Centering Prayer Ministry – Centering Prayer is part of learning to live a contemplative life, part of our spiritual journey. Contemplative living is a way to stay present and attend to our relationships. It helps us see the oneness in everything and how all of our relationships are an opening to the divine. By entering into silence and learning to be present and open to God, listening with an expectancy but not expecting anything we learn to be present to the silence. Even as contemplative living begins with an inward journey, it leads outward to our family, friends, neighbors, community and our connection with God and all of creation. It leads us to the truly important issues of life and away from the superficial distractions that can take over our minds and out of the present. We gather from 6 pm – 7 pm on Mondays spending the first half in centering, silent prayer, and the second half sharing, listening about our reading and life. Contact: Steven Pierce | onrealm.org | 865-679-1656 | sfpmdpc@me.com

Children’s Chapel –The St. James Children’s Chapel Team is dedicated to the spiritual growth and development of our children ages four to eleven through study and dialogue in a group setting. In a room dedicated to children’s Christian formation, volunteer instructors review planned lessons and coordinate activities to interact with the children. Bibles and other materials needed for these activities are provided. The last two years have been very challenging not being able to meet with the kids and keep them engaged. We love the kids and miss them very much. We have several volunteers ready to jump in just as soon as COVID is manageable and it is safe to return to Children’s Chapel. Thank you Audrey Nitz, Carol Yates, and Pam Barbera. If you are interested in enrolling your child and/or helping with this vital ministry please let us know. Contact: Theresa Ann Russell | onrealm.org | 727-858-8444 | tde444@yahoo.com

Christian Formation Ministry – Christian Formation enhances and develops the spiritual life of the parish family. Classes, offered on Sunday, Tuesday, and Thursday mornings, are open to everyone – adults, young people, and children. Facilitated discussions and book study topics include mysticism, prayer, and discernment, applying scripture to social justice issues, discipleship – walking the walk. Bible study classes help unlock the message of the scripture for those who are new to the Bible or who are seeking a different way of understanding its message. Contact: Nancy Pullen | onrealm.org | 415-722-0139 | nepullen@gmail.com 

Cursillo Ministry – Cursillo, (kur-see-oh), is a Spanish word meaning a “short course”. In the Episcopal Church, it is a ministry under the authority of the Presiding Bishop and Diocesan Bishops. Cursillo is a natural progression through New Beginnings (for ages 12-15), Happening (for high school aged youth), and Vocare (for 18-30 year olds). Each of these ministries is about attendees renewing, growing, and deepening their relationships with God and Christ, about bringing Christ along in their daily life and, as a result, changing the world. Typically, the East Tennessee Episcopal Cursillo ministry holds 1 or 2 weekends in late spring and/or a fall weekend when a UT football game is not scheduled. The weekend includes study, discussion, prayer, singing, and laughter in a beautiful place, Grace Point Camp and Retreat Center. Contact: Mary Passmore, onrealm.org | 540-239-8511 | vtmaryhunter@gmail.com

Education for Ministry– Education for Ministry is a four-year intensive study offered at our parish sponsored by Sewanee Theological Seminary. Weekly readings and seminars are required during which material is discussed. Class members also engage through theological reflections. Contact: Patricia Hammer | onrealm.org | 304-444-6505 | pchammerwv@gmail.com

Nursery – The St. James Nursery focuses on the safety and happiness of your children. It is available for children and infants through the age of five years. Staff and volunteers are available Sunday mornings and as needed for other church events. Each is CPR-certified and has completed the Diocesan-required “Safeguarding God’s Children” program. Children in the nursery engage in many fun activities including toys, books, puzzles, dolls, coloring books, a train set, kitchen area, and television during quieter times and snack times. All of the children are engaged in a learning activity during snack time. We read a story and encourage the three- and four-year-olds to share their thoughts and play together in a safe environment. Nursery workers will give a bottle as needed and do whatever each child needs to keep them with smiling faces. Contact: Theresa Ann Russell | onrealm.org | 727-858-8444 | tde444@yahoo.com

Pray the Rosary – Daughters of the King lead this ministry, which is open to all weekly on Thursdays at 7 pm on Zoom. Each month a different prayer is chosen for praying the Anglican rosary. Following the rosary, the church prayer list is prayed using a litany or other form. Contact: Margaret Bickley | onrealm.org | 865-384-7422 | mbick7@gmail.com; Patricia Hammer | onrealm.org | 304-444-6505 | pchammerwv@gmail.com; Victoria Hawkins | onrealm.org | 832-656-7013 | vehawkins.vh@gmail.com

St. James Library Ministry – The St. James Library was established long ago for the enjoyment and use of the parishioners, both young and young-hearted. Named after The Rev. Eugene Hopper, (Rector at St. James from 1925 – 1956), the “Hopper Room” is full of history and inspiration, serving as a multi-use parlor and meeting space. The St. James Library committee works very hard to procure, catalog, and maintain a collection of books and materials across a broad range of subjects and interests, including but not limited to world religions, saints, church flowers, theology, ministries, and novels. Currently, we are inviting interested parishioners to read a book and write a short review for the monthly newsletter. Come visit the library during regular office hours and on Sundays. Contact: Jane Clift, 865-679-9110, janeandbobc@att.net