Fall Classes 2018


Register here for the Fall 2018

Adult Classes and Groups
Can you believe that summer is almost over? Students are already returning to town and we are preparing our fall routines. Do you find it difficult to stay connected and growing in your faith amongst all the busy-ness? There are a whole lot of opportunities to stay connected at St. James this fall!
The Fall Program Guide is now available! We are excited about the range of classes and groups offered this fall for all ages and hope that you will find a place to connect and grow with us. You can register for the Fall Classes right here or by calling the Church Office (252-752-6154).


Meeting on Mondays

register_now_button_blueGriefShare – evening
Mondays, Sept. 10-Dec. 3, 7:00-9:00 p.m.
Led by Dane Sergeant, Eric Everett, and Kate Graham
register_now_button_blueGriefShare – daytime
Mondays, Sept. 10-Dec. 3, 1:00-3:00 p.m.
Led by Joyce Day

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.  

register_now_button_bluePrayer Shawls – Ongoing, 10:30 a.m.-Noon
(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: Lynn Gammell   register_now_button_blueOra et. Labora (Prayer & Work) – Begins Sept. 10 – Nov. 19, 7:00-8:00 pm There is a rule of faith that states, “as we pray, so we believe, as we believe, so we live.” You are invited to participate in an eleven-week group that will be submitting to the guidance of scripture in prayer and to the guidance of prayer in living. It is based upon the practice of lectio divina.  It will move beyond an intellectual meditation upon scripture to become an intentional practice of “ora et labora,” (prayer and work.) Ora/prayer – Participants will seek to let the scriptures guide them in forming specific prayers.  Labora/work – Participants will seek specific ways to shape their lives according to what they are praying. Community – Participants will be doing this in sacred community where they will encourage each other.

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

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. 1-Dec. 11, 5:00-6:00 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_blueFacing Your Giants (Max Lucado)

Sept. 5-Oct. 24, 9:30 – 11:00 a.m. Focus on giants — you stumble; focus on God — your giants tumble. You know your Goliath. You recognize his walk, the thunder of his voice. He taunts you with bills you can’t pay, people you can’t please, habits you can’t break, failures you can’t forget, and a future you can’t face. But just like David, you can face your giant, even if you aren’t the strongest, the smartest, the best equipped, or the holiest. Let this study help you face your Goliath with God’s help.

Leader: Rhonda Asher

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
register_now_button_blueThy Kingdom Come: Lectio Divina with the Gospel of Matthew

Sept. 12-April 17, 12:00-1:00 p.m. (Will take two weeks off at Christmas) Take a journey to the mountain and hear the words that Jesus gives us.  Take time and listen to him, and contemplate what He is saying to you.  Talk with Him, pray His Words and share in His Kingdom.

Leader: Marianne Leventry

Meeting on Wednesdays as part of TGIW


register_now_button_blueAgrarian Theology: Faith & Food – Sept. 12-Nov. 7, 6:15-7:30 p.m. What is agrarian theology and why is it a vital part of our life of discipleship? This class will explore the intersection of theology, farming, land, food and community. Prerequisites: You must be a person who eats food.

Leader: Mark Woods

register_now_button_blueAnxious for Nothing (Max Lucado) – Sept. 12-Nov. 14, 6:15-7:30 p.m. When it comes to anxiety, depression, and stress-related illnesses, America is the frontrunner. Thankfully, there’s a practical prescription for dealing with these issues. Anxious for Nothing provides a roadmap for batteling with and healing from anxiety. Stop letting anxiety rule the day. Join Max on the journey to true freedom and experience more joy, clarity, physical renewal, and contentment by the power of the Holy Spirit. Anxiety comes with life. But it doesn’t have to dominate your life.

Leader: Skip & Carolyn Bangley

register_now_button_blueBridge Builders: Unafraid – Sept. 12 – Nov. 14, 6:15-7:30 p.m. You’d be hard-pressed to overstate the extent to which fear, anxiety, and worry permeate our lives today. Fear wreaks havoc on our relationships and communities. It leads us into making bad decisions. It holds us back from the very pursuits that promise fulfillment and joy. Drawing on recent research, inspiring real-life examples, and fresh biblical insight, Hamilton shows how to untangle the knots we feel about disappointing others, failure, financial insecurity, loneliness, insignificance, and aging. Then he helps readers understand and counter fears related to such outsize perils as terrorism, death, and the apocalypse.

Leader: Jim Hix

register_now_button_blueDisciple 1:  Becoming Disciples – (Will take 2 weeks off at Christmas) Sept. 12, 6:15-7:15 p.m. 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:  Mary Ruth Sikes & Johnny Branch
register_now_button_blueDisciple 11, Part A – Sept 5-Nov. 14, 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


Classes begin Sept. 12-Dec.19, 6:15-7:15 p.m.  

