Spiritual growth and education, which we call formation, is about growing as disciples and followers of Jesus Christ. It occurs in many different ways. Our hope is to provide a wide range of choices in quality educational offerings that enables us to learn more about God and about ourselves as a community united by faith, hope, and love.
Contemplative Prayer and Practices
Saint James is cultivating silence in a noisy world. We do this through the regular practice of contemplative prayer, meditation and exploring other contemplative practices. As Fr. John Main, whose practice of meditation we follow, said: “In contemplative prayer we seek to become the person we are called to be, not by thinking of God, but by being with God. Simply to be with God is to be drawn into being the person God calls us to be.” All are welcome to join us on Tuesday mornings in the chapel at 8:00 AM for contemplative prayer and Wednesday nights in the chapel at 7:30 PM for contemplative prayer with teachings. For more information about contemplative prayer and practices at Saint James, please contact our Associate for Contemplative Prayer and Practices, Kimberlee Peifer.
One of our primary opportunities for spiritual growth occurs in our adult forums. Every Sunday at 9:30 AM in the Forum Room of the Parish House, we engage different topics and facilitators as we seek to deepen our knowledge of God. We continue to explore many different topics relevant to our faith and forums are led by clergy and lay leaders. For more information about Forums, please contact Fr. Rob.
Because spiritual growth doesn’t just happen on Sundays, throughout the year Saint James offers spiritual growth programs on Wednesday nights at 7:30 PM. These short courses are offered periodically throughout the year. Whether it is a membership course, a book group, a discussion group, we seek to offer diverse opportunities to grow deeper in our faith. For more information about Wednesday Night Formation opportunities, please contact Fr. Rob.
Membership at Saint James is marked as someone who is: worshiping, serving, pledging, and engaged in the life of the faith community. All are welcome and invited to participate in the worship, mission, and ministries of the parish. If you are interested in formal membership at Saint James or to discuss membership, please contact Fr. Rob.
Throughout the year Saint James offers several different retreat opportunities. Each fall we offer a daylong parish-wide retreat that is open to parishioners of all ages; with programming for children, youth, and adults. There are also other opportunities for smaller retreats provided by Saint James, as well as at other retreat centers in the area. For more information, please contact Fr. Rob.
Daughters of the King
The Order of the Daughters of the King (DoK) is an Anglican lay religious order for women who make vows of prayer and service as part of their rule of life. The DoK has had a chapter at Saint James for many years and has recently been revived as a new group of women who have dedicated themselves to this rule of life. The Daughters meet monthly throughout the year. For more information about the DoK please contact the chapter president Kristi Evans.
Women’s Spirituality Group
Formation and spiritual growth is not just an individual endeavor but it is also done in community. The Women’s Spirituality Group meets on the third Saturday of each month. This lay-led group explores many different topics related to faith and discipleship through conversations, book studies, prayer, and experiential formation. For more information about the Women’s Spirituality Group, please contact the group leader, Kristi Evans.
Men’s Spirituality Group
The Men’s Spirituality Group is a group of men committed to spiritual growth, meeting once a month on the second Saturday of each month. This group is open to men of all ages as we seek to grow in our faith and grow closer as a community. For more information about the Men’s Spirituality Group, please contact group leader Bob Mosebach.
Over the past few years, we have cultivated a culture of pilgrimages; of going out into the world to connect the narratives of scripture with the sacred sites of our faith. In the summer of 2015, a group of pilgrims traveled to the Holy Land to participate in a pilgrimage through Saint George’s College, an Anglican continuing education center in Jerusalem. In 2016, this past summer, 26 parishioners traveled to England to explore our Anglican heritage through the lens of witness and reconciliation, as seen in the video below. We will continue to explore different pilgrimage opportunities as we seek to grow in our faith through experiential learning. For more information about pilgrimages, please contact Fr. Rob.