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Here is a listing of the many ways you can use your talent and experience at St. James.



Worship


Lay Eucharistic Ministers


Lay Eucharistic Ministers (LEMs) are trained according to diocesan requirements and are licensed by the bishop. They assist the priest at the altar during worship (bearing the chalice, reading the prayers, lighting candles, and accepting the offering).

Contact:
Lou Sturbois,
sturbois@q.com

Readers


Lectors read the lessons at worship on Sunday mornings and special services. They are not required to be licensed, but do receive some training.

Contact:
Lou Sturbois,
sturbois@q.com

Ushers


Ushers are scheduled for each worship service. They greet people as they arrive, distribute bulletins, and assist anyone who needs help to and from worship. One usher is assigned the 8 AM service and two the 9:15 AM service on Sundays.

Contact:
Lou Sturbois,
sturbois@q.com

Acolytes


Acolytes light the candles, carry the cross in procession, and serve the priest at the altar during the Holy Eucharist. At St. James, acolytes must be at least 7 years old. Acolyte training is offered several times a year.

Contact:
Church office, 575-758-2790
office@stjamestaos.org

The Choir


The 9:15 AM choir consists of about twenty people who offer their rich voices to lead the congregation in hymns and all service music. Rehearsals are Fridays at 5 PM and again on Sunday morning at 8:30 AM before the service. The choir sings for other special worship services too, and many of our singers are members of the Taos Community Chorus. Some members, with other parishioners, also are in the bell choir, which makes beautiful music during special services and events.

Contact:
Erick Brunner,
music@stjamestaos.org

Altar Guild


These dedicated volunteers work behind the scenes to make sure the altar is sparkling clean and properly set. They place the flowers, set out elements for the Eucharist, wash and iron linens, clean and polish serving pieces, and generally make sure God's house is clean and ready for company. Duties are rotated among members of the guild.

Contact:
Charlene Cain,

Education


Becoming Christian through Christ and Weeding


What would be more meaningful to put the Word of Christ in a child’s heart in a clean and loving environment or for an adult to take the bible off the shelf and see how it fits into their lives? Open your heart and share the gifts with which you have been blessed. Serving at St. James might include teaching, cleaning rooms, pulling weeds, staining, or planting. Any level of contribution is welcomed.

Contact:
Stacy A. Quinn,
stacy@newmex.com

Sunday School Teachers


St. James has dedicated and enthusiastic Sunday School and Nursery teachers with the objective of teaching the stories of the bible and to have their experience at church to be fun. Occasionally they are absent and one of the parents familiar with the program and morning curriculum steps in.  If you would like to help with Sunday School, Please contact:

 

Contact:
The Rev. Michael Olsen,
frmike@stjamestaos.org

Helping Each Other


Pastoral Care Committee


Get involved with the Pastoral Care committee, which meets once a month to plan support for fellow parishioners.

Contact:
Mary Burns,
mhburns@newmex.com

Music


Singers and Ringers


We always have room for more singers and ringers. Add your voice to our fine choir, or your musical skill to our bell choir.

Contact:
Erick Brunner,
music@stjamestaos.org

Stewardship


Stewardship


A Stewardship Committee plans fundraising events and coordinates a year-round program of financial stewardship. 

Contact:
Jess Heald,
healdoftaos@msn.com

Outreach


Outreach Volunteers


Our outreach programs are diverse and deep. And volunteers are the key to the success of these programs, which reach into the community to serve needs for food, emergency assistance, prescription support, gifts for foster kids, homelessness, domestic abuse. Our music education program supplants the shrinking offerings at community schools and expensive private programs. If you want to help, there is a spot for you.

Contact:
Anna Mae Patterson,

Fellowship


Sunday Coffee Hour


Volunteers help set up the coffee service for Sunday mornings, and provide delicious treats to share. A sign-up sheet enables parishioners to choose a Sunday they wish to participate.

Contact:
Church office, 575-758-2790
office@stjamestaos.org

Sacred & Beautiful


Building Committee


The Building Committee has coordinated construction over the years, during our growth spurts, and keeps its eye on needed building improvements and acquisitions. Architectural planning and interior design are part of that mandate, along with design for memorials on the property and for an ongoing inventory of art works, furnishings, and equipment.

 

Contact:
Jack Nottingham,

Facilities Management


The Facilities Management group is in charge of day-to-day operations and maintenance. Leasing and upkeep of the rectory and casita are part of that charge, along with operating and assuring usability of the kitchen and meeting other maintenance and housekeeping needs. Events planning is also in the group's responsibilities.

Contact:
Marilyn Farrow, 575-758-7276

Weddings


Wedding Coordinators


A Weddings Committee works to ensure that St. James is a welcoming location for weddings. Some members, acting as wedding coordinators, work with couples to smooth the way toward a perfect wedding at the church, providing information about local services and assisting with facilities and music decisions.

Contact:
Suzy Heald,
healdoftaos@msn.com

Plan an Event


Events Coordination


St. James is a busy place, with parishioners and community groups using the spaces for meetings, workshops, classes, and projects. Help coordinate scheduling and concierge support for events.

Contact:
Gwenneth Glenn, 575-758-2790
office@stjamestaos.org

In The Community


Food Pantry Preparation and Distribution


On Monday mornings, volunteers work a sort of assembly line, preparing the food that will be distributed.

 

On Thursday afternoons, volunteers distribute the food. A special team of strong-backed people pick up and unload perishable groceries earlier that day.

Contact:
Marilyn Farrow,
marilynbfarrow@gmail.com

Rummage Sales and Holiday Bazaar Volunteers


These events rely on the enthusiastic help of volunteers who transport items to the church for sale, set up the parish hall so that merchandise is attractive and accessible, and "work" the sales.

Contact:
Elizabeth Halley,
thehaircutter@hotmail.com

The Giving Tree Helpers


Make decorative ornaments for our Giving Tree. Wrap packages for kids. Shop for presents. Our Giving Tree project is all about celebrating the spirit of Christmas. Want to be a helper?

Contact:
Anna Mae Patterson,

Emergency Assistance Interviewers


People who come to St. James for emergency help with bills or food or other needs are interviewed by trained volunteers, who keep regular hours at our front entry area. We need not only kind hearts but wise souls.

Contact:
Gwenneth Glenn, 575-758-2790
office@stjamestaos.org

Contributing Financial Support


Click here for a PDF form you can fill in and mail, deliver, or fax to us, if you would like to make a financial donation to support our outreach programs. You may designate specific programs.

Contact:
Jess Heald,
healdoftaos@msn.com