don’t mean the actual day of the week. I mean what happens on Sunday here at St. James. Pulling into the parking lot at Franklin, it’s very rare that I am the first one there. As soon as I walk in the door, the aroma of fresh coffee greets me followed by a wave of “Good morning, Pastor Micheles!” As I make my way upstairs, the lights are on, the soundboard is ready for mic checks, and there are about a half dozen people set up to greet everyone as they arrive. Capehart is no different; as soon as I turn into the parking lot, it’s obvious that what awaits me inside are dozens of people making sure everything is ready to go for worship.
Every Sunday, this happens. Not because of Pastor Matt. Not because of me. It happens because of…YOU! Each of you giving of your time and talents to serve the church ensures that the work on the church continues regardless of who is preaching. And it’s not just on Sundays. Volunteers help ensure weeknight programming such as United Wednesdays and St. James Youth happen. It’s your commitment to serving the church that allows others to grow in their relationship with God and others through Bible studies and special interest groups.
St. James is St. James because of you. Because, together, you have chosen to be an active part of the church through serving. One of my friends says, “We look most like Jesus when we serve” and I couldn’t agree more. Last week, I mentioned the old phrase WWJD (What Would Jesus Do) in my sermon and it is apparent St. James is a church that understands WWJD. He would serve. Thank you. For serving. For being the church. And, for showing others what is means to be like Jesus. I am grateful for each of you.
The cool thing about serving in the church is there are opportunities for everyone! If you haven’t already done so, I encourage you to sign up to serve today. Check out the opportunities listed below and then sign up using the registration link.
Serve 2023St. James Volunteer Drive
Media & Production Team
Media & Production Team members work with in-house or livestream sound, camera operation and switching, running slides/media and lighting. Experience is not necessary and training will be provided
Greet people as they arrive for worship, assist with bulletins and info pads, welcome guests and/or answer questions at our Connections Table. Connections team members include Sunday morning ushers and greeters.
Members of our Communion Team help prepare the elements and/or assist the pastors in the serving Commuion on the first Sunday of each month.
Safety & Security Team
Help us ensure and maintain a safe environment for everyone during worship and special events. As part of the Safety & Security Team, you’ll help monitor the church grounds during worship services as well as special events. Safety & Security team members also provide basic first aid as needed. A Safe Gatherings Background check is required for everyone serving on this team as well as training in Standard Response Protocol.
Sunday Morning Hospitality Team
Assist with preparation of Sunday morning fellowship snacks (coffee, donuts, etc.) Members of this team are responsible for setting up of refreshments before services as well as clean up after services.
St. James Kids
Serve on Sunday mornings or Wednesday evenings with babies through 5th graders as a small group leader, large group teacher or check-in greeter. A Safe Gatherings Background check is required for this team. You will serve with another leader. Capehart Campus only.
St. James Youth
Serve as a small group leader for students in 6th grade through 12th grade on Wednesday evenings. Use the provided curriculum to lead the group in discussions and activities. A Safe Gatherings background check is required for this team. You will serve with another leader. Capehart Campus only.
Use your gifts in vocal music to help connect others to Christ through music during our Traditional Worship services as well as special events throughout the year (cantatas, concerts, etc.) Members of the Chancel Choir are required to attend rehearsals once a week.
Contemporarty Worship Band
Members of our Contemporary Worship Band help connect others to Christ during our 9:30 AM worship service thourgh their gifts of vocal and instrumental music. Ability to play a variety of music genres is a must and all members of the worship band are required to attend weekly practice.
Weekday Office Volunteer
Serve at the church during regular business hours – 9:00 AM- 3:30 PM – Monday through Friday. Office volunteers will serve by answering phones, greeting guests, signing for deliveries and helping with office projects as needed. You may choose your day and hours to serve to best suit your schedule
Building Maintenance Team
Assist with light maintenance duties at both campuses. Duties may include painting, minor repairs and light construction projects.
Grounds Maintenance Team
Assist with outdoor maintenance such as mowing, weed pulling, light landscaping and trash pick-up.
United Wednesday Hospitality
Assist with preparation and serving of United Wednesday dinner. Members of this team are responsible for setting up and clean up of meals.
Special Event Hospitality
Assist with preparation, serving and hosting duties during special events including but not limited to funerals, churchwide celebrations and special services