What is a Life Group?

To follow Jesus is to be on a life-long, adventurous journey.  But none of us is meant to be on the journey alone.  Life Groups are places where people seek to do the Jesus-centered life together rather than just near each other.  Growing in Christ likeness is not a solitary process.  We must be with others. The busyness of our lives requires us to be intentional about banding together for encouragement, support, learning and prayer.  That’s why we have Life Groups.  They provide a place where people can be real with one another, as they move through life together. Groups are open to anyone looking to be with others on the journey. Groups usually consist of 6-12 people and most groups meet weekly.

What Happens in a Life Group? Worship – Family – Kingdom

The Worship expression in Life Groups is about setting out together to discover and respond to God’s great love for us.  We do this corporately on Sunday mornings but it’s also a focus for Life Groups.  Seeking God together through prayer and other expressions of worship is the starting point, the apex, if you will, of every group.

The Family expression in Life Groups is about living the Jesus-centered life together.  Groups “doing life” together become like family to one another, individuals are transformed inwardly through confession, accountability, application of God’s Word, guidance, love and encouragement.  The kind of community the Lord wants for us is NOT one where people are living at safe distances from one another but instead are living as family…loving Him and one another.

The Kingdom expression in Life Groups is about taking God’s Kingdom into our neighborhoods, workplaces and the world around us.  We are called to make God’s great love known to others with our actions and our words.   This is expressed through inviting others into the fellowship of the Life Group and also by the group reaching out to serve the local community in some way…it’s about being the hands, feet and voice of Christ in a world desperate for Him.

Getting Connected is Easy…

Life Groups are open to anyone looking for a place of belonging and connecting in a more relational manner. Take a look at the list and find a group that looks right for you.  The group leaders’ contact info is given.  Just drop them an email, and they’ll gladly answer your questions and send you directions to their gathering.  They would love to hear from you!  Additional groups will be launching in the coming months. Got questions? Contact the Rev. Elizabeth Bumpas – ebumpas@saint-james.org

Name: Weld Women’s Group
Leader:  Rev. Louise Weld
Contact: lweld@saint-james.org
Meeting Time:  Wednesday @ 6:30pm
Place:  Louise’s Office / Parish House 
Name: Read Men’s Group
Leader:  Bill Read & Mark Durinsky
Contact:  me@billread.com
Meeting Time: Thursdays @ 7:00am
Meeting Place: Bagel Nation on Folly Rd.
Name:  Jenkins Evening Bible Study
Leader: Rev. Arthur Jenkins
Contact: ajenkins@saint-james.org
Meeting Time: Wednesday @ 6:30pm
Place: Ministry Center Parlor
Name: Wilson’s Co-ed Group
Leader: Bonham and Janet Wilson
Contact: bonumjanetwilson@bellsouth.net
Meeting Time: 1st & 3rd Monday’s at 7:00pm
Place:  Different Homes
Name: Hilton-Cooke Men’s Group
Leader:  Tom Hilton & Mark Cooke
Contact:  tomhilton4@comcast.net
Meeting Time: Tuesdays @ 5pm
Place: Ministry Center Chapel
Name: Women’s Friday Morning Bible Study
Leader: Virginia Bartels & Maxine Swafford
Contact: virginiabartels@aol.com
Meeting Time:  Friday @ 9:30am
Place: Ministry Center Parlor 
Name:  Jenkins Morning Bible Study
Leader: Rev. Arthur Jenkins
Contact: ajenkins@saint-james.org
Meeting Time: Wednesday @ 10:30am
Place:  Ministry Center Parlor
Name:  Young Adult Group
Leader: Cyndee & Scott Cave
Contact: ccave@saint-james.org
Meeting Time: Every other Monday @ 7pm
Place:  Cave’s home in Mt. Pleasant