24447 94th Ave. S, Kent, WA 98030 (253) 852-4450 info@stjameskent.org

The Bishop’s Visit – Palm Sunday, March 28

We are excited for the Bishop to visit on Palm Sunday, March 28! Due to our limited interior space, pre-registration for this special Sunday is very important as we do expect to reach capacity. All of our usual Sunday protocols will be in place (please see In-Person Worship guidelines to the right). Register here: March 28, Bishop’s Visit

The schedule for the Bishop’s Visit:

  • 9:30 am Coffee Chat via Zoom
  • 10:30 am In-Person and Livestream Worship Service
  • 12:30 pm Vestry and Staff Meeting via Zoom

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Sunday Morning Worship @ 10:30 am

In-Person and Livestream

Register for In-Person Worship:

  • Individuals and “pods” (families and those with shared exposure) will need to register online here and fill out a waiver form found here.
  • A family or “pod” may complete one waiver form with all names listed.

Please note:

  • Interior space is limited to 25% capacity (around 60 people) per WA State COVID guidelines and those of the Diocese of Olympia,
  • Families and “pods” can sit together, but everyone else will be 6 feet apart and all attendees will be required to wear a recommended protective mask. We will have hand sanitizing stations, and no one will be going downstairs. We will serve Eucharist in hosts only.
  • For those unable to attend in person, please join us via our livestream link:
    https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCUCOTQOoyctxeiqcAjYTRUQ
  • This link takes you to the St. James YouTube Channel page. On the YouTube Channel page are the uploaded videos and previous live streams.
  • When we are live streaming there will be an additional window at the top of the page with a link next to it labeled LIVE.  Click LIVE to watch the live stream.

Register for in-person worship here.
Fill out a waiver form here.
Watch the livestream here.

Coffee Chat at 9:30 am

Coffee Chat and Zoom Link:
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/86011814269?pwd=d0NwRlhySnpaMGZIaE84aEYvVjRhQT09
Meeting ID: 860 1181 4269
Passcode: 661936

Capital Campaign Update

Pillars of Faith – Windows of Hope
Capital Campaign Update, December 2020

We are in the final six months of our Capital Campaign (ends June 30, 2021)!! We have much to celebrate and a couple of projects still to finish. Read the update: Capital Campaign Update – St. James Kent (PDF)

2021 Annual Meeting

We held our Annual Meeting via Zoom on Sunday, January 31. Click on the recording of the meeting below (includes PowerPoint Slides) to listen. If you have questions, please contact Vestry Chair Leslie Malek at QueenderNacht@gmail.com or 206-321-0567.

Faith Formation

Celtic Cross

Meet Members on the Monitor on Wednesdays @ 6:30 pm via Zoom

Starting February 24, Mother Joyce & Sister D. will lead a series on Celtic Spirituality you won’t want to miss. It will include readings from The Soul’s Slow Ripening: 12 Celtic Practices For Seeking The Sacred by Christine Valters Paintner.

Each week will be based on a chapter of the book. It will include a story of a particular Irish saint—like Patrick or Brigid. It will also introduce helpful practices for discernment that each saint’s life illustrates.

MMM Zoom link:
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/89388924911?pwd=TXM2Wi92NmR4Tm5OWW93b1c5b2t5UT09
Meeting ID: 893 8892 4911
Passcode: 974693

Sister D Bracher, Minister of Formation
253-569-4759
bracherd@gmail.com

Read-a-loud with Sister D. on Mondays @ 4:30 pm via Zoom

We’ll be reading “Tales of the Kingdom” by David and Karen Mains and illustrated by Jack Stockman.  This delightful story is good for ages 9 to 99.  The story begins in Enchanted City with the orphaning of two young boys.  Find out what happens next, where the boys go, and just what’s up with those taxis!!

Zoom Link: 
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/87008961308?pwd=RWEyNXVHNW91bEJhUDJmREFITWRFUT09
Meeting ID: 870 0896 1308
Passcode: 313273

It’s a Breeze!

