You are the light of the world. A city set on a mountain cannot be hidden. …Just so, your light must shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your heavenly Father.  Matthew 5: 14, 16

We put our faith into action is by using the gifts and talents God has given us for the good of others. Maybe you enjoy singing, or cooking, or teaching children. Or perhaps you feel called to help the sick or the poor. Whatever your gifts and talents may be, Nativity probably has a ministry for you.  Please watch the bulletin or e-mail the Point of Contact (POC) for more information about these ministries.

Volunteers for ministries which involve working with children are required by the Diocese of Charleston to complete a background investigation form (link to form) and receive VIRTUS training (link to information about VIRTUS).

Liturgical Ministry

Liturgical ministries serve the community during Mass. These ministries include lectors, Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion, altar servers, ushers, and greeters. The liturgical ministry schedule is published every three months. POC: Father Kingsley,

Communion to the Hospitalized and Homebound: Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion bring the Eucharist to patients in the downtown hospitals of Roper and M.U.S.C. Members of this ministry also bring the Eucharist to the homebound and those in assisted-living facilities on James Island. POC: Janet Chafe,

Church Environment Committee: Members enrich our worship space with flowers and liturgically appropriate decorations.    POC: Janet Chafe,

Music Ministry

Music Ministry includes the Sunday 9:00 AM Mass choir, cantors for other Masses, and instrumentalists. POC: Courtney Reed,

Religious Education

Parish School of Religion (PSR): Catechists teach children in grades 1 -8 about the Catholic Faith and prepare them to receive their First Holy Communion and Confirmation. PSR is held on Sundays during the school year from 10:15 to 11 AM.  POC: Mary Smith,

Children’s Liturgy of the Word: This is an opportunity at the 9:00 AM Sunday Mass for children to gather in separate spaces and hear the Word of God proclaimed in simpler language. Catechists facilitate a child-friendly, interactive reflection on the readings. POC: Mary Smith. Volunteers are needed for the

Nursery, which is in operation during the 9:00 AM Sunday Mass. POC: Mary Smith,

  • Note: All volunteers who work with children must complete background screenings and receive VIRTUS child protection training.

R.C.I.A.: The Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults is an educational and spiritual journey for adults seeking to become full members of the Catholic Church. Volunteers serve as discussion leaders, sponsors, and in a variety of support functions.  POC: Mary Smith,

Community Building

The Ladies Guild sponsors social events, service projects, and spiritual opportunities for the parish. POC: Janet Chafe,

Leisure Club promotes fellowship among parishioners age 50 and above. Leisure Club members get together once a month for lunch in a local restaurant. POC: Mary Smith,

Bereavement Ministry prepares meals for parishioners who have suffered the death of a family member. The meal is brought to the family home on the day of the funeral. POC: Janet Chafe,

Respect Life Nativity’s Respect Life Committee promotes respect for human life from the first moment of creation until the point of natural death through prayer, educational programs, and other activities. POC: Janet Chafe,

Service Organizations

Our Lady of Mercy Outreach Center: Established in 1989 by the Sisters of Charity of Our Lady of Mercy, the Outreach Center encourages self-sufficiency and self-worth for people in need through education, wellness, and outreach services. Please see their website at for information about volunteer opportunities.

James Island Outreach is a collaborative effort by several Churches on James Island to offer help to those in financial need. Among the services offered is a food pantry for the poor. James Island Outreach is located at 1853 Maybank Highway.              POC: Janet Chafe,

The Knights of Columbus is a service and fraternal organization of Catholic men. Their core principles are charity, unity, fraternity and patriotism. The Knights of Columbus Council 6250 is based on James Island. Among their activities are pancake breakfasts at Nativity, charity golf tournaments, and participating in the Downs Syndrome Buddy Walk and the 40 Days for Life Campaign.  POC: Janet Chafe,

HALOS (Helping and Lending Outreach Support) provide resources and special opportunities to abused and neglected children and their caregivers in the Charleston area.  POC: Janet Chafe,

Meals on Wheels: The meals are prepared at the Charleston Area Senior Center and brought to the James Island Presbyterian Church. Volunteers deliver the meals to seniors on James Island.  POC: Janet Chafe,

Background Check Forms Virtus Training