Where Can I Serve?

Jesus told us, his disciples, to make disciples of all nations. We strive to be an outwardly focused congregation. One of the most important values of Saint James Christian Church (SJCC) is our mission to the world. It begins in our own community, and spreads overseas to every nation. SJCC members are involved in a variety of ministries from things as simple as working in the security ministry, to preparing the church bulletins.


Mission Outreach

Saint James Christian Church is thrilled to be part of the spread of God’s kingdom around the world. Through our Special Day Offerings, we support regional, national, and world ministries.  The Week of Compassion Offering supports the relief, refugee, and development fund of the Church.  When natural disasters occur, SJCC helps to provide relief through the Week of Compassion Offering.  Our giving to the Reconciliation Ministry leads the pro-reconciliation/anti-racism work of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) in the U.S., Canada, and around the world.

Through the Thanksgiving Offering, we support the colleges and universities of the Christian Church. We underwrite the education of students attending our 14 member undergraduate institutions (such as Barton College) and 7 seminaries and divinity houses. We support Regional Ministries in the U.S. through the Christmas Offering.

The Easter Offering supports the General Ministries of the Church. General Ministries serve across the U.S. and Canada and around the world. General Ministries are partners in ministries serving through far-reaching and unique organizations (such as Hispanic, African-American, North American Asian/Pacific Ministries, Overseas and Global Ministries). Our giving to the Pentecost Offering supports Disciples new Church development (planning, nurturing, and sustaining new congregations). In addition, we financially supported one of our members to go on a Medical and Dental Mission Trip to Honduras.

From 1979-1997, we provided Head Start services to children of migrant farmworkers, ages 6 months to 5 years. In 1997, through a joint grant award between Saint James Christian Church and the National Benevolent Association of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ), we started our ministry for Senior Citizens. St. James Plaza located adjacent to the Church is a 40-unit housing facility for Senior Citizens in the community.

As an outwardly focused congregation, we are always reaching out to care for individuals and families in our community. In collaboration with Wilson County’s Faith Connection, we assist families not only at Christmas but throughout the year. In 2011, we held our First Health Expo, which is now an annual event. Individuals in the community receive free health and dental screenings and have an opportunity to donate blood to the American Red Cross. We encourage all of our members to respond to God’s call for laborers, whether it means that they visit a foreign country or minister in our own community.

 

Music, Drama, & Dance

God-honoring worship is something we Incorporate. Many church members get involved in our music, drama, and dance ministries.  Some play their instruments. Some are vocalists.  Others are involved in our choirs.  Still others get involved in the drama and dance ministries. These volunteers are an important part of the ministry of Saint James Christian Church, using their talents and gifts to glorify God.  


Ushers

The usher team at Saint James Christian Church fills an important role. They are involved in greeting members and visitors, directing attendees to their seats, helping visitors, answering questions, providing direction, and giving information about the Church to first time visitors. The usher team is a servant-hearted group of men, women, and young people whose ministry is integral to church life.

 

Security Ministry

The Security Ministry Team at Saint James Christian Church is involved in greeting members and visitors, ensuring the safety of the building and grounds during services, guiding traffic, and helping visitors. The security ministry team is a servant-hearted group of men and women whose ministry is vital to church life.
 

Health Ministry

The newly founded health ministry's goal is to encourage healthy lifestyles in our members and community and provide lifestyle programs that support this goal. The health ministry welcomes all. 

 

Media & Technology

Using media to spread the gospel is a privilege of Saint James Christian Church. In an age of widespread technology, we have a stewardship to use these tools as best as possible for kingdom purposes. In the near future, all of our weekly sermons will be uploaded to our website in video and audio formats. We will also maintain an active Facebook and Twitter feature for additional church communication.


Prayer Warriors

Prayer cannot be overestimated. Prayer moves the hand of God. Saint James Christian Church is a body of believers dependent upon prayer, and committed to God’s sovereignty. Each Sunday, during the morning service, members and visitors are invited to the altar for prayer. Throughout the week, members pray for their pastor and the ministry of the Word, a list of church members and other individuals, and any special requests. Each Wednesday, the church comes together for a special time of prayer and Bible study. Every fourth Thursday, volunteers are involved in Intercessory Prayer at the Church.


Children and Youth Ministry

In order to give our children the best Bible teaching possible, Saint James Christian Church provides activities for children and youth.  This special time gives young people more opportunity for interaction and learning in a context and manner that may be better suited to their age and learning styles.  Our friendly children and youth volunteers have an endless stream of creativity

ranging from skits and plays, to community-related work and/or outings, to games, to objection lessons.


Camp Counselors

Each summer,  Saint James Christian Church provides a camp director and counselors for Camp Agape, a regional camp of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) in North Carolina, at Camp Caroline in Arapahoe, NC.  The week-long event involves games, a lot of worship activities, great food, good fellowship, and the intentional influence of camp counselors.  The camp counselors are selected, screened, and trained for this important camp ministry.  They find that their ministry is personally rewarding, and both campers and counselors grow in the process.