Spiritual Formation at St. James focuses on intentional transformation of the inner life, shared experience, and exploration of the faith lived in the world.
- Adult Formation
- Book Group
- Inquirers’ Class
- Contemplative Yoga
- Education for Ministry
- Youth Formation
- Godly Play for Children
- Joining St. James Episcopal Church
Adult forum meets from 9:15 to 10:15 each Sunday and is committed to offering teaching and collective exploration of the spirit life. The class explores the breadth of the Christian tradition, inclusive of ancient and undervalued parts of the faith such as mysticism and iconography, spiritual practices, and the writings of guides, teachers, and pilgrims of the faith.
The community at St. James enjoys a good read and a monthly book discussion. BYO bag lunch. Books are available in the parish office for $10.
The Inquirer’s Class is designed for persons interested in learning more about the history, theology, spirituality, and polity of the Episcopal Church. An environment of exploration, this class is appropriate for the newcomer, the seeker, and the generally curious. The Inquirer’s Class is required for those seeking confirmation or reception from other traditions into the Episcopal Church.
Contemplative yoga combines ancient Christian prayers with a gentle restorative yoga practice. All levels, body types, and ages are welcome and accommodated. This is a gentle practice focused on breath and the connection of body and spirit. All necessary for attendance is a pulse and loose, comfortable clothing. Yoga mats available.
About our instructor: Stephen Long, RYT 200, received his training at Black Mountain Yoga in 2013. He specializes in gentle, therapeutic yoga and guided meditation.
Education for Ministry (EfM)
EfM is a four-year program, operating 9 months per year, designed to enable lay people to grow in faith and a sense of ministry through a study of Christian scripture and tradition, theological reflection, and the support of a close spiritual community.
Register to receive the Epistle newsletter which includes all formation opportunities at St. James.
St. James youth program is an evolving and exciting place for middle and high school students to connect with one another, the church community, and the Spirit. Youth learn and worship together, participate in Diocesan youth events, including Camp Henry. Youth at St. James are involved fellowship, mission, and reflection through Christian formation on Sunday mornings and on Sunday afternoons for Episcopal Youth Community (EYC). The time and location for EYC varies based on activity.
Register for Youth of St. James newsletter.
Godly Play for Children
Godly Play recognizes that children have an innate sense of the presence of God. Based on Montessori methods, Godly Play enables faith exploration in children through story, expression, and wonder. The Godly Play approach nurtures the spirituality of children, supporting curiosity, creativity, and wonder. Godly Play teachers at St. James are deeply gifted and trained Montessori teachers.
For more information about Godly Play, please visit their website.
Register here for Godly Play at St. James newsletter.
Joining St. James Episcopal Church
All are welcome at St. James and invited into the life of the parish. Membership in the church represents both a formal commitment to the congregation and a commitment to the pursuit of one’s faith journey in the church in a deep and meaningful way. Only active members may vote in the annual meeting and be elected to Vestry and Diocesan positions.
Transfer of Membership
Those wishing to transfer membership from another Episcopal Church should speak with the parish administrator.