Upcoming Events

Project Homeless Connect

Tuesday, Sep 19 after the 7 am service (7:30 am) we will be packing lunches in the kitchen to hand out in Poindexter Park on Wednesday, Sep 20, from 1-3 pm as part of Partners to End Homelessness week long activities. Anyone is welcome to join us early Tuesday morning to pack lunches or help hand out lunches Wednesday in the park. We will carpool on Wednesday, leaving the church at 12:15 pm. Any questions? Please call Ann McLemore, 769-257-2377

Linking Home & Church

Linking home and churchA class for parents on the power of fanily rituals and creative play between parents and children. Join us this Sunday, Sep 17 at 10 am for the first of a parent series on family traditions and creative play led by parishioner Ginger Williams Cook. Creative play helps children learn about and interact with their world, and gain the mental, physical and social skills necessary to succeed in their adult lives. In this first class, we will get to know each other and discuss family rituals and traditions. This series will offer parents ways to break out of their routines to be more playful and spontaneous and to have more joy as a family. Ginger Williams Cook is the former Studio Programs Coordinator and Master Teaching artist at The Mississippi Museum of Art and currently a full time artist and creativity workshop coordinator. Location: Gray Hall, 2nd floor, Room 214.

 Soul Sounds

Thursday, Sep 14, at noon in Fowler Hall.
We begin a new noon music series—SOUL SOUNDS—on the second Thursday of each month, with a noon recital in the church followed by a 12:30 meal in Fowler Hall.  Join us for musical and then culinary sustenance! Second Thursday lunchtime recitals will continue on Oct 12: “On Wings of Song”, with Anna Dennery McDonald, soprano, and Don Messer, piano; Nov 9: “Sturm und Drang”, with MSO violin Tom Lowe and Dr. John Paul; Feb 8, 2018: “Organ Ruminations”, with Michael Beattie, organist; March 8: “Preludes et chanson”, with Elizabeth Buyan, soprano, and Don Messer, piano; April 12: “It Might as Well Be Spring”, with Seth Walley, tenor, Ouida Holland, Mezzo, and Don Messer, piano. Don’t miss these spectacular “Soul Sounds”! Everyone Welcome!

Hurricane Harvey / Irma Help

Hurricane Relief

St. James’ will be taking earmarked contributions from those who would like to contribute to Hurricane Harvey relief efforts.
Episcopal Relief and Development (ERD) is perfectly suited for this type of mission work.
Thank you to all for your prayers, compassion and generosity!
Credit Card or PayPal Donations can be made on the St. James’ website at www.stjamesjackson.com. Then, click on the donate button on the right.
Make sure to designate the donation for “Harvey”
Donation checks made out to St. James’ may be sent to the church address:
3921 Oak Ridge Drive  Jackson, MS 39216
Just note on the memo line:  Hurricane Harvey.
Checks made out to ERD may be mailed directly to:
Episcopal Relief and Development  P.O. Box 7058  Merrifield, VA 22116-7058


Our 2018 Pledge Drive Kick-off has begun and we ask every member of our St. James’ family to prayerfully consider how much to pledge to the mission and ministry of our church in the upcoming year. Pledge cards are due on Sunday, October 8. Pledging a financial gift to St. James’ is an opportunity for us all to grow in the knowledge and love of God by recognizing the tremendous gifts God has given us and then committing to give back to God through the church. Furthermore, pledging is a fundamental aspect of participation in the life of our parish, and St. James’ depends upon our pledges to develop a budget for the upcoming year. So please fill out a pledge card by October 8!

2018 Vestry Nominees

The vestry nominating committee is delighted to present the 10 candidates who will stand for vestry election at the annual meeting, Nov. 12, at 9:50 am in Fowler Hall. The candidates are: Suzie Adcock, William Box, Heather Bryan, Stephen George, Andrew Grady, Pam Helms, Jay Jacobus, Jane Roper, George Shirley, and Lea Ann Simmons. Mark your calendars to come vote for your 2018 Vestry members!

Fowler Hall Series

PROPHETSThe Prophets: Famed scholar Abraham Heschel calls the prophets of the Old Testament the “most disturbing men who have ever lived: the men whose inspiration brought the Bible into being . . . and whose voice and vision sustain our faith.” Our fall series will cover both the major and minor prophets and will feature presentations by our clergy along with local professors James Bowley, Loye Ashton, Shelli Poe and Patrick Hopkins.

Sep 17: Hosea, with the Rev. Ann McLemore
Sep 24: Micah, with Professor James Bowley

5 pm Sundays at St. James’

Jane Austen Evensong with period music led by Don Messer. All are welcome!

Jane Austen Jane Austen Program at 3pm:

We invite all members of St. James’ to celebrate the life of Jane Austen with us!

The Mississippi Region of the Jane Austen Society of North America will celebrate the life of the author this Sunday at 3 pm with a program in Oak Ridge Hall followed by an Evensong Service at 5 pm. Highlights of the afternoon activities include remarks by Dr. Carolyn Brown, Regional Coordinator for JASNA-Mississippi; two short videos reflecting on the life of the author; a reading based on excerpts from letters between Jane Austen and her sister Cassandra regarding her final illness and death; and an Evensong service based on the actual Evening Prayer Service at Chawton, Jane Austen’s final home, featuring prayers and music of the time period.

