Worship Ministries

Worship at St. James is the work of many hands and voices. To become involved in worship ministries, please email Alan Taylor.


The cathedral vergers coordinate the worship services of the cathedral.  They recruit, train, and schedule acolytes, readers, and chalice bearers.  They work with the altar guild and usher leaders to insure that services unfold gracefully and also act as master of ceremonies at major services.


Acolytes range in age from 7 to 70 and serve as crucifers (carrying the cross), torch-bearers (carrying candles), and thurifers (carrying incense) to help make our worship experience complete. They also offer assistance to the bishops, priests, and deacons who lead the services. 


Readers proclaim the Word of God from the Hebrew and Christian scripture and lead the Prayers of the People. 

Chalice Bearers

Chalice bearers are adults who assist the priest in the Eucharist by serving the cup of wine during Communion.  


The Cathedral's ushers play a vital role in welcoming people to our services and special occasions. In addition to handing out the service bulletins, ushers offer a smile and warm welcome to members and visitors alike. Our ushers also help find seats, provide worship resources to the differently-abled, and fulfill other needs for those attending services and other events at St. James.  


Greeters spread the fellowship of St. James by welcoming those that enter our doors each Sunday. Individuals are needed at the 9 a.m. and 11 a.m. services.  

Altar Guild

Members of the Altar Guild share the duties associated with caring for the linens, vestments, vessels, and other elements that are an integral part of our worship, from polishing silver and ironing altar-cloths to sharing fellowship with other Cathedral members who share a love for keeping God's house in good order. 

Cathedral Choir

The Cathedral Choir sings Sundays at the 11 a.m. Choral Eucharist, and at evensongs, major feast days, services for the Diocese held in the Cathedral, and other choral services and concert series. Comprising auditioned volunteer and paid professional singers from the cathedral parish and wider community, the choir’s repertoire is rooted in the Anglican cathedral tradition, spanning sacred choral music from the 16th century to the modern era. Visit the Cathedral Choir page.