Youth & Young Adult


Our adult staffed nursery is open each Sunday from 9:15 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. for infants and toddlers up to their third birthday. The nursery rooms contain a changing table and rocking chair, a play house, play kitchen and many other appropriate toys and puzzles. Pagers are available to parents, allowing them to focus on worship. Families are encouraged, but not required, to pick up their child around 10:45 a.m. and bring them into worship to have them participate in the celebration of Holy Communion with their family.

Youth Education

Here at St. James we take the Baptismal Covenant seriously and work to help continue the teaching of the apostles during our time with the youth – ages 3 and up – every Sunday. We use the Seasons of the Spirit curriculum, a lectionary-based resource that nurtures faith through liturgy, ritual, and imagination, and encourages Christian growth through worshipping, learning and serving together.

Each Sunday at 10:00 a.m., our young people (ages 3 to 5th grade) start the day in the worship service with their families. Right before the scripture readings they go to the chapel with their teachers where they hear the scripture of the day, share their joys and concerns, and begin the day’s lesson before they head off with their classes.

Their teachers escort all of our classes back to the sanctuary, where they join their families to participate in Holy Communion.

Rite 13 and Journey to Adulthood (grades 6–12) take place at 9:00 a.m. to allow for these young people to fully participate at the 10:00 a.m. worship service and serve as teachers and assistants with the younger Church School classes.

The St. James Episcopal Church School is led by our Minister to Youth and Young Adults, Chris Fentress-Gannon and a staff of dedicated, enthusiastic volunteers. We welcome you to stop in and observe one of our Sunday morning classes. For further information, contact Chris Gannon at 248-644-0820 or

Youth Fellowship

Our middle school and senior high youth come together several times a month for fellowship and outreach opportunities as we seek to continually fulfill our baptismal covenants as a community of faith. Check out our Facebook page or contact for a schedule of events.

St. James Preschool

St. James Preschool is a child-centered, enrichment-oriented program featuring a low student to teacher ratio. Licensed by the State of Michigan, this program is designed to give a child flexibility to grow mentally, socially and physically while being nurtured in a loving and supportive Christian environment. Children from 12 months to 6 years attend small group, age appropriate programs daily. Children of all faiths and cultures are welcome.

Please call 248-644-4071 for more information.