St James offers a variety of quality programs designed to engage the developing Christian. During the 10:30 service, all children age 3 and older may attend their age-appropriate education. The children then rejoin the congregation for the Eucharist. Nursery care is available for children under 3.
The first Sunday of each month is Youth Sunday when regular formation programs are not held and the children attend the entire youth-focused service. On Youth Sunday, children and youth serve as lectors and the youth choir sings.
The 2015-16 program year runs from September 20 through June 6.
Our classes meet in the education wing, which is connected to the main church through Chapel Hall. Godly Play meets upstairs. Shine meets downstairs. The youth choir meets underneath the main church.
Godly Play: Age 3 through 3rd grade
Through stories and wonder, Godly Play teaches children the art of using Christian language, helping them to become aware of the presence of God in their lives. Children experience the Old Testament desert stories, the parables, the Faces of Easter, and other stories of Christian faith. Storyteller: Rosemary Caspar.
Shine: 4th – 6th grade and 7th – 9th grade
Shine teaches stories from the Bible, helps youth apply them to their daily lives, and promotes the development of spiritual practices. We have two groups following related age-appropriate curriculum. 4th-6th grade teachers: Casey McGuire and Kerry Durkin. 7th-9th grade teachers: Karin Spencer and Anne Sween.
We are in the second year of a two year confirmation program for high school students. The program helps young adults find their own voice on their faith journey. Youth will be eligible for confirmation in May 2016. Classes meet on 3rd Sunday evenings. Leader: Fr. Jim Young with help from other adult members.
Our Other Activities
Youth Faith Formation Nights
Faith formation nights are on 1st and 3rd Wednesdays. They begin with a soup and bread dinner at 6:00 PM, followed by a program from 6:30 – 7:30. The programs can be educational, service-oriented, or just for fun. Designed for 4th – 9th grade. Coordinator: Ed Burke
The youth choir sings once a month on youth Sundays and on holidays. They sing classic and modern works that praise God and stretch their musical horizons. Rehearsal is held before church at 9:30 AM Sundays. Director: Liz Athorn
St. James’ Christmas pageant is unique! We write an original pageant each year, so the children and adults all get to experience something new. This year’s pageant will be December 20. For all children and youth. Directors: Louise Robinson and Liz Athorn.
St. James hold several special events for children and youth throughout the year, such as an All Hallows’ Eve party, winter skating party, and a youth fun night. Events are coordinated by volunteers and staff and are announced in the bulletin and put on the calendar on the website.