Christian Formation

Programs for Children and Youth

 

We serve God by assisting in the formation of Christians from birth through age 12, using hands on, child-centered programs nestled in a diverse, loving, and Episcopal community. Visit us at St. James' to find the ways your family can be formed within our community!

  • Nursery for birth to age 3: Loving care during church services and select meetings.  Nursery is provided at the 10:15 & 5:30 services, as well as on Wednesday nights during Young Adult Meetings.

  • Godly Play, a Montessori-based program for age 3-fifth graders during the first part of the 10:15 service: Children become more fully aware of the mystery of God’s presence in their lives through parable, sacred story, silence, and liturgical action. Godly Play fall semester is 8/25/19 to 12/22/19, with a holiday on 11/10/19.

  • Children's Choir meets monthly at 4:30 pm to learn music, have dinner, then sings at the 5:30 Sunday service. Children's service dates are: 9/15/19, 10/20/19, 11/17/19, 1/5/20, 2/2/20, 3/1/20, 4/19/20, 5/30/20 and 6/7/20.

  • The St. James' Youth Group meets monthly from 4-5:30 pm on the first Sunday of the month.  Upcoming gatherings will happen on 10/6, 11/3, and 12/1.

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Programs for Adults

Sunday Morning Adult Forum, 9:10-10 am in Founders Hall
September 29 - October 13: Discovering God's Economy

Our word “economy” comes from the Greek word for “household.” While we might think of an economy as a big system of banks and corporations and jobs and trade, in the original sense of the word, it referred to the way we care for each other in community. When Jesus talks about the Kingdom of Heaven, he’s often talking about an alternative economy, one grounded in God’s love. In God’s economy, we enjoy rich fellowship at the same time as we provide for one another’s needs. In this upcoming adult education series, Steven Tomlinson will be leading a tour of what the New Testament teaches us about God’s economy and how we can start practicing it here and now. 

October 20 - November 3: What Language Shall I Borrow? Liturgy, Language, Culture

One of the verses of that classic hymn, O Sacred Head, Sore Wounded, poignantly asks, "What language shall I borrow to thank thee dearest friend?" It is difficult to wrap language around the mystery of God's giving of God's self for us. No words are sufficient, and yet the Spirit calls forth our voices. How does our liturgy (the words we use to speak to and of God) speak to people from different cultures, different backgrounds, different paths? The Rev. Eileen O'Brien will facilitate this conversation with some special guests who are taking on this question from different vantage points. This is a critical conversation for the St. James' community as we explore what it means to be multicultural and inclusive.


The Young Adults Group meets on Wednesday nights, 6:30-8:30 pm in the Narthex. Childcare is provided, and dinner is always on the table. ​ For more information about Young Adult life at St. James' contact Becca Andrew at beccaelewis@gmail.com.

Phenomenal Women, monthly on second Tuesdays, 6:30-8:30 pm in parishioners' homes

Attention St. James' women! We are still meeting on the second Tuesday of each month and invite you all to be there with us!  Don't let the "Phenomenal" part scare you away; we are ordinary as well. Our gatherings involve a potluck supper, discussion, and lots of fellowship. Topics vary as volunteers create their own or invite interesting speakers. Sometimes we get together and just have fun. For questions, location (different each month), and if you'd like to be added to the e-mail list for reminders, please contact Tricia Wilson  tj2wilson91@gmail.com. Hope to see you there!