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.
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 reading of the Gospel lesson 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.
Classes for our youth, grades 6 – 12, take place at 9:00 a.m. to allow for these young people to serve as acolytes and lectors at the 10:00 a.m. worship service 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 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 email@example.com.
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 Special Events page, our Facebook page or contact firstname.lastname@example.org for a schedule of events.
The Upper Rooms
The three rooms on the top floor of St. James, fondly referred to as the Upper Rooms, while available for use by the entire parish and community, are mostly used for our Youth programs. They consist of the Youth Room, the Prayer Room, and a Church School Classroom.
The Church School Classroom is primarily used for our youngest church school classes. In the Fall of 2013 two of our youth, Samantha and Alexandra Tousignant – cadets in the Girl Scouts, asked if they could renovate the space as part of their Silver Award in Girl Scouts.
They researched the best colors to use for a learning environment and found the uber-bright colors of yellow and green to be both uplifting and energetic. Curtains were purchased and installed on all of the windows. Perhaps the biggest renovation was the installation of new vinyl wood grained flooring with a protective waterproof barrier padding. The decisions were made with the knowledge of how the room would be used by church school classes and youth groups. It was a perfect upgrade!
These young ladies had previously earned their bronze award in 5th grade which required 20-25 hours of community service. The fifty plus hours of community service work that they did on the Upper Room Classroom goes towards their silver award, which is the highest award for a cadet. Our deepest thanks goes out to Samantha and Alexandra, along with their extended family, for working so hard to renovate this room.
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.