Upcoming Events

Game Night at St. James’

BINGO ArtworkOn Wednesday Oct 17  we will have our first game night at St James’! Games will start at 6 pm right in Fowler Hall and all ages can play. The game for October is BINGO!  Prizes will be awarded for the winners of each game of BINGO. Plans are on a Wednesday towards the end of the dinner hour to relax, enjoy some fellowship and have some fun. Game night should wrap up by 7 pm.  Future game nights are Trivia Night, Board Game Night and of course more BINGO. If you have any questions please contact Ray Lewis at 601-940-0037 or rjlewis07@hotmail.com.

St. James’ …. MY CHURCH!

Our 2019 Pledge Drive is under way 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, Oct 14. 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 Oct 14! You may also go to our website and submit a pledge or email Judy at jjohnson@stjjax.org.

2019 Vestry Nominees

The vestry nominating committee is delighted to present the 10 candidates who will stand for vestry election at the annual meeting, Nov 11, at 9:50 am in Fowler Hall. The candidates are: Tommy Shepherd, Senior Warden; Leigh Grady, Junior Warden; Vestry Members: Elizabeth Boone, Lucy Gault, Pam Helms, Jay Jacobus, Jean Jones, Mark McDowell, John Milner, Coleen O’Brien, Walker Tann, and Bill Youngblood. Mark your calendars to come vote for your 2019 Vestry members!

Vestry Nominee Info

Matthew Mark Luke & John

GospelsSunday School Class – Sundays, 10 am, in Gray Hall, Room 103. “Matthew, Mark, Luke & John” – How the Gospels differ and complement each other, with the Rev. Jamie McElroy.

Episcopal Coffee AdCoffee Hour in Fowler Hall

Coffee, Donuts, and Fellowship

Sundays, 10 am.


Thursday, Oct 18. 6:30 pm: Pot Luck Dinner; 7 pm: Program, in Oak Ridge Hall.  Cheryl Welch, President of  the Madison County Garden Club, will speak on Perennials and Conservation.


Sunday, Oct 21. As the weather SLOWLY cools down we are finally able to move our Sunday evening, 5:00, service back outside and take advantage of our beautiful worship space, the labyrinth. We will be under the guidance and direction of the incredibly talented Ann Phelps who has a myriad of creative styles of worship that blend so beautifully with liturgy on the labyrinth. All are invited to join us as we commemorate “St. James’ of Jerusalem-the Lord’s Brother”.

YOUTH SKI TRIP – Jan 1-5, 2019. DEPOSIT DUE Oct. 14.

It’s that time of the year! We are planning our ski trip for January 1-5, and we need an idea of how many are going. We are asking anyone interested in going to let us know and put down a $100 deposit TODAY. We will have information soon regarding fundraisers to help with the cost. As with everything we do, we don’t want cost to be prohibitive to anyone going. If you need assistance with affording the trip please don’t hesitate to reach out! And as always, friends are welcome! Contact Allyson Strange: Cell – 601-454-5826 or thestranges@me.com.

Children’s Choir Rehearsals

Wednesdays in the Church with Sarah Little
There are two children’s choirs and two Wednesday rehearsal times:
5:30 – 6:00 pm– 1st & 2nd graders
6:00 – 6:30 pm – 3rd-5th graders.

The M & M’s!

The M&M’s are moving, shaking, and singing! This music and movement parent/child class for pre-K3 children and younger meets on Wednesday Evenings from 5:45 – 6:15 pm on the 2nd floor of Gray Hall in the Gathering Area – Children will sing together, move together and learn how to play rhythms. This 10-session class is led by Katie Hathcock, lead teacher and director of Jackson Music for Aardvarks . Come have parish night supper and enjoy being with your church family! Children 18 months through Pre-K3 may be registered on-line at www.stjamesjackson.com under the children’s tab.

Sharing and Caring:

Trunk or Treat Artwork 2018Our October item for the month to share is Halloween prizes and candy to be used for our community Trunk or Treat on Halloween in our parking lot. This is a family friendly event geared to the neighborhood children and our own little ones as a safe alternative to trick or treating door to door. Please consider donating pencils, stickers, and party favors in addition to candy.

We have a year round calendar with a Sharing and Caring item for each month. When we come to worship on Sundays, remember to bring your donation so that we might share and care for one another.

Help Serve Lunch at Stewpot

Oct 15-18.
Contact Regan Painter at rmpainter@hotmail.com or 601-259-2822, if you can help on any or all of these days.

Halloween Spooktacular Party

Halloween Spooktacular 2018 ArtworkThursday, Oct 25, 5:30-7:30 pm Plan to park your broomstick at the door and stay for a spell. Zombie Eyeballs and Worm Sliders for the brave little super heroes and princesses in Fowler Hall and a more sinister spread in the youth wing for the grown-up ghosts and goblins. If you dare to volunteer, contact Jan Thornton at 601-982-4880 or jthornton@stjjax.org.

2018 Liturgical Arts Conference

Friday, Oct 19 through Wednesday, Oct 24 at Gray CenterThe 2018 Liturgical Arts Conference is composed of 19 different classes offered over the course of 6 days of instruction. This conference offers participants the opportunity to study with practitioners and artisans deeply steeped in their area of expertise. For more information and to register visit https://www.liturgicalartsconference.com/. 