Men’s Fellowship

Tuesday, Sep 19, 5:30 pm in the Youth Wing.The first gathering for the Men’s Fellowship will be on Tuesday Sep 19 in the Youth Wing. Come by, bring an appetizer or snack to share, and enjoy some fellowship, pool, etc. Wine, beer, sweet tea and water will be provided.

Children’s Choir Rehearsals

Children's Choir

Our children’s choir director Sarah Little, will rehearse our Children’s Choir in the church. All Children 2nd – 5th grades are encouraged to participate. This is a wonderful opportunity for our kids to develop their musical and liturgical skills and knowledge under the direction of a skilled and experienced choral director. The choir will also perform regularly during church services throughout the year.  Join this wonderful ministry and bring a friend!

Music and MovementAnnouncing The M &M’S! – Music and Movement with Ms. Katie, a new St. James’ music class beginning on Wednesday evening, Sep 13 for all children in Pre-K4, Kindergarten and First Grade. This group, The M & M’s will meet from 5:45 – 6:15 pm for 10 weeks beginning Sep 13 through Wednesday, Nov 15. In this totally fun pre-choir music class children will learn to sing together, learn how to play rhythms and learn about different instruments. This class is preparation for future musical endeavors and is led by Katie Hathcock, lead teacher and director of Jackson Music for Aardvarks. Katie has led the music for young ones at St. James’ VCS for the last two years. Pre-registration is requested as class size is limited. Parent participation includes serving as a parent volunteer for one or two classes during the session.  Please register here.

Gardening for Children

Wednesday nights in Sep and Oct from 5 – 7 pm.Come have Wednesday night supper and enjoy adult time on the  porch while your children play in the backyard and work in the Children’s Garden. Join us in the garden for conversation, for a peaceful moment, or to roll up your sleeves and weed beds. Children younger than age 3 need a parent to accompany them to the garden. The Children’s Garden is on the south side of Gray Hall and can be accessed from the circular drive at Oak Ridge or from the playground.

Women’s Bible Study

Wednesday, September 6, 9:30 am, the Wednesday morning women’s Bible study will re-convene after a summer break!  One and all are invited to the Moyer Room for this kick-off session.  There are a couple of options we are looking at for how we will proceed this fall, whether it is the lectionary, a specific book of the Bible, mudhouse sabbath, or anything else that we might want to consider for our Bible study together.  If you are interested, have any questions, please feel free to contact me:  amclemore@stjjax.org or cell:  769-257-2377.  For those that are not sure where the Moyer room is located, it is in Gray Hall, the building next to the church.
Why not invite a neighbor to come with you!     Ann McLemore

Visitors from Uganda

Wednesday, Oct 4, 5:30 – 6:30 pm, in the Youth Wing.
Youth (parents are also invited) come share a meal, eat, and have an opportunity to hear about some of God’s work in other parts of the world. Two friends from Uganda, Ms. Veronica Ndagano and Ms. Aida Syauswa will be our guests. Veronica is the Executive Director of the Kasese Community Health and Education Foundation (formerly BMCF). Aida is the Vice-Chair of the KCHEF Board of Directors. Together, they will update us on the great things which are happening in Uganda and tell us how additional funding will provide education and medical treatment for orphans and other vulnerable children.

2017 Sun King Spooktacular 5K Run/Walk &  1-Mile BOO! Run

2017 Sun King HeaderSaturday, Oct 21 at 8 am. Join us for our 18th annual Sun King benefitting our 2018 Habitat for Humanity build. All ages, abilities and strollers welcome! All registered participants will receive a pair of Balega socks and other cool swag in their race packets.
All registered children for the 1-Mile Boo! Run will receive a t-shirt! Awards for overall and age group participants and incredible door prizes you won’t want to miss! Halloween costumes are encouraged, and we will have prizes for top participants this year!
Not a runner? We have a ghost runner option just for you! All the swag but none of the sweat, and you still help in raising funds to build a home for a needy family! Immediately following the race, a Mississippi Garden-to-Table Haunted Healthy Breakfast will be held in the parking lot of St. James’ and will feature an array of haunted healthy treats plus information on developing healthy eating habits! Register at https://racesonline.com/events/sunking5k or see us on facebook at https://www.facebook.com/Sunking5k. Contact Lea Ann Simmons @ 601-259-9522 or leaannsimmons@yahoo.com for more information.

St. James’ Halloween Party


Mark your calendars for Thursday, October 26 at St. James’ 5:00-7:00 pm.
Details to follow!

Acolyte Training

Wednesday, Sep 20 from 5 – 5:45 pm and Saturday, Sep 30 from 2 – 3 pm in the church. Any child in the 4th grade or older as well as any adults who wish to be trained as acolytes are welcome to attend either one of the training sessions. Parents are invited to attend with their children. For more information please contact Ray Lewis at rjlewis07@hotmail.com or 601-940-0037.

