Upcoming Events


The Catechesis of the Good Shepherd, St. James’ Christian formation program for children ages 3 years old – 5th grade begins on Aug 19 at 9:50 am. Children must be 3 on or before Sep 1, 2018. Please register on-line at http://www.stjamesjackson.com, under the Children’s tab, so that your child may be assigned an atrium. Emails containing your child’s room assignment and catechists’ names will go out the week of Aug 13. Pre-K4 – 5th grade children will begin in their atrium on Aug 19. Pre-K3 children will begin in their atrium on Sep 9 at 9:50 and are encouraged to attend during the 8:40 and 11:05 Liturgy of the Word.



BEGINS AUG 19 – Sundays, 10 am, in Gray Hall, Room 103. “Matthew, Mark, Luke & John” – How the Gospels differ and compliment each other.


BEGINS AUG 19 – Sundays, 10 am.


Wednesdays in the Church with Sarah Little
There will be 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.


THIS MUSIC AND MOVEMENT PARENT/CHILD CLASS FOR PRE-K3 CHILDREN AND YOUNGER BEGINS ON WEDNESDAY EVENING, SEP 5 FROM 5:45 – 6:15 pm – Pre-Registration for this 10-session class is requested as class size is limited. Children 18 months through Pre-K3 may be registered on-line at www.stjamesjackson.com, under the children’s tab. Children will sing together, move together and learn how to play rhythms. This 10-session class meets in the Gathering Area on the 2nd floor of Gray Hall and 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!


Each year, we take a little extra time to orient rising 3’s to the atrium, allowing them to be more familiar with the space before joining the larger group. Since older children will be in the atrium from 9:50 to 10:50 am, we are offering the 3 year old children orientation classes on Sunday, Aug 19 and Sunday, Aug 26 during the 8:40 and 11:05 services. We are asking each child to come two Sundays in a row. Parents are asked to drop their 3 year old child off in the nursery as usual for church and a catechist will pick them up and take them to the atrium for a short class. Acolytes will bring the children into the service as usual for Eucharist. Parent volunteers are needed for each session. Children who do not normally go to the nursery may be brought to the atrium by their parents. Please contact Mary Nell at mprichard@stjjax.org to volunteer or to register your child.


Foyer groups offer a fun, easy way for parishioners of various ages and life stages to connect. There is no program, just casual fellowship and a simple dinner. Groups of 10-12 people will be randomly selected to make up a group (Don’t Panic! Not everyone can come to every meeting). Groups meet every four to six weeks from October 2018 – June 2019 wherever the host for that month prefers, restaurant, home, pot luck, grill out, etc…
Peanuts*New Twist this year*
In addition to our traditional foyers groups, we will also have FOYERS FAMILY STYLE for those interested in meeting with other families with children and want to include their children in the group. Please mark the online form if you are interested in the Foyers Family Style and make sure to let us know how many children you have and what ages.

Sign up on line today at https://diomsyouth.wufoo.com/forms/qzymrpt1kzhgkv/. The Deadline to sign up is Sunday, Sept 16 and then join us for dinner on Sunday, Sept 23 from 5:30-7:00 pm in Fowler Hall ($10 per plate), to meet your group. Childcare for the kick-off dinner is available with advance sign-up. Nursery will be offered for children age 5 and younger. Nursery children must eat prior to the event. If you have any questions, please contact Jan Thornton or Ann McLemore @ 601-982-4880.

Habitat BuildHabitat for Humanity

It’s that time of year! We are building our 17th Habitat for Humanity house, during the month of September. The build days are Wednesdays and Saturdays, starting Wednesday, 9/5/18. No special skills are required! Sign up, come out, and make new friends while you build a home for a deserving family in Jackson. Lunch will be provided each day. Please contact Jan Thornton jthornton@stjjax.org or Hank Aiken haiken@aikeninsure.com to volunteer.

EFM – Education for Ministry

efm-logoEFM – Education for Ministry will be starting a new class at the end of August. Deadline for registration is August 17, 2018. Participants in the EfM program study the entire sweep of the Christian tradition, from the earliest period to the present. EfM provides adult Christians with a firm foundation in theological reflection. Contact the mentors, Joe Russell (docnkity@comcast.net) and Joy Aycock (ditto21@msn.com), if you are interested in joining this class. Names are being taken now for this wonderful small group study program offered through Sewanee.

Sharing and Caring:
Hospice Ministries

August’s collection is helping Hospice Ministries start a new ministry to care for the family members who stay at their facility while their loved ones are patients in the Inpatient Hospice Center.
They are updating the Family Day Room complete with a kitchenette and playroom
to make their stays more comfortable.
Please consider making a donation to stock the Family Kitchen and provide supplies for their patients.

Items needed for the Patients:
Individual Hand Sanitizer
Travel Size Toothpaste, Deodorant, Body Lotion
Small Bandaids

Items needed for the Family Kitchen:
Disposable Plates, Bowls, Utensils, Napkins
Liquid Soap

Individually wrapped snacks

Items needed for Office Supplies & Playroom:
Copy Paper
Pens & Highlighters
9 Volt, AA, & AAA Batteries
Please leave your donations in the Narthex, Fowler Hall or Church Office drop box.


Calling all chefs, cooks and weekend grillers!!

Cookbook CollectionWe are 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. Deadline for submission is October 15th; if 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.  Questions? call or text Ray at 601-940-0037.

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 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 artist for August is Janus Dantes . 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!