CreationCARE is St. James’ environmental ministry. We believe we have a responsibility to care for our natural resources, be responsible stewards of God’s creation, and share the importance of caring for creation with others. If you agree and would like to learn more and/or to be a part of this ministry, please contact

How do we protect our environment? Educate & Motivate!

This Spring St. James’ CreationCARE team is offering several programs that are designed to spark your interest and hopefully inspire you to become an active steward of the environment. St. James’ is blessed to have parishioners who specialize in gardening, planting, lake preservation, and sustainable living. EarthDay this year will be Monday, April 22-we will honor it on Sunday, April 21!

Let’s take advantage & make a difference in our community.

April 21

Earth Day Sunday-Sunflower Seed Packets for Everyone

April 28

Tree Saplings for Parishioners In Honor of Arbor Day

Sponsored by Bartlett Tree Experts

May 4

9:30-11am ConsciousCooking-Parish Hall

by MaryBeth Carlberg (more about CC-CLICK HERE) Presentation

Protecting Our Planet and Health, One Meal at a Time. Presented by Dr. Marybeth Carlberg. Enjoy coffee, tea, and a stupendous view of our beautiful lake while hearing how eating less meat is healthy, crucial to curb climate change, cruelty-free, and deliciously doable! Bring a friend, then tour our lovely town and visit sites, shops, and eateries. St. James’ Episcopal Church, 9:30 am-11am in Lakeside Room, 96 East Genesee St., Skaneateles, NY. Seating is limited so please register at or contact the parish office.

May 12

Mother’s Day Gift of Flowering Hearts & Butterflies

With Love from the Children at St. James’

May 17-18

Native Plant Sale
Baltimore Woods

May 19

Small potted plants to add to your gardens.

Given by Laxton’s Florists

Planet vs. Plastics

For Earth Day 2024 on April 22nd, EARTHDAY.ORG is unwavering in our commitment to end plastics for the sake of human and planetary health, demanding a 60% reduction in the production of ALL plastics by 2040.Planet vs. Plastics unites students, parents, businesses, governments, churches, unions, individuals, and NGOs in an unwavering commitment to call for the end of plastics for the sake of human and planetary health, demanding a 60% reduction in the production of plastics by 2040 and an ultimate goal of building a plastic-free future for generations to come.
 EARTHDAY.ORG’s goals are:
  • (1) promoting widespread public awareness of the damage done by plastic to human, animal, and all biodiversity’s health and demanding more research be conducted on its health implications, including the release of any and all information regarding its effects to the public;

  • (2) rapidly phasing out all single use plastics by 2030 and achieving this phase out commitment in the United Nations Treaty on Plastic Pollution in 2024;

  • (3) demanding policies ending the scourge of fast fashion and the vast amount of plastic it produces and uses; and

  • (4) investing in innovative technologies and materials to build a plastic-free world.

New Adult EducationCaring for God’s Creation: What, Why, and How?

3 Sessions-All Recorded for You to Watch

Skaneateles Library

Our local library offers many types of kits and resources (including museum and park passes) available free to the public! Click the arrows to learn more about each item.

  • Kill A Watt Electricity Usage Monitors 
  • Black & Decker Thermal Leak Detector
  • Energy Savers: Tips on Saving Money & Energy at Home by the US Department of Energy
  • Three-way Soil Meter to measure light, moisture and soil pH
  • Garden Rescue: First Aid for Plants and Flowers by Jo Whittingham
  • Classic Speck Air Quality Monitor
  • LG Ultra Slim Portable CD/DVD Drive & Writer
  • Turn a TV into a smartTV with the ROKU & HDMI cable
  • Verizon Jetpack Mobile Hotspot & Power Adapter and Cable
  • Chrome book & hotspot
  • Childrens Museum of Oswego
  • Everson Museum of Art
  • National Women’s Hall of Fame
  • NY State Parks Empire Pass 
  • Onondaga County Parks Pass (Beaver Lake Nature Center, Highland Forest, Rosamond Gifford Zoo, Oneida Shores Park, Pratt’s Falls Park, Jamesville Beach Park.)