Education

Education

At St. James we understand that we are never done learning; God continues to reveal Himself to us and to the world, and we are committed to understanding and developing our faith and our spiritual connection. At St. James we offer various types of educational programs for both youth and adults year round.

All programs and groups listed below are open to everyone; please join us!

 

Sunday School (Children & Youth)

Sundays Sept.-May, 11:00am-12:00pm

Sunday School is for children under the age of 16. Sunday School meets every Sunday during the school year (we take a break for summer vacation.) The Sunday School program is developed by volunteers and contains music, a Bible lesson that relates to the Sunday’s Gospel text, and an activity each week. Children in the Sunday School program actively participate in worship 4-5 times a year and donate all of their offerings to global development efforts with the ELCA. Vacation Bible School is typically offered in the summer, in conjunction with other neighborhood churches.

 

Confirmation (Youth)

Sundays Sept.-May, 1:00pm-3:00pm

Confirmation instruction is for youth between the ages of twelve and sixteen.  The two-year program includes study of the Bible and Lutheran perspectives on Christian tradition.  The course is usually team taught during the program year by pastors from about five different congregations. Students are challenged to think critically about their faith in conversation with others and in personal reflection. Confirmation culminates in an Affirmation of Baptism, a public profession of their faith in a special Sunday morning worship service. Confirmation classes meet Sunday afternoon; churches rotate hosting the class.

 

Open Space (Adult)

Sundays Year-Round, 11:00am-12:00pm

Open Space takes place most Sunday mornings in the Main Sanctuary of St. James Lutheran Church. All are invited to attend and listen, participate, learn, grow, and share as we develop a stronger sense of our individual faith and also who we are as a community of believers in our world today. Topics range from biblical study to current events, social issues, and information session about local organizations. Open Space is a safe environment where all questions and viewpoints have the right to be heard respectfully.