The custom at St James’ has been to organize all the ministries which support the offering of the liturgy into guilds : Choir, Flower, Hospitality, Narthex, Readers & Intercessors, Sanctuary and Servers. The Women’s Guild is an exception insofar that it is non-liturgical.

A guild in the life of a parish is bound together by a corporate rule of life. This rule, or pattern of commitment, has four elements which are common to every guild : prayer, commitment, fellowship, and service.

We may be helping the parish and the work of the Church, but serving in a guild, most of all, is a privileged way of directly serving Christ. Therefore it is part of a sacred trust.