Christian Formation & Outreach
St. James' Community believes that Christian formation for all ages is important. Events take place throughout the year.
Lectionary Study is a weekly gathering of those who discuss the appointed Sunday biblical texts and their meaning for our lives. Sundays 9:00 a.m. All are welcome.
Children's Sunday School (September-May but on hiatus during pandemic) Sundays 9:15 a.m.
Children's Chapel takes place during the sermon portion of our Sunday services at 10:00 a.m.
Parables and Pancakes is a lively monthly breakfast gathering of curious seekers which usually focuses on a story about Jesus' life and ministry or other biblical themes. First Saturdays of the month at 8:00 a.m.
Holy Hikes- Vermont is an almost monthly easy hike for those seeking to find God in nature. (on hiatus during the pandemic)
Anam Cara Sojourners looks at formation from a Celtic Christian spiritual perspective. Includes learning events, worship services, Advent and Lenten reflections.
Adult Forums, Book Groups, and Study Groups - offered occasionally, often with lay leadership.
Justice and Anti-Racism Team - In 2020 in the midst of an extraordinary year, members of St. James felt the need to study and act more in regard to racial and other injustices in our society. This group is currently leading book studies and participating in other learning activities and events related to this important topic.
Baptism and Marriage Preparation led by our priest.
All are welcome to participate in these formation offerings whether or not you consider yourself a member of the parish.
Outreach and Service
We serve our community and wider world in various ways including support for these local initiatives:
JUMP (Joint Urban Ministry Project)
Neighbors Helping Neighbors (A parish Christmas drive for assistance to abused mothers and their children) Proceeds go to Steps to End Violence
COTS (Committee on Temporary Shelter)
Essex Eats Out (currently on hiatus)
Age Well (Meals on Wheels) - our buildings are used for this year-round