Parish Weekend at Camp Bratton-Green
Saturday – Sunday, April 28 -29 At Gray Center, Canton, MS – 40 minutes north on I-55. Stay in Camp Cabin, or Conference Center Cottage. Call Jan at 601-982-4880 in the church office to reserve your space. Begins 10 am, Saturday; through 1 pm, Sunday. Join us for some or all!
11:05 am Sunday Service at Camp, not at St. James’.
Followed by lunch for $10 per person, $30 max per family.
Activities for all ages –
Lake! Pool! Paddleboards! Canoes! Ropes Course! Crafts!
Communal Dinner & Camp Fire Sing-a-long— Saturday, 6 pm
Plus: Outdoor Yoga by the Lake, Rev. Seth’s Soulworks class,Guided Labyrinth Walk, Fishing (byo bait & tackle), Frisbee Golf, Kick Ball, Yard Games, 9 pm Outdoor Movie, Ropes Course & more!
Stay the night in Conference Center Cottage or Camp Cabin
Sat. dinner, plus Sun. breakfast & lunch by our Saintly Chefs Eucharist at 11:05 am Sunday, followed by Lunch!
There is an old hymn we still sing today which starts with the lyrics, “Savior, like a shepherd lead us…” Do you ever think of Jesus as a shepherd and yourself as a sheep? All of our lessons today, including the gospel reading from John (10:11-18) are about shepherds. In the days of the Old Testament, shepherds was another word for leaders. Those who guide (lead) the flock and shepherd (protect) the flock. Jesus sets for us the ultimate example of the good shepherd. The question is are we following Jesus’ voice or the voice of another shepherd who would lead us astray? See you Sunday, Father Seth+
Saturday, April 21, 6 pm. All proceeds go to benefit the Habitat for Humanity – Episcopal Build 2018. Each ticket is for one draw and admits two to the event, including all food and beverages. Form and payment must be received by 5 pm Friday, April 20. Each ticket is for one chance in the drawing and admits two to the event. For more information and to fill out the on-line form visit our website, http://www.stjamesjackson.com. If you would like to be a sponsor and have your name or business promoted at the event please call Hank Aiken at 601-981-1574.
Fowler Hall Series
EASTER SEASON FOWLER HALL SERIES – Sundays at 10 am, through May 13.
The Five Marks of Mission. Developed by the Anglican Consultative Council in the late 1980’s, the Five Marks are a “call to pursue God’s kingdom here on Earth as it is in heaven.”. We will explore the “Marks” via presentations by:
April 22: Dr. Mary Jackson, St. Mark’s, Jackson, on Societal Reconciliation
April 29: No Adult Ed, Parish Retreat;
May 6: Bishop Brian Seage on Proclaiming the Good News
May 13: Jo G Prichard on Sustaining the Creation
May 20: Catherine Hames on Loving Response to Human Need
5pm Sundays at St. James’
Sunday, April 22: WONDER OF WONDERS Our early choir offers an evening liturgy with music by Stevie Wonder and poetry by Margaret Walker Alexander.
First Thursday BookTalks at St. James’
Thursday, May 3, 11:45 am, in Fowler Hall. Malcolm White and Ginger Williams Cook will speak on their new book, The Artful Evolution of Hal & Mal’s. Enjoy our $10 lunch buffet and hear one of Mississippi’s authors speak on their latest book. Lemuria will also be on hand with copies of the books to sell. Invite your friends and family. The more the merrier! Please call the church office to reserve your space, 601-982-4880.
Children’s Garden Fun
Please Join Us in the Garden for Springtime Fun from 5 pm – 6:45 pm On Wednesday Evenings – Our St. James’ Children’s Garden will be in full swing this Wednesday evening (and every Wednesday evening) from 5-6:45pm. We hope parents will join us on Wednesday evenings to help with supervision and adult tasks.
St. James’ School 2018-2019 Registration
Registration 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.
The M&M’s: Music and Movement Class for Young Children
Wednesdays from 5:45 – 6:15 pm, March 21 – May 16, in the Gathering Area on the 2nd floor of Gray Hall for 18 months – Pre –K3: Please visit the St. James’ website at stjamesjackson.com to register under the Children or Music tab or drop in to give it a try! Once you are registered, you will receive a confirmation email and a few helpful hints to maximize your child’s experience in the class. Led by Katie Hathcock, lead teacher and director of Jackson Music for Aardvarks.
Sharing and Caring for April
Our April sharing and caring contribution is Disposable Diapers, Wipes, and Desitin Ointment in honor of our mothers for a Mother’s Day donation to the local women’s shelters.
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.
Red Beans & Rice Festival
RED BEANS AND RICE FESTIVAL – Saturday, May 12, between Renaissance and CSpire in Ridgeland. Come help us cook and serve for a Stewpot benefit! We will need volunteers to cook rice early Saturday morning, toss in a cooler and bring to the competition by 11 am. We need help setting up around 6 am and then you can cook, enjoy fellowship, serve red beans to the masses. There will be craft beer, food trucks and live music! Then we will tear down around 4 pm. Come and stay, or come, stay an hour or two and go! Contact Gib Ford at 601-906-2285 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 email@example.com, 769-230-7250.
Register Now for VCS 2018 – All Things Bright and Beautiful
REGISTER NOW FOR THE EARLY BIRD DISCOUNT FOR VACATION CHURCH SCHOOL, All Things Bright and Beautiful, HELD AT ST. JAMES’ JUNE 4, 5, 6, AND 7 FROM 8:30 to NOON – During the week, children will explore their connection to God through the natural world. Children will create art with natural materials and explore aspects of creation through drama. They will garden, play, sing, walk the labyrinth and contemplate the beautiful balance of God’s creation. Register rising Pre-K4 through rising 5th grade children at www.stjamesjackson.com under the Children’s tab.
Parish Volunteers Needed for Vacation Church School
June 4 – June 7. Here’swhat we need: lots and lots of group leaders who take the children from one activity to another, help with refreshments, an extra singing voice or two, teens, teens and more teens, nature teachers and folks who can share an expertise about a particular area of creation, artists who can use natural mediums and items from nature including clay and natural paints, gardening wannabes, master gardeners and garden worker bees.
To volunteer as a group leader contact Carolyn Noblitt at firstname.lastname@example.org or Mallory Davis at email@example.com.
To volunteer for the garden or to inquire further about it, contact Director of Children and Family Ministries, Mary Nell Prichard, firstname.lastname@example.org or 601-664-8709.
To inquire about all other areas contact VCS chairperson, Jess Eddleman at email@example.com . All things bright and beautiful the Lord God made them all.
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, firstname.lastname@example.org, 769-257-2377.
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 email@example.com.
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!
2018 Baptism Dates
Sunday, May 20, Day of Pentecost; Sunday, July 29, St. James the Apostle; Nov 4, All Saints Day. If you are interested in these baptism dates, contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Shop 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 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. Our featured artists for April are Whit Ramsey (wall art) and Mary Margaret Hickman (display case). 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 email@example.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!