Fall Classes 2017



Register here for the Fall 2017

Adult Classes and Groups
We may be a BIG church, but we are always ONE Church!
Find a class or group that interests you and register today!
Please note that childcare must be requested ahead of time for classes.  You can also register for any class by calling the church office at 752-6154.


Meeting on Mondays

Mondays, Sept. 11-Dec. 4, 7:00-9:00 p.m.
Losing a loved one to death takes a toll on us emotionally, physically, and spiritually.  This group will help you get through this difficult time guiding you from mourning back to joy in Christ.  You can join this group at any time and come for as many or as few sessions as you want.
Led by Dane Sergeant, Eric Everett, and Kate Graham
(There is also a daytime group on Wednesdays)


register_now_button_bluePrayer Shawls – Ongoing, 10:30 a.m.-Noon and 6:30-8:00 p.m.
(morning & evening groups)

Share your gift of knitting or crocheting—or come and learn one of those gifts—as you create shawls bathed in prayer. These will then be given to people in our church, community, and around the world who will be blessed by knowing they are wrapped in God’s love.

Leader: Betty Fuqua


register_now_button_bluePraying the Torah with Jesus – Begins Sept. 11 and runs for 28 weeks,

7:00-8:00 pmNote: The program guide had an incorrect start time listed.  It begins at 7:00 pm.

In the Sermon on the Mount Jesus said, “Think not that I have come to abolish the law and the prophets; I have come not to abolish them but to fulfill them.”  The law he is speaking of is the first five books of the Bible, also known as the Torah, which means “law” but also, more broadly, “teaching.”  How do we bring together those times when Jesus seems to ignore the “rules” and the times when he seems to go beyond the demands of the law?  Praying the Torah with Jesus can bring insight and answers into this apparent contradiction.
This class meets at the home of Dennis & Lee Adams.
Leader: Dennis Adams

register_now_button_blueSt. James Jammers – Ongoing, 6:30-8:00 p.m.

Note: A beginners group is offered on Sunday evenings

Do you have a fiddle, mandolin, banjo, dulcimer, autoharp, spoons, bones, harmonica, bass fiddle, guitar, flute, recorder, jug? Come join us. This group of musicians gets together each week to play bluegrass, folk, and gospel music. They sometimes play during Sunday worship and other events, and they play at local nursing homes.

Leader: Sam Weatherly and Harvey Estes
register_now_button_blueWhat the Prayers of Jesus Tell Us About the Heart of God
  Sept. 11-Nov. 6, 7:00-8:30 p.m.
More than any other part of Jesus’ ministry, his prayers inform and engage his plans for disciples.  By witnessing these intimate moments between the Father and the Son, we can learn about the big plans God has for our lives, including: (1) having a relationship with the Father, (2) being shaped by God’s wisdom and guidance, (3) being united with one another, (4) bringing glory to God, and (5) having consistency in our spiritual life.
You will learn that through prayer, we can be connected to the grace and love of God, guiding us in our daily encounters with people and circumstances.

Leader: Mike Arny


Meeting on Tuesdays


register_now_button_blueSt. James Prayer Team – Ongoing, 1:30-3:30 p.m.

This ministry is for anyone who has a heart for prayer!   We meet once a week for about two hours to pray for the prayer needs from the Prayer Request boxes and other sources.
Leader: Mike Arny

register_now_button_blueContemplating Prayers – Sept. 5-Nov. 21, 5:30-6:30 pm

Too often we rush through our prayers like they are no more than a laundry list for God.  What if we took time to pray the well-known prayers of our best spiritual teachers slowly, allowing our souls to digest their wisdom and allowing the Holy Spirit to speak to us through them?  This fall we will spend time praying the Wesleyan Covenant Prayer together.
Leader: Joyce Day

Meeting on Wednesdays

register_now_button_bluePhilippians: Women’s Inductive Bible Study

Sept. 13-Nov. 15, 9:30 – 11:00 a.m.

Take a deeper look at Paul’s letter to the church in Philippi using the inductive Bible study method. We will explore the text by observing, interpreting, and applying the practical wisdom of the epistle.  We will consider questions such as: “What does this passage say?” “What does this particular text mean?” “How does the passage apply to me, and how can I share it with others?” Participants will receive a manuscript of the letter and we will walk through the inductive process as a group; no additional materials are required. Also, there will be no formal homework. The Bible will be our primary source of study as we grow and develop in our faith together as intentional followers of Christ. Whether you are a seasoned student of God’s Word or if you have never been in a Bible study before, all are welcome!
Leader: Nicole Franklin

register_now_button_blueIn Stitches Quilters – Ongoing, 10:00 a.m.-Noon

This class is for persons of all skill levels including beginners who want to learn. The group makes baby quilts for church families, items for the Spring Fling bazaar, and other items.

