God gives us many gifts: faith, family, friends, talents, skills, money and possessions. All that we are and all that we have really belongs to God. We aren’t owners of anything, we are merely stewards of the gifts God gives each of us. In return, God asks us to generously share what He has given. Your gifts help Saint James build God’s kingdom on Earth through our various outreach ministries, our worship, educational and musical offerings, and through the preservation of this beautiful campus we call our spiritual home.
A pledge is your commitment to make a financial gift that supports the mission of Saint James. Pledging is a response to God’s call and abundance in our own lives: it is a statement of thanksgiving. Annual pledges support everything we do and are at Saint James, but in order to know what we can do each year, we need to receive pledge commitments on which to develop an annual budget. You can make a pledge at any time, not just during the fall stewardship campaign.
Ways to Give
You may make a one-time or recurring gift online using your checking or savings account, debit or credit card by clicking the appropriate secure link below. Online giving is very convenient when bad weather strikes, you are on vacation or can’t get to church. It is also a very convenient way to make your pledge payments or gifts even if you do attend regularly (with confidence you can wave off the offering plate!).
NOTE: The church incurs some fees in order to provide this convenience. The smallest fees are incurred with donations made directly from your bank account, so if you are able to give in that way, it is much appreciated!
(You must have a Saint James Access ACS account to use this site. If you do not have one and would like one, you can request one here at the same link.)
(You may give as a guest and will receive an email receipt for your records.)
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Download Church Life™ to give in seconds from your phone. You must have an Access ACS account to use the app.
Give by text message
Send a text to the number 73256. In the text, type “saintjames” as one word, no space. After it, type the amount you’d like to give. You’ll get a text back with a link to a giving screen where you can enter your payment info. The first time you give by text, it takes about 2 minutes–the next time, 10 seconds! Your gifts will be credited to your giving account at Saint James if you are a member or active non-member.
Videos from our Growing in Faith 2016 stewardship season
Ways to Serve
Jesus healed the sick, clothed the naked, fed the hungry and took care of those in need. As Christians, we are called to follow Jesus’ example and do the same. The Mission and Justice Committee of Saint James provides a variety of social ministry opportunities related to four key missional categories for parishioners to have a direct impact on the needy in our community.
Carter & MacRae Elementary School: Saint James has “adopted” the Lancaster’s most under-served and least resourced elementary school to provide critical support to teachers and administers through tutoring, field-trip volunteers, PTO support, and the annual collection of basic school supplies for Ollie’s Closet.
CAP Atlas Initiative: A group of parishioners provide meals throughout the year for this comprehensive program that helps people transition out of poverty.
Power Packs: Through this weekly program parishioners pack and distribute groceries for needy families in the city.
Anchorage Breakfast Program: This is a community feeding program that began at Saint James 35 years ago and offers a free breakfast Mondays through Friday throughout the year. The program is currently facilitated a block away from Saint James at First United Methodist Church and Saint James still supports the program through volunteers.
Housing & Shelter
Winter Shelter: Saint James helps to staff this emergency shelter program that is a city-wide collaborative program based at the YWCA and coordinated through the Lancaster County Council of Churches.
Transform Jersey Shore Area: This is an annual ecumenical mission trip to Jersey Shore, Pennsylvania where parishioners of all ages are invited to participate a myriad of projects to help transform this town in the heart of the commonwealth.
The Race Against Racism: Saint James participates in this annual event facilitated by the YWCA to raise money and awareness for anti-racism programs throughout Lancaster.
Book and Discussion Groups: Throughout the year Saint James facilitates educational opportunities to explore more deeply the issues of racism that face the city, including the recent refugee crisis as Lancaster County has been a haven for refugees looking to start their life anew.
These are but a few of the many serving opportunities that Saint James is involved in as we seek to tell, teach, tend, transform and treasure all that God has given us.