Life At St. James
St. James reaches out to the community in numerous ways.
Our newest outreach is our supporting and encouraging foster families and workers in Washington County. We host a Christmas party for all the foster families, help with prevention cases so children can stay with their parents, provide items needed through a care closet and each month we do something special for the local staff of social workers.
We host Harvest, an afternoon outing each Monday for residents of a local group home and other local mentally impaired adults. They gather for fellowship, activities and refreshments with our parishioners at St. James.
We participate in the Mission Mississippi Prayer Breakfast which meets each Tuesday and take our turn as host.
We have an active women’s group, ECW (Episcopal Church Women), who meet monthly and raise funds for Global Scholarships
We gather Christmas presents for the residents of Whitfield, the state mental facility.
Our Annual Harvest Bazaar is a major fund raiser and has been for nearly 80 years. Approximately half the profits support scholarships for Washington County mentally disabled youth and adults to attend Camp Bratton Green special camp sessions each year. The remainder of the proceeds go to organizations that help those in need in the area.
Our Outreach stretches beyond the state to our companion diocese of Panama. Pediatric medicines are collected for the Panama medical mission each year. We also participate in the Honduras medical mission by sending supplies and paying the expenses of a doctor, dentist, or veterinarian.
We open our building to a wide variety of community programs to meet, including Al Anon, Alcoholics Anonymous, Junior Auxiliary to name a few.
The church provides our rector with a Discretionary Fund that can be used for the assistance of anyone in need.