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.
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".
Every Thursday at 10 am, preschoolers from St James School For Little Folks attend chapel at St James. A Bible story is read and Reverend Christie leads a Holy Eucharist. Parishioners are also invited to join this special service.
Sunday School for youth in Middle School and High School is called the “Justice League”. Each Sunday from 10:15-11 am we gather in the EYC room below the kitchen and watch short clips of video about social justice issues. We then discuss the clips and discuss how our Christian faith calls us to stand up against injustice.
The overall objective for St James EYC is to engage our youth with theological thinking that inspires them to be better servants of God. Our goal is to develop youth who don’t just talk about how what it means to follow God, but actually go out to make the world a better place. EYC meets every Sunday with youth in 6th-12th grade in the St James Youth Room. We begin EYC with a communal dinner provided by a different family each week. After dinner we sing worship music before settling down into a faith centered presentation and discussion.
On the 3rd Sunday of each month we visit the Rescue Mission in downtown Hendersonville. Rescue mission is a homeless shelter designed to feed and assist the homeless in finding jobs. On these nights we lead evening prayer and sing camp songs with the homeless. 5th grade youth are also invited to join EYC on these nights.
This past summer 2018, EYC went to the country of Panama to work with the nonprofit PROMESA in sustainable agriculture. We had a great group of 12 youth and 8 adults. We are planning to go on a local mission trip this summer. If you would like to attend this year's mission trip you must volunteer with Apple Festival Parking, Candlemas Concert, and April Brunch Fundraiser! These fundraisers allow youth to attend the annual mission trip for free.
Our diocese offers several opportunities for youth to attend conferences and camp throughout the year. Each year the Middle School Conference is in September. The High School have Fall Conference in November and Spring Conference in March. Both Middle School and High School Youth are invited to attend Camp Henry in the Summer. St James also attends annually the diocesan SPLASH at Camp Ridgecrest, ski day at Cataloochee, and Lake Logan Festival. Click the link below for more information about diocesan events:
Confirmation Class runs from March to May each year. Youth in grades 9-12 are invited to become confirmed in the Episcopal Church. This class is especially designed for high school youth.
Each summer EYC helps teach math to children at La Capilla, the Spanish speaking Episcopal Church in Hendersonville. All middle school and high school youth are invited to volunteer with other parishioners from St James.
Adult Sunday School is called Christian Formation and focuses on theology, introspective reflection, and how our faith calls us to fight for justice in the world. Christian Formation gathers each Sunday in between services from 10:15-11 am in the Trinity Room. Topics this year included “Serving God Saving the Planet”, “Uppity Women of the Bible”, and “Civil Discourse”. We invite scholars from all across North Carolina and the East Coast to lead presentations.
Dream Groups are small gatherings that support and foster health and wholeness through dream sharing.
This Study Group meets weekly on Thursday mornings from 8:00 am to 9:00 am in the St James Room. This is a book study group and also an opportunity for parishioners to offer pastoral care to one another and encourage eachothers' personal faith journeys.
The Lenten Series begins the Wednesday after Ash Wednesday and continues throughout Lent. Each Wednseday we have evening prayer from 5:30-6, we eat soup and sandwiches from 6-6:30, and we have program from 6:30-7:30. We also offer a children's Lenten Series program in the St James Room during this time.
Our collection of books is both broad and deep and has been called one of the best church libraries in the state.
Passage Meditation Group supports each other in maintaining a daily spiritual practice of meditation.
Cuba - Ministry Leader: Jack Watson
Iona - Ministry Leader: Philip Wiehe