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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Seekers Sunday School Class

The Seekers Class is starting a new 19-week study, “Acts of the Apostles,” on May 26, 2019. All are welcome to join the Sunday School class for the video- and discussion-based series that teaches about the formation of the New Testament church. Mickey Efird, Professor Emeritus at Duke Divinity School, created the series.
 
Dr. Efird’s video discussion of Acts helps us to understand and apply the Biblical story to our own lives and the life of our churches. See Peter and Paul grow into leadership. Relive the emotion and wonder of Jesus’ followers from Christ’s Resurrection to that Pentecost when all were filled with the Holy Spirit and passionate about leading others to Jesus. The Seekers Class meets during the Sunday School hour after the 9 a.m. service (beginning at about 9:50 a.m.) in Room 311 in the CLMC.
To join the class for this study, or for more information, please contact Chris Garcia at chris@stjconnect.org or Lora Joyner at lcjoyner90@gmail.com.


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.


Vacation Bible School 2019

Voyagers are invited on a space travel adventure to explore where God’s power can take them! Along the journey, Voyagers discover a new realm of possibilities as they reach for the stars and encounter the limitless power and love of God!
 
July 7-July 11 6:00-8:30pm
Register your child today by clicking on the button below!
 
Vacation Bible School (VBS) is for children from 3 years old AND potty trained up to 5th grade. Cost to attend is $10 per child. This fee is used to help with crafts and snack supplies. Please register your children with the link below. Then click the payment link to pay. (If payment is not made online, please be prepared to pay at registration on July 7.) To inquire about scholarships, please contact Molly at the church–752-6154 or Molly@stjconnect.org. ***We are always in need of adult/youth volunteers! If you would like to be a part of an exciting week in the lives of the children at St. James, click the Register Your Child button and volunteer!!***
 
 


Youth Summer Schedule

Come join us for these fun events this summer!!!
Register here for one or more of these events:
High School Mystery Trip – June 10, 12
Camp Connect – June 23-27
Breakaway – June 24-28
Freedom Fest – July 4
Middle School Mission Trip – July 8-10
High School Mission Trip – July 14-20
Middle School Mystery Trip – July 29-30

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C4C – Opportunities to Serve

YOU can make a difference in the life of a student or teacher by giving a few hours each week. Please consider joining the team of amazing volunteers with Congregations for Children (C4C). There are opportunities to share your time and talent at Wahl Coates School in a variety of ways.
 
  • Proctors – we need volunteers to proctor end of the grade testing. Proctors are needed for May 24th; May 29th and May 30th. Testing will run from 8:30 to 11:30am.
  • PBIS Store – Volunteers are needed to manage the store on May 3rd from 9:15 to 2:15. Volunteer for whatever time you have available. At the PBIS Store, students can purchase items with gold tickets. Students earn gold tickets for exceptional behavior.
  • St James will provide an end of the year luncheon for Wahl Coates’ teachers and staff on Friday, June 7. we are requesting volunteers to set up, serve and clean up for the luncheon; and to provide gift cards ($10 to $30) as tokens of our appreciation to the teacher and staff.
  • Volunteer Appreciation Reception – Wahl Coates extends an invitation to all people who have volunteered for Wahl Coates to the Spring Chorus and Orchestra Concert on Thursday, May 16th at 6 pm followed by an Appreciation Reception for all volunteers.
To volunteer or for more information, contact Artie Rogers at jartierogers@gmail.com or Lora Joyner at lcjoyner90@gmail.com
 


St. James: Sports and Outdoors Ministry

Ministry can take many forms.  One form of ministry that in recent years has fallen by the wayside is about to be restored at St. James: Sports and Outdoors Ministry. How can that qualify as ministry?  The United Methodist Church defines ministry as an expression of the mission of Christ by Christians who are demonstrating a common life of gratitude and devotion, witness and service, celebration and discipleship.  Christians are called to minister wherever Christ would have them serve and witness in deeds and words that heal and free.  Sports and participation in outdoor activities can definitely call us to serve and witness. How we act and how we speak can offer deeds and words that do indeed heal and free others. What could that look like?


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Ministry Survey

What would happen if we gave a Spring Fling and nobody helped?  Clothes strewn on the ground for people to pick through and buy, but no cashiers to take their money to support community services.  No delectable aroma of grilled chicken arising from the field behind the parking lot. A barren CLMC empty of auction items. A quiet Fellowship Hall with no books, no art, and no baked goodies. Sad.

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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!


Serving the Body Through Holy Communion

Do you have a heart to serve the body of Christ? Serving Holy Communion is a wonderful way to experience it! We are asking all those that would like to participate in this ministry, to contact Joyce Day at 752-6154 or joyce@stjconnect.org.