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Community Ministries



The Outreach Committee is involved in many projects throughout the year to highlight the needs in our community.  Some of the events that this committee helps to organize are: the Alternative Gift Market, bell-ringing for Salvation Army, United Thank Offering Ingatherings, collections for OneEighty and People to People Ministries, and other special events. Many of our parishioners also participate in the Citizens' Climate Lobby and the Interfaith Justice Committee.


Homelessness Outreach

Homelessness is a growing issue in our country and local community.  St. James strives to do our best to reach out to those suffering from homelessness or housing instability.  Several of our parishioners serve on the Wooster Homelessness Task Force and work at the Salvation Army Severe Weather Shelter.  We house a porta-potty in our back parking lot for the use of anyone that needs it and we are always discussing new projects  to help alleviate homelessness in our community.


Pet Food Pantry

In 2021, St James began its ministry of providing free Purina dog and cat food to people in the area experiencing financial hardship.  We are the first and only church in Wayne county to provide such a ministry.  Our volunteers distribute pet food (usually enough for about two weeks depending on the animal/size) on the 2nd and 4th Wednesday of each month.  We can always use volunteers to help greet, distribute, pack bags, and chat with our guests. 


12-Step Groups

For years, St. James has opened its doors to the 12-Step community.  We believe this is an essential ministry to people in recovery. The number of groups we host varies based on the life of the groups that meet here. We have hosted as many as 17 groups per week. This ministry is so important to St. James that a major component of the planning of our new building was finding ways to host these groups as safely and as accessibly as possible. The meetings are listed on our calendar. 

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