Christian Formation occurs through worship, fellowship, and education.
|Wednesdays Together||Wednesdays Together meets in the Parish Hall at 6:00 pm for discussion and study on the Parables. At 7:00 pm we share dessert and we conclude with the evening service of Compline.|
Bible Study meets on Wednesdays from 9:30 am to 10:30 am in the Parish Hall. All that is required is a willingness to learn and a Bible. We are using the Sunday lectionary for Bible Study.
|Adult Forum||Adult Forum meets in the Parish Hall from 9:30 am to 10:15 am. Topics include Outreach, Peace and Justice, presentations from members of the parish, teaching on church traditions, and sometimes just fun and fellowship. The Forum will continue in September.|
|Sundays||8:00 am, Rite I Holy Eucharist
10:30 am, Rite II Holy Eucharist, with music
(Please see the Calendar for special service schedules)
|Wednesdays||8:00 am, Holy Eucharist, spoken|
|Choir||The Choir sings from early September until Trinity Sunday. They rehearse on Thursday evenings at 7 pm|
St. James is a liturgical church that celebrates God's presence in scripture and in the sacrament of Holy Eucharist each Sunday
Occasionally, Morning Prayer is used on Sundays when our priest is away or another is not filling in
|It's not what you wear||St. James is a welcoming congregation. People attend church both in their finest clothes or their most comfortable jeans. It is your presence that is important|
We are in the summer months when our 10 am service is less formal. We have using Enriching our Worship for the Eucharist and we do not process. We have soloists from our own congregation and Ohio Light Opera who provide our offertory as the choir gets some well deserved time off. Shorts, sandles, and tee shirts are acceptable dress. We do have AC.
Prayer not only changes those who are prayed for, but also the one who prays.
There are two ways we intentionally offer our prayers for others at St. James. The first is through the Prayers of the People during the scheduled services of worship, the second is through the Prayer Chain.
|Prayers of the People||Each Sunday, and at other regularly scheduled services, we pray for the church and for the world, for those things we celebrate in each other's lives such as birthdays and anniversaries. We also pray for those in special need, the sick, and those who have died. We receive our names from the Prayer Requests submitted on the Prayer Board at the back of the church. A request is placed on the Prayer Board with the person's name who needs prayer, what we are praying for, and who is submitting it and their relationship to the person. We pray for them for one month unless notified otherwise. Requests can be renewed after a month.|
|The Prayer Chain||The Prayer Chain is composed of people of who are intentional about praying daily for those who have prayer requests. They are known as the Prayer Warriors. A request can be submitted for one month at a time and can be open or confidential. Prayer requests should include the name (at least first), and what is the intention of the prayer.|
St James hosts support groups
The following is the schedule of 12 Step meetings at St. James throughout the week. (Enter through the east entrance to the Parish Hall.)
This list of meetings was updated on August 17, 2016. Please notify the church office if there is a change in a group's meeting.
|Sun, 8:00 pm||Wooster Sunday Night Meeting (AA)|
|Mon, 12 Noon
Mon, 8:00 pm
|NUTS Big Book Study (3rd Edition- AA)
|Tue, 12:00 pm
Tue, 7:30 pm
|Tuesday Alkies Lunch Bunch Discussion Meeting (AA)
Serenity Big Book meeting (AA)
|Wed, 12:00 pm||Big Book Study Serenity Group (4th Edition - AA)|
|Thu, 9:00 am||Thursday Morning Early Birds (AA)|
|Fri, 12:00 pm||Friday Noon Brown Baggers (AA)|
|Sat, 12:00 pm
Sat, 10:30 pm
|Saturday Serenity (NA)
Saturday Night Phoenix Candlelight Discussion Meeting (AA)
St. James has a deep commitment to reaching out to those in need in our local community and globablly. Here is some of our outreach
- Saturday Lunches are provided to the community Saturdays from 11:30 am - 12:30 pm.
- We are most known in the community for hosting sixteen different 12 Step Groups. The following is the schedule of 12 Step meetings at St. James throughout the week.
- We support Episcopal Community Services and Episcopal Relief and Development with Annual Campaigns.
- We are involved in several area ecumenical agencies.
- We hold Spring and Fall Brownbag Concert Series that support the Viola Startzman Free Health Clinic. These concerts raise close to $2,000 a year. There are also many members of the parish who volunteer their time and services at the clinic.
- We have monthly food collections and a 2,000 lb food drive for People to People Ministries in Wooster, which we call a Ton of Love. We also assist in the Back to School Project and the Holiday Toy Project. Our Ton of Love Project has collected over 10,000 lbs of food in the last five years. We have many people who volunteer weekly at People to People ministries.
- We host a community Blessing of the Animals at which we collect donations of food and money for People to People Ministries.
- We participate in ecumenical Habitat For Humanity builds in Wooster and the surrounding areas.
- We collect small bottles of toiletries and cell phones for the battered women’s shelter, Every Woman’s House. We typically donate two large black bags of toiletries a summer.
- We financially support all the above agencies as well as Salvation Army, for which we do bell ringing during the holiday season.
- We have been collecting pennies rather than spending them. We have collected over $2,000.00 to help with our Community Lunch Program.
