Information about accessing livestreamed services on Saturday and Sunday appears atop our website's homepage. Additional COVID-related information has been gathered together below.
In addition to Sunday services via Facebook, several other Sunday events and also regular weekday services are now available live via the online meeting service, Zoom. (For instructions about using Zoom, click on the NEWS home block and search the blog items for "Zoom guide.")
Finally, as North Carolina began a phased-in program of statewide re-opening, Bishop McLoughlin released a video statement (May 23rd) concerning guidelines for re-opening churches for in-person worship. That video can be viewed by clicking the following button. Bishop's re-opening statement It is important to stress, however, that no decision about re-opening St. James has been made at this point. For everyone's safety, the St. James sanctuary remains closed until further notice. If you need to come by the office, please call first (828-693-7458) to check the availability of staff.
Pledge cards and forms to give electronically are available at the Reception desk, in a rack in the narthex, in the office, and at the Information table in the parish hall.
We are offering children's worship bulletins to print at home, and a weekly video message via our Youth & Family Newsletter.
Sunday School for Children is called the Catechesis of the Good Shepherd. We offer Catechesis level I for age 3 to 2nd grade and Catechesis level II for 2nd-5th grade. This program is Montessori based and also based on the New Testament. Children have the freedom to select materials that they are drawn to and have the space for spiritual growth and discovery. This is a meditative time of learning where the children reveal their gifts and teach us. We are celebrating over 20 years of this program at St. James this year!
Children’s Chapel is during the 9 o’clock service on Sunday mornings and designed for all children, especially those age 3 to 5th grade. We process to the St James Room before the Gospel and we return before the Peace.
The nursery is open on Sunday mornings from 8:30 AM to 12:30 PM during services for children up to age four.
St. James participates in VBS with Grace Lutheran, Trinity Presbyterian, and Immaculate Conception each summer. VBS is designed for K-5th grade youth. Middle school and high school youth are invited to serve as group leaders. Dates for VBS this year are June 24-27 (Monday- Thursday). This program will be held at Trinity Presbyterian.
Extreme EYC was created to excite our 3rd, 4th, and 5th graders about joining EYC as 6th graders. We meet quarterly and combine “Junior EYC” (grades 3rd-5th) with EYC (grades 6th-12th). We had several successful events this year that included a summer game night, summer pool party, participation in the annual Hunger Walk, and a Halloween Carnival. Many of these events had an attendance of over 60 people! A great way to bring our St James families together.
Children’s Lenten Program begins after the Ash Wednesday and continues each Wednesday during Lent. We eat soup and sandwiches with the adults in the parish hall first and then we enjoy a interactive program together. Past programs include "Jesus' Life through Narnia" and "Finding God in Harry Potter".