Adult Formation

Dive Deeper

Dive Deeper Bible Study to Meet at 10:30 each Tuesday on Zoom!
For Zoom Meeting Information, please contact Rev. Chuck Stewart at

Lenten Series-History of Music in the Church

Classes will begin on February 21-March 20 on Wednesdays at 5pm-History of Music in the Church with Justin Oei. In our Anglican tradition, music and liturgy are almost inextricably intertwined. Join our organist, Justin Oei, for a five-week Lenten study about the history, practice, and future of music in the Episcopal Church and beyond. No musical training or knowledge is necessary, and you won’t be forced to sing on the spot (unless you want to!). We will of course delve into the Western traditions that heavily influence our worship, but we will also explore music making in the global Church as well. Contact Justin for more information: 

“When in our music God is glorified…”:
Music and Christianity in Context

Whether we consciously think about it or not, music is almost inextricable from our experience of the Divine during our worship together. It’s not just true for Episcopalians, or even Christians: sung liturgy is part of the ritual of every major religious tradition, all over the world.

This five-week Lenten study takes its inspiration from Fred Pratt Green’s hymn “When In Our Music God is Glorified” (#420 in the hymnal). Each of the five verses of the hymn will serve as the departure point for our weekly discussions, from the history of sacred music to the instruments we use for music-making. Join us on Wednesdays from 5-6 in the parish hall – and don’t worry, Justin won’t make you sing (unless you want to!).

Week 1: “When, in our music, God is glorified…”: Why is music such an important part of Christian worship?

Week 2: “And did not Jesus sing a psalm that night?”: Christianity and Music from the early church to the Reformation

Week 3: “So has the church in liturgy and song…”: Sacred Music in Western Christianity from the Reformation to the Present

Week 4: “…a new dimension in the world of sound…”: The future(s) of Church Music

Week 5: “Let every instrument be tuned for praise!”: An introduction to the organ

Table Top Talks /used to be Foyer So, What Exactly are Foyer Groups?

Foyer Groups are a fun and easy way for parishioners to gather together on an informal basis to enjoy one another’s company, to strengthen bonds of community, to meet new members and just get to know other people who share a common interest in St. James but with whom we might not otherwise interact.

There is no agenda or plan – just casual fellowship and a refreshing meal. Groups are made up of  a cross section of the parish. Out of the meetings, friendships develop among people who might not have any other opportunity to meet and get to know each other. Newcomers are especially invited to sign up to join one of the groups.

We will start with each small group of six to eight people meeting once a month. Your group decides on the day and time, beginning in March and ending in May, meeting in homes or at church in the Lakeside Room. Generally, the host/hostess provides the main entree and each person or couple brings one part of the meal. Some groups may decide to  discuss a book or article, while others gather for a purely social experience. The choice of available options is limited only by the group, but the main idea is for the gatherings to simply focus on fellowship, a refreshing meal and relaxed conversation. 

In  the past we had Foyer Groups for many years and people have been asking if we could start again. It is a wonderful way to get to know more people at church beyond sharing the peace. Sign up by calling the office. If you have any interest or questions, ask Nancy Graham, or 315.317.0138

Mindfulness Training beginning in April for 3 Saturday mornings from 9:30-11:00AM in the Parish Hall.

What is Mindfulness? It is living in the present moment. Essentially, it means being (intentionally) more aware and awake to each moment and being fully engaged in what is happening in one’s surroundings – with acceptance and without judgment. This awareness can be of life as it is, yourself as you are, and other people as they are.  

It is awareness of one’s internal states and surroundings. Mindfulness can help people avoid destructive or automatic habits and responses by learning to observe their thoughts, emotions, and other present-moment experiences without judging or reacting to them.

Our pastoral care team received training from Mary McGrath in the fall and everyone thought it was very helpful. Others have asked if we might offer it to our church community so we are offering it to anyone interested in becoming more ‘mindful’ in your everyday life. 

The trainer is Mary McGrath, a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist and a practitioner of Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT). She has extensive training in the skills to increase mindfulness and practices it in her everyday life.   

The class is limited to 20 people so please sign up by calling the office or let Mary McGrath or Nancy Graham know you are interested.