Our approach to adult spiritual formation involves the acceptance of doubt and the forthright encouragement of inquiry as mature and unthreatening spiritual values. At St. James’, this engagement with the truths passed down through the centuries and present in our day can happen in many ways.  There are two Bible study groups that meet regularly (see below).  A Spiritual Parenting (and Grandparenting!) group meets on the 3rd Sunday of every month at 9:30 am.  We also offer seasonal programs throughout the year to engage in dynamic conversation and deepen our understanding of the Christian life.  Check out Latest News and Upcoming Events on the homepage to see current offerings. Adult Education Materials

The Bible Study meets at the church on the first and third Fridays of the month (usually September through May) from 9:30 to 11:00 AM for fellowship and an informal study of God’s word .  Past studies have covered such books of the Bible as Genesis, Acts, and Romans.  All are welcome.  For additional information, contact Maureen Suckling at 301-829-8421.

This ministry is open to all children and youth of our parish and is led by member volunteers every Sunday morning from 9:30 to 10:15.  Each session begins with a prayer and music prior to class. The youngest group enjoy Bible Stories for Preschoolers, and all grades (kindergarten through high school) use Living the Good News curriculum, a lectionary-based program. Every 4th Sunday of the month our students enjoy a group activity with the older youth assisting the younger children in outreach and craft projects. Students also participate in a Christmas pageant and youth-led services. Contact Joan Fader ( for more information.

St. James’ Youth Group involves teens in middle and high school.  We meet on the second Sunday of every month and then again on the fourth Sunday for fellowship. The youth enjoy working on outreach projects and helping the younger Sunday School children with fourth Sunday  activities. Social activities have included ice skating, pool parties, lock-in’s, and bowling. Many participate in Diocesan retreats, some of whom began pursuing leadership opportunities for staffing. Last summer we were able to attend a Samaritan’s Purse missions trip to Hungerford, Texas. While there, we helped rebuild a rehabilitation facility. This summer we are hoping to learn more about urban communities and social justice in Baltimore, MD. If you would like to join the Youth Group or receive additional information, please contact Youth Group Advisor Meghan McKeever by email:  . View our activities here Youth Group Activities