St. James Church recognizes that the work of justice as inseparable from the work of love as practiced by Jesus. The church celebrates an abiding history in social justice efforts and support of outreach in the community, diocese, and the world.
- Black Mountain Counseling Center
- Bounty & Soul
- Episcopal Habitat House
- Swannanoa Valley Christian Ministry
- Swannanoa Correctional Center for Women
- United Thank Offering
Black Mountain Counseling Center
St. James supports the work of the Black Mountain Counseling Center, providing professional counseling to those with financial need. Black Mountain Counseling Center is the only nonprofit mental health organization in the Swannanoa Valley and a tremendous resource in the community.
Bounty & Soul
Nearly 22% of children in Buncombe Country live with food insecurity. Every Tuesday the St. James parish hall is transformed into a beautiful fresh fruit and vegetable market that is free to the community. Staffed with community volunteers, Bounty & Soul provides food, nutritional literacy, and wellness resources.
Episcopal Habitat House
For 24 years, St. James has participated in Episcopal House, a joint biennial project with Asheville area Episcopal congregations to sponsor and build a house with Habitat for Humanity. In 2017, St. James participated in Episcopal House XII, a home constructed with the McCarson family in Arden.
(Pictures coming soon.)
Swannanoa Valley Christian Ministry
Close to the heart of St. James, SVCM is supported by a collective of churches and individuals in response to the Christian call to serve those in need. Staffed and supported by many St. James volunteers, SVCM provides a wide spectrum of basic and emergency needs.
Swannanoa Correctional Center for Women
The United States has highest number of incarcerations globally, more than one in every 100 adults is in jail or prison. In the case of women, the vast majority are poor and are victims of abuse. Members at St. James are deeply involved at SCCW, with dignity and compassion, addressing the spiritual needs of incarcerated women. On any given Sunday, volunteers bring women from SCCW to St. James for worship.
United Thank Offering
UTO is the daily, prayer-centered practice of thanking God for the blessings of the day. During prayers, tangible thanks are given by putting coins or bills into blue UTO mite boxes. Each year, 100% of the offering collected throughout the Episcopal Church USA is granted to support mission programs in the United States and around the world.