Don’t miss out on being part of the St James’ Cookbook!!! 

Cookbook CollectionWe are still collecting your best, your most delicious, your family favorites, your most out of the ordinary and yes even your grandma’s super secret recipes for a St James’ Cookbook. Grab some sweet tea or a glass of wine and sift through those index cards and family cookbooks and send in your wildest recipes. The deadline for submitting recipes has been extended….so don’t miss out and send in your favorite recipe!!! Iif the dish is gluten free, carb free, vegan etc please make sure to indicate so on your submission. Please submit all recipes in ‘Word’ format and email to Ray Lewis at rjlewis07@hotmail. No email / no computer?? Please leave a copy of the recipe at the Church Office. If you have questions please call or text Ray at 601-940-0037

Gardening for Children of All Ages

Wednesday evenings from 5 – 6:30 pm in the Children’s Garden –Adult parishioners are encouraged to join the children in caring for this special garden. Children are currently planting lettuce, kale, turnips, onions, radishes and cauliflower for the fall.  Adults are invited to assist children, or weed, trim, water and care for the garden also. Just enjoying is also a great response. Benches and chairs are available and awaiting you and a friend to come for conversation or observation.

Children’s Events at St. James’

We are currently planning our 2018 Children’s Christmas Pageant and Children and Family  Events for 2019. To volunteer to lead or follow or just share your ideas, please contact Heather Bryan, Children and Family Ministries Chairperson, at hjarratt@aol.com or 601-529-3664. We are particularly looking for new ideas for our  Shrove Tuesday event for Children, so if you love Mardi Gras and would like to contribute ideas please get in touch with Heather to share them.

Master Garden Plan Needed for Children’s Garden

Our Children’s Garden Committee is seeking the advice of parishioners who enjoy creating beauty through gardening, landscaping and creating interesting outdoor spaces. If you are willing to contribute half an hour to walking through our Children’s Garden with us and sharing your ideas, we would be so grateful! To offer your ideas, please contact Colleen White, colleenowhite@gmail.com or 601-201-9107; Mary Nell Prichard, 601-664-8709 or mprichard@stjjax.org; or Jo G. Prichard, 601-662-7395 or jog@prichard.tv.

Children’s Garden Seeking Leadership Team Members

Please contact Colleen White at colleenowhite@gmail.com or 601-201-9107 to volunteer to serve on the Children’s Garden Leadership Team which will meet periodically to create vision and plan programs for the Children’s Garden.

Fall ECW Conference – Nov 16-17 at Gray Center.

Please register by Oct 26. This event is open to everyone, both men and women. To register visit www.dioms.org. For additional information contact Laura Griffin at lauragriffin1976@gmail.com or 901-485-7686.

All Souls’ Evensong – Sunday, Nov 4, 5 pm.

Our choirs join to celebrate the Solemnity of All Souls’ with all American music, including the Jackson premiere of Gwyneth Walker’s “Let the Life I’ve Lived Speak for Me” and Morten Lauridsen’s “Sure on This Shining Night.” Our necrology is read in memory of “all those whom we love but see no longer.” (The names of those who have died in this parish during the past 10 years will be read. If you would like to add additional names to this list, please call or email Kathy Stephens at the church office (601-982-4880, kstephens@stjjax.org).

St. James’ School 10 year Anniversary Celebration!

Tuesday, Nov 13, 5:30-7:30 pm in Fowler Hall. A fun-filled, family-friendly event! Event tickets ($10 before or $15 at the door) includes your choice of burgers or hotdogs, grilled by St. James’ Episcopal Church’s own Saintly Chefs, birthday cake, and more! Children will have additional opportunities to participate in a series of arts and crafts projects and activities, and adults will be able to join in the fun with a wine pull and a cash bar, all proceeds going towards our fundraising goals. We invite you to join us as a Family Host of the 10th Anniversary Celebration! Your contribution of $250 will help St. James’ School continue to enrich the lives of the precious children in its care. Proceeds of this year’s event will go towards the school, nursery, and the atrium. As a thank you for serving as a host, you will receive admission to the 10th Anniversary Celebration for your entire family, as well as four (4) adult beverage tickets and four (4) activity tickets. For more information and the St. James’ School support form visit http://www.stjamesjackson.com under the St. James’ School tab, or contact Whitney Veazey at wveazey@stjjax.com.

Bikes for Sunnybrook

On Sunday, Nov 11 from 3 to 5 pm, a bike drive will be taking place behind the Youth Wing. These gently used bikes will be donated to Sunnybrook Children’s home for an early Christmas gift. Sunnybrook is a nonprofit, Christian-based safe haven for youth of all ages. Any size mid condition bike is acceptable. Helmets are not required, but appreciated. Refreshments will be provided. If unable to attend, contact Alex Trumpore at 601-613-5202 for bike pick up.

Yoga on the Labyrinth ( Or in Oak Ridge Hall if it is too hot outside)

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.

2018 Baptism Dates

Sunday, Nov 4, 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 EI827. 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 with our ministry: Art for the Soul. Each month different artists 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 uses 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. Everyone is welcome to join us!