Leader: Elaine Price
Wednesdays, Sept. 13-Dec. 6, 10:00 a.m.-Noon
Losing a loved one to death takes a toll on us emotionally, physically, and spiritually.  This group will help you get through this difficult time guiding you from mourning back to joy in Christ.  You can join this group at any time and come for as many or as few sessions as you want.
Led by Joyce Day & Teresa Powell
(There is also an evening group on Mondays)
register_now_button_blueWho Is My Neighbor?: Lectio Divina with the Gospel of Luke

Sept. 6-April 11, 12:00-1:00 p.m.
(Will take two weeks off at Christmas)

Break through the barriers of “self” and encounter Jesus by walking in his steps and meeting the people he met–his neighbors.  In this contemplative journey we will slowly read and pray the scriptures using the Gospel of Luke.
Leader: Marianne Leventry

Meeting on Wednesdays as part of TGIW


register_now_button_blueAll In
Sept. 6-Sept. 27, 6:15-7:30 p.m.

Many people think they are following Jesus, but the reality is, they’ve invited Jesus to follow them.  They call him Savior, but they’ve never surrendered to him as Lord.  This study will help you claim Jesus as your Lord and begin the exciting adventure of truly following him.

Leader: Joyce Day

register_now_button_blueThe Armor of God: A Woman’s Study
Sept. 6-Oct. 25, 6:15-7:30 p.m.

All day, every day, an invisible war rages around you — unseen, unheard, yet felt throughout every aspect of your life. A devoted, devilish enemy seeks to wreak havoc on everything that matters to you: your heart, mind, marriage, children, relationships, resilience, dreams, destiny. But his battle plan depends on catching you unaware and unarmed. If you’re tired of being pushed around and caught with your guard down, this study is for you.  The Armor of God is an action plan for putting on that armor and developing a personalized strategy to secure victory.

Leader: Lora Joyner & Linnley Cox

register_now_button_blueBridge Builders: Fear of the Other
Oct. 4 – Nov. 8, 6:15-7:30 p.m.

What does it really mean to obey Jesus’ command to love our neighbors and our enemies?  How do we interact with those who are “Other” than us by virtue of nationality, religion, race, or any other superficial difference in a way that reflects the nature of Christ?  Willimon challenges us to live out our faith—the kind of faith where love conquers fear.

Leader: Jim Hix

register_now_button_blueChrist and Culture
Sept. 6-Nov. 15, 6:15-7:15 p.m.

This class will explore the intersection of our understandings of Jesus Christ and current trends in our culture (movies, television, literature, music, etc.). Who is Jesus in scripture? Who is Jesus in our culture?
Leader: Mark Woods
register_now_button_blueCriminals of the Bible
Oct. 4-Nov. 6, 6:15-7:30 p.m.

The Bible is filled with crimes committed by the famous and infamous. This study will look at six such nefarious individuals providing the biblical context, what the crime was at the time, what crime it would be now, the punishment as told in the Bible and what would be a typical punishment today. You will find this study to be entertaining, informative, accurate and thought provoking. 

Leader: Aaron & Diane Sampson

register_now_button_blueDisciple I: Becoming Disciples through Bible Study

Classes begin Sept. 6, 6:15-8:00 p.m.  (Will take two weeks off at Christmas)

God’s story comes alive when we share it together.  This 34-week class reveals God’s work in the world as we read through the Bible cover to cover and uncover its meaning for our faith and world. Disciple takes you deeper into God’s Word and draws you closer to God.  It requires commitment to read and attend classes.  We ask that you commit to missing no more than two classes each semester.

Leader: Harold Blackwelder & Janet Berry

register_now_button_blueThe Gospel of Matthew

Sept. 6-Nov. 15, 6:00-7:15 p.m.

God’s greatest desire is to be your dwelling place–the home for your heart.  He doesn’t want to be merely a weekend getaway. He has no interest in being a Sunday bungalow or even a summer cottage. He wants to be your mailing address, your point of reference, your home…always. He wants you to live in the Great House of God.  Using the Lord’s Prayer as a floor plan, bestselling author Max Lucado takes you on a tour of the home God intended for you. It is a home filled with warmth, love, and forgiveness. 

