Adult Sunday School
9:15–10:15 a.m. | Coleman Hall
The Sunday Adult Forum offers a large-group setting in which we explore various texts, questions, and themes that bear down on a life of faith. Together, we will consider a diversity of topics, ranging from the challenges and joys of the development of children to the theological gift of Matthew’s gospel. Along the way, we will pause for reflection on the sacraments, the richness of Advent hymns, and much more. As in previous years, the Adult Forum will include presentations from multiple community leaders and experts, as well as St. James clergy and staff.
In addition to our regular forum series, we are excited to host several Sunday pop-up offerings throughout the program year. These are stand-alone presentations on engaging and diverse topics, like the richness of the Anglican choral tradition and the complicated social history of our region.
Adult Inquirers Class
What does it mean to be an Episcopalian and what is distinctive about it in the age in which we live? Over five Sundays, we will explore these questions through the lenses of history, theology, and practice. Topics to be discussed include scripture, worship, and sacraments, among others. All are welcome, however, this class is necessary for those adults wishing to be confirmed or received into The Episcopal Church at the bishop’s visitation in Octrober. The class will meet in the Vestry Room of the Ministries Center following the 10:30 am service. Lunch will be provided. Contact: Fr. Drew, firstname.lastname@example.org
Sunday Book Study
9:15 a.m.–10:15 a.m. Foyer Room
The Sunday Book Club meets four times over the course of the year to discuss titles that raise questions and provide insight into faith, the church and its history, scriptures, and their application in daily life. Fall meeting books will be discussed on the dates assigned.
Rector’s Tuesday Bible Study
Tuesdays | 9 a.m.
Each Tuesday morning, get a sneak peak at the Sunday readings with Fr. Chris as he unpacks the context of each lesson and then facilitates a thoughtful discussion. This new ministry is open to all members of the congregation. Contact: Fr. Chris
Education for Ministry
Thursdays, September through May | 5–7 p.m.
EFM is a four-year course of group study, worship, prayer, and reflection designed to prepare us to respond to our baptismal call to ministry to one another in Christ’s name in the course of our daily lives. It is not a course in religion or theology,; nor is it intended as preparation for ordination. EfM provides an education in Christian scripture and tradition through reading the Bible along with biblical commentary, church history, and practical introductions to Christian theology and ethics.
Contacts: Ann Holmes
Saint Mary’s Group
Second Tuesday of the Month | 6:30 p.m.
This intergenerational group of women gathers monthly to facilitate thought-provoking conversations and celebrate female fellowship. The group meets monthly at different members’ homes for dinner, drinks and conversation. Short on time? A specific chapter or passage will be emailed to the group before each gathering as the main topic of discussion. This group will be discussing “Reclaiming Friendship: God’s Plan for Deep Connection.”
Contact: Caroline Ross
Senior Men’s Bible Study
Wednesdays | 10:30-11:30 a.m.
The Senior Men’s Bible Study meets weekly in the Library located on the second floor of the Ministries Center.
Contact: Randy East
Saint Joan of Arc Group
First Wednesday of each Month | 12 p.m.
St. Joan of Arc is a gathering of women of the church for scholarship and fellowship. The meetings consist of a light lunch, fellowship, and a brief interactive presentation. The study for this year is “Life and Liturgy at St. James.“
Contact: Mary O’Brien, email@example.com
During the seasons of Advent and Lent, St. James will host quiet days, time dedicated to self-reflection and growth. These days will afford opportunities to explore topical questions and themes in depth and in a variety of settings and led by leading spiritual thinkers and authors. That said, St. James is pleased to offer the following quiet days.
Lenten Quiet Day with the Rev. Canon Morgan MacIntire
Saturday, March 2
On March 2, St. James will welcome the Rev. Canon Morgan MacIntire to lead a Lenten Quiet Day. Having served congregations in Virginia and Louisiana, MacIntire became Canon to the Ordinary in the Diocese of Louisiana in early 2023. Mark your calendars!