Throughout the summer we will have Youth hangout days on some Tuesdays from 2-4 pm. These will be on June 26th, July 3rd, 10th, and 31st.
For those returning home from college through the summer, we will have College hangout days as well, mostly on Thursdays. These are scheduled for June 28th, July 5th and July 12th.  Time and place TBD.

Youth Events – July

July 4th we will have a Freedom Fest. There will be a limited availability of 20. I will be creating a sign up genius for this as well. I encourage you to come out for food, fun on the water, and fireworks for youth of all ages!
July 8th-12th is the week of VBS and I know several youth always look forward to helping volunteer. I’m sure you could count this toward service hours, so contact Molly ( to let her know you and your student want to help!
July 15th-21st is our HS Mission trip to Houston. Registration for this is closed. For those of you who have signed up, We will have a meeting Thursday, June 28th at 7 pm to finish up paper work and meet everyone going on the trip with St. James.
Questions?  Contact Abby at 252-752-6154 or
For these trips and days, be sure to stay on top of sign up genius and our social media pages.

UMW Girls for Days Workshop

The United Methodist Women would like to thank all who have donated their time, talents and prayers to the Days for Girls Project. Thanks to the many donations we have sent 30 bags to Haiti and 100 bags will soon be delivered to Jamaica by the St. James Mission Team. We will begin preparing the bags for the Guatemala Team at our upcoming workshops. Please join us for the scheduled workshops listed below or if you would like to sew from home please contact Tammy Stephenson ( or 439-0599) for instructions.
We are still in need of donations:  small hotel size soap, wash cloths, girls size underwear briefs or hipsters size 8, 10 or 12 (dark colors). Please place donations in collection area outside Marianne’s office.
Workshop dates:
Saturday, June 23rd 9am to noon
Monday, July 2nd 1pm to 4 pm
Saturday, July 21st 9 am to noon
Saturday, July 28th 9 am to noon
Saturday, August 11th 9am to noon.
If you have questions please contact Tammy Stephenson at 327-0599 or

Summer Reading

There is a wonderful tradition of catching up on our reading through the Summer months. This year at St. James, we’re offering an opportunity to join together in a Summer Reading program. Knowing how summer schedules are, each book will only have ONE discussion session. Even if you can’t make the discussion, we would encourage you to pick up a few of these titles!

Caregiver Support Group

The St. James Congregational Care Ministries is beginning a weekly caregiver support group. If you have a loved one who depends on you for care–either at home or in a nursing facility–you know that it is both a blessing and a challenge. The Apostle Paul wrote: “Rejoice with those who rejoice, weep with those who weep.” Support groups are designed to do just that. Together we bear one another’s burdens and share one another’s joys.
Beginning on June 7, we will meet every Thursday, 1:00-2:00 p.m. in the church parlor. The group will be Christ-centered, but we plan to open it up to the community, so if you have any friends you would like to invite, please do so. This is an open group–come when you can and miss when you need to.
For more information, contact Joyce Day at or (252) 752-6154.

All-Church Charge Conference

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Sunday, June 24th at 12:15 pm


All members are invited to attend. We will meet in the Chapel following the morning services. The purpose of the Charge Conference is to approve the recommendations from the Nominations and Lay leadership Committee for the 2018-2019 year.

Camp Connect

Camp Connect allows middle school students (rising 6th-9th grades) to be catalysts as we come together to serve our community as Jesus would have served. Students spend their time during the day in Pitt County, NC, serving through various projects, assisting with local vacation Bible schools, or using their dramatic and musical gifts to engage the community and build relationships.

Day projects are designed to connect students to the heart of God and allow each student to grow into what He’s calling them to be. This camp is about transformation and restoration, not only in the lives of students but also in the lives of the people they serve.

For the fifth year, camp will be housed on the ECU campus.  This year, once again, our home base will be in Jones Hall – across the street from Tyler.  Daytime activities will include participation in either project sites, outreach activities including dance and drama, or VBS opportunities.

Evenings will be spent on East Carolina’s campus experiencing community as the body of Christ, debriefing work experiences, eating, worshiping and hanging out with other middle school-age kids and team leaders.

Camp culminates on Thursday, June 21st with a worship and commissioning service at St. James United Methodist Church.
Contact Abby Gillette at the church office or  to register or for more information.  

Memorial Event

St. James Congregational Care Ministry is partnering with AseraCare to sponsor “A Butterfly to Remember”. This is a memorial event to honor the individuals, families, and friends that have lost loved ones, many of which were cared for by AseraCare hospice.
The event will be held Saturday, June 9 at 12:00 pm at St. James UMC in the Christian Life Ministries Center. The release of butterflies will happen in the adjacent eastern field. RSVP’s are requested by May 26th. Read more…

Letters of Freedom and Love

Join Marianne Leventry in digging deeper into Paul’s letters. This summer, we will slowly read Galatians and Colossians by using Lectio Divina. In these letters, Paul gives words of instruction in living in the Spirit and how to live a life directed by love. This 10 week study will start on Wednesday, June 20th at noon.
Register by emailing Marianne at or by calling 252-752-6154 extension 205.

Braille Bible

We now have available in our Curriculum Library, braille editions of most of the books of the Bible. These are available to be checked out as needed or for use in the library itself.
For more information, contact Joyce Day at or (252) 752-6154.