AnnouncementsCurrent News and Announcements at St. James



Annual Conference

In the middle of June, Our clergy staff and a group of St. James members will congregate at the Greenville Convention Center with other United Methodists to participate in the North Carolina Annual Conference for the United Methodist Church.  Please pray that God will be glorified and that our church leadership continues to listen to the prompting of the Holy Spirit.
Please note that there will be limited staff present at the church from June 13-15.  Please call the church in case of an emergency and we will contact the appropriate Pastor or staff person.

Joy Soup Kitchen – Lent Offering

JOY Soup Kitchen—The Focus of Lenten Giving at St. James United Methodist Church
The focus of Lenten giving in 2019 at St. James UMC was the JOY Soup Kitchen of Greenville.  JOY Soup Kitchen relieves food insecurity among the poor and homeless in Greenville.  It is Greenville’s only site that prepares and serves a free, midday meal (from 10:30 to 11:45), which for some is the only meal of their day.  In 2018, volunteers dished out more than 25,000 free meals at the Albemarle Avenue facility.
On May 12, 2019,  at the 11:00 A.M. Worship Service, Pastor Ben presented a check in the amount of  $4,866.45 to John Lennox, treasurer of the JOY Board of Directors!  Thank you for giving to this very important ministry.


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

Memorial Weekend Services

On Memorial Day weekend we will be condensing our worship into only 2 services. On Sunday, May 26th, we will gather in the Christian Life Ministry Center for the ConneXion service at 9:00 a.m. We will gather in the Sanctuary for a more traditional expression of worship at 11:00 a.m. only.  Please plan your Sunday accordingly.

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


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 or Lora Joyner at

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?


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.


College Bible Study

St James has started a Bible study on Monday nights at 7:00 pm for students who are in college. If you or someone you know would be interested in being a part of this group, please contact Abby Gillette at

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 or (252) 752-6154 or Janet Berry at