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Lay Ministries at St. James

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Mary Boutwell

Director of Lay Ministries

After a long career in human resources, and as an active volunteer at St. James Episcopal Church and Day School, Mary joined the St. James staff in 2014 to help lead parishioners to the ministry best feeding their soul and passion.

Contact Mary by email, or phone her at 225-421-3543, to get involved!


Lay Ministry News from Mary:


Posted on Wed, September 13, 2017 at 9:36:00 am

 

 

The St. James Children's Council is thrilled to begin a "new" year of Christian Formation for our children on Sunday, September 17!

We offer both Sunday School Classes and Children's Church to children between the ages of 3 - 11. The classes are held on the 2nd floor of the Parish Hall from 9:15 to 10:15; and, Children's Church is held during the readings and sermon at the 10:30 service (watch for the children to process out of the church). Our Children's Sunday School Classes and Children's Church are staffed completely with Volunteer Sunday School Leaders and teachers, all coordinated by the Children's Council. Much time has gone into the preparation of the lessons and materials for the Sunday School classes held at 9:15 & Children's Church lessons.

Thank you to all of our fabulous volunteers! Instructing the children of St. James and bringing them into the community of faith is a sweet and beautiful fulfilllment of the promises made at each baptism we witness.


Posted on Wed, January 25, 2017 at 3:32:00 pm


Posted on Tue, September 20, 2016 at 3:01:00 pm

Last Spring, the church formed a Children’s Council to assist with programming for children and young families of St. James.   Anna Catherine Soule agreed to chair this group and immediately enlisted seven others to sit on the Council.  The Children’s Council includes Anna Catherine, Martha Vasquez, Lindsay Turner, Mary Pesses, Nancy Roberts, Amy Rabalais and Robyn Richards.

Over the summer, in conjunction with the ECW, they planned six summer playdates.  25 children attended each playdate.  The parents enjoyed fellowship while the children enjoyed the activities offered at the playdates.

This group didn’t stop there!  They also recruited volunteers to assist with Children’s Christian Education.  And, organized the curriculum for the Sunday School Classes.  We are following the Episcopal Children’s Curriculum written by the Virginia Theological Seminary and  Sunday School Classes are being offered to all age groups this year.

The Children’s Council also planned fun events for our church community.  The first one was the Saints Tailgate Party.

Sunday, September 18, all of their planning and organizing paid off!  The Children’s Sunday School classes had 10 children in the 3-5 year old class, 11 children in the 6-8 year old class, and 3 in the 9-12 year old  class. Children's Church which takes place during the 10:30 service had 21 children in attendance.  ( If your children would like to attend the Children’s Church, simply have them join the procession from the Church to Children’s Church.)

The Saints Tailgate Party was  a huge success, too!  75 parishioners enjoyed hot dogs grilled by the Holy Grillers, Candy Concessions, Popcorn, Tailgate Games while watching the game on the Gigantic Screen.

Thank You Children’s Council for your hard work!  It paid off in a big way!

The Council is already looking forward to their next event which is scheduled for Friday, November 11.  It is for our church families and is an “Almost Campout”.  Set up your tent in Bishops Hall!  Roast hot dogs and marshmallows over a very well supervised campfire outside and enjoy your fellow St. James families!  Watch the eMessengers for more information.


Posted on Tue, September 20, 2016 at 2:28:00 pm

After founding and leading the Guild of St. Martha for the past fifteen years, Mary Sentell has decided to pursue other volunteer opportunities at St. James.  For those of you unfamiliar with St. Martha's Guld, that is not surprising.  Most remain unaware of St. Martha's Guild until a loved one passes away.  The St. Martha's Guild role is to assist with funeral preparations and to act as hostesses at visitiations.  They prepare the parlor, coordiate the needs of the bereaved, greet and direct visiors.

Emily Wray Lamont has graciously agreed to to take on the leadership role of the St. Martha's Guild.

Thank you, Mary Sentell, for founding and leading this important minstry of St. James Episcopal Chuch for so many years!


Posted on Mon, June 06, 2016 at 10:38:00 am

The newly formed St. James Children's Council gathered on Sunday, June 5 to share ideas and make plans for the fall. Check back for more details.



 

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