Acolyte Training Class for 4th & 5th Grade Children – Sunday, Sep 24 at 10 am in the church. This class will serve as an introduction for all 4th and 5th grade children, a basic training for children who are interested in becoming acolytes and as a refresher class for those children who currently serve. 4th and 5th grade children in Catechesis will go to their atrium at 9:50 am. They will attend this training as a class. Children who are not able to attend on the 24th may attend one of the additional training classes on Wednesday, Sep 20 from 5 – 5:45 pm or Saturday, Sep 30 from 2 – 3 pm in the church. Parents are welcome to attend. For more info or to sign-up, contact Ray Lewis at rjlewis07hotmail.com or 601-940-0037.

Sign Up for a Foyer Group

Foyer groups offer a fun, easy way for parishioners of various ages and life stages to connect. There’s no program, just casual fellowship and a simple dinner.
Groups are randomly combined to form a Foyer Group which meets
every four to six weeks from September 2017 – June 2018 in homes or restaurants.
Sign up in Fowler Hall Peanuts
by Sunday, September 17
and join us for dinner,
Sunday, September 24,
5:30 – 7:00 pm
in Fowler Hall ($10 per plate),
to meet your group! If you cannot attend the Kickoff Dinner, your group will be emailed to you on Monday, September 25, 2017.

Childcare for the kick-off dinner is available.  Advance sign-up for nursery and JAM is required.
  • Nursery will be offered for children age 5 and younger.
  • Nursery children must eat prior to the event.
  • A JAM event is offered for children 1st – 5th grade.
  • Dinner for JAM children will be available ($5 per child, $10 max per family).
    Contact Jan, jthornton@stjjax.org, or 601-982-4880, for more information.

19th Annual Senior Wellness Fest

 Friday, Sep 22, 9 am – 12 pm, Mississippi Trade Mart.A Solute to Good Health. Entertainment: “The Victory Belles” from the National WWII Museum in New Orleans sponsored by Wellcare; Mississippi PhotoBooth; WAPT Morning Team, Blue Cross & Blue Shield of Mississippi Team Blue; and Hazelhurst H.S. JROTC Color Guard. Support our Homeless Veterans and bring a donation of NEW toiletries, socks, and/or sleeping bags to drop off at the Humana Van that will be at the event. Over 90 Senior Service Vendors – Door Prizes – Food. Call St. Dominic’s New Directions for Over 55 at 601-200-6698 for more information.

Step Up to the Plate, Be an Usher

We are currently recruiting new ushers for the 8:40 service. No experience necessary. Minimal time commitment. To learn more or to signup. contact John Matlock at jjmatlock@comcast.net.

 Wednesday Evening Youth Group

On Wednesdays, 5 – 6:30 pm, the youth of St. James’ – 6th graders and up – are invited to grab a free meal in Fowler Hall (just sign your name on the youth sign in sheet), and then join our Rector, the Rev. Jamie McElroy, along with Stephen George, Tommy Little and other adult mentors in the Youth Wing. We will eat dinner, take some time for spiritual reflection, play games and then the Rev. Seth Walley will help lead us in a short, sung prayer service. Hope to see all our youth there!

Centering Prayer

Noon, Wednesdays, in the Moyer Room. A method of silent prayer that prepares us to receive the gift of God’s presence within us. All are welcome! For more information contact Phil Holt at 601-956-5431.

Walking the Mourner’s Path

walking the mourner's path imageAn eight-week course designed for those mourning the loss of a loved one. This is a ministry designed by an Episcopal Church in Arizona. St. James’ has 10 trained lay leaders, and two trained priests in this bereavement ministry.
We have three upcoming sessions scheduled:
Sundays, 3-4:30, Sept. 10 – Oct. 29; Jan. 7 – Feb. 25.
For more information, contact the Rev. Ann McLemore, cell: 769-257-2377 or email: amclemore@stjjax.org.

Shop Kroger & Help our Outreach Programs!

Kroger Receipt HighlightedWith every purchase made at your favorite Kroger store, Kroger will donate a percentage of your purchase to St. James’, where we have designated those funds to be used for our outreach to the community. Last year we collected $1700 with minimum participation and we want to triple that amount this year.

This does not effect your pricing, gas points, coupons or any other perks you receive from your Kroger card, but certainly helps out fellow citizens in the Metro area.

Please click on this link for information and registration. The NPO number for St. James’ is 81615. Remember even if you signed up in the past, it is probably time to renew your commitment!

Art for the Soul

Candy CainThe Order of the Daughters of the King (DOK) here at St. James’ Episcopal Church began a new ministry in May, Art for the Soul. Each month different artists will display their artwork, including paintings, pottery, jewelry and more, in Fowler Hall. This new program allows the artist to showcase and sell art to the members of St. James’ as well as others who attend various programs throughout the month. DOK will use its proceeds from Art for the Soul to support outreach ministries. Please come visit our display in Fowler Hall.

We are excited to bring back Candy Cain for the month of August. This month, she will exhibit her silk, batik fabric paintings. Members of St. James have enjoyed Candy’s work for years, as her banners are hung in the church during Pentecost.