St. James offers several educational options for youth and children of all ages offered throughout the year. Due to COVID-19, some of our offerings are on-hold – see details below. For more information, please contact the church office at office@stjamestempe.org or (480)345-2686.

Confirmation Class

A seven week class to prepare the youth of St. James for their confirmation to the Episcopal Church. We are planning to start this class in 2021, for a group of 5 students and 2 adults, on Sunday, January 5 through Sunday, February 21 on the patio outside the church office from 11am – 12:30pm each week.

EYC

Episcopal Youth Community (EYC or Youth Group) for 6th through 12th graders is designed to help youth explore and deepen their relationship with Christ, strengthen their faith and knowledge of the Church and equip them for discipleship and Christian leadership in their communities. This group meets monthly in-person on the third Sunday of each month, from 12noon – 2pm, on the church patio outside the church office.

Godly Play

Children of all ages are invited to join our Godly Play enrichment experience. Godly Play is engaged in our Godly Play classroom. Children have an innate sense of the presence of God. The Godly Play approach helps them to authentically explore their faith, through story, to gain religious language and to enhance their spiritual experience though wonder and play. Based on Montessori principles and developed using a spiral curriculum, the Godly Play enrichment method serves children through early, middle and late childhood and beyond. Godly Play plans to resume once we’re worshipping in person with both services.

Sunday School

Once we’re meeting in-person for both worship services (8:30am and 10:30am), Sunday School will meet in-between the two services in the outdoor patio and observing social distancing. Each session will include fellowship, a Bible story, a game, music and craft designed to reinforce their connection with God’s Word.

Vacation Bible School

St. James is proud to offer this one week Vacation Bible Study (VBS) at no charge to our community. VBS is traditionally held in June each year and stay tuned for more details as the 2021 date approaches.