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The mission of Children’s Ministry at St. James is to teach the Good News and show kids Jesus.

To learn more about our values and vision, click HERE.

Sunday School and Children’s Church Curriculum

Sunday School leaders use The Gospel Project for Kids curriculum, taking kids on a Christ-centered chronological journey through Scripture to see how the gospel unfolds from Genesis to Revelation. Through The Gospel Project, children learn that the Bible is not just a collection of stories, but one unified story—God’s story of redemption. The curriculum includes engaging Bible story videos, music, and lessons to emphasize how all of scripture points to Jesus. For more information about The Gospel Project, click HERE.

Sunday School Classrooms 

  • Pre-K - Kindergarten – Room 120 
  • Grades 1-3 – Room 113
  • Grades 4-5 – Room 112
  • Nursery - Room 109
  • *Children in Pre-K must be 4 years old by September 1.

Wednesday Nights 

Our Wednesday night activities are a fun way for kids to gather mid-week to learn more about God while their parents participate in adult Bible study classes. Wednesday night activities traditionally take place from August to April, and include Bible-based lessons, music, games, and crafts for children ages 4 through 5 th grade.

Other Activities

We celebrate Easter time with a fun event for children and families, including an egg hunt and petting zoo. At Christmas, we host “Seeking the Savior,” an interactive walk through the biblical accounts of Jesus’s birth, including games and take-home crafts.

Children’s Ministry Team

The Children’s Ministry Team supports the Children’s Minister and Nursery Minister by helping plan special events and providing input for Sunday and Wednesday ministries to kids. The team is comprised of parents and other adults who want to help lead children into a growing relationship with Jesus Christ.

If you have any questions concerning Children’s Ministry at St. James, please e-mail me at jmajor@sjumc.org, or call the Church Office at 706-548- 1680.

Grace and peace,
Jenny Major
Children’s Minister

God calls us to make our church a safe place, protecting children, youth, and other vulnerable persons from abuse. To demonstrate our absolute and unwavering commitment to the physical safety and spiritual growth of all children, youth, and vulnerable persons, we have joined with other United Methodist churches in establishing a Safe Sanctuary Child and Adult Protection Policy. Click HERE to learn more.

If you would like to volunteer in the Children's Ministry, please click the button below and complete the online volunteer application.

Volunteer

At St. James, our Sunday Bible Classes are part of the foundation of discipleship. Because Bible Classes are a great opportunity for Christian discipleship and growth, our desire is that every person who attends St. James be a part of a Bible Class. All teaching is Christ-centered and Biblically-based. We have places options for children, youth, and adults-- so find your place! Visit a class or two and make Sunday Bible Class part of your life. You will be greatly blessed if you do!

For more information, email info@sjumc.org.

ADULT CLASSES

Sundays at 9:45 a.m. (unless otherwise noted)

Aldersgate, Room 101
This cross section of the Church covers all adult ages and stages of life. The format is primarily lecture, but there is always plenty of discussion.
 
 Adult Sunday School Class, Room 219
Finding the good news of Jesus Christ throughout the Old and New Testament is the major theme of this enthusiastic and warm group. Led by Bob and Mary Wallace, the class format is relaxed and a good fit for those new to Christianity, those have been in the faith for years, or for those who are still exploring faith in Christ.
 
 Faith Builders, Room 220 
This is a mixed class of couples and singles and of all ages. The class is blessed to have various teachers lead and teach, so the format will vary based on the teacher. You will find a warm, nurturing environment suited to the new or mature Christian.
 
 Wesley Fellowship, Room 202 (Fellowship Hall)
A very warm and caring group of involved middle-age and older adults uses the Adult Bible Study Series with lectures and some discussion. A rotation of teachers using a lecture-style method is usual.

CHILDREN'S DIVISION

 Newborns, Room 108 

1 Year Olds, Room 108

 2 Year Olds, Room 109

 3 Year Olds, Room 109 

 Pre-K4, Room 120

 K-1st Grade, Room 119

 2nd-3rd Grade, Room 113

 4th-5th Grades ("Route 54"), Room 112

YOUTH DIVISION

Middle and High School, The Jimmy (youth house next to St. James)

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Congregational Care Ministry is an extension of the St. James family, the Body of Christ, bringing the Compassion of Christ into difficult situations

We visit homebound members, offer Home Communion, and visit those who just cannot get out much. When you have surgery, someone meets you and prays with you before you go into surgery. If you are admitted to the hospital, someone will visit you each weekday you are there. 

