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!


NOTE: On Sunday, September 19th, in-person Children’s Sunday School began at St. James at 11:00am. For the last few years our congregation’s children have had the fortune of being taught by Jan Nelson. She picks up the mantle again for the first four weeks of the year before stepping down. Fortunately, through a collaborative effort between Colin Stave, Chelsea Kimmett, and Joshua Peters McBride, we will be able to continue with Sunday School activities through December. We are looking for someone who is willing to teach 2-3 Sundays a week beginning in the winter. Please let Mandy Ellertson know if you are interested.

Hybrid lessons are available for students whose attendance is affected by cold-like symptoms, family activity schedules, and distance. As we continue to provide a caring program for young children from four to seven, our maturing Sunday School class highlights the need to develop a welcoming environment for nine to eleven year olds, including meaningful congregational service and mentorship opportunities.


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.


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.