This committee oversees the conduct and promotion of the schools and the educational activities of all organizations within the congregation. It encourages the use of teaching and worship materials published or approved by the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, and seeks to introduce the church’s periodicals and books of family devotion into the homes of the congregation. One of the primary aims of the committee is to bring the call to the ministry of the Gospel and to other full-time church vocations to the attention of qualified youth of the congregation. Preparation for First Communion and Confirmation are areas of specific concern for Christian Education, as well as Youth Ministry, Sunday School, Vacation Bible School, and Adult Education.
Teaching about God and Jesus Christ is one of the main functions of St. James. From regular Sunday sermons to Sunday Church School, passing on the knowledge and wisdom we have gained to our children and neighbors is vital to the life and health of Christ’s Church on Earth.
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Sunday Church School seeks to provide our children with a firm understanding of the Bible (especially the gospels), the history of the Christian Church on Earth, and how the lessons of the church apply to their lives. The Sunday School Curriculum follows the weekly lectionary, which provides continuity from Sunday School into the worship service. Through instruction and special events such as Rally Day and the SCS Christmas Program, the SCS program seeks to engage young minds and help them in their spiritual growth.
SCS is held every Sunday at St. James at 9:40 a.m. September through May for children age three through eighth grade. The program year is divided into two semesters.
Teachers may sign up for one or two semesters in the grade of their choice. Please check the sign-up posters in the narthex. We are very grateful for the gift of your time.
St. James has a nursery covering two rooms for infants to young children. This includes toys, books and games to keep children involved while their parents are in church. The nursery is staffed every Sunday during worship services and Sunday School.
St. James offers adult education most Sundays between services at 9:30. Frequently the lectionary readings for the day are read and discussed. Other topics have included social services within Lake County, Project Build in South Africa, and a series on the Lord’s Prayer. Come join us to enhance your spiritual growth and learn more about Scripture and the work of Lutherans and others throughout the world.
GIFT (Growing in Faith Together) groups are currently meeting. If you would like to join a small group for study and community, please contact Pastor Holmer for more information.
St. James maintains a library with a number of books, magazines, videos, bibles and other spiritual materials. We have children as well as adult material. Please check out the library during your next visit. You might find something for you or your children.
Do you have any publications to share with our members? Your donations are most welcome!