Should there be a death in your immediate family, Pastor Bill Curington and Rev. Bill Emerson will visit you. We will spend time with you, and help personalize the funeral or memorial service. During this visit, we will give you a brochure explaining the options for a small reception following the funeral. 

For more information, email Rev. Bill Emerson: bemerson@sjumc.org or call the church office 706-548-1680.

Fellowship among the congregation at St. James is one of the cornerstones of the church's vitality. The Fellowship Ministry encourages this togetherness by arranging a variety of activities—from church picnics, to special luncheons, to the annual greening of the church at Advent. Our desire is to provide a fun and relaxing environment where everyone can come together to get to know one another better.

For more information about our fellowship events, email info@sjumc.org, or call the St. James office at (706) 548-1680.

A group of older adults at St. James meets monthly (except in summer) for lunch and programs, tours of interesting places or to take trips. There are no dues, no rules or age requirements. Programs range from spiritual to educational to just plain fun. They have an annual picnic and join the Fellowship Sunday School class for the Christmas party.

Most meetings are at noon on the second Monday of the month in Fellowship Hall.

Contact Mary Case at (706) 548-3848.

The men of St. James are intentional about fellowship and discipleship.

In 1 Thessalonians 5:11, the Lord tells us to "encourage one another and build each other up." It is our desire that every man who is a part of the life of St. James will enter into this very welcoming fellowship of men.

Men's Ministry Team: info@sjumc.org
Ministry Team Leaders: Jimmy Beeland

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Music is an important part of St. James life. Weekly Worship, Times of Healing Prayer, St. James Choir, Wednesday Music with Kids, Praise Team, Men's Ensemble, and Christmas and Easter presentations— these opportunities and more allow the St. James family to musically express their love for Jesus Christ and to worship Him. 

  • St. James Choir
    I will sing of your love and justice; to you, Lord, I will sing praise (Psalm 101:1).
    Our Choir sings a variety of music for worship and presents special musical offerings at Christmas and Easter. We rehearse at 7:30 pm on 3rd and 4th Wednesdays in Room 213. Contact Bill Emerson (bemerson@sjumc.org) for information. 
  • Praise Team 
    Praise the Lord. Praise God in his Sanctuary; praise him in his mighty heavens (Psalm 150:1-2).
    Praise Team offers contemporary music for 11:00 worship and other events around Athens. The ensemble includes Vocals, Guitar, keyboard, and Percussion. Rehearsals are each Monday at 6:00 p.m. in the Sanctuary. Contact Bryan Shaw (bshaw@sjumc.org) for more information. 
  • Men's Ensemble
    Praise the Lord, for the Lord is good; sing praise to his name, for that is pleasant (Psalm 135:3). 
    The Men's Ensemble gives men the unique opportunity to sing in an all-male group. Rehearsals are on 1st and 2nd Wednesdays in Room 214, and we usually sing twice in the Fall and twice in the Spring. Bill Emerson will be happy to answer your questions. 
  • Wednesday Praise Kids
    Let the little children come unto me, and do not hinder them … (Luke 18:17). 
    Praise Kids meet during our children's activities, between 6:15 and 7:30 p.m. These children occasionally sing in 11:00 worship. Adults aren't the only ones who can help lead us to worship. Contact Bill Emerson for information about Praise Kids.

The St. James nursery provides a safe and loving environment for babies, toddlers, and young children while their parents participate in the worship service, Sunday School, and Bible studies. The nursery is more than just childcare—it is an opportunity to introduce children to Jesus through singing, dancing, playing, crafting, and laughing. 

Nursery care is provided on Sundays from 9:40 am until the end of the 11 o’clock worship service, and Wednesdays from 6:00 – 7:30 pm. 

Upon your arrival, the Nursery Minister and/or other nursery workers will greet you and help get your child checked-in and settled in the appropriate room. They will also answer any questions you may have. 

