Serving is an important way in which we at St. James try to live out our vision statement: “Forgiven, and invited to live and love like Jesus.”
There are many ways to serve within St. James and in the surrounding community. If you are interested in any of these opportunities, please contact the church office and we will direct you to the resources you need to meaningfully connect.
St. James Service Opportunities
Our time in worship is one of the most valuable ways to serve the congregation. It is when we are all together and our most meaningful opportunity of fellowship and faith. We utilize an app called Ministry Scheduler Pro, which is managed by volunteer, Dee Wells. Please contact the office if you would like to serve in worship and we will get you connected with Dee. There are a variety of ways you can serve in worship.
- Assisting Minister
- Bell Ringer
- Bread Baker
- Communion Assistant
- Flower Deliverer
- Lay Reader
- Sacristy Attendant
- Choir Member
- Special Musician
- Home Communion Visitor
We strive to be there for our youth in all capacities. It is vital to generate strong faith-bonds with our youth, to show them our commitment and care. We need volunteers throughout the year, in multiple capacities.
- Sunday School Teachers
- Chaperone youth events
- Confirmation Leaders
- Youth Group Volunteers
- Provide snacks for youth group
- Help with Wednesday Morning Breakfasts
- Vacation Bible School Leaders and Volunteers
It is important for all volunteers with youth to obtain appropriate security clearances and annual training. If you would like to volunteer with our youth, please contact our Director of Youth & Family Ministry, and learn more about clearances.
Join a Committee
The church is a volunteer-based organization, and while we have a strong staff leadership and presence, our church is still lead by our church members. Consider serving on a committee to help lead our faith and mission.
Community Service Opportunities
St. James members participate in innumerable ministries which take place in Gettysburg and throughout Adams County. If you are interested in learning more about a particular area of service, we would likely be able to put you in touch with a member who is active there.
Examples of places where St. James members serve are:
- Adams County Rescue Mission
- Camp Nawakwa and Camp Kirkenwald
- Gettysburg Area School District
- Gettysburg C.A.R.E.S.
- Gettysburg Community Soup Kitchen
- Holiday Family Outreach
- Gettysburg Ministerium
- The Gleaning Project
- Habitat for Humanity
- Lutheran Advocacy Ministry of Pennsylvania (LAMPa)
- Ruth’s Harvest
- South Central Community Action Programs (SCCAP)
- Seminary Food Pantry
Serving the Community and Beyond
St. James also participates in numerous ministries affiliated with Lutheran World Relief (LWR), including the sewing of quilts two times a year. The quilts are shipped around the world to those in need, following natural disaster or violence. There is even a Facebook group for all LWR quilters – click here to join them!