We believe that Christian Education is a vital part of being a disciple of Jesus.  To follow Jesus is to learn from his example of love that he has for the world, but it is also a call to be in community with other Christians.  Just as the disciples formed relationships with Jesus, they also formed relationships with one another and supported each other as they proclaimed the gospel in the world.  We, too, at St. James gather together not only in worship, but also in a community to learn more about God, more about faith, and more about one another.

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Weekday Bible Study

Do you like digging into the weekly lectionary readings a bit deeper?

Join us on Wednesdays at 6:00 pm for “Pericope Study” Pericope study is the study of an excerpt of text that forms a coherent unit of thought.

Come add your thoughts to our collection as we delve into the readings for the upcoming Sunday!

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Thursday Book Study

The Thursday Study Group meets the second Thursday of the month at 1:30 pm.

We ended the year with the choosing of Mathias to replace Judas and become the 13th apostle.  We wondered if Peter was taking charge and acting on his own as he often did, when in reality, the Holy Spirit had chosen Paul as the 13th apostle.

This year we will continue the story using J. Ellsworth Kalas’ book, The Story Continues.  For reference, we will also be using First Christians by Paul L. Maier and various other reference tools.

Join us to learn more about the early church and how it grew.  We will meet the second Thursday of each month at 1:30 pm in the sanctuary.

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Pub Theology

Do you have questions about life, or faith, or God?  Are you afraid to ask them in church?  Are you looking for a community of people who will gather around you and wrestle with those tough questions?  If you answered yes, then we invite you to check out Pub Theology.  We talk about questions and matters of faith in a bar over drinks and food, and we invite you to come and join us.  We meet the first and third Tuesdays of the month at The Grand River Marketplace.  Contact the Church Office for more information, or click on this link.

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Confirmation

Confirmation meets the 2nd and 4th Sundays at 3:30 pm at Christ Lutheran Church.
Confirmation is a two-year period of instruction for youth usually in 7th and 8th grades (though some students can be younger or older).  St. James joins with our two sister congregations Christ Lutheran Church in Michigan Center and Immanuel Lutheran Church in Jackson to form what we call CSI:  Confirmation.

The material alternates each year, so each student will have the chance to learn it all. Last year, we focused on the Bible and its relevance for our Christian life. This year, we’ll cover the Small Catechism, including the Ten Commandments, the Lord’s Prayer, the Apostle’s Creed, and the sacraments of baptism and communion.

At the end of their second year, students go through the Rite of Confirmation at a special worship service where they affirm their baptism, share a Bible verse that reflects their faith, receive the prayers and support of the church, and are welcomed as adult members.

For more information, please contact the Church Office.

 

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