We hope one of the first things you notice about Saint James’ is our strong sense of community and our desire to welcome you into that community. It is much more fulfilling to worship, learn, and serve when we know, trust, and love the people by our side.
We are confident that as you delve into the many groups and activities at Saint James’ you will find one (or two, or three….) that fits you and allows those relationships to flourish.
Each Sunday, high-school students gather for a meal followed by formation, discussion, games and more!
Students build on leadership, service, and Christian education alongside their peers, preparing for the annual mission trip and their lives beyond.
Throughout a typical program year, students will visit Verdun Adventure Bound, plan a ski trip to Seven Springs and help out with various parish-wide outreach events among a number of other exciting opportunities.
Come join us on Sundays at 6:30 in the parish hall!
The middle school youth group at Saint James’ is open to anyone in grades 6th-8th who wants to make connections, have fun and learn more about what Saint James’, Episcopal Church and Christianity is all about, whether or not they attend Saint James’ church and/or school.
The formation (learning) part of youth group also serves as preparation for Confirmation, which is generally done during one’s 8th-grade year when the bishop visits Saint James’.
Middle school youth group generally meets twice a month.
Our regular meetings are 5:00-6:30pm on Sunday evenings: 30 minutes of games, 30 minutes of formation, and 30 minutes for dinner, which is provided by a different family each meeting.
Want to be a part of something INCREDIBLE and life changing? The high school youth missions trips have been just that for many people both adults and teens. We have chosen, as our means of manifesting God’s love, to create opportunities for all people to live in decent, durable shelter. The trip puts faith into action by helping to build, renovate or preserve homes. Starting in 2009, members of Saint James’ high school youth organization along with adult chaperons have spent one week each summer rebuilding homes in South Carolina and West Virginia.
These trips have been much more than simple service projects. They change perspectives, build relationships, alter pursuits, and open eyes to the incredible possibilities God has put in front of us. God’s mission for us is far more than a trip, but sometimes living out that mission begins with a trip.
By Max Del Signore
Hello, my name is Max Del Signore and I am currently attending McDaniel College and I play football there. I was a part of the Saint James’ youth group from 2014 to 2018. This youth group has changed my life in so many ways, and I wanted to share how the youth groups missions trip in particular have changed my life.When I think of missions trips three words come to mind: love, relationships, and community building.
For the past four summers, I have enjoyed my fourth of July working on homes in one-hundred degree heat in Hollywood, South Carolina. Most would think that what I do is not the most ideal way of celebrating America’s birthday.
To me however, it is the most rewarding thing I can do. Every year my church brings our high school youth group to Hollywood, South Carolina to do missions work on people’s homes who are in need.
Hollywood is not as extravagant as its California counterpart. Hollywood was a place that after the Civil War was given to the freed African Americans. This land was swampy, gross, and unfarmable so the white people had no problem giving them this rough piece of land. The land has not changed much since the Civil War and generations of people continue to live in poverty.
I came into my first missions trip already having a large group of friends. I was informed that we were getting split up into separate groups. To my disliking I got paired up with mostly people from the Hanover church who also participate on the missions trip. It was my first time ever being paired up with complete strangers.I got to know these people and learned that we have more in common than our differences. I also got to meet the homeowners whose homes we were working on. These people were so appreciative of our work. You could see God’s message of loving your neighbor as yourself. These experiences have helped me in many social situations that previously I was very bad at. I am a very shy person and I find it hard to get to know new people. The trips have also taught me more about community building.
My first year on the trip I could hardly even make contact with my hammer on a nail. After four more summers, I am now very good at hammering nails. It was a hard learning curve but I persevered. I realized that every nail matters in the building of a home.
Each nail represented a piece of our church community tying Hollywood, South Carolina to our community in Warrenton, Virginia. You see the world in a different light. You notice things that you did not notice before. You see the poverty but you also see the spirit in every home.
“Life is short, so be quick to be kind, and make haste to love.” -Benjamin Maas
This quote really signifies what the missions trip means. We go down to Hollywood, South Carolina in hopes of improving the residents lives. Instead, the residents improve our own lives by showing their quickness to be kind towards us. They allow a bunch of high-schoolers into their homes. These homes may not seem like much by our standards, but they take great pride in what they have. It is an amazing feat of courage on the homeowners part to allow us to improve something that has been such a critical part in their lives. The three main points of the missions trip are relationships, community building, and love. These three main points do so much more than build a simple home. They bring the world together. This is an experience that everyone should take an advantage of because this opportunity will benefit you just as much as the homeowners.
“Without a sense of caring there can be no sense of community” -Anthony J. D’Angelo.