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Special Needs Ministry

  St. James is in the process of developing ministries for and with persons (children and adults) with special needs in the Greenville community. Our hope is to offer opportunities for Bible study and worship as well as to host special events during the year. You can help in a variety of ways. 
  • What are we already doing? Help us to identify ways that we have already been ministering to and with the special needs community.
  • What else is God calling us to do? What are some ideas you have for ways that we can do even more for and with this community?
  • What do we need to know? If you have experience with the special needs community, we would love to learn from you. What are some of their spiritual needs? How can we assist those who care for persons with special needs? What might be some obstacles that we will need to overcome? What do we not even know that we don’t know?
If you are interested in helping with this ministry, in being on our Special Needs Board of Advisers, or just in learning more about what are hopes are for this ministry, please contact Joyce Day, Pastor of Congregational Care at or (252) 752-6154.

The Prayer Corner

Each week we see announcements of activities happening at St. James, in our neighborhood, and sometimes beyond. Many of those activities are coordinated through our own St. James Ministries. It is important that we are all aware of what is going on, but also, perhaps more important, to be in prayer over them. The St. James Prayer Ministry would like to lift these events up each Sunday with a specific scripture verse to use in prayer. All of these activities engage each of us in some way in building the Kingdom of God. Our prayers add strength to the direction these ministries move in. For the sake of space, we will not write out the scripture, but will list only the verse.
  • For Spring Fling 2019 – for all the servant hands involved and for those who will receive – please pray Acts 2:44 – 45.
  • For our Lenten Giving for the JOY Soup Kitchen – for the many servant hands who supply, prepare, serve, and for those who receive – please pray Acts 2:46 – 47.
  • For our St. James Prayer Ministry “Easter Blessings” – for the many volunteers who help to stuff envelopes and hand out cards, for the opportunity for each of us to pray for a member and their family – please pray 1 Thessalonians 5:25.
  • To our hurting world – please pray 2 Samuel 22:29 – 31.
If you would like to be a member of our St. James Prayer Ministry, please contact Mike Arny, 252-367-9967,

Spring Fling Volunteer Form

Yes, Spring Fling is just around the corner.
Spring Fling is Saturday, April 27, 2019.
WE NEED YOU to help make it a successful event this year!  Click the button below to volunteer and one of the committee chairs will contact you soon.

Easter Blessings

The St. James Prayer Ministry will be sponsoring “Easter Blessings” this year. We will offer blessings for each family of St. James with an Easter card and a prayer. Each card will have the name of a St. James family on the inside of the card. When you receive your Easter card, you will also receive the name of that family for you to bless through the prayer included or through your own individual prayer. The blessing comes not only in your receiving a prayer from St. James but also in your lifting up a fellow St. James family in prayer, perhaps someone that you do not even know!
We will need help in stuffing the cards and envelopes on Thursday, March 28 from 10:00 am – 12:00 noon. We will also need volunteers to help in passing out the cards at the services on the 3 Sundays prior to Easter Sunday. More information on that will be forthcoming.
What a wonderful way of getting to know our families – through prayer and blessings. I look forward to sharing this experience with you!
Mike Arny – St. James Prayer Ministry – 252-367-9967 – 

Joy Soup Kitchen – Lent Offering

JOY Soup Kitchen—The Focus of Lenten Giving at St. James United Methodist Church
The focus of Lenten giving in 2019 at St. James UMC is the JOY Soup Kitchen of Greenville.  JOY Soup Kitchen relieves food insecurity among the poor and homeless in Greenville.  It is Greenville’s only site that prepares and serves a free, midday meal (from 10:30 to 11:45), which for some is the only meal of their day.  In 2018, volunteers dished out more than 25,000 free meals at the Albemarle Avenue facility.


Easter Lilies

Easter Honors/Memorials

White Flower near Christian Cross


The St. James United Methodist Church Altar Guild will provide the Easter Sunday altar flowers again this year. The Altar Guild invites the congregation to make donations for the flowers to the Pastors’ Discretionary Fund to honor or memorialize someone on Easter Sunday. The Fund assists people in our community throughout the year. An insert in the Easter Sunday bulletin will list all gifts given in honor of or in memory of the person you have chosen.

You will find Easter Honor/Memorial forms at the church office, at the information booths in the Narthex and Lobby, or by clicking here.
Please complete the form and return it to church office by Sunday, April 7th, 2019.

Meal Train Help Needed

Have you ever had a time when life was too hectic,
or when you were trying to cope with a difficult situation,
or when it felt like the best you could manage was to survive the day?
At times like that, we don’t have the time or the energy to fix meals for our family. You can help others facing such times by signing up to be a Meal Train Volunteer. Right now, St. James has four Meal Trains active and we could easily have more lined up—but we need you to help! You can sign up to cook and deliver a meal or to pick up something at a local restaurant to deliver.
Simply email or call Joyce Day at or 752-6154 to get added to the volunteer list. You will then be contacted via email whenever a new Meal Train becomes active. Go to the website link you receive and sign up to take a meal on a particular date. For more information, contact Joyce!

Relay for Life Fund Raisers

The St. James Relay for Life team has planned several fundraisers for the month of March:
Great Harvest has named the St. James Relay for Life team as its non-profit organization for the entire month. Purchase a special dessert at Great Harvest, and a percentage of the proceeds will be donated to our team.
Also during March, Bailey’s Fine Jewelry is holding “A Time to Give” fundraiser. Customers will receive a complimentary watch battery replacement, and in exchange they will make a donation to St. James Relay for Life team, Bailey’s designated charity for the month of March.
The Timothy Sawyer State Farm Agency is donating $10.00 for home and auto quotes requested that mention St James Relay for Life. A $10 donation will be made for all auto quotes they receive. A $10 donation will be made for all home quotes they receive. Quotes are not obligations to buy, and no purchase is necessary. The maximum donation per household is $20.


Keep God’s Children Warm

homelessKeep God’s Children Warm.

“For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you invited me in, I needed clothes and you clothed me, …”  (Matthew 25:25-26)

Jesus calls us to serve Him by helping our neighbors who are going through tough times.  When we gather our resources, we can make an amazing impact on the lives of those in need.
Now that warmer (?) March days are here, we will be having our last Keep God’s Children Warm clothing event on Thursday, March 28th.
Thank you to all who have so generously contributed to this worthwhile cause. All who came were richly blessed by the warm clothing and the “warmth” of St. James UMC.  A big “thank you” to Erwin Dunn who faithfully hauled all the racks and boxes out of the storage closet every Thurs. morning – no small task! In addition, Erwin always had coffee ready for us!! Also “thank you” to Tyrone Walston who graciously filled in for Erwin while Erwin recovered from a heart procedure.
Much appreciation also to the ladies who faithfully helped: Sharon Loy, Ellen Hucknall, Mary McCallum, Kerry Kopanski, Emily Blankenship, Lois Barrett, Anne Sayetta.
Judy Neufer
If you have any questions, contact Judy Neufer at or 570-437-9046. Thank you.


Lenten Devotional Guide


The St. James Lenten Devotional Guide for 2019 is now available! It includes daily devotionals for the season of Lent (March 1st – April 16th) written by your fellow members of St. James UMC.  You can pick up a printed copy of the Devotional Guide this Sunday at church or during the week at the church office.

Or, if you spend more time with your email than you do a book, we offer the daily devotionals delivered to your email inbox every morning.  Sign up here and begin the journey through Lent in the Gospel of Luke