St. James Preschool
For over twenty-five years, St. James has offered a well-regarded preschool program to the general community. The preschool is under the leadership of Executive Director Jane Michalyszn who has been at the preschool since its inception. Over one hundred children attend preschool each year. The preschool is considered a ministry of the church with Session having ultimate oversight of the program and staff. The day-to-day operations of the preschool are handled by Jane and preschool staff (which number 4 teachers and 4 aides.) The preschool also has its own four-member board of directors which is comprised of two church members and two parents of preschool children. The Board traditionally meets on a quarterly basis.
The preschool is open to all; in fact the majority of the families who attend the preschool are not St. James members. The church is not involved with the curriculum used at the preschool. Preschool families pay a tuition that is competitive with other preschools in the area. Tuition covers preschool teacher salaries, supplies and costs.
Youth Club (Grades 2-5)
The children’s program at St. James features a weekly after-school Youth Club where children Grades 2-5 do an assortment of activities and games. The children typically stay for dinner and then participate in the youth choir. The program is held on Thursdays and runs from September through April. The program is capped by an Awards Night featuring light-hearted awards and a family potluck meal.
Kids in 6th grade and older have the opportunity to participate in C2F (Challenge to Follow.) C2F involves occasional outdoor activities (hiking, corn maze, etc.), holiday parties, lock-ins, and other indoor events at the church. The group does not have a regular meeting time. Events are planned and organized as suits the needs and desires of the group.
For the past several summers the youth at St. James have participated in week long mission trips. Most recently, the youth traveled to rural West Virginia to help individuals and families in need. Before that, the youth spent time in Washington, D.C. focusing on assistance to the homeless.