Back to School Blessing

We’re sending our St. James students and educators back to school
with our prayer and blessings!
We will have a back to school blessing during each of the worship services on Sunday, August 27.
Students and educators are encouraged to bring their backpacks, briefcases, or teacher bags to be blessed during these services!

Jamaica Mission 2018 Team Now Forming



Have you ever been on an International Mission Team?

Would you like to be part of sharing God’s love with people in Jamaica?




Come find out more of what’s happening in Jamaica at the

Jamaica Missions Informational Gathering
Sunday, September 10th at 4:00pm in the Conference Room.


You will learn about the projects that are ongoing in Jamaica. You will hear stories of some of the people whose lives have been changed as we live out the Gospel message. And you will learn how to be a part of a future team and what would be required from you. It is an experience you will never forget!

For more information, contact Chris Austin ( or Jon Tart (

Congregations For Children (C4C)

Make a difference in the lives of the students of Wahl-Coates and their families!
The school year is about to begin and we want them to know that we support them, pray for them, and celebrate with them the hopes and dreams of a new school year.
At Wahl-Coates Open House on Thursday, August 24th from 3:00 – 6:00 pm, we will be offering free food, games and a lawn party atmosphere for the students and families that will be arriving. What a great way to celebrate the new school year!

Students Welcome!

St. James is inviting all college age adults to lunch.
Sunday, August 27th at Noon in the Fellowship Hall.
Come hang out with other students and young adults and enjoy a free lunch and lively conversation. We will be introducing the new Young Adult Living Water class on Sunday mornings. And want to explore how we can best connect to each other and to St. James!
For more information, contact Elizabeth Westbrook at

Upward Basketball Clinic


Introducing a new and exciting addition to the 2017-2018 Upward Basketball season!
Upward Basketball Clinic
Saturday, August 26th
at Jarvis Memorial UMC gym
The instructors will include the staff of “Outwork Performance” lead by Keith McLawhorn, a professional athletic trainer who works with kids of all ages in Greenville providing exceptional Basketball training. Participants will learn skills they can practice at home in advance of the new season as well as scrimmage.
The Basketball Clinic will be broken into two sessions by grade level in school (grades as of Sept. 1, 2017):
-SESSION #1 (K thru 3rd grade) 9:00 AM – 12:00 PM. Sign-in begins at 8:15 am
-SESSION #2 (4th thru 6th grade) 1:00 PM – 4:00 PM Sign-in begins at 12:15 pm
Cost for Clinic: $20 (option to apply $10 towards Same Day League Registration)


New Sunday Living Water Studies

Sunday mornings offer a wonderful opportunity for folks of all ages to spend time in Bible study and discussion through our Living Water classes. Our adult classes offer a wide range of topics from books of the Bible to how to live out your Christian faith each day. Three of our groups are starting new studies.
Life Enrichment, which meets in Room 310, will be studying God Unbound, a book about Paul’s letter to the Galatians, written by Elaine Heath from Duke University. She shows us how Paul’s teachings can help us today to boldly follow the Holy Spirit’s leadership beyond buildings and programs to join what Jesus is doing in the world.
The Seekers meet in Room 311 and are starting Max Lucado’s book, Outlive Your Live. God has a purpose for us all and that purpose is to fulfill God’s mission of active love in the world. Our lives are meant to reflect the redeeming power of God’s love as we feed the hungry, clothe the naked, and visit the lonely. If you are looking for a way to bring more meaning to your life, you won’t want to miss this study.
The Women On the Way (WOW) group, which meets in Room 306, invites the ladies of St. James to join them for their fall book study, A Perfect Mess by Lisa Harper. Through this liberating look at how God adores and transforms imperfect people, Bible teacher Lisa Harper weaves poignant stories of her own personal foibles with a fresh take on selected Psalms to reveal a loving Father who remains your greatest champion even when you don’t feel anywhere close to holy.
The Story Living Water Sunday school class will begin a new study on August 13. We will be reading and discussing Adam Hamilton’s book, Half-Truths. Together we will explore popular sayings that miss the Christian point. These phrases may sound Christian and you may think they are even in the Bible, but they actually distort the truth about Jesus’ teachings and other aspects of Scripture. Join us in Room 21 at 9:55 a.m. on Sunday mornings to discover the difference between our half-truths and Jesus’ Truth.
And introducing a new Sunday Morning Living Water Class for Young Adults
Beginning Sunday, September 10, we will be starting a new Living Water class for adults ages 18-27 (or thereabouts!). This class will meet in Room 307, 9:50-10:45 a.m., and will be led by Taylor and Dustin Dougherty. We plan to begin with a social gathering on 9/10 where we can discuss ideas and hopes for the future of the group.
One possible study we are considering starting with is Financial Peace, by Dave Ramsey. This study offers budgeting advice that will help you better organize your finances today so that your future will be even brighter.
For more information, contact Taylor Dougherty at

ONE – Fall Kickoff

“just as the body is one and has many members, and all the members of the body,
though many, are one body, so it is with Christ” (1 Corinthians 12:12)
St. James may be a large church, but we are still ONE!
Celebrate together, renew friendships, and discover new friends and opportunities
at the St. James fall kickoff event, “ONE”.
Save the Date – Wednesday, August 30th
And Reserve your spot TODAY!
There will be a covered dish meal at 5:30 pm.
Chicken and drinks will be supplied by the church.  Bring a dish to share!

There will be music from many of our talented musical groups, testimonies,and games and fun for the children!

We are … better together!