Forum on Dating Abuse

Eyes Wide Open:
A Frank Discussion about Dating Abuse
Come learn about the signs of dating abuse and the resources available to help potential victims. Guest speakers are Jan and Ron Kimble, former Greenville City Manager, whose daughter was murdered by an abusive boyfriend.
The event will be held at Jarvis Memorial UMC’s Taft Christian Life Center on Tuesday, March 26th at 6:00 pm.
Free meal included.  Everyone is welcome.
For more information, please call 252-752-3101.

Journey to the Transfiguration

Over the last several weeks we have explored the people present and the lessons learned at the Transfiguration of Jesus (the Transfigure-what?). To culminate our journey, we will gather as one church to celebrate this miraculous event and what it means for us as Jesus followers.  Join us on Transfiguration Sunday, March 3rd, for one church service at 9:30 AM in the Christian Life Ministries Center.  There will be special music by the Jubilation Children’s choir, Confirmation of our middle school students, a message from both Pastor Ben and Pastor Mark, and Holy Communion shared with everyone.  There will be a mission fair in the Lobby including some of our Spring Fling recipients starting at 8:30 AM and then following the service.  After the service, we will gather for brunch.  Families are asked to contribute a breakfast casserole or fruit.  Pancakes, meat, cheese grits, and drinks will be provided.  

Transfiguration Sunday

March 3, 2019

8:30 AM:             Mission Fair in Lobby
9:30 AM:             One Church Worship Service in Christian Life                                    Ministries Center
11:00 AM:           Mission Fair in Lobby
                           Brunch served in Fellowship Hall
To help prepare, over the four Sundays in February, we’ll explore a sermon series that focuses on the five people with Jesus at the Transfiguration. As an aid, Pastors Mark & Ben have written a short book, available in print form and electronic form (click button below).

Lenten Events at St. James

2019 Lenten Worship Series

The Season of Lent in the church challenges us to grow in faith as we prepare for the passion, death, and resurrection of Our Lord Jesus.  Stretching over forty days (not counting Sundays) and culminating in Holy Week & Easter, the Lenten season provides a variety of ways to remember that we are God’s children, created to love and serve God and one another.  This year at St. James, we want to encourage your participation several different ways.  Read more…

Simply Christian Book Study

Interested in exploring some of the basics of the Christian faith?
Pastor Ben will lead a book discussion on “Simply Christian” by N.T. Wright. We’ll meet three times over three months for discussion at 6 pm on Sundays March 10, April 7, and May 19. Each discussion will focus on a different section of the book. If interested, please sign up for the class by clicking the button below. We will discuss section 1 at the first meeting, so please sign up in advance for information prior to the first meeting.

New Member Classes Forming

The pastors cordially invite anyone thinking about joining St. James to join in the New Members Classes. A set of classes begins on Sunday March 17, and continues for three more sessions on March 24, March 31, and April 7.  These classes will meet during the Sunday School hour at 10:00 AM to 10:50 AM.
The classes will cover the following:
  • Getting to Know You–an overview of the entire class and an opportunity to introduce ourselves to one another
  • Core Values and Expectations–the values of being devoted, rooted, united, and missional and the promises we share as members of St. James
  • Discipleship Basics–Bible, Prayer, Worship, and Service
  • The Story of St. James–a walking history tour of St. James led by four longtime members and lay leaders of our congregation
  • The United Methodist Church and Wesleyan distinct traditions
  • Ministry at SJUMC–the “organizational chart” of ministry at St. James and how to plug into the ministry that inspires you; the nuts and bolts of participation

Throughout the sessions there will be opportunities to meet the staff. Sessions will be led by Pastors Ben Alexander and Mark Woods as well as lay leaders of St. James and Chris Garcia, interim director of Congregational Engagement.
The classes are currently scheduled to be held in Room 310. Depending on the registration numbers, that may change.  Please register by clicking the button below:

Homeless Nights Benefit Dinner

Community Crossroads Center presents Homeless Nights – A Fundraising Event on Friday, March 29, 2019. You will hear firsthand stories of the residents we serve at Community Crossroads Center in addition to Entertainment, Live Auction, Dinner, and 50/50 Raffle. The event starts at 5:30 pm and will end at 8:00 pm. Then, stay with us for the after party for fun and dancing until 11:00 pm.
The event will be held at the Greenville Convention Center. Tickets ar $60/person or $100/couple and can be purchased through the CCC Office at 207 Manahattan Ave., 252-752-0829, or online at
Community Crossroads Center relies on the generosity and compassion of the community to keep the doors to our facility open to the homeless in Greenville and Pitt County. Your support is greatly appreciated!

Pursue the Passion

Rescued. Forgiven. Redeemed.
Pursue the Passion Women’s Conference
Featuring Jamie Ivey and special music by Meredith Andrews
February 22-23, 2019
Fri. 7-9 pm / Sat. 9 am – 12:30 pm
at Covenant Church, Winterville, NC