Faith Formation Ministries

Director of Youth & Family Ministries: Christoph Herpel (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.)

At St James, we offer a variety of faith formation programs for our parishioners. We believe that faith formation is a lifelong journey and we offer a range of programs for each stage of life. Faith formation includes everything from Sunday School, to book clubs, to confirmation classes, to Vacation Bible School, and everything in between. Below are a few highlights of Advent and Christmas. Click the red button to download a detailed listing of all our Advent, Christmas, and Epiphany formation and worship opportunities. Advent and Christmas

Advent Lessons and Carols

Saturday, Nov. 27 and Sunday, Nov. 28 at 5 p.m.
Doors open at 4 p.m.

Join us for this rousing service as we welcome the season of Advent and the new liturgical year with joyful expectancy! This beloved St. James tradition returns in-person this year with the Montreat Scottish Pipes and Drums and the St. James Choir. Please remember face-coverings are required indoors at all times at St. James.


What Child is This: Exploring the Incarnation through Art

Sundays at 9 a.m., Nov. 28-Dec. 19 in the Trinity Room

The Nativity has long been a favorite scene for artists to depict, adapt, and creatively interpret. Join us during Advent as we explore provocative, stunning, and breathtaking depictions of beloved parts of the Christmas story to see what new insights, stirrings, and questions they spark. Artists include John August Swanson, He Qi, Kelly Lattimore, William Kurulek and more. 


Parenting in a Pandemic Conversation Group

Sundays at 9 a.m., St. James Room

It's been a strange 18 months to be a parent. Come to this informal gathering each Sunday to swap stories and offer support to fellow parents. 


Blessings in Box

Each year, St. James partners with the Storehouse to provide Christmas gifts to children and teens in Henderson County. Sign up at stjamesblessingsinboxes (at) to register to help. Gifts will be delivered to the Storehouse beginning Dec. 6. If you want to sponsor a child, but do not feel safe in public, please let us know and we can help.


EYC Youth Outreach Group

Saturday, Dec. 4, 9:30 a.m. t0 3 p.m.
Flood Relief Assistance in Cruso, NC

Departing from St. James at 9:30 a.m., our new Youth Outreach Group will travel on Saturday, Dec. 4 to Cruso to provide lunch for the hard-working flood relief workers. We will return at 3 p.m. Let Christoph know if you are joining us and if you need a ride. We plan to take the church van.


Christmas at St. James

Please remember face-coverings are required indoors at all times at St. James.

Christmas Eve at 3 p.m.

Children's Pageant with Holy Eucharist, with music led by our folk band Allelu! This is a family-0riented service, complete with a narrative retelling of the Birth of Christ and pageant. While there will be a few assigned parts, there will be a place for all children who want to participate this day.

Christmas Eve at 5 p.m.

Holy Eucharist with Carols, featruring organ music and soprano Amanda Horton. Our early evening service will be a traditional Eucharist Christmas liturgy. 

Christmas Eve at 8 p.m., with pre-service music at 7:45 p.m.

Our late service will be a traditional, festal Eucharsit with choir, trumpet, handbells, a sung liturgy, candlelight, and incense.

Christmas Day at 10 a.m.

Featuring tenor Joshua Farrier, this service is ideal for those who desire a quieter Christmas morning service. 


Adult Faith Formation  Christoph Herpel 

Youth Faith Formation  Christoph Herpel 

Child Faith Formation  Christoph Herpel