NEW PASTOR AT ST JAMES:
Please let us welcome Ron Gilmer and his daughter Lydia to the St James family;
He will be leading worship on Sunday, June 18, 2017
Below is a St James History:
St. James Presbyterian Church was chartered on August 27, 1989. It was planted as a new church development through the Presbytery of Carlisle, with support from the Synod of the Trinity and General Assembly. St. James Presbyterian Church aspires to be a regional church to serve the Hampden Township area as well as adjacent communities accessible via nearby roads and highways.
Saint James sits on a 10-acre property on Orr’s Bridge Road, one of the major local roads traversing Hampden Township. The church, multipurpose addition, and Preschool all occupy the main structure. There is an enclosed playground and a picnic pavilion with a kitchenette and an attached storage shed. Boy Scout Eagle projects have added a small memorial garden and a labyrinth, each with benches.
The original building was built in 1989 with a worship space, small kitchen, several classrooms and offices. The building was expanded in 2000-2002 to add a multi-purpose room/gym, new kitchen, five additional classroom spaces, a library, and restrooms. The original classrooms and offices were reconfigured to serve as a music room, meeting room, church office, Christian Education office, and Pastor’s Office.
Organization and Governance
The current organizational structure involves a Session (12) and Board of Deacons (6). The Session is resourced by three functioning Ministry Groups: Caretakers, Discipleship, and Growth. The Caretakers are responsible for issues relating to the finances of the church, the property, and stewardship. Discipleship encompasses Christian education (Church School, C2F – Challenge To Follow, Youth Club and Adult Education), worship, and fellowship. Growth includes mission activities, outreach, membership, and evangelism.
St. James offers one worship celebration at 10:15 a.m.
The service blends traditional music from the Presbyterian Hymnal as well as traditional prayers, affirmations of faith, and doxologies with more contemporary music, use of audiovisual equipment for announcements and, as part of the Worship Celebration, a praise band. The service typically lasts one hour, with Bible readings and a featured message from the pastor.