Parish Activities

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If you would like more information or to volunteer for one of these groups, please contact the Rev. Seth M. Walley.


Banquet of Abundance

The Banquet of Abundance is the largest fundraiser of the year! Every year we come together for a dinner and silent auction to raise money for St. James' Outreach Ministries. Each group will provide unique decorations for their table and are welcome to dress according to the table’s theme. The Saintly Chefs provide the meat entree and your group provides the side dishes. Everyone has a great time and helps fund the Outreach Ministries here at St. J’.

Foyers – Fellowship, Food, Fun

Groups meet on a monthly basis from September through May and are led by a coordinator who hosts the first gathering.  Then, other members of the group take turns hosting in their home or a restaurant.  Gatherings should last about two hours and the meals should be simple.  Each group establishes what day and time to schedule their gatherings, based on what works best for the members.  This is not your average supper club!  It’s so much more!  Members of each group vary by age, gender, and marital status. For more information contact Jan Thornton at the church office, 601-982-4880.

First Thursday BOokTalks at St. james’

Join us at 11:45 am on the first Thursday of each month for the First Thursday BookTalks at St. James’. Enjoy our $10 lunch buffet and hear one of Mississippi’s authors speak on their latest book. Lemuria will be on hand with copies of the books to sell also. Invite your friends and family. The more the merrier!
Please contact the church office at 601-982-4880 to reserve your seat!

September 5 –Mary Miller seizes the mantle of southern literature with Biloxi, a tender, gritty tale of middle age and the unexpected turns a life can take. Miller is the author of The Last Days of California and the short story collections Big World and Always Happy Hour. She is a former James A. Michener Fellow in Fiction and John and Renée Grisham Writer-in-Residence at the University of Mississippi. She lives in Oxford, Mississippi.

October 3 – No one can tell the stories of a life well-lived in the Delta like Hank Burdine, and we are excited to present this collection of his writings, Dust in the Road: Recollections of a Delta Boy
by Richard Grant (Afterword), Hank Burdine (Author), Delta Magazine (Creator), Julia Reed (Foreword). Hank Burdine, a cradle Episcopalian, is our featured speaker this month! Hank was baptized, confirmed and re-affirmed with his wife and children by THREE successive Bishop Duncan Grays!!! He also wrote the introduction to Panther Tract: Wild Boar Hunting in the Mississippi Delta by Melody Golding, and he wrote Mississippi Delta, The Flood of 2011 and contributed to The Delta, Landscapes, Legends and Legacies of Mississippi's most Storied Region.

November 7 –  Lovejoy Boteler is our featured author this month discussing his book, Crooked Snake, The True Story of a Kidnapper’s Calamitous Criminal Life Told by the Man he Abducted. This gripping account of Lovejoy Boteler’s kidnapping and his years-long quest to learn more about his captors is absolutely riveting. This is a long-awaited publication by this skillful writer.

December 5 – Karen Brown received life-altering news in her mid-twenties: a condition robbing her of her sight and would leave her totally blind by the age of 30. Over the next years, she would raise a son, work with 3 guide dogs, build an impressive career, retire, and follow God's call into spiritual guidance training. Her first book, Sandpiper, tells of Karen's journey from sight to blindness, and is an inspiring story of love, loss, renewal of joy, and the unfailing grace of God, even in the darkest places. This month, Brown speaks about her new book, Go With Your Dog.

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Episcopal Church Women (E. C. W.)

Women of all ages and various views who share as common denominator the love of God and the wish to do God’s work – we are ECW, Episcopal Church Women. All women of St. James’ may choose to participate in monthly meetings – the fourth Thursday evening (5:30 to 7) of each month in the Oakridge Hall. Life for ECW begins in the local congregation and continues at the diocesan, provincial, and national levels. At St. James’, ECW draws women into many church and community functions and hosts the Advent Wine & Cheese Party.  ECW Bylaws. To get more involved with ECW, contact Ouida Holland at or 601-842-2647.

The Saintly Chefs of the Burnt Offering

This is the group that generously gives of its time and talents to prepare and cook for various parish wide events. If you love to grill and want to get involved with this group, please contact Bill Youngblood at 601-953-2847 or

St. James’ Spring & Fall Picnics

You don’t want to miss our Parish Picnics!!  We have one in the spring and another in the fall, the picnics will follow the 5:00 pm Worship Service with lots of special activities.

Shrove Tuesday Celebration

Shrove Tuesday is the day immediately before Ash Wednesday, named for the “shriving” or confessions and absolution, and we celebrate in our in the Parish Hall.

The Saintly Chefs of the Burnt Offering serve a traditional Cajun supper. There is music, and a children’s parade is led through the Parish Hall. The event concludes with the Burning of the Palms, which were saved from the previous Palm Sunday and will be used for the next day’s Ash Wednesday services.  Many volunteers are needed for this memorable event! To get involved, contact Jan Thornton in the church office at 601-982-4880/ or Bill Youngblood at Bill Youngblood at 601-953-2847 or