Labor Day Weekend

St. James will have two services only on the Sunday of Labor Day weekend.
Services on Sunday, September 1, will be at 9 a.m. in the Christian Life Ministries Center (CLMC) and 11 a.m. in the Sanctuary. Rev. Mark Woods will preach on the topic of “You Are What You Eat,” based on John 6:41-51.

Back to School Blessing

We’re sending our St. James students and educators back to school
with our prayer and blessings!
We will have a back to school blessing during each of the worship services on Sunday, August 25.
Students and educators are encouraged to bring their backpacks, briefcases, or teacher bags to be blessed during these services!

Fall Classes 2019


Register here

for the Fall 2019

Classes and Groups
“Living the Story,” the Fall 2019 Program Guide to Classes, Ministries, Programs, and Worship at St. James UMC, is now available. Pick up your copy at one of the information booths in the CLMC Commons or the Narthex, or download a copy by clicking the button below.
The guide includes information about all classes, including the TGIW classes which will begin on September 11.
Registration for TGIW classes will open on Tuesday, August 13, at Noon.  Classes will be listed below beginning tomorrow – click on the appropriate “Register Now” button to reserve your spot in the class.

ECU Move In Day

Save the Date to Help our ECU Neighbors!
The Evangelism Committee at St. James is leading our effort to welcome ECU students back to Greenville. Students will return to campus in mid-August. Move-In dates for campus residents are August 14, 15, and 16. From 9 a.m. to noon each day, volunteers from St. James will be on campus assisting folks as they move into a campus dorm.
On Wednesday, August 14, we will help students moving into Umstead Hall. On Thursday, August 15, we will help residents of Tyler Hall. Our headquarters on Friday, August 16, will be Fleming Hall.
We will offer a gift pack of goodies to each family that will help introduce students to St. James. Sign up for each day you would like to work below.  On Sunday, August 18th we will be offering a lunch for college students. Sign up by clicking the button below!

Host a TGIW Dinner

Is your ministry team looking for a boost this winter/spring? Is your small group or Living Water class looking for a opportunity to serve together? Here is a way to promote your ministry, build team spirit, raise a little money, and serve your church community!
Consider preparing and serving a meal for the TGIW (Thank God It’s Wednesday) program! We generally serve about 75 meals each Wednesday evening beginning September 11th through November 20th. This opportunity is open to any ministry, small group, class, or mission team at St. James. If you are interested or want to know more, contact Paula at the church office (752-6154 or and schedule your Wednesday now!

Cub Scouts

The St. James UMC Cub Scout Pack 340 is holding a membership drive for interested parents and potential Cub Scouts on Thursday, September 5, at 6:30 p.m. in the Fellowship Hall.
Parents of boys and girls in kindergarten through age 10 are invited to hear about membership in the pack that will include dens for grades K (Lion Den), 1 (Tiger Den), 2 (Wolf Den), 3 (Bear Den) 4 (Webelos 1), and 5 (Webelos 2). Each den will have 8 to 12 members.
Cub Scout Pack 340 will hold two meetings a month for the dens and one big event per month for the entire pack.
“Our goal is to have fun while learning Scout skills and developing moral values. We want you to join us, so please SAVE THE DATE, and I’ll see you there,” Cubmaster Frank Carson said.
For more information, email Cubmaster Frank Carson at or call him at 252-367-4019.

Back to School Rally

St. James is excited to sponsor the Wahl Coates Back to School Rally again this year! To start off the new school year, the students, parents, staff and their families will be treated to a hot dog cookout on Thursday, August 22 at 3:00 p.m. on the edge of the St. James lawn. Help is needed to set up the cookout, serve the meals, and clean up. Also needed is a few tailgate tents for the event. If you are able to help in any of these areas or need more information please contact Tiffany Vincent at 252-558-6858 or email her here.
Let’s all come together to make this a special day for our neighbors at Wahl Coates Elementary!

Acolyte Training

acolyteBeing an acolyte is a service of honor to God and to the St. James community. As acolytes bring in the light, they remind us that the light of Christ is present when we gather in the name of Christ. When they depart carrying the light, we remember that each of us carries the light of Christ out of the church and into the world.
Would you like to serve as an acolyte? Please plan to join us for an Acolyte Training on Sunday, September 15, at 10:00 a.m. in the Fellowship Hall.
You must be at least 8 years old to serve as an acolyte. This is a wonderful way for new and upcoming confirmands get involved! No experience necessary.
For more information, please contact Karen Medlin at

Staff Updates

The Staff Parish Relations Committee is pleased to announce the appointment of Laura Goldenbaum-Yang as the Associate Pastor for Youth and Young Adults.
Laura has worked with youth for the last eight years at Camp Don Lee as the Assistant Director for Faith Formation and Environmental Education. She has a Masters in Divinity from Drew Theological School and is a provisional Elder in the UMC. She is married to Daewon, and they have two young children, Sophia and Drew.
As a provisional Elder, Laura will support our young people with a strong theological background, administrative experience, worship leadership, and experience in engaging and connecting with their generation. While having a pastor serve in this role does increase the church’s financial investment, the Administrative Board and the Finance Committee both supported SPRC’s recommendation; our youth and young adults are vital to the life of St. James.
While she wraps up her summer duties at Camp Don Lee, Laura will begin with us part-time in September and move quickly towards full-time. On August 25th the youth will welcome Laura on Sunday night at the Youth Gathering. Laura will be present with us on Sunday mornings starting in September.
Please join us in welcoming Laura and her family, and praying for a smooth transition for our youth and young adult program.

GriefShare Seminar

Are you grieving the death of a spouse?
Or do you know someone who is?

Your life has changed forever. The daily emotions and challenges can seem too hard to bear. Find help at a Loss of Spouse seminar.
You will hear:
  • practical advice from others who’ve been there.
  • what to expect in your grief.
  • How to cope with life without your spouse.
  • Why it won’t always hurt this much.
Please join us for this encouraging seminar.
Loss of a Spouse Seminar
Sunday, August 25, 12:30 – 3:00 p.m.
At St. James United Methodist Church
Retreat House, 2000 E, 5th Street
For more information, contact St. James UMC at 252-752-6154 or