There are many ways to serve at St. James UMC.  Here are some of the ways that you can get involved today!

 

St. James Food Pantry

The St. James Food Pantry has been assisting many families this summer and is in desperate need for donations.  Please bring food to the church and place in the bins in the office hallway.  Click here for a list of specific items.

 
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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, folks from St. James will be on campus assisting families as they move in to a campus dorm. We will offer a gift pack of goodies to each family that will help introduce students to St. James.
 
If you are interested in participating in this event, please contact Jennifer Adams: adamsjjd@hotmail.com.

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Afterschool Driver Needed

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St. James Afterschool is looking for a van driver to transport children from school to St. James UMC. Hours are from 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm on weekdays. The driver needs to be 25 years of age, have a valid driver’s license, and be willing to complete a background check. Please contact Dana at 252-752-6154 or dana@stjconnect.org.Please contact Dana at 252-752-6154 or dana@stjconnect.org.


Youth Summer Schedule

Thank you for your patience as we transition youth leadership. We will continue to pursue a strong youth ministries program and work actively to maintain our commitment to improvement, community, and discipleship. We humbly ask that you will keep the members of the SPRC and this ministry in prayer as SPRC hires a new youth director. Volunteers are working closely with pastoral staff to maintain the summer experiences so special to the youth and the fellowship they share. Here are important upcoming dates:
July 22-27 is Annual Conference Session for Youth (ACS) at Methodist University. Please pray for the success of this event for high school students.
July 29-31 are the NEW dates for the Middle School Mission Trip. The change in date is to allow more time to plan in a way that best serves the community where we will be volunteering. Hurry, spots are limited. We are capping this trip at 10 students, so sign up now! Parents, please volunteer!
August 15-16 will be the Middle School Mystery Trip for youth who have completed 6th, 7th, or 8th grade. Cost is $60 per participant. Register by July 31 by emailing Ben at ben@stjconnect.org or Catherine at catherineandthomas@suddenlink.net.
Save the date for Youth Kickoff on August 25 at 6 p.m. Youth in grades 6-12 are welcome to kick off the year in a messy way by participating in the St. James UMC Slime Olympics.
Look here for information to come about the Middle School Lock-In on September 13 and the Youth Council Election on September 29.
 
If you have questions or need further info, please contact Mark at Mark@stjconnect.org or 252-752-6154.


SJUMC Food Pantry Needs Items

The St. James United Methodist Church Food Pantry needs to be restocked with breakfast foods. Please consider donating breakfast items of cereal, oatmeal, and grits.
 
Deposit your donations in the bins outside of Marianne’s office. Thank you!


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 Women’s Retreat

St. James Women’s Retreat – Where Is God?

Do you feel too busy? Pulled in too many directions?
Work, family, volunteering, church activities – even when life is filled with good things, it can sometimes feel like too much. And what about God? It can be a challenge to make room in your schedule for time with God. It can be hard to notice God in the midst of the day to day tumble of life. In our time together, we will explore how God may be calling to you, and how you might create sacred space and time to listen.
 
 
Women’s Retreat:  “Where Is God?”
Saturday, July 27, 9:00 am-12:00 pm
St. James UMC Fellowship Hall
 
 
 
Retreat Leader will be Mary Kay Glazer, who is a spiritual director, retreat leader,and writer.  Find out more about Mary Kay by clicking here.
 
The retreat is free, but we ask you to register so that we have a place for you.  Please register by July 25.
 


School Supplies for Local Students

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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).
 
 


Sunday Drivers Needed

Would you be a blessing for some of our elderly members? Every Sunday, we send the St. James bus to pick up our members at Cypress Glen Retirement Village so that they can attend our 11:00 a.m. service. We need more drivers to pick them up at 10:30 a.m., deliver them to the church, then take them back to Cypress Glen following the 11:00 a.m. service. Please consider being a part of this rewarding ministry.
 
Interested? Contact Tyrone Walston at 252-752-6154 or Tyrone@stjconnect.org.


Special Needs Ministry

  St. James is in the process of developing ministries for and with persons (children and adults) with special needs within our congregation and in the Greenville community. Our hope is to offer opportunities for Bible study and worship as well as to host special events during the year. You can help in a variety of ways. Your input to the following questions will help guide us…
  • What are we already doing? Help us to identify ways that we have already been ministering to and with the special needs community.
  • What else is God calling us to do? What are some ideas you have for ways that we can do even more for and with this community?
  • What do we need to know? If you have experience with the special needs community, we would love to learn from you. What are some of their spiritual needs? How can we assist those who care for persons with special needs? What might be some obstacles that we will need to overcome? What do we not even know that we don’t know?
 
If you are interested in helping with this ministry or just in learning more about what our hopes are for this ministry, please contact Joyce Day, Pastor of Congregational Care at joyce@stjconnect.org or (252) 752-6154 or Janet Berry at bjberry21@gmail.com.


Meal Train Help Needed

Have you ever had a time when life was too hectic,
or when you were trying to cope with a difficult situation,
or when it felt like the best you could manage was to survive the day?
 
At times like that, we don’t have the time or the energy to fix meals for our family. You can help others facing such times by signing up to be a Meal Train Volunteer. Right now, St. James has four Meal Trains active and we could easily have more lined up—but we need you to help! You can sign up to cook and deliver a meal or to pick up something at a local restaurant to deliver.
 
Simply email or call Joyce Day at joyce@stjconnect.org or 752-6154 to get added to the volunteer list. You will then be contacted via email whenever a new Meal Train becomes active. Go to the website link you receive and sign up to take a meal on a particular date. For more information, contact Joyce!