Ministries and Outreach


Ministries
and Outreach

The Altar Guild has the privilege of preparing the altar for  every service. Our members are assigned to teams. The teams rotate responsibilities following a monthly schedule. Each team has a designated captain who coordinates their monthly responsibilities. We welcome and are available to train new members at any time during the year.

St. James Mill Creek and its parishioners have played an active role in the ministry of Family Promise of Northern New Castle County since its launch in March 2010. We host families three times per year. (Easter week April 21-28, June 2-9, and August 4-11, 2019.)  Family Promise of Northern New Castle County is a non-profit, 501(c) 3 organization that prevents and ends homelessness for families by engaging faith-based congregations, volunteers, and donors.

 

August 4th starts our third and final host week for Family Promise this year! This is a wonderful ministry, where we make space in our Parish home and in our hearts to care for families who are homeless.

We are in need of volunteers for:

* Set-up August 4th after the 9:00 AM service
* Dinner Hosts
* Overnight Hosts
* Bringing in donations for breakfasts and lunches
* Take-down Sunday August 11th at 8:00 AM

Sign-up sheets will be out at Lemonade in the Circle.
Please call or text Val Brunson at 302-476-5067 or email at sassycheme@verizon.net if you have any questions. Thanks in advance.
Family Promise Coordinators
Val Brunson, Dave Perry, Nancy Prettyman, Eileen Marvel

For each month that has a 31st day (seven months a year), St. James’ is responsible for preparing and serving a delicious lunch to the guests at Emmanuel Dining Room on Walnut Street. On the day before our lunch, we gather to make peanut butter and jelly sandwiches and cookies for our guests. Please come and join us!

During the winter we offer a hot meal of lasagna or meatball sub, green beans, fresh fruit, and homemade cookies and milk. And, in the summer we offer a tuna sub, chips, fresh fruit, and homemade cookies and milk.  Each guest can take a peanut butter sandwich for later that day or to share with a friend.

Since 1979, St. James’ volunteers of all ages have shared God’s gifts and love through this ministry.  And, the blessing abound for all who share and engage in this ministry of hospitality.  The Emmanuel Dining Room is part of the Ministry of Caring.

 

Prayer Team Ministry
 
On the first Sunday of every month the members of the prayer team hold a short prayer service in the church following the second service (focusing on the prayer requests left in the basket in the entrance to the church and other concerns of the parish, community, and world.) All are welcome to participate in these monthly services.
Then throughout the month, they collect prayer requests at the end of the second service and lift them up during the week.

 

For those who are not able to come to church or have an immediate prayer need, we invite you to email your prayer needs to Sister BJ Brown at: sisterbjbrown@gmail.com

A dedicated corps of volunteers includes those who serve as members of the Altar Guild and Flower Committee, lay readers, acolytes, ushers, and the choir. The Worship Life Ministry Team, which includes representatives of these ministries, supports the parish and rector to plan out seasonal worship and to discuss any upcoming changes.

St. James’ Pastoral Care Team is here and wants to help.

If you or someone you know is in need, we send cards, make phone calls, will pray with you and/or for you, make home and hospital visits, and make Eucharistic visits.

Also, during this time of transition, if you need a priest we will help with that, too.

Please call the office (302-994-1584) and leave a message. Someone will get back to you. Messages are retrieved daily, seven days a week. Or, on Sundays there are forms and envelopes labeled “Pastoral Care” next to the prayer requests in the church entrance. Please place your request in the offering plate or the prayer basket.

Please let us know if you need us or someone you know needs us, we won’t know if you don’t tell us.