" … those who drink of the water that I will give them will never be thirsty.
The water that I will give will become in them a spring of water gushing up to eternal life.
-- John 4:14
Christian Formation is a life-long process at St. James. Adult classes are held nearly every Sunday morning during the school year, between the nine o'clock and eleven o'clock services. Check the The Messenger, the eMessenger, and here for current offerings. The St. James Center for Spiritual Formation coordinates our adult offerings during the academic year, as well as scheduling the special events and/or speakers for our Fifth Sunday Feasts.
Visit the Center for Spiritual Formation for more classes, seminars, and special events
Bible & Theology
Education for Ministry (EfM) is a four-year curriculum produced by the Program Center of The University of the South (Sewanee). Over the course of four years, students cover the Old Testament, New Testament, Church History, and Theological Choices in a weekly, group setting led by EfM-trained mentors.
This is not necessarily coursework leading to ordained ministry, but rather a rigorous curriculum that helps all, lay and ordained, to realize the fullness of that ministry to which God has specifically called each and every one of us. Through our studies we develop a system of thought and theology whereby we come to see God at work in our everyday world, and even through our own hearts, minds and hands.
The Rev. Mary Ann Garrett and Ann Holmes will be starting a new EfM group in the fall of 2012 to be held on Wednesdays from 4:00-6:00 p.m. Please contact either of them with your questions, or for more information about registering for Education for Ministry.
Wednesday Morning Bible Study and Intercessory Prayer Group
This is a midweek opportunity to explore Holy Scripture and pray for the needs of the church, its members, and those present. Active at St. James for over twenty-five years, occasionally guest speakers are invited, and service projects undertaken from time to time. The group meets in the library on the second floor of the Ministries Center at 7:30 a.m. each Wednesday morning.
Adult Confirmation Classes
Fr. Holland will schedule confirmation classes a few times per year as interest and need determines. These four to six-week series of classes are meant to introduce and acquaint adults with the tenets of Christian faith as expressed in the Episcopal Church. At the conclusion, those desiring will be presented to the bishop for laying on of hands. Please contact the Very Rev. Mark Holland for information about the next series.
S.M.I.L.E. (Senior Men Into Life's Enjoyment) now hosts a weekly Bible study in the Parish Hall Parlor at 11:00 a.m. The plan is to have a one-hour weekly discussion of a 12-week topic such as the Gospel of Mark, Romans, Sermon on the Mount, and others in the Serendipity series. The group is led by Fr. John Miller. Coffee provided! Then, stay for the Wednesday noon Eucharist, or join the guys for lunch. For more information, contact Phillip Wright.
Common Interest Groups
The St. James Artists Guild invites parishioner visual artists of any medium to the guild -- to support and encourage one another. Additionally, the Guild coordinates Art Shows in the Parish Hall parlor: currently, one during the Summer Sounds series; and, another in Advent. Contact Guild coordinator Nancy Jo Poirrier for more information.
The St. James Seniors consists of those "more experienced" parishioners and friends who appreciate the benefits that continuing to lead an active social life bring to them: they are healthier and happier and live longer! Sometimes, older people in the community have lost connection with the church, and another goal of the St. James Seniors is to offer a connection back.
By bringing programs sponsored by Seniors that are current and of interest to the community, we offer an "easy in" or easy way back in to the church and church family. Friendships are renewed and new ones made! For information about the next events offered for the St. James Seniors, please contact Kelly Williams, or by phone at 225-387-5141.
S.M.I.L.E. stands for Senior Men Into Life's Enjoyment. A morning kaffee klatsch, the group meets at La Madeleine restaurant at Perkins Rowe for discussion, sharing of news, and an occasional guest speaker to share things going on at St. James and in Baton Rouge. Get to know your fellow parishioners beyond the casual, "Hello!" of Sunday morning.
S.M.I.L.E. now hosts a weekly Bible study in the Parish Hall Parlor at 11:00 a.m. The plan is to have a one-hour weekly discussion of a 12-week topic such as the Gospel of mark, Romans, Sermon on the Mount, and others in the Serendipity series. The group is led by Fr. John Miller. Coffee provided! Then, stay for the Wednesday noon Eucharist, or join the guys for lunch. For more information, contact Phillip Wright.
Dinner for Eight is an informal way to meet and get to know your fellow St. James parishioners! Participants (couples and singles) are "randomized" by the volunteer coordinator into groups of eight people to meet for dinner over the coming year, with each household serving as host once. It's an opportunity to meet those who might regularly attend a different service than you, or be older or younger than you, or live in a different part of our city. Friendships are formed and, often, bonds made across lines that are difficult to cross in our brief time together on Sunday mornings. Newcomers to St. James are especially encouraged to participate in Dinner for Eight. Contact Kelly Williams for more information about the program, or to sign up for the next round!
The Holy Grillers are parish volunteers who help prepare grilled dishes for parish events. The Holy Grill (a truly impressive BBQ pit on wheels) was a donation to the parish financed by forty-seven parishioners who enjoy grilling and sharing time together for the benefit of their parish family and friends. Continued donations will be used to maintain and furnish the events with fuel, sauces and such. If you enjoy standing around a hot grill, comparing marinade, rub, sauce and technique while shootin' the breeze, let Kelly Williams know you'd like to help out the next time the Holy Grillers have a gig!