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St. James KiDS, the children’s ministry of St. James UMC, is a place where faith, imagination and learning go hand in hand. Through creative, active, age-appropriate and Bible based experiences children are guided and encouraged to grow in faith and become deeply committed followers of Jesus.


Living Water Sunday School Starts Back September 10th!

Are you ready to be refreshed with the Living Waters that Jesus offers? (John 4:10) The fall kick-off to all classes will be this Sunday, September 10th.Children will be introduced to their new classrooms and teachers for the semester beginning at 9:45 am on Sunday, September 10th. All Children are welcome!
All children should first be registered at the Children’s Check-In counter where they will then be led to their new grade-level rooms and meet their new teachers!
If you worship at the earlier services, please consider checking your children in prior to the worship service. This will help eliminate some of the congestion prior to the Living Water class hour.
We look forward to seeing you all at church on September 10th!

Checking In & Out

At St. James KiDS, we use Lambs List, an on-line check-in system. Our check-in area is located in the main building, between the Fellowship Hall and the Narthex, and is operated by volunteers. Volunteer staff will enter your name for you. A label for your child and one for you will print out. Both labels will have a matching number. There are LED displays in both the Sanctuary and the CLMC. Your number will display if you are needed in the St. James KiDS area.

Children in the nursery are checked-out at the check-in area. All other children are brought to you in the Good-bye hallway located at the breezeway between the education and CLMC buildings.


Children’s Worship

Children’s Worship starts back on September 10th!
Children’s Worship is for St. James kids who are in Kindergarten through grade 5.  We worship together in the chapel each Sunday during the 8:45 & 9:00 services.  During this worship time kids learn hymns, order of worship, prayers, and creeds. Children participate as readers, ushers, and acolytes. For your child to be a part of this worship time, simply check them in at our Children’s Ministry Welcome Desk  located in The Commons.  The children will go directly from Children’s Worship to Living Water Sunday School.
Kids’ worship packets are available at all services for children who prefer to worship with their parents.
Children’s Worship is:
  • Held in the Chapel
  • Designed especially for children
  • Where children help lead worship
  • Where children learn the meaning & purpose of worship
  • Where children learn the prayers & creeds of our Christian Faith


J.O.Y. Club  (missions & service)

The J.O.Y. Club is coming to St. James Children’s Ministry this fall!  Kids K-4th grade will not want to miss being a part of this fun and exciting club. 

The J.O.Y. Club will meet 1st and 3rd Sundays from 5-6 pm, and missions and service will be our club focus.  Come and make soup for the JOY Soup Kitchen, stock the food pantry, walk in the CROP Walk and have fun with friends.  The J.O.Y. Club will put Jesus and others first, always.  For more information, contact Julie Jensen, jtjjensen@hotmail.com

, the J.O.Y. Club leader.


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 Preschool@stjconnect.org.

School Supplies for Local Students


Please help support our school neighbor, Wahl-Coates Elementary School, by filling student supply list bags. Ziploc bags will be available after worship services starting June 30. They need to be returned by August 4.
This project is coordinated by the St. James United Methodist Women, and they are getting an early start because of the upcoming floor stripping in the CLMC. If you have any questions, please contact Kirstin Tart (kirstintart@suddenlink.net) or Molly Carpenter (molly@stjconnect.org).

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: molly@stjconnect.org. 


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 Molly@stjconnect.org

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.




Are you looking for information on the St. James Preschool or Afterschool programs?  Click here.