AnnouncementsCurrent News and Announcements at St. James



Upward Basketball & Cheerleading Registration

“Every child is a winner!”
The Upward Basketball slogan is a reminder that Upward Basketball and Cheerleading are returning to St James this fall.  Upward is about a lot more than dribbling, bounce passes, and cheers. It is one of the most intentional tools for helping us make disciples of Jesus Christ!


Hurricane Response – How Can We Help?

We watched as Hurricane Dorian left a trail of damages in its wake. Now is the time for us to become part of the restoration process.


Staff Updates

The Staff-Parish Relations Committee is pleased to announce that Martin Staton has joined our custodial staff at St. James.  Martin will be the new 2nd shift custodian, working Tuesday through Saturday from 1:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. When you see him here in the evenings, please welcome Martin to the St. James community!

Holy Land 2020

Hey Church,
On January (6-14) St James UMC is taking an exciting trip to Israel. I am overjoyed to lead this group under the guidance of Educational Opportunities. I have preached and taught scripture for almost 20 years and I am so excited to see some of those places from our wonderfully rich scriptures. We are going to places like Jacob’s well, Gethsemane, the sea of Galilee and other historical sites.
There are spots available and we would love to take a full group. Not only will we visit many interesting places but we will share together in an adventure, get to know some people better and make some new friends. Trips like these are a real gift.
I hope that many of you will seriously consider taking this opportunity. It is an investment that will stay with you for the rest of your life. Below is a link that provides a Brochure describing cost and travel details. Please feel free to contact me or Janet Berry for even more information. This trip should be a lot of fun. Pray about it.
Grace and Peace,
Mark Woods



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Did you get an invite?
Hopefully you received an email invitation to join the St. James community on Realm. Simply respond to that email, set up your login and password, and voilá, you can then see your profile information and a newsfeed of things going on at St. James! Poke around. Post a greeting to members of your groups.
If you haven’t received an email invitation, then the church office does not have a correct email address for you. Please email us at with your desired email and we will send you an invite right away. We will have “Getting Started” flyers available at church starting Sunday, September 8, and Alan Gill will have Q&A sessions during the TGIW Wednesday gatherings to help us all use this new program.
You are important to this community of faith! And we want to keep you connected to all that is going on in the St. James realm. Let’s stay connected with Realm!

St. James’ College Students

We care about our college students!
The Higher Education & Campus Ministries Committee sends notes and care packages to our college students throughout the year. They are still a part of the St. James family!
If you have a college student in your family, please send your student’s mailing address to .

Afterschool Driver Needed

afterschool bus
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 contact Dana at 252-752-6154 or

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.

Prayer Requests

Do You Have a Prayer Request?
We have prayer warriors who want to pray for you. These prayer boxes are available for you to place your prayer requests. Your prayer requests will be shared first with the clergy and then, unless you note otherwise, with our church prayer team. One prayer box is located in the Christian Life Ministries Center lobby and one in the Sanctuary lobby. Prayer is a powerful tool for dealing with the struggles of life. We simply need to let our requests be known.
                  Sanctuary Prayer Box                  CLMC Prayer Box

Living the Story

The Bible can be so intimidating. It was originally written in Hebrew and Greek, meaning we have dozens of translations. There are 66 different books within it, and 1,189 chapters and 31,102 verses! It can be overwhelming!
Not to mention that the Bible is not just any old book. This book is a means of grace for us, a revelation from God. As our United Methodist Book of Discipline puts it, “The Holy Scripture containeth all things necessary to salvation”. When we engage with Scripture, something is at stake! It is not meant to be a book that we merely read, but also a book that we live!
To help us step more fully into God’s word, this Fall at St. James we will be exploring a series entitled “Living the Story”. We hope to share the overarching story of the Scriptures from Genesis to Revelation, with an eye throughout on how we are called to make the scriptural story our own story.
We look forward to exploring God’s word with you!
In Christ, Pastors Ben & Mark