TGIW (Thank God It's Wednesday)

Besides Sunday School, the small group classes of TGIW (Thank God It’s Wednesday) and other small groups are opportunities to grow in faith at St. James. Most classes run from 6 to 7 p.m., preceded by a meal beginning at 5 p.m.

Wednesday evenings can be a terrific time of family fellowship over a delicious meal in the Fellowship Hall. Weekly meal sign-ups will be available throughout the fall, many of them with menus that offer a variety of food. Single meals cost $7, however, a family discount allows families to pay no more than $20 for meals for each member of the family.

Communion will also begin at 5 p.m. and will be concluded in time for dinner and classes.

Fall 2022 TGIW will kick off on September 14.  It will run for 10 weeks, ending on November 16.

Call the Church Office to Register
(252) 752-6154

Opportunities for Service
Here are several ways to serve on Wednesday evenings:
 Nursery volunteer—help in the Nursery
 Science volunteer—hands-on activities
Call or email Emleigh Appel to serve in those ways: (252) 752-6154;


 Kitchen volunteer—set up and/or clean up after each meal
 Classroom volunteer—insure classrooms are ready for the groups

Call or email Chris Garcia to serve in those ways: (252) 752-6154;

Small Groups for Adults

An Arrow in His Hand
Irene Gerow

Join Irene Gerow in a book study on prayer. Maria Vadia’s An Arrow in His Hand focuses upon prayer as a way to prepare ourselves to deal with the challenges of this world. The book presents passages of Scripture and discusses the role of the Holy Spirit in mobilizing God’s people to face the world and bring the light of Christ to expel the darkness.


The Botanical Bible
Lizabeth Collins

Balsam, barley, bay leaves, beans, brambles, broom plant, and bulrushes—the Bible contains an abundance of plant references. Plants often help teach spiritual truths — from the “tree of life” in both Genesis and Revelation to the bitter herbs of Passover in Exodus and the lilies of the field in Matthew 6 and Luke 12. Join Lizabeth Collins in exploring the significance and symbolism of plants in Scripture.


The Civil War as a Theological Crisis
Pastor Garrett Rea

In this study of The Civil War as a Theological Crisis, historian Mark Noll reveals how American Christians on all sides of the war appealed to the Bible as authoritative. Yet, while they agreed on the Bible’s authority, they arrived at drastically different interpretations of God’s will regarding slavery. The result, Noll argues, was a full-blown theological crisis in America.
You will explore the themes of biblical authority and divine providence, both in the historical context of the Civil War and in our own context today. The schedule will be as follows:
Week 1 — Introductory session
Weeks 2-9 — Discuss the book one chapter per week
Week 10 — Watch the documentary, “After the Flood: The Church, Slavery and Reconciliation”


Disciple I: Becoming Disciples through Bible Study
Pastor Tom Greener

The study gives the Old and New Testaments equal time, emphasizing the wholeness of the Bible as a revelation of God. DISCIPLE draws upon the work of scholars, the personal Bible reading and study of the participant, and dynamic group discussion to aid understanding of the Bible. This first study in the DISCIPLE program will be a twenty-four week (fast-track) overview of
the entire Bible. There will 12 classes per semester. Sessions are 90 minutes, ending at 7:30 p.m.


Wednesday Women: The Armor of God
Edie Snider

The Armor of God is a seven-session, video-driven women’s study from Priscilla Shirer. The Armor of God, more than a biblical description of the believer’s inventory, is an action plan for putting it on and developing a personalized strategy to achieve victory.


Women’s Study of the Sermon on the Mount
Nicole Franklin and Devon Johnson

Do you find yourself wondering, with so much chaos in the world, “What do I do with all this? How do I even find Jesus, much less follow him, in such exhausting times?” Do you want to live more freely, more abundantly, and more authentically than you ever
thought possible? Do you want to know how to study the Bible for yourself and even understand what in the world it is saying? We do, too! Please join Devon Johnson and Nicole Franklin as we learn from Jesus in an inductive study of the Sermon on the Mount found in Matthew 5-7. We will immerse ourselves in the words of Jesus the Christ each week and seek to deepen our understanding of who he is and what he is teaching us.


Working with Our Children

One of the offerings for children during TGIW is a Hands-On Science Group. Sign up to connect science activities to the weekly faith themes. Please contact Emleigh Appel to sign up for these opportunities to interact with our youngest disciples. (


Working with Our Youth

Our youth will have two offerings during TGIW, each of which provide opportunities to walk alongside (literally!) our youth in fellowship and service. One of the choices will be “Pokémon and the Principles of Paul,” exploring a how Pokémon Go might relate to the teachings of Paul in the Bible. Another option is “Wednesday Walks.” walking as a spiritual practice. Each week, participants
will begin with a short reading or devotion and then will take a prayer walk. This group is open to all ages, but volunteers are also needed to walk alongside any unaccompanied child. Please contact Pastor Laura to volunteer to work with youth during TGIW.

Small Groups for Children and Youth

Children’s Choir

Beginning at 6 p.m., children have the opportunity to take part in Children’s Choir, separated into two classes by age, led by professional musicians! In Children’s Choir, they will play musical games, explore their musical talents, and learn a song to share in worship during the fall.


Children’s Classes

At 6:30, we will go to the Children’s Wing where children can choose a class they would like to explore based on our theme: Hands-On Faith. Discovering Discipleship, the hands-on science class, meets in the Activity Room. It will help children discover how science can teach us about our faith by connecting science activities to the weekly faith themes.


Pokémon and the Principles of Paul

Play Pokémon Go and explore how Pokémon might relate to the teachings of Paul in the Bible.  Anyone grade 6 and up are welcome.


Wednesday Walks

Inspired by our outdoor worship last May, we’ll explore walking as a spiritual practice. Each week, we will begin with a short reading or devotion and then take a walk. We’ll try a type of prayer known as a prayer walk where we will pray for our neighborhood and neighbors during our walk. We will also invite local guides to lead us to observe in new ways inspired by the book On Looking: Eleven Walks with Expert Eyes; A Walker’s Guide to the Art of Observation by Alexandra Horowitz. All ages are welcome. Children (under 6th grade) must be accompanied by an adult. Strollers are recommended for beginning walkers.