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.


Adult Forum Series

The Series is being led by Laura Trombley and Pastor Martha, and is following worship service on Sundays.  We will explore the book, “The Lost Art of Listening” written by Michael P. Nichols, PhD.  This book can be found on Amazon and we will be taking a chapter each week.

Come add your thoughts to our collection as we as we continue to learn this upcoming Sunday!


Thursday Book Study

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

We will be studying the First Millennium of Christianity this year.  Each month we will be exploring the important events in Christianity and in the world that led the church to evolve into the power it was by the time of the end of the Dark Ages in 1500.  By May we will be exploring the great East/West Schism in 1054 that shows the complications even in those days of Christians living together.  Our reference books this year will be The 100 Most Important Events in Christian History by Curtis, Land and Petersen and Turning Points by Mark A. Noll as well as other sources.

Please plan to join us on the first Thursday of each month.


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.



Confirmation meets the 2nd and 4th Sundays at 3:30 pm and rotates between St James, Immanuel Lutheran Church and 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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