There are many duties that non-clergy members of St. James perform: Acolytes, Lay Readers and Chalice Bearers. If you are interested in serving or learning more, please contact the church office at or (480)345-2686.


Our worship services are enhanced by the serving of our Acolytes. The word acolyte is derived from the Greek word akolouthos, meaning companion, attendant or helper. This ministry has its roots in the Old Testament, where the prophet Samuel is seen assisting Eli, the Levite priest. Similarly, Elisha is seen assisting Elijah the Prophet (see 1 Samuel 2:18-21). Serving as an acolyte is a commitment of time and talent and faith is formed in service to our Lord.

Lay Readers & Chalice Bearers

There are also a dedicated group of readers that read the lessons and prayers of the people at all worship services. When you sign-up to serve, you are usually scheduled to read once/month. As a lay reader, you may also be called upon to administer the chalice during communion.