Whether their backpacks contain crayons or laptops, students of any age are invited to attend St. James at 10 am on Sunday, Sept 9 to have their backpacks blessed for the school year ahead.  Educators at any level are also invited to bring in their teacher's bag to be blessed.  All will receive a small gift as a reminder of God's love.  Coffee and refreshments will be available following the service. Students and teachers do not need to be members of St. James to participate - all are welcome.

St. James will also be blessing and dedicating the new "Creation Arc" on the floor around the altar.  The arc was painted over the summer by artists in residence, Dave Bulger, Jeanne Thieme, Anne Meddaugh and Joyce Porter.