Sunday School Classes for Adults

The Following classes meet most every Sunday morning between the early and later services, usually at about 9:50 a.m.
We hope that you can find a place to connect and grow at St. James.

Bible Study

This class studies different books of the Bible—in depth, chapter by chapter—as members seek to discover what each passage means and how it can be applied to our lives. 
Level: Intermediate, for men and women of all ages.
Current study: New Testament books of Paul’s letters.  The class will begin studying Paul’s letter to the Philippians on November 17.  That will be followed by Colossians, 1 Thessalonians, 2 Thessalonians, 1 Timothy, and 2 Timothy. 
Led by Dave Carson, with rotating teachers, Room 22.

Faith Followers

The focus of Faith Followers is to learn more about how to be a follower of Christ in our everyday lives and how to use the knowledge we gain from our class instruction and discussion to engage with others and be an example for each other and the community.  Here are just a few topics studied over the last few years: Sermon on the Mount, Parenting in Today’s World, The War Room DVD study, The Shack DVD study, How to Be Thankful, How to be a Witness for Christ, The Book of Acts, Jesus and the Crucifixion and Resurrection, the Unafraid DVD study, and Spiritual Gifts.
Level:  Beginning/Intermediate, mostly for parents of adolescents.
Current study:  The class is studying the Book of Romans and the Love and Respect Live Marriage Conference DVD study through December 1.  Then the class will embark on a DVD study entitled “Who Needs Christmas” by Andy Stanley on December 8, 15, and 22. 
Led by Sarah Jane Taylor, with rotating teachers, Room 23.

Faith Foundations

The members of Faith Foundations enjoy topical studies that make the Scriptures relevant to life today. The class is discussion-based, which allows members, who have diverse backgrounds, the opportunity to reflect and share their views.  The emphasis is on how the verse speaks to you; and how  these verses impact our lives, society, and the church.  The class is dynamic, accepting and open-minded.  Level: Beginning/Intermediate, for men and women of all ages.
Current study: Loving Justice by Bob and Carol Hunter.  Taking a fresh look at this theme throughout Scripture, Bob and Carol Hunter challenge you to love justice as God does.  And they show you how to work for justice in your everyday life.  This revised LifeGuide Bible Study features additional questions for starting group discussions and for meeting God in personal reflection, together with expanded leader’s notes and a “Now or Later” section in each study.  Led by Artie Rogers, Room 304.


Growing Together

This group is flexible and topical.  Members choose studies that help them face the challenges of parenthood and faith development.
Level: Beginning/Intermediate, for parents of young children.
Current Study: Value-Packed Parenting, a DVD study by Dr. Kevin Leman, begins November 10.  The seven-part series includes lessons  on: 1) The Ten Best Gifts You’ll Ever Give Your Kids; 2) How to Listen So Kids Will Talk and How to Talk So Kids Will Listen; 3) Discipline Isn’t Spelled P-U-N-I-S-H-M-E-N-T; 4) Ten Ways to Improve Your Child’s Self-Confidence
5) Caution: Anger Ahead! 6) Birth Order – What You Need to Know About It; 7) Standing Up to the New Goliath – Helping Kids Overcome the Negative Influences of the Internet, The Media, and Technology.  Folks are welcome to join this new study!
Led by Spencer Letchworth, with rotating teachers, Room 24.


Life Enrichment

Some 25-30 years ago, when this class was first established, it was called Marriage Enrichment. Then a class for young married couples with or without children, as “life” progressed, the name was eventually changed to Life Enrichment. Our yearly studies include in-depth study of at least one book from the Bible, seasoned with books by Christian authors that serve as pathways for living the godly life God desires for us. 
Level: Intermediate, for middle-aged to senior men and women.  We welcome any who are willing to tackle the wisdom and experience of aging under God’s direction.
Current Study: A ten-week study of eight ways to live a life of unstoppable strength, unmovable faith, and unbelievable power using the David Jeremiah book Overcomer.  Jeremiah uses Paul’s instructions in Ephesians 6, his command for us to overcome the forces of evil by putting on the armor of God, to lay out a path for spiritual victory.  God reminds us that we are not alone in this fight.  God knows what we need and provides us with His power so that we can face life’s challenges assured of success. 
Led by Mike Arny and Jim Hix, Room 310.

New Dawn

The New Dawn class looks at the Scripture passages that will be preached in the Sanctuary at the 11 a.m. service or that was preached at the 8:45 a.m. service.  We read the Scripture, look at background, other relevant verses, discuss how it might relate to those who lived it and how it might apply to us today. The first part is lecture followed by discussion with the whole class. We also discuss questions about other Scriptures that class members have from time to time.
Level: Intermediate, for senior women.
Led by Irene Gerow, Parlor.



Seekers is a diversified group in age and life experiences.  We support good discussion and different points of view.  We love to laugh and share.  We welcome all. 
Level: Intermediate, for middle-aged men and women.
Current study: The class is completing a DVD study on the Book of Acts.  For Advent, Seekers will study Faithful: Christmas through the Eyes of Joseph by Adam Hamilton.

Led by Lora Joyner, with rotating teachers, Room 311.


The Story

“The Story” Sunday school class was created in part to provide a shorter class that would accommodate choir members who want to attend a class but have to leave by 10:30 am to sing in one of our worship services.  The class meets from 9:45-10:25 am, and it is open to all and attended by many members of the church as well as visitors (not just choir members). 
Level: Beginning/ Intermediate
Current study: On November 10, the class will begin a study based on Max Lucado’s Just Like Jesus.
Led by Joyce Day, Room 21.



Women on the Way (WOW)

This group for women focuses upon issues of the heart through studies that will move you along on your journey with God.  The class incorporates outside fellowship activities that help us grow in our friendships with each other as we grow in Christ! 
Level: Beginning, for women of all ages and stages in life. 
Current Study: Captured by Grace by Dr. David Jeremiah.  Dr. Jeremiah’s book leads participants through the words of the famous song Amazing Grace, to illustrate that no one is beyond the reach of a loving God!  Discover how the transforming mercy of God that captured the songwriter John Newton and the apostle Paul can awaken within us a fresh experience of the God who loves you fiercely and pursues you with abandon. 
Led by Laura Smith, Room 306.

We are always looking to start new Sunday morning classes for adults at St. James.
If you have an idea for a class and are interested in helping others grow in their faith journeys,
contact the church office at 252-752-6154.
For more information about these and other discipleship opportunities for adults at St. James,
contact Chris Garcia at or 252-752-6154.