AnnouncementsCurrent News and Announcements at St. James



Host a TGIW Dinner

Is your ministry team looking for a boost this fall? Is your small group or Living Water class looking for a opportunity to serve together? Here is a way to promote your ministry, build team spirit, raise a little money, and serve your church community!
Consider preparing and serving a meal for the TGIW (Thank God It’s Wednesday) programs! We generally serve about 75 meals each Wednesday evening beginning September 6th. This opportunity is open to any ministry, small group, class, or mission team at St. James. If you are interested or want to know more, contact Dana at the church office (752-6154 or and schedule your Wednesday now!

Special Project at Wahl-Coates

Church Family,
I am asking for your monetary support in order to buy wood and paint to for my beautification project for Congregations for Children Ministry. I am excited to work on the C4C team because my sister and I both went to Wahl Coates. The student benches on campus are in bad shape. With your help, I can repair and paint them before the school starts in August. If you have any questions, you can contact me at or Lora Joyner at
Alexander Sprague

School Supplies for Local Students

backpackUnited Methodist Women School Kit

and Classroom Supply Collection!

The UMW needs your help to provide 300 school kits to Wahl Coates School by August 15th. The bags for kits, along with the shopping list will be provided by the UMW and can be found in the Narthex or Commons area.
Collection sites are the Narthex, the stage in the Fellowship Hall, CLMC Lobby, and under the UMW Bulletin Board. Perhaps you are part of a Small Group, Sunday School Class, or the Youth Group and would like to take this on as a service opportunity.
Money donations will be accepted and the UMW will do the shopping!  For more information, contact Tammy Stephenson ( or Lynn Gammell (

Global Leadership Summit 2017

Your influence matters.
Everyone has influence and the ability to create positive change. When you improve your leadership, you impact lives, churches, businesses, governments, schools, and families. Would you be willing to join us for two days of world-class leadership training? The opportunity is ours right here in Greenville.


Apportionment Paid!

Dear Friends,
Greetings to you in the name of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ! On behalf of the Bishop, Cabinet, Council on Finance and Administration, and all of the ministries supported through your apportionment gifts, I would like to express our appreciation to you and your church members for your hard work and commitment to our shared ministry. We are excited to report that 614 churches paid 100% of the assigned apportionments in 2016 – that is 79% of the churches receiving approtionments! Overall, our conference paid 90.71% of apportioned amounts.
St. James UMC generously supported our connectional ministries by paying 100% of your 2016 apportionments. Thank you for all you have done and continue to do in service to our Lord through our shared ministries.
Christinie Dodson
NC Conference Treasurer

Clothing Donations for Local Farm Workers

Helping the Invisibles be visible.
Amexcan Inc. asks you to donate long-sleeved clothing, personal protective equipment, hats and gloves to local farm workers.
Donations can be dropped off at their office from 9:00 am – 5:00 pm at 261 Belvoir Hwy, Greenville, NC.
For more information about Amexcan, Inc. please contact them at or call 252.757.3916, or follow them on social media.

Volunteers Needed at Vidant Home Health and Hospice

Vidant Home Health and Hospice is currently recruiting volunteers in the Pitt County area. We have an increasing need for compassionate individuals whom are willing to provide support to patients and their families at the end of life. As a volunteer, you will be able to give back to the community, in an emotionally rewarding way.


Welcome to our new Staff Members

On Sunday, April 23rd, our Staff-Parish Relations Committee announced 2 new staff members that will begin in ministry with St. James this summer.
We welcome Abby Gillette as our new Director of Youth Ministries!  Abby and her husband Eric will be moving from Abilene, TX to join us in early June.  We look forward to welcoming them into the St. James community and we are excited about the inspiration, ideas, and passion that they bring!  Welcome Abby and Eric!
On July 1st, we will welcome our new Senior Pastor, Rev. Ben Alexander.  Ben will be coming from Pittsboro United Methodist Church where he has been serving since 2011. He and his wife Sarah have a six-year-old son, Thomas, a two-year-old daughter, Hope, and their first “child,” Donnie the dog!   Ben served as an Associate Pastor at Front Street UMC in Burlington.  A native of Chapel Hill, Ben is a graduate of UNC-Chapel Hill (BA in History in 1999), and Duke Divinity School (MDIV in 2008).  In case you are wondering about his loyalties, his Duke Diploma is framed in a lovely shade of Carolina blue.  He loves reading, hiking, coffee, travel, and practical jokes.  We look forward to welcoming the entire Alexander family in July!

New Small Group Opportunity!

Our schedules seem to be getting more and more hectic.  Even so, many of us want to stay on track with our spiritual journeys and keep our relationship with God strong and growing.  How do we do that along with everything else that Bible Study Groupfills our calendars?  

St. James is developing neighborhood small groups to help fill this need, and we are now looking for folks willing to host such a group in your home for at least the first two months as these new groups get launched.


Congregations For Children (C4C)

At St. James, we have a unique opportunity to reach out to our neighbors by participating in the classrooms at Wahl-Coates Elementary School.  Are you ready to help?