Fellowship Ministries

Fellowship at St. James centers on the sharing of our spiritual life, as we grow in faith and walk alongside one another throughout life’s seasons. Below is a sampling of our Fellowship activities for the upcoming program year.

Bad Girls Book Club
third Monday of each month | 6pm
The St. James Bad Girls Book Club is a women’s group that meets monthly to read and discuss timely books, enjoy an informal meal, and socialize. The group generally meets at La Madeleine on Jefferson Highway, unless otherwise noted in communications. Contact: Joan Moore, joanvmoore63@gmail.com

September 20: Olive Again by Elizabeth Stout
October 18: The Rose Code by Kate Quinn
November 15: The Island Sea Women by Lisa Lee
December: No meeting
January 17, 2022: One Two Three by Laurie Frankel

St. James Young Adults
every third Tuesday | 7pm
The young adults group seeks to create space for members and friends of St. James to gather in fellowship, worship, and learning. This is an opportunity to connect with your peers in new ways as we explore what it means to be a Christian and an Episcopalian in today’s world. Contact: Laura Sorey, lc.sorey@gmail.com

Wine, Cheese, and a Question (A Virtual Gathering)
Wednesdays | 5pm
This virtual gathering began as a way to maintain and build community during the time of required social distancing in the Spring of 2020. The group, led by Fr. Don & Kathy White, gathers via Zoom each week. Father Don provides a thought-provoking reflection and questions for discussion. Contact: Mary Boutwell, mboutwelll@stjamesbr.org

Foyer Groups
Foyer is a French word meaning “hearthside,” implying the warmth of a close, small group of friends sharing a common love and concern for each other. At St. James, our Foyer Groups, are small groups of eight who gather together on a regular but informal basis for purely social reasons- to enjoy one another’s company, to strengthen bonds of community, and to meet new church members. There is no agenda or plan, just casual fellowship and a refreshing meal. Groups are made up of singles, couples, young people, retired folks; in other words, a cross-section of the congregation. Foyer groups sign-up is in August/September. The groups meet four times over the Program Year, rotating homes. Contact: Brent Caldwell caldwellbn@cox.net

The James Gang
The James Gang is comprised of mostly retired individuals in our community who gather for luncheons, day trips, and other outings throughout the year, staying active, involved, and building new friendships. Contact: John Cadwallader at jgcad@i-notification.net or 225.938.4441

September 21: Tour of LSU Water Campus
Meet at the front doors of the LSU Water Campus, 1110 S. River Rd. at 10:30am. Lunch at Pastime Pizza to follow.
October 21: Visit to Congregation B’Nai Israel, Rabbi Batsheve Appel
Meet outside the Congregation B’nai, 3354 Kleinert Avenue at 11am. Lunch at Acme Oyster House to follow.
November 9: Visit to Avery Island: Tabasco Factory/Jungle Gardens followed by a tour of the Joseph Jefferson/Rip Van Winkle House and Botanical Gardens on Jefferson Island
Lunch at the Joseph Jefferson/Rip Van Winkle House café between tours. Information regarding transportation and tour costs will be provided as the date of the tours approaches.

For the Spring of 2021, plans are underway for the James Gang to tour Vermillionville in Lafayette and to visit the Islamic Center of Baton Rouge.

Education for Ministry Graduate Group
Education for Ministry graduates meet during the months of October-November and January-May. The purpose is to gather as graduates of the EfM program for a spiritual feeding. Each month someone volunteers to present a brief lesson followed by a hearty group discussion. Any format and topic will do. The most important thing is that we continue to use our theological reflection skills, our life-time experiences, our knowledge of the bible and tradition to hold a rich discussion about the chosen subject. Contact: Nancy Jo Poirrer, npstudio@bellsouth.net

October 14: Mary Boutwell
November 11: Frances Garland
January 13: Martha Yancey
February 10: Barbara Sims
March 10: TBD
April 14: Lolly Martin
May 12: Nancy Jo and Hillary Poirrer

Garden Guild
October 16, December 18, April 9 | 9am
The gardens of St. James are a welcoming reminder of God’s creation and an invitation to others to get to know our parish. The Garden Guild’s mission is to maintain and enhance these spaces for the enjoyment of our parish and our city. Parishioners will meet periodically to work in the gardens. All are welcome to volunteer! In fact, this is a great opportunity for families. Contact: Steve Boutwell, steve.boutwell@keanmiller.com

Saint James Artists Guild
The St. James Artist Guild is for any practicing artist and member of St. James. Two parish exhibits are scheduled yearly – the Summer Show in July and Holiday Exhibition in November. Both are held in Coleman Hall. Contact: Nancy Jo Poirrer, npstudio@bellsouth.net

Wedding Guild
Marriage is a joyous celebration and is considered a Holy Sacrament in the Episcopal faith. The St. James Wedding Guild members help ensure weddings go as planned by providing assistance to the clergy, the wedding parties, and the families involved with weddings at St. James. Contact: Sue Larisey, lariseysue@gmail.com

Holy Grillers
The Holy Grillers is a group of men who enjoy grilling and fellowship for church events. Contact: John Cadwallader, jgcad@i-notification.com

Gumbo
Gumbo is St. James’ premier opportunity for fellowship and involvement while we invite our downtown neighbors into our church home for a gumbo luncheon and dinner. Funds raised are dedicated to outreach and special projects of the church. Fifty volunteers are needed at each Gumbo event during Lent to bring our “pop-up” gumbo shop to life. Volunteers answer phones, take orders, serve, cashier, wash dishes, and greet visitors. Contact: Mary Boutwell, mboutwell@stjamesbr.org