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Lay Ministries at St. James


God is leading St. James in a new thing, and you're invited to learn about opportunities where God is calling you to get involved - it could be by assisting with worship services, by caring fro church property or gardens, reaching out to others in outreach or education opportunities, or sharing your knowledge and enthusiasm in leadership or fellowship.

Did you know that, any given Sunday, St. James has up to 65 parishioners assisting with our Sunday services? During the week, St. James parishioners greet visitors to the Ministries Center, distribute We Care bags, organize and run our Food Pantry, attend Bible studies, and mentor fellwoshop groups. We pray, we cook Gumbo, we grill burgers, we discuss, we deliver meals to our fellow parishioners in tmes of happiness and sadness, we deliver the Eucharist to the homebound, and we feed the less fortunate.

Find where God is calling you to get involved! Contact Mary Boutwell, or ask for a copy of our Ministries Yearbook...



St. James Artists Guild


The St. James Artists Guild is open to all practicing artists in the St. James family. Twice a year, month-long exhibitions of works are held in the Parish Hall parlor (generally, in July and November) and professional works are displayed in a stunning arrangement displaying the artistic talents of the parish. Some pieces are offered for sale at the exhibitions, but "NFS" pieces are also exhibited. Both exhibitions have developed sustained followings through their eight-year runs. Contact Nancy Jo Poirrier for more information about the Guild.

One Stop Artists Guild is comprised of art students taught at the One Stop Homeless Services Center, a facility of the Capital Area Alliance for the Homeless, by St. James parishioners Elizabeth Whitley and Warren Green. Elizabeth and Warren have helped direct the efforts of several students with profound talent who create insightful and enjoyable works of art.

Patron Information:

St. James Episcopal Church in Baton Rouge will present an exhibition of art created by members of the St. James Artists Guild, in the Parish Hall parlor. The work of these professional artists will be on exhibit throughout the month.

The exhibition will be open every Sunday, immediately before and following church services, (as well as evenings the Parish Hall may be open for other events). The exhibition may also be viewed during church office hours (M-Th 8:00-4:00; Fri. 8:00-noon), or by special arrangement made through the church office

Artist Information:

Practicing artists with a parishioner/friend relationship with St. James Episcopal Church are invited to apply for space at the exhibition. Contact Nancy Jo Poirrier  if you would like to exhibit.

  • Painters and potters may exhibit up to three original works at a time.
  • If you sell a work and want to replace it, you may do so. Do not leave a blank space at any time.
  • Jewelry and very small crafts may exhibit more in up to three jewelry cases.
  • All artists must provide easel, stand, case for exhibition.
  • Works can be for show only or for show and sale.






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Monetary contributions:

RESOURCES for Travel and Federal/Local Assistance

Contact Information:

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Compassionate God, source of all comfort,
We pray for those whose lives have been devastated by rain and flood. Bring them comfort, we pray. Protect the vulnerable. Strengthen the weak. Have mercy on all those working to rescue the stranded and feed the hungry. And may our response to their suffering be generous and such as would bring you praise.
-- Amen

Rev. 18 Nov 2016



Power Parenting


Four professionals -- and parents -- share secrets and surprising facts on successful parenting in a four-part series starting Sunday morning, October 21 during our 9:15-10:15 Christian education hour:

Sunday, October 21

  • F. Charles Frey, IV, PhD, ABPP/CP, holds a PhD in clinical psychology from the University of Georgia, and completed his internship at the New Orleans VA Medical Center with a specialization in Posttraumatic Stress Disorder. He has been in practice since 2004, specializing in psychological assessment and treatment of individuals coping with chronic pain, depression, and anxiety (including Posttraumatic Stress Disorder). He and his wife, Ashley, are the parents of three children.
  • He will speak on Raising Happy Children in an Anxious World.

Sunday, October 28

  • Mary Pesses, LCSW, is a therapist in private practice working with children and adolescents, and her areas of focus include anxiety, depression, parenting, and behavioral difficulties. A graduate of Wofford College, she and her husband, Josh, are the parents of three children.
  • Her top is Parenting Children for Resilience in Today's Culture.

Sunday, November 4

  • Annie Jung is a Licensed Professional Counselor in Louisiana and California with an MA in Clinical Counseling, and specializing in children, teens, and families. She and her husband are the parents of three children. Annie is the Director of Youth Ministry at St. James, and has been involved in Episcopal youth ministry and the church and diocesan levels for over 21 years. She also works on the Admissions and Marketing team with the St. James Day School. Annie has recently applied for postulancy in the Diocese of Louisiana (candidate for seminary/ordination). 
  • Annie will speak on Spiritual Strength for Parenting: Intertwining the gift of God’s abundance for you as a parent with practical approaches for family-strengthening spiritual practices.

Sunday, November 11

  • Eydie Comeaux is an author, educator, professional trainer and speaker, wife of an Episcopal priest, mother of six sons, and with "eight grandkids and counting!" The author of A Parent's Book of Uncommon Prayer, Eydie navigates the often-muddy waters of childhood, adolescence, children turned young adults, in-laws, and blending families. These true stories are both heart breaking and joy making. Eydie recounts the daily struggles of trying to raise Christian children in today's world.
  • Using scripture as a guide, Eydie finds sense and comfort in the everyday challenges of parenting. "If you're a single parent, I've been there. If you're divorced, I've been there. If you're in a solid marriage, I'm happy to say I finally got there too! This book is validation that you are not alone, and there is not only hope for the journey, but companionship and humor too."
    Testimony that love is often found in the most unexpected places, A Parent's Book of Uncommon Prayer is entertaining and inspirational for parents and children of all ages.
  • She will speak on Parenting Parables: The Power of Positivity and Prayer.


The series will run from 9:15 until 10:15 a.m. each of these Sunday mornings, and meet on the third floor of BISHOPS HALL. This is a new area to the Sunday morning class rotation list. Stairs are located at the northeast and southeast corners of Bishops Hall, and the elevator is along the east wall (behind the stage). Coffee will be ready and waiting.

And, a little lagniappe, on Sunday, November 11: Our speakers have also agreed to a time of full-panel, round-table discussion, after our 10:30 a.m. worship service, also on the third floor of Bishops Hall.




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