Juicy Community Events
We plan "pop up" events that include formation, fun and fellowship throughout the year. It might be a movie night or a prayer walk or a book discussion or - whatever someone would like to share with others in our church and beyond. Some events are family friendly, others are geared toward adults. Check under "What's New" to see what's currently on the schedule.
The Trinity Institute usually occurs in January. This two-day event will be publicized in church and local media each year when the specific topic and schedule have been finalized.
St. James has partnered with Trinity Church Wall Street for over ten years to provide this excellent educational program on diverse topics of faith and its relevance in today’s world. Each January, a live telecast from Trinity features noted speakers such as Joan Chittichester, Robert Reich, Walter Bruggerman and James Cone.
Contact: Eleanor Vander Haegen
Education For Ministry
Meeting Times: This group currently meets on Wednesday mornings from fall through spring with the year beginning in September.
Contact: Eleanor Vander Haegen
What We Do: Education for Ministry, affectionately known as EfM, is a program of theological "education-at-a-distance" from the University of the South`s School of Theology.
Students sign up one year at a time for this four-year program. It covers the basics of a theological education in the Old and New Testaments, church history, liturgy, and theology.
The University of the South (Sewanee) provides a four-year course of study for lay persons of any faith on our common ministry to which all are called at Baptism. This course does not prepare participants for the ordained ministry, but rather to live their life more intentionally as a Christian. Each year is a separate unit, beginning with Hebrew Scripture, New Testament, Church History, and Contemporary Theology.
No academic background is required for this class, as its goal is making the information accessible to lay people and finding joy in its message. Upon graduation, EfM graduates receive a certificate of completion. Continuing education credits are available through Sewanee.
For more information, contact Eleanor Vander Haegen
Safe Church Training
Safe Church Training is designed to make it easy for St. James parishioners to become Safe Church certified. Free online training using the curriculum “Safeguarding Our Children” is now available. Jaclyn Headings, our safe church minister, can provide trainees with a unique ID and password they will need to access the program. Because the program uses video clips, broadband Internet access is essential. Completion of online training is required in order to attend the follow up in person 3-hour training session. We try to offer at least one training session per year at St. James. For a full schedule of in-person trainings throughout New Hampshire, visit http://www.nhepiscopal.org/safe-church/
Refresher Training is required every 3 years. Anyone in need of refresher training is asked to take the new Initial Safe Church Training.