A team of paid workers and faithful congregational volunteers will care for your child. Our paid nursery workers are experienced in childcare, and dedicated to loving your children and teaching them about Jesus. Most of our paid workers are students at the University of Georgia. All workers are 18 years of age or older—they provide references, undergo background checks, and receive training in nursery policies and the church’s Child Protection Policy. Congregational volunteers complete the same screening and training. 

We provide simple snacks and water for the children. (Please let us know if your child has any food allergies.) You should bring a change of clothes, diapers, wipes, bottle/sippy cup, and baby food, if needed. 

If you would like more information about the Nursery Ministry, please contact me via e-mail at ccrabb@sjumc.org, or via phone at the Church Office at 706-548- 1680.  

In Christ,
Catherine Crabb
Nursery Director

God calls us to make our church a safe place, protecting children, youth, and other vulnerable persons from abuse. To demonstrate our absolute and unwavering commitment to the physical safety and spiritual growth of all children, youth, and vulnerable persons, we have joined with other United Methodist churches in establishing a Safe Sanctuary Child and Adult Protection Policy. Click HERE to learn more.

If you would like to volunteer in the Nursery, please click the button below and complete the online volunteer application.

Volunteer

Overview of Prayer Ministry Activities and Opportunities:

Ministry to Church and Community

  • Healing Prayer Services
    The St. James Prayer Ministry cordially invites the public to the Night of Healing Prayer (NOHP) services offered at St. James. Find out more.
  • Private In-Depth Healing Prayer Sessions
    St. James offers private prayer sessions with two Prayer Ministers to address every need: physical, emotional, and spiritual. Find out more.

Classes offered by the Prayer Ministry in 2018

  • Free To Be Like Jesus
    This 14-week class is designed for every Christian interested in spiritual growth through prayer. Find out more.
  • Issue-Focused Ministry Training from Restoring the Foundations
    Restoring the Foundations (RTF) is an integrated approach to healing and freedom with a focus on 4 interrelated areas. Find out more.

Commissioning Prayer Ministers at St. James UMC

  • Answering the Call to Prayer Ministry 
     As St. James increases our healing prayer ministry, we are praying that God will raise up additional committed Prayer Ministers. Find out more.
  • Information for St. James Prayer Ministers 
    Please click here to access the prayer ministry calendar as well as ongoing support for St. James Prayer Ministers.

Intercessory Prayer Network 

  • The Prayer Network is a team of prayer warriors that are committed to intercede for needs and concerns with complete confidentiality. Prayer requests can be sent to this network by contacting: The St. James church office at (706) 548-1680, or Jane Kilgo at janekilgo@gmail.com

The St. James Women's Ministry provides opportunities for women to grow deeper in their faith in Christ through Bible studies, as well as opportunities for connection and fellowship. Monthly "Ladies' Night Out" events are excellent chances for women to get to know each other in a relaxing environment away from the responsibilities of home and work. Bible studies as well as periodic retreats give our women chances to learn more about Christ and His deep love for all of us.

Women's Ministry leader:
Sherry Curington
info@sjumc.org

Thank you for considering St. James United Methodist Church for your wedding. The sanctuary is available for weddings for both members and non-members. Weddings at St. James are considered to be Christian worship services and that should be reflected in the content of the wedding ceremony.

For information about church policies and fees, you may reach our Wedding Ministry Coordinator by calling the church office at (706) 548-1680.

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Sunday Night Live
Sundays 6:00 - 7:30pm

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Join us for a fun way to finish your weekend with snacks, games, worship, and small groups led by our college-age small group leaders! Our youth “family” meets together every Sunday night in our house, the Jimmy.

If you have any questions or want to get more involved with our youth community, please email Rachel Dow at rachel@sjumc.org.

God calls us to make our church a safe place, protecting children, youth, and other vulnerable persons from abuse. To demonstrate our absolute and unwavering commitment to the physical safety and spiritual growth of all children, youth, and vulnerable persons, we have joined with other United Methodist churches in establishing a Safe Sanctuary Child and Adult Protection Policy. Click HERE to learn more.

If you would like to volunteer with the Youth, please click the button below and complete the online volunteer application.

Volunteer