Cursillo (“Cur-see-yo”) is a three-day, life-changing weekend that introduces people to simple methods for nurturing and growing their relationship with Christ. It provides an experience of living in a Christian community centered in worship, prayer, study of scripture, and interaction with other Christians. Its mission is to build up our parish churches by encouraging and empowering its members to prepare for doing the work of the church: the spreading of the Gospel.
Financial Peace University
FPU is a nine-week, biblically based class that teaches step-by-step how to create a budget, pay off debt, spend wisely and save for the future. Participants watch Dave Ramsay’s DVD series and engage in discussion. Class time to be determined.
Men’s Monday Night Bible Study
St. James men meet once a week in the evening at 6:30 pm for an hour to discuss various Christian topics. Prep time for class is about one hour per week. Start date and location to be determined.
The Rector, during different times of the year, will hold a forum on Sunday mornings between the 9 & 11 am services. Stay tuned to your newsletter and weekly emails for updates on this offering.
Small Groups Study & Fellowship
St. James began “Small Groups” 3 years ago. Small Groups (not to be confused with “Small Plates”) meet at parishioners’ homes for fellowship and study. Each group meets once a month. We are looking to expand our program in the fall. Childcare is provided for participants.
St. Anthony’s Centering Prayer
Centering Prayer is a method of meditation used by Christians placing a strong emphasis on interior silence. It is also an ancient form of meditation with roots in monastic traditions of St. Teresa of Avila and St. John of the Cross. We begin with a prayer, are silent for 20 minutes while returning our focus to God, and end with a prayer. This takes 20-25 minutes and we meet at 12:30 on Wednesdays in the Chapel. Anyone is welcome to come regularly or drop in at that time.
Sunday Reading Round Table (The Lectionary)
This class meets on Sunday mornings to further discuss the readings appointed for the day from the Revised Common Lectionary. The focus of the weekly study is to learn how scripture applies to your daily faith life. The study will meet in the Library during the Sunday formation time.
The Order of the Daughters of the King®
After a period of study and discernment, DOK® members take lifetime vows of daily prayer, service and evangelism. The Mary and Martha of Bethany Chapter at St. James is a community that meets monthly for prayer and study, and members take an active role in service to the parish and community. New chapter presidents are elected in April.
Wednesday Morning Bible Study (WAMBS)
Offered on Wednesday mornings at 9:30 am in the Vestry Room, this Bible study chooses a variety of spiritual growth topics. Come early at 9 am for coffee and fellowship. The group study begins promptly at 9:30 am and lasts until 11:00. All are welcome.
Women’s Monday Night Bible Study
The Monday Night Women’s Bible Study meets every week at 6:30 p.m. in Green Hall. This group discusses books of the Bible and a variety of Christian topics. All women are welcome. The study begins at 6:30 p.m. and ends at 8:15 p.m. with prayer. Class preparation/homework time varies based on the study.