Most people will tell you that separation and divorce are the most painful and stressful experiences they’ve ever faced. It’s a confusing time when you feel isolated and have lots of questions about issues you’ve never faced before. DivorceCare meets weekly to help you face these challenges and move toward rebuilding your life. Each session has two distinct elements: (1) A Video Seminar with Experts who discuss divorce and recovery subjects and (2) A Support Group with Focus where the participants will spend time as a support group, discussing what was presented in that week’s video seminar and what is going on in the lives of group members.

Leader: Betty Kay Foster & Pam Sides

register_now_button_blueJonah:  Navigating a Life Interrupted (Priscilla Shirer) Sept. 12-Nov. 14, 6:00-7:15 p.m. What do we do when God interrupts our lives? Many times, like Jonah, we run! In this 7-session Bible study, Priscilla Shirer redefines interruption and shows that interruption is actually God’s invitation to do something beyond our wildest dreams. When Jonah was willing to allow God to interrupt his life, the result was revival in an entire city. What might God do with the interruptions in your life? Leader: Linnley Cox & Lora Joyner


register_now_button_blueSingle and Parenting Sept. 6-Nov. 15, 6:15-7:30 p.m. We all understand how tough it is to be a single parent—day after day after day. Sometimes you want to give up. And that’s a normal reaction—you’re doing the job of two people. You should be tired. The thing is, you deeply desire to do what’s best for your kids, but you worry that you can’t. Sometimes it’s all you can do to survive from one day to the next. So what can you do? Single & Parenting groups address these concerns. You’ll discover how to deal with your deep-down worries and your day-to-day struggles. At a weekly Single & Parenting group, you’ll meet with other single parents to learn and discuss some amazing parenting strategies and hope-filled insights. Leader:  Julie Gill


register_now_button_blueThe Spirituality of Writing Sept. 12-Nov. 14, 6:15-7:30 p.m. Writing can be a true spiritual discipline.  Writing can help us to concentrate, to get in touch with the deeper stirrings of our hearts, to clarify our minds, to process confusing emotions, to reflect on our experiences, to give artistic expression to what we are living, and to store significant events in our memories.  Writing can also be good for others who might read what we write.  That quote by Henri Nouwen gets at the purpose of this class—to experience writing as a spiritual discipline.  We will read what writers have written about writing. Nouwen, Charles Wesley, Dorothy Day, Dietrich Bonhoefer, Eudora Welty, Will Campbell, Walker Percy, Flannery O’Connor, Thomas Merton, Richard Rohr, and Stephen King will help us see the craft in terms of spirituality.  We will practice writing as a spiritual discipline, as well.  Quite often a difficult, painful, or frustrating day can be “redeemed” by writing about it.  By writing we can claim what we have lived and thus integrate it more fully into our journeys.  Then writing can become lifesaving for us and sometimes for others, too Leader: Chris Garcia



register_now_button_blueThis Invitational Life (Steve Carter) 
Sept. 12-Nov. 14, 6:15-7:30 p.m.

The newly formed Evangelism Team at St. James is offering a study on “This Invitational Life” by Steve Carter, the Lead Teaching Pastor at Willow Creek Community Church near Chicago, Illinois.  This course will explore how we as individuals, and how St. James as a church, can generate a culture of invitation in order to share the Good News with our neighbors.

Leader: Jennifer Adams

register_now_button_blueWednesday Women:  No Other Gods (Kelly Minter) Sept. 12-Nov. 14, 6:15-7:45 p.m. Our lives revolve around our deepest needs and greatest treasures.  Relationships. Family. Financial Security. Private hopes and dreams. Most of our desires are healthy.  Yet these longings can become passions we not only pursue, but worship—things that have taken the place of God himself.  So come discover the freedom in surrender, the healing in worship and the joy of exchanging everyday gods for the one true God. Leader: Edie Snider


Meeting on Thursdays

register_now_button_blueTruth Seekers: Genesis, Part 1 
Sept. 6-Dec. 6, 9:30-11:00 a.m.

The book of Genesis is about beginnings. From the beginning of all creation and the beginning of God’s relationship with humanity to the beginning of a special people set aside to be God’s light to the world, the stories in Genesis tell of God’s love for all creation. Using the video study by Dr. James Efird, you will enter into these stories in such a way that you will understand them better and discover how to apply their important lessons to your own life of faith.

Leader: Lynn Garrison

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. 16, 5:00-6:30 p.m.

This group meets once a month to discuss a book.  September’s discussion will be on The Girl in Hyacinth Blue by Susan Vreeland .  Be sure to read the book before coming to the group!  Other titles will be announced later.
Leader:  Renny Cannon