Currently we have three study groups. Our adult Bible Study/TEACH meets after coffee hour on Sundays. There is a men’s Bible study which meets on Thursday at 6:00 p.m. Then there is a Bible study that covers the same topic but is offered Sunday at 6:00 or Thursday at 1:00. All classes are open to anyone who is interested.
Cursillo (a Spanish word meaning little course) gives church members the tools and "rules of life" to enthusiastically share the joys of knowing Jesus Christ with others in their everyday environments. Cursillo is patterned on Jesus' own example. He searched out and called groups of potential leaders, trained them and sent them out to share him with the world. Cursillo weekends begin Thursday evening and end Sunday afternoon. During the weekend, participants engage in study, reflection, fun, fellowship, and worship, and are renewed in their faith to love and serve the Lord with a passion. See Fr. Randy for more information.
Volunteers are responsible for coordinating the fellowship and snacks in the Parish Hall immediately following the Sunday service. The coffee and paper products are provided by the church. The ministry members set up the coffee and condiments, provide refreshments and clean up afterwards. Each group is made up of three or four parishioners and it alternates between the groups each week.
Nursery & Children's Sunday School
Two members are available each Sunday to oversee the small ones in the nursery, and teach an age appropriate bible lesson to the other children.
Order of the Daughters of the King - Esther Chapter
The Daughters of the King (DOK) is an order for lay women who are communicants of the Episcopal Church. A daughter pledges herself to a life-long program of prayer, service and evangelism, dedicating herself to the spread of Christ’s Kingdom and to strengthening the spiritual life of the parish. One daughter meets with the priest on Sunday morning before the service to pray with him. Meetings are the 2nd second of each month at 4:30 p.m.
The members of this ministry meet each Tuesday at the church at 4:00 p.m. to pray for requests submitted on prayer request cards, phone calls to the church, requests from the community, and personal knowledge of people in need of prayer. In addition to individuals, events, other ministries, the church, our nation, the diocese, ministers and bishops are lifted up in prayer by a faithful group of intercessors.
The reunion groups are based on the Cursillo 4th day model. When an individual attends a Cursillo event, they are encouraged to join a group of other Christians who continuing to practice piety, study and action, and sharing with other members of the group. It’s a wonderful time of mutual encouragement and spiritual accountability. St. James does not limit attendance in these groups to people who have attended Cursillo. Anyone wanting to share their relationship with Jesus Christ is welcome.
This project was begun in the Spring of 2009. A fish fry was held to raise funds to pay for getting water to the garden and materials and soil to construct it. This is a totally organic garden. The garden is divided into large and small individual plots. Members of the church “buy” a plot for a small fee. They are responsible for planting and tending their plot. The produce is harvested not only for the “owner’s” table, but used to supplement our Angel Food boxes with fresh produce. In the spring of 2010 fruit trees and a vineyard were added. The grapes harvested are used to make our altar wine. We plant and harvest hundreds of pounds of watermelons to give away to the less fortunate.
The Vestry is the governing body of the parish presiding over the financial and organizational affairs. The Vestry consists of the Rector, six voting members (including a Senior and Junior Warden), a Treasurer and a Clerk are selected by the vestry who attend all meetings but are not voting members. The Vestry meets the 3rd Tuesday of each month at 6:00 p.m. at the church, and at other times as required by urgent church business. Each year two members rotate off and their replacements are elected by the parish. Elections are held at the annual meeting of the church in January/February. Any member of St. James who is in good standing and a giver of record for the past year, and also confirmed in the Episcopal Church is eligible to serve on the Vestry.
Quality not quantity is their motto. The Youth Ministry meets on the 1st and 3rd Wednesday at 6:00. Their first community service was to make the communion bread for Holy Communion. Their second community service was to wrap the Christmas presents for Forever Families. Their third community service was to make Blessing Bags for the congregation to have to give to people in need.
They will be studying and learning together. Plans are to also take periodical field trips and an annual mission trip.