Breeze is an online church database system that will enable us to keep our membership contact information as up to date as possible.  As we learn its features we will be better able to connect you with ministries, interests, and each other, as well as communicate with you! Breeze is now our virtual membership directory. Our Breeze address is: https://stjameskent.breezechms.com.
Using that link, please create your unique login and update your information.

In-person Attendance

We will be meeting for worship via Zoom for the month of January (and hope to return to in-person/livestream worship on February 7).

For when we return in-person:
In-person attendees will need to register online here and fill out a waiver form found here.

Community Engagement: FREE Grocery Drive Through

January/February/March

Tuesdays 12-1

  • Word is spreading and we are serving more cars each week! Donations of bulk food items (and money to purchase bulk food) are needed.
  • WE NEED EGG CARTONS to distribute the free eggs we are receiving in bulk.
  • Our food pantry is still open and in need of food items and pads/pantiliners (no tampons, please).
  • For more information, to volunteer or donate, please contact Peter Ostrander, Minister of Community Engagement postrander@stjameskent.org

Adult Education

The Sunday Morning Adult Education Offerings are intended to enhance our spiritual transformation. This class meets in the Parish Hall between Sunday services. The lessons are taught by a variety of people and are designed to impart knowledge, share tools, practices, and disciplines for better living. Classes for adults begin at 10:00 a.m. following the 8:30 am service. There is no adult education during the summer months.

Contact

Joyce Parry-Moore
Rector

253-852-4100
jparrymoore@stjameskent.org

Nursery

Ages Newborn to 2 years old

Our large and peaceful room is perfectly set up for children ages newborn to two years old.  Nursery care is available during the 11:00 a.m. church service.  There are many loving and caring adults that volunteer to take care of the children.  Nursery care is open for various parish events with advanced planning.  The children enjoy their play and story time with each other and the caregivers.

Contacts

Karen Fisher fisherfam4@comcast.net

Jacque Alvernaz jalvernaz@comcast.net

Godly Play

Ages Kindergarten through 5th Grade

(children must be 5 by August 31 and currently enrolled in kindergarten.)

The Godly Play Class is available during the 11:00 service.   The class is designed for children kindergarten through 5th grade.  They are invited to “wonder” in Godly Play.  Godly Play is a Montessori-based approach to guiding children in their faith development.  Each child is welcomed into the Godly Play classroom.  Then they are invited to join the circle of other children on the floor.  An adult storyteller shares a story from the Bible or from our faith traditions.  When the story is finished, the children are encouraged to “wonder” about the story.  Then the children have time on their own to explore the materials to retell the story, work on a self-guided craft that relates to the story, read a story, or enjoy some quiet time. Sometimes, a feast is shared.  The children join the church after the confession. Godly Play does not meet during the summer months.  For more information about Godly Play, visit the Godly Play Foundation website here:  http://www.godlyplayfoundation.org

Contacts

Karen Fisher fisherfam4@comcast.net

Jacque Alvernaz jalvernaz@comcast.net

Youth Group

St. James’ Youth Group meets youth where they are and guides them closer to Christ. The youth stay active all year long, with events like the Seattle Inner City Mission Trip, 30-Hour Famine, pancake suppers, helping at VBS, the summer mission trip, BBQs, corn mazes, Tacoma Rainiers’ baseball games, the diocese’s JYC and HYC, and so on.

Contact

Paul Alvernaz
palvernaz@hotmail.com

Young Adults & Young Families

Young Adults & Young Family Fellowship is the group of 18-35 year olds at St. James. We meet each month, for fellowship that is family friendly. Past events have included pool parties, pumpkin carving, mystery dinners & gingerbread house building. We also do events for adults only, like camping in the summer. Please come join us

Contact

Brandon Wheeler

Ministries for Young Adults
lifetree.bdw@gmail.com

Melinda Schmeising

Ministries for Young Families

minserra36@hotmail.com

Choir

Our choir sings every Sunday at the 11:00 a.m. service. We come together for practice on Thursday evenings at 7 p.m. With hundreds of years of liturgical music available, we’ll never run out of repertoire, that’s for sure! Our choir also participates in the annual Kent Sings! on the first Sunday of May. New members are always welcome!

