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 hosted a Christmas party for all the foster families last December and each month we do something special for the local staff of social workers.
We volunteer at the Salvation Army Soup Kitchen by serving lunch every Monday.
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.
Our church sponsored scout troop meets each Tuesday evening at St. James. We provide monetary assistance to be used for scouts who otherwise might not have the resources to participate in all activities
We gather Christmas presents for the residents of Whitfield, the state mental facility, and our parishioners purchase clothes and toys for children they adopt from our Salvation Army Angel tree each year.
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.
The church provides our rector with a Discretionary Fund that can be used for the assistance of anyone in need.
St. James’ Concert Series
The St. James’ Concert Series was instituted to coincide with the installation of the Letourneau organ in 2003 and is supported by generous donations and memorial gifts. Concerts have included guest organ recitals, Christmas music for organ and brass, Evensong sung by the Delta State University Chamber Singers, noted black gospel musician Dr. Horace Boyer, and recitals by organist Mark Butler. The concerts are free of charge and open to the public at large and are seen as part of the parish’s outreach.
An important goal of the series is to expose area school children to both the organ and a variety of music experiences. Daytime children’s concerts have been held at the church in coordination with the Greenville Arts Council with great success.
The Concert Series was recognized with the 2007 Special Achievement Award presented by the Greenville Arts Council at a major gala.