Upcoming Events

Chaminade - EllenaChaminade Club Guest Day Recital and Reception

Jackson’s historic Chaminade Club invites you to our guest day recital and reception featuring Sarah Ellena Hogrefe, mezzo-soprano, at 3:00 pm, Wednesday, January 24, at St. James’ Church. Our own Dr. Lynn Raley is her accompanist, assisted by Sybil Cheesman, flute. The program features music from Brahms and Bizet, contemporary composers Samuel Jones (a native Mississippian) and Howard Keever, to Broadway classics by Stephen Sondheim and John Kander. Join us for an exceptional afternoon of music!

St. James’ School 2018-2019 Registration

St. James' School LogoRegistration for St. James’ parishioners began on Jan 17. Registration applications can be downloaded from the St. James’ website, wwwstjamesjackson.com. All information for the school can also be accessed from the website. Please note that community registration will begin on Feb 1 and enrollment is on a first come basis. If you would like additional information about the school or have any questions, please contact Whitney Veazey, 601-941-4296.

Pancake Breakfast Youth Fundraiser

Pancake Breakfast Fundraiser 2018Sunday, Feb 11, 8-11 am, Youth Wing. Enjoy pancakes, grits, and bacon in support of our youth program: $10 each. We’re focusing on community building among our youth this year, with bi-monthly lock-ins, a ski trip Feb 16-20, plus other day-trips, local service work, a summer mission trip–and we need your help! Get your breakfast in the youth wing and then bring it in to Sunday School in Fowler or Oak Ridge!

Catechesis of the Good Shepherd: A Contemplative Class for Adults

Meets on Wednesday evenings from 6 – 7:15 pm  – St. James’ has an awe-inspiring Montessori based religious formation program for children ages 3 – 12 called The Catechesis of the Good Shepherd.  This experience of religious formation and community honors the child and the child’s religious life and carefully offers children scripture and liturgy that speak to them of love, wonder and joy.  One of the unique characteristics of Catechesis is that it offers content that speaks deeply to adults and children alike.  This introduction  to The Catechesis of the Good Shepherd – Level I will incorporate some aspects of mindfulness, contemplative prayer,  Montessori theory and practices and will offer significant core presentations from scripture and liturgy that children receive in the Level I atrium. Dates for this series: Wednesday evenings, January 31, February 7, 21 and 28. The class will meet on the 2>nd floor of Gray Hall.  Please register by contacting Mary Nell. Interested in childcare? Contact Mary Nell at mprichard@stjjax.org

Emergency Needs for Stewpot

Due to the extreme cold, the emergency needs of Stewpot are currently:
Laundry Detergent
Coffee Filters
Individual Snack Foods
Please drop off the items at the church office.
Contact Mike Upton at mlupton212@gmail.com for more information.

Sharing and Caring for January

School SuppliesOur January sharing and caring contribution will be School Supplies to be used for our community schools this semester. Most of the supplies the children had in August, such as notebook paper, markers, pencils, Kleenex and glue, have been used up by now. We have a year round calendar with a Sharing and Caring item for each month, when we come to worship on Sundays, this is something we can do to help others. Please leave your school supplies in the Narthex, Fowler Hall or Church Office drop box.


Due to Diocesan Council, there will be no Soulworks class this week. We resume next week. I would ask that you pray for us using the following form: Almighty and everliving God, source of all wisdom and understanding, be present with those who take counsel at the 181st Council of the Diocese of Mississippi for the renewal and mission of your Church. Teach us in all things to seek first your honor and glory. Guide us to perceive what is right, and grant us both the courage to pursue it and the grace to accomplish it; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen. See y’all next week. Father Seth+”


Fowler Hall Speaker Series

January 7- February 11:  Holy Living / Holy Dying Epiphany Series
presented by clergy, professors, attorneys, social workers, and hospice personnel.

Holy Living Holy Dying Artwork Jan 28: Final Days – Hospice presentation with Greg Tisdale, RN of Hospice Ministries, Inc. of Ridgeland.
Feb 4: Grieving – Introduction of Walking the Mourner’s Path
Feb 11: Preparing your family – Living Will, Medical directive, and Estate Planning


Magnolia Wreaths and Garland for Sale

 Our Flower Guild is selling this years fresh Magnolia Reefs for $40, garland for $10, and giving away poinsettias. If you are interested in either contact Allene Womack at mswomacks@aol.com.

Youth Confirmation Class

Continues each Sunday at 10 am in the Youth Wing. Available to all youth 6th – 12th grade, taught by the Rev. Jamie McElroy, and runs every Sunday through April. For more information contact the Rev. Jamie McElroy at jmcelroy@stjjax.org, 769-230-7250.

