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!

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.

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

Mission Mondays are back!

Mission Mondays are back this summer! Our first one will be Monday, June17 at 10:00am at the Town Commons. We will meet at Town Commons, pick up trash left from the previous night’s Sunday in the Park event, have some play time on the playground, and enjoy a picnic lunch! We will provide trashbags and hand sanitizer. Feel free to bring your own lunch, gloves, or any other trash collecting items that you wish to use! Parents or guardians are required to stay for Mission Mondays.

St. James Preschool Openings

Fall registration for St. James Preschool filled quickly this year.  There are still a few openings especially in the MWF 3 year old class and the 4 day 4 year old class. If you would like to register or have any questions, please contact Dana Carpenetti at 252-752-6154 or

Children’s Community Garden

The Children’s Ministry Team is pleased to announce that we have a new, children’s community garden behind the church along 8th Street next to the Scout Hut. The four beds and two benches were built by member Pierce Harner as part of his Eagle Scout Project.  It is our hope that these gardens will produce vegetables which we can donate to our own church food pantry. If anyone is interested in helping maintain these gardens, please contact Molly at:  Read more…

Family Worship

Jesus said, “Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of heaven belongs to such as these.” (Matthew 19:14)
Beginning in October, we are starting something new! The FIRST Sunday of every month will be Family Worship. On these first Sundays, we will not offer Children’s Chapel or Childcare for school-age children during the worship services. Instead, we are excited to have them join us, share communion with us, and worship with the congregation! Nursery will still be provided for infants-4 year olds, and we will have Sunday school classes as usual for all ages during the Living Water hour.
For more information, please contact Molly Carpenter at 752-6154 or

Nursery Care

St. James UMC invites children from birth through age four into a caring, safe and healthy environment. Your child’s welfare and spiritual growth is of our utmost concern and we pledge, as your Christian family, to care for your child to the best of our abilities.  Click on “read the rest” below for more nursery information or how to arrange nursery care for your event.

Children's Library

Did you know that St. James has a Children’s Library?  It now contains about 1000 books of Bible stories for children, devotions and prayers, Christian living, information about the Bible, and quality children’s picture books as well as chapter books and first readers.

We have moved recently!  The Children”s Library is now located in Room 32 in the Main Building.

Come by and visit the library!  Click on “read the rest” below to get a listing of the resources available in the Children’s Library. Read more…