- We use only Fair Trade Coffee for church gatherings.
Brown Bag Series Spring 2018 Wednesdays 12:05 pm
Please join us on Wednesdays at 12:05 pm for a half hour of enterainment. Coffee, tea, and cookies are provided. All donations benefit the Viola Startzman Clinic.
April 4 Raylene Hlavaty as Franny Crosby
April 11 Catherine Jaicks, soprano
April 18 College of Wooster Opera Workshop, Joel Vega, Director
April 25 Gabriella Angeles-Paredes, horn and College of Wooster, Woodwind Quintet
May 2 Jason Metheney, organ, St. James organist
All minutes and financials are posted after they are approved at the succeeding meeting.
August 15, 2016
As of August 1, St. Jamesians have pledged or contributed $1,243,943 for the renovation and expansion of the Parish Hall wing of the church building. Thank God and thank you! We have come a long way from our initial campaign goal of $555,000. Because we do not want to burden the church with major long-term debt, the Parish Hall Committee is not recommending the $1,700,000 3-level-expansion option. Instead we have asked our architect David Krebs to show us some refinements of the $1,400,000 option, which would renovate and expand on two levels and move the parish offices back to the church. That option would add the sale of the present offices to what has been raised, and we hope to get accessibility grants to help with the cost of an elevator. We also asked our architect to give us more information, including a cost estimate, about a third option that would renovate extensively but expand modestly and keep the offices where they are. Whatever option we choose will include all the improvements the congregation and vestry wanted: more kitchen space, more room for seating and eating in the Parish Hall, small meeting spaces with room for a small library, a choir room, accessibility on all levels, and air-conditioning throughout. We will meet with our architect on September 6 to come to a final recommendation for the Vestry.
Planting for Tomorrow Campaign success. Pledges and contributions to St. James’ successful collaborative campaign with the Diocese of Ohio, “Planting for Tomorrow, Growing in Faith Today,” have exceeded the $555,000 goal set by the Vestry—30% will go to the diocesan campaign, and 70% will come back to St. James. Since we have reached our goal, 100% of any additional gifts to the campaign will go to St. James.
First, the windows. Already, our first quarterly payment has been received from the diocese. The church has contracted with Willet Hauser Architectural Glass (http://www.willethauser.com) to begin restoration and protection of the Christ the King window and the church’s other stained-glass windows. The Parish Office on North Street will also be getting new, energy-efficient windows.
Parish Hall Committee starts work. The new Parish Hall Committee—Damon Hickey (convener), Mimi Moore, Jill Munro, Michelle Oney, Merlin Peterson, and Kim Watkins—is hard at work planning for the expansion of the Parish Hall. Among the items to be considered are
A bigger kitchen to serve meals for the parish and the wider community
More room for seating and eating
Small meeting space(s) for committees and other small groups
A choir room
Relocation of the Parish Office from its present location on North Street back to the Parish Hall
Accessibility on all levels (probably by elevator)
Heating, ventilation, and air-conditioning (HVAC) throughout
Learning from other churches’ experiences. As a first step in planning for the expansion, members of the committee will be talking with people at other Wooster churches and nearby Episcopal churches that have undergone expansions and renovations recently, in order to learn from their experience and to get recommendations of architects.
A five-year process—at least. The committee is looking at a process lasting at least five years. Distributions from the Planting for Tomorrow Campaign will be made to parishes by the diocese over a five-year period. The Parish Hall Committee will also explore other grant and gift possibilities, including diocesan and community foundation grants. People who have not yet pledged or given to the campaign or who want to make additional gifts (100% of which will go to St. James) will continue to have those opportunities. Eventually, the current Parish Office house will be sold to support the Parish Hall expansion.
Developing options, assessing resources. We cannot know at this point exactly how much money we will receive over the five-year period, or what it will cost to do the things we want to do. How much money we receive will depend on whether and when pledges are paid, and whether other sources of funds become available. Working with an architect, the committee will develop options with price tags, so that we can make informed decisions.
An open process. The Parish Hall Committee is committed to keeping the parish informed of our progress through reports such as this one and announcements in the Sunday bulletin. We expect to have open meetings from time to time to discuss our progress and the options we see before us.
Who and What is the Peace and Justice Committee?
We seek to make God’s love tangible by
- educating about issues of justice and peace
- advocating for just policies and procedures in the church, the community, and the wider world
- encouraging all of us to use our different gifts and talents to work for justice and peace,
- initiating, collaborating in and facilitating interfaith projects and programs
Since 2006, the Committee has focused on ways we as a congregation can support global efforts to end hunger and poverty and operate as good environmental stewards in our church. We have concerned ourselves with issues of race and equality in our community; we have exhibited projects on “what one church can do” at the Scarlet, Gray & Green Earth Day Fair; and we recently initiated an Interfaith Justice Committee, with members from a number of area faith communities who serve on three working groups: Poverty; incarceration and re-entry (Behind Bars & Beyond); and the Environment (Wayne Clean Water Partnership).
Committee members are Susan Figge (chair), Damon Hickey, Mary Hickey, John Houck, Janice Miller and Louise Plusquellec. We welcome new members. If you are interested in what we do, have suggestions or information to share or would like to come to a meeting, please contact one of the current members.