Adult Confirmation/Inquirer’s Class

Wednesdays at 6 pm in Oak Ridge Hall. Each weekly session is one hour long, stands on its own, and is open to everyone; those looking towards Confirmation, longtime Episcopalians, and those that are curious!
This class is team taught using the Discovery Series, which offers a short DVD session each week followed with discussion and a short presentation.  Confirmation will be the first Sunday in May. For more information and/or to sign-up; please contact the Rev. Ann McLemore, amclemore@stjjax.org, 769-257-2377.

Banquet of Abundance

Mideval Feast Logo Thursday, Jan 25, 2018, 6-9 pm.  Thank you so much for your overwhelming response! We are almost at capacity and Time is running out to make your reservation!
Message Alli Sherman at allis1979@gmail.com, or Kathe Levanway at delkml@gmail.com   before 4:30 pm on Tuesday, January 23, 2018.

We hope you can join us for this important event in the life of our church! Every year we come together for a dinner and silent auction to raise money for St. James’ Outreach Ministries. Each group will provide unique decorations for their table and are welcome to dress according to the group theme.
Details: The Saintly Chefs provide the meat and your group provides the side dishes. Cash Bar with Nonalcoholic and Alcoholic Beverages available. Suggested Donation: $60 per person. 


2018 Winter Dream Conference

Friday, Feb 23, at 7 pm to Saturday, Feb 24, 3 pm, in Fowler Hall. WisdomWork Educational Institute is thrilled to announce our 2018 Winter Dream Conference speakers: Joyce Rockwood Hudson, author of Natural Spirituality, AND the Rt. Rev. Larry Maze. That’s right! We are excited to have TWO of the most creative and wise thinkers around speak to us. Their topic? Nature, Soul, and Deep Spirituality – wow, not to be missed! For more info contact Karen Bonner, WisdomWork Educational Institute, 601-594-1961 or karenbonner@karenbonner.com.

Yoga on the Labyrinth

Yoga on the Labyrinth Sundays at 3 pm for about an hour-ish.The class is for all levels (beginner to experienced). Bring a mat and a blanket (if you don’t have a yoga blanket any beach towel will do – it is just for sitting on and padding our knees) and some water; if you want to bring blocks or straps that is fine as well. As this is a sacred space, all are invited to bring something ‘sacred to them’ to place on the Labyrinth. If you have any questions contact Ray at 601-940-0037 or rjlewis07@hotmail.com.

Women’s Bible Study

Women's Bible Study Class will resume on Wednesday, January 3, 2018.

Women’s Wednesday Bible Study (9:30 am in the Moyer Room) is stretching us out of our comfort zone for the next 40 weeks as we look at the Bible from eyes of social justice. The Rev. Marek P. Zabriskie, Episcopal priest, acclaimed by The Episcopal Church for his getting the Bible into hands, being read, and taking it out into the world has edited a new book, The Social Justice Bible Challenge.  Small, it is powerful and packs thought-provoking discussion as each of the 40 sessions has reflection, questions, and prayer by different theologians, clergy, and academics from around the world.

The book is available from Amazon in hard copy of electronic option.  Scripture readings for each session are included in the book.  If you have any questions, contact Ann:  769-257-2377 or amclemore@stjjax.org=

Soul Sounds

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 continue on
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!

 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!

Offering Envelopes/Bank Draft for 2018

If you would like offering envelopes or are interested in a bank draft for your 2018 pledge please call Judy in the church office at 601-982-4880.

191st Annual Council

Southaven, MS, Jan 26-28, 2018. Now is the time to make plans to attend. Visit http://annualcouncil.dioms.org/ for more info and to register.

2018 Baptism Dates

Saturday, March 31, Easter Vigil; Sunday, May 20, Day of Pentecost; Sunday, July 29, St. James the Apostle; Nov 1, All Saints Day. If you are interested in these baptism dates, contact kstephens@stjjax.org.

Kroger Receipt from OxfordShop Kroger & Help our Outreach Programs!

“Whether in Oxford or Starkville or Destin, if you sign up with Kroger and elect St. James’ as your charity, we receive the benefits. AND , it doesn’t affect you grocery or gas prices or points!” 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

Come visit our display in Fowler Hall! The Order of the Daughters of the King (DOK) is excited to begin a new ministry: Art for the Soul. Each month different artists will display their artwork, including paintings, pottery, jewelry and more. This 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. If you have any questions, special requests, or would like to make a purchase please contact Helen Graham at 601-953-6111 or by email at dok.st.jamesjxn@gmail.com.

Knitters & Crocheters

We will gather to knit, crochet, and share stories together on the 2nd Monday of each month from 2-4 pm in the Guild Parlor. The next gathering will be Monday, Dec 11.Everyone is welcome to join us!