Contact

James Jelasic
Minister of Music

jjelasic@stjameskent.org

Contemporary Band

Our contemporary band, Radiance, is comprised of youth and adult musicians who love to play music! They play a mix of praise and worship music from contemporary Christian artists and original work. The band plays at the Contemporary Service every 1st Sunday at 11:00am.

Contact

Tom Lynch
Radiance Band leader

st.jamesradianceband@gmail.com

Men’s Fellowship

The monthly meeting is held in the church’s Parish Hall on the second Saturday of each month starting at 8:00 a.m. and is approximately one hour in length.  We open with a brief prayer, offering up our thanksgivings, dine on a dish provided by one of the participants, have a discussion of a Biblical offering by one of the participants, and close with intercessory prayers that are offered up for friends and family.

Contact

Norm Harris

(253) 852-4003
harris4003@hotmail.com

Women’s Fellowship

We want to help every girl and woman of all ages discover her inner self and unfading beauty.  We meet monthly for breakfast on the third Saturday of every month to share our stories and learn from our sisters in Christ.  We typically have a weekend retreat in the Fall and we arrange other events throughout the year.  We would love to meet you and hear your story—join us!

Contact

Tisha Stril

425-766-2961
tishastril@gmail.com

Pastoral Care

Caring for others is an important part of who we are. St. James is committed to the well-being of its members through caring relationships and kind actions, intentionally meeting both the spiritual and life needs of the congregation.

The Pastoral Care Ministry provides warmth and support both in and beyond the Sunday church service. Membership offers an opportunity to fulfill the role that Jesus gave us, to love and serve our neighbors whoever and wherever they might be. Members of the Pastoral Care team might be called upon to provide short-term assistance with transportation, food/meals, shopping, visits, both at home or the hospital, and/or serving on one of the prayer teams.

If you are interested in being part of the Pastoral Care Team contact Tovi Harris

Contact

Tovi Harris
harris4003@msn.com

Little Sisters of St. Clare

The Little Sisters of St. Clare is a community of faithful women who seek to live a contemplative life of prayer, study, and service, in the tradition of St. Clare and St. Francis.

Contact

D Bracher, LSSC
Mother Guardian

253-569-4759
LLSCMotherGuardian@gmail.com

Society of St. Anna and St. Simeon

The purpose of the society is as an honorary community of elders, serving to acknowledge their role as mentors and tradition bearers, as well as to ask for their prayers for the local, Diocesan, and worldwide Episcopal Church, and for wisdom when needed in matters of our congregation. The society, from its inception, was meant as a model for Christian living, to encourage all persons in the Diocese to look toward these elders for images of life lived in the imitation of Christ.

Contact

Mother Joyce
(253) 852-4450
info@stjameskent.org

Health Ministry

The St. James Health Ministry is coordinated by Parish Nurse, Debbie Danioth, RN, and was started in 2000. The group has met monthly in the past to focus on current health issues relevant to the St. James parish, and to support the Parish Nurse with events such as monthly blood pressure checks, blood drives coordinated with LDS church and the Puget Sound Blood Center, and CPR/First Aid courses.

Contact

Debbie Danioth, RN

dldanioth@gmail.com

Assistance

The Outreach Ministry provides low-income Kent residents and the homeless with food, water, clothing, utility shut-off assistance, drivers licenses and IDs, referral information, and prayer always. We also provide school supplies and household furnishings, when they are available.

Community Garden

Our Community Garden connects at-risk families and children with the spiritual, nutritional and creative enrichment of learning to garden and compost in their homes and community.

Missions

One of the goals of Missions is to be a presence for Christ in the world. We provide opportunities for mission work locally, nationally, and internationally. Trips are for junior high, senior high/young adults, and adults.

Thrift Shop

The Thrift Shop is located in the gymnasium next to St. James Episcopal Church 24447 94th Avenue South Kent, WA 98030 We are accepting donations of gently used items 9 am to 12 noon on Mondays & Tuesdays and 1:30 to 4 pm on Wednesdays, and on our sale days, or by appointment by calling (253) 854-5165 or (253) 852-4450.