At St. James’s small groups offer a place to connect with other believers in fellowship; to grow in our understanding of the Bible, as Jesus’ own small group of disciples did; to meet the needs of others in your group in ministry; and to worship God through practicing godly behavior.
Small groups are the church in one of its many expressions. From the beginning Christ followers have been meeting in relational community in small groups.
Our programs include bible studies and book clubs, which you can find out about on their own pages.
Education for Ministry
Tuesdays, 6:30 to 8:30 p.m, Michaux House, Room 302
Are you seeking to deepen and grow your faith? Education for Ministry (EfM) is designed to help us understand our lives and shape our actions. Through EfM, we learn how we might respond to our baptismal call to represent Christ and his Church; “to bear witness to him … to carry on Christ’s work of reconciliation in the world; and to take [our] place in the life, worship, and governance of the Church.” (Book of Common Prayer). EfM is a program designed and directed by the University of the South (Sewanee) and is more than 40 years old. Its curriculum of study, worship, theological reflection and small group interaction is one of the most comprehensive theological education experiences available, outside of seminary. One EfM graduate said, “EfM has helped me be more aware of the God-full moments in my daily walk – at work, at home, at play – and to discover how I can minister right where I am, right now, and to explore possible new ministry.” There is a tuition fee; scholarships are available. Visit the Sewanee EfM website at efm.sewanee.edu.
Contacts: Jane Dowrick, 327-1609, or Rosie Messer, 716-0748
Join the Rev. Gena Adams-Riley for group Mindfulness Meditation. Gena writes, “Group Meditation is an opportunity to share silence with others. When we sit together, we support each other in our practice and we make a positive contribution to the world in being still and quiet together.” This is a four-week series in which Gena encourages you and instructs you in developing a regular, ongoing sitting practice. Visit genaadams-riley.com for more information.
Contact: Gena Adams-Riley
Second Wednesday of the month at 11:45 a.m. – 1:00 p.m., at Ellwood Thompson’s
Entrepreneurs, contractors working from home, self-employed – whatever you call yourself, there are a growing number of people who work in non-traditional environments. The workplace used to provide a place of community and shared opportunities. Today many people work on contracts and community is hard to find. Members talk about topics of interest, share experiences, information, and support.
Contacts: Frances Caldwell or Jay Sandusky
Fridays, 7:00 to 10:00 p.m., Michaux House
>Ever seen a movie and wished you were with other folks to discuss the spiritual nuances you found in it? Join us for always thought-provoking Movie Theology! This year’s theme: redemption, reconciliation, and the search for authentic self. Details and schedule here.
- Chapter 10 meets in the Michaux House on the second Tuesday in the month at 10:00 a.m.
Contact: Jeannie Brydon, 358-3185 or Contact: Bobbie Smith, 353-4224