Leader: Scott Heritage


register_now_button_blueThe Psalms and the Life of Faith

Sept. 6-Nov. 15, 6:15-7:30 p.m.

Flip open your Bible to the middle, and odds are good that you’ll land in the Book of Psalms.  Yet that’s not the reason why some people call this book the “Heart of the Bible.”  The Psalms testify to the timeless struggles of humanity and to the faithfulness of our God.  They give us theological language for the heights and the depths of our experience and give us a vocabulary for speaking to God.  In this discussion-oriented class, we’ll spend time studying, praying, and sharing our lives.  

Leader: Ben Alexander


register_now_button_blueToo Busy Not To Pray

Sept. 6-Sept. 27, 6:15-7:30 p.m.

Prayer is simply a conversation with God.  Through prayer we discover the strength and wisdom we need to get through each day, so when we are our busiest is when we most need to talk with God!  This study will give you the foundation for why and how prayer should be a vital part of your life.

Leader: Danny & Lanie Shive



register_now_button_blueWednesday Women: Believing Jesus
Sept. 6-Oct. 25, 6:15-7:45 p.m.

What does it mean to believe Jesus? Not just believe in Jesus, but actually believe what He said—and shape our lives around that truth? How would that affect the choices we make? The way we see the world? The way we conduct ourselves with other Christians?  This study looks at the lives of the believers in Acts and how Jesus’ command to spread the gospel forever shaped their lives and should shape ours.

Leader: Edie Snider

register_now_button_blueWhen God Whispers Your Name

Sept. 6-Nov. 5, 6:15-7:30 p.m.

Are you ready to hope again? Are you ready to let go of doubt and sorrow? Just listen carefully. God is whispering your name.  In the Bible and in the circumstances of your life, He whispers your name lovingly. Tenderly. Patiently but persistently.  This study looks at stories from the Bible and other sources to demonstrate this amazing truth.

Leader: Skip & Carolyn Bangley


Meeting on Thursdays

register_now_button_blueTruth Seekers: Falling Upward – A Spirituality for the Two Halves of Life
Sept. 7-Dec. 7, 9:30-11:00 a.m.
We are taught that failure is something to be avoided, a sign of weakness or unworthiness.  Richard Rohr helps us see how the heartbreaks, disappointments, and first loves of life are actually stepping stones to the spiritual joys that the second half of life has in store for us.  Expect lively discussion and deep sharing when you join this group of St. James disciples.
Leader: Joyce Day

Meeting on Fridays

register_now_button_blueBreak of Dawn Men’s Bible Study
Ongoing, 6:30-7:30 a.m.
Break of Dawn Men’s Bible Study meets every Friday morning for a guided study of the Bible.  The group is currently using Disciplines: A Book of Daily Devotions from the Upper Room.  This group is for any man who wishes a deeper understanding of God’s message to us.  Come for study, coffee and fellowship.
Leader: Marvin Little



register_now_button_blueThe Grin Again Gang

Ongoing, 7:30-8:30 a.m.

Originally started as an Emmaus Reunion Group, The Grin Again Gang is now open to any man who is looking for a men’s accountability, support, prayer, and study group.  We use the Upper Room devotionals as the foundation for group discussions.

Leader: Jim Hix

Meeting on Sundays


Living Water Classes – Ongoing, 9:50 to 10:45 a.m.

We offer several different classes for adults on Sunday mornings. Some are designed for specific groups (by gender or age) and some are more general. Pick up a Living Water brochure at the Information Booths for more information or contact Joyce Day at
or 752-6154.


register_now_button_blueSt. James Jammers for Beginners

Ongoing, 3:00-4:30 p.m., 1st & 3rd Sundays

Do you have a fiddle, mandolin, banjo, dulcimer, autoharp, spoons, bones, harmonica, bass fiddle, guitar, flute, recorder, jug? Want to learn to actually play it? Join this group and discover the joy of making music.  They also play at local nursing homes.

Leaders: Sam Weatherly & Harvey Estes


register_now_button_blueBook Club

3rd Sunday of the month, First meeting – Sept. 17, 5:00-6:30 p.m.

This group meets once a month to discuss a book.  September’s discussion will be on
The Nightingale
by Kristin Hannah.  Be sure to read the book before coming to the group!  Other titles will be announced later.
Leader:  Renny Cannon