Director of Children’s Ministries (full-time)

St. James has a bustling children’s ministry (birth to 5th grade). We are looking for a mature Christian who can connect with children and their parents, recruit and organize and equip volunteers, expand our programming, and work well in a team environment.
To apply, please send resume and cover letter to Rev. Ben Alexander at

Together In Education

Support Wahl-Coates School through Together In Education
As part of St. James’ ongoing efforts to support our neighborhood school, Wahl-Coates Elementary, please consider linking your Harris Teeter VIC card to Wahl-Coates. The school code for Wahl-Coates is 2852. All you have to do to enroll is to tell the cashier or customer service representative that you want to link your card to Wahl-Coates, and they can do it for you at the register.
Through Harris Teeter’s Together In Education program, Wahl-Coates and others schools can earn funds from linked VIC cards. When you shop Harris Teeter brands, a percentage of your purchase is donated to the school that your VIC card is linked to. There are no limits to how much a school can earn.
Please note that all VIC cards must be linked yearly. There is no cost to linking your VIC card. Participating schools can earn funds from August through May of each school year.

Fall Classes 2019 – Children

The midweek family night offers children’s choir and classes for kids in Pre-K to fifth grade.  If you do not find an adult class that interests you this Fall, please consider helping with our children’s programs. Remember, Wednesday nights are for the entire family.  We discourage parents from bringing their children to programming and then leaving.

Nursery Care—will be provided for children aged 6 weeks–2 years old (preschool). Please be sure to register your children for TGIW nursery care with our nursery staff.  Contact Taylor Dougherty at to register your infant and preschool children.
“The Story”— Children will experience God’s great love by bringing his story to life!  During the Fall TGIW, we will focus on the first 11 engaging lessons of this curriculum.  This curriculum will be used across all ages of our TGIW programming this Fall, with the exception of our second and third graders (see below).  Preschool through first grade children will experience a short video, short lesson, and a skit. Our fourth and fifth grade students will begin with a partial lesson and will then work the remainder of the time to prepare and present “the skit” to our PreK-first grade students.  Molly Carpenter and EBea Hobgood are leading these classes, but they will need parents to help assist.
“God and Me”— The God and Me curriculum is designed to help children become best friends with Jesus and tell their story of “God and Me” together.  Children will make a game in each lesson and keep their games in a GAMEBox (God And Me Exploring BOX).  These games will reinforce the Bible lessons and provide opportunities for families to explore God’s love together.  The program includes awards/emblems that are approved for wear on the official uniforms of the Boy Scouts of America, Girl Scouts of the U.S.A., Camp Fire USA, and American Heritage Girls.  All church youth in second and third grades (whether or not they belong to a scouting group) are eligible to participate.  Lacy Hobgood is leading this class, but will need parents to help assist.

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: 


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.