Responding to human need by loving service and seeking to transform unjust structures of society are two of the Five Marks of Mission adopted as priorities by the General Convention of the Episcopal Church in 2009.
St. James offers parishioners a number of opportunities in which to be actively involved supporting these mission priorities. Church missions receive grants, with Vestry approval, based on review of grant proposals, site visits, and opportunities for participation.
Our community partners include:
Greenfield Union School
Committed St. James volunteers provide weekly tutoring to elementary school children during the academic year at this Detroit public school. Students respond enthusiastically to the caring attention they receive from our dedicated St. James tutors. Teachers know that this extra support makes a positive difference in learning for the girls and boys in their class.
Pontiac-based, the Baldwin Center feeds, clothes, educates and empowers those in need. St. James volunteers serve meals to homeless and low income residents, and collect food and clothing to support the work of the Baldwin Center. The youth of St. James participate in a day of service for Martin Luther King, Jr. at this community agency to honor his words of inspiration and encouragement.
Crossroads of Michigan
St. James volunteers prepare and serve meals at the soup kitchen of this Detroit social service agency. They generously support periodic clothing drives for Crossroads also.
South Oakland Shelter
A rotating emergency program for homeless persons, SOS engages 60 partner congregations from Oakland County churches. St. James volunteers work with the First Baptist Church of Birmingham to prepare meals and provide other services during the week selected.
Parishioners provide food and gifts to families selected from area human service organizations such as LA SED, Lighthouse, Oakland Livingston Human Service Agency, and the Township of Royal Oak Recreation Center. Our “elves” assemble the generous gifts and load and drive their vehicles to deliver our packages to the various agencies. Close to 200 individuals served by our partner agencies experience the caring of Christmas.