Welcome to St James

We have new people visit us almost every week!

We’re Glad You’re Here

Whether you have a church background, or have never attended church, we welcome you to St James! We strive to make our events user-friendly, while maintaining a unique Christian and Methodist perspective on all we do. We experiment with new ideas and methods, so we ALL are beginning and learning together! There are no ‘expert’ Christians!


From Our Pastor

One of the best ways to get engaged at St James is to join us for worship. We know that visiting a church for the first time can be overwhelming, so we hope to make your experience as comfortable as possible. Please read through our FAQs, and don’t hesitate to reach out if you have questions. You can email me or call or text me at (520) 222-8690.



Pastor Richard

Frequently Asked Questions

What is worship like?

Worship at St James is informal and often participatory in nature. We use music, video, slides, and often hands-on prayer experiences. We teach from the Bible in an understandable and practical way. We use a mix of music: hymns as well as contemporary worship songs. Worship is not a concert or a lecture–it is a group activity!

I have children. How does worship work for us?

Bring your kids with you! We love children at St James and we work to offer an all-ages worship service. We have coloring pages (with crayons) that follow the Bible passage for each Sunday. We have a children’s talk during each service.

How should we dress for worship?

Dress casually and comfortably! People wear shorts, someone might wear a tie (but not the pastor!). Seriously, there is no dress code. Come as you are.

During Communion what should I do?

We celebrate Holy Communion every Sunday. In the United Methodist Church, we practice open communion, which means you do not have to be a member of St James, or any other United Methodist Church, or ANY church at all to participate in Communion. It is Christ’s table, not ours. When the congregation is invited forward, simply follow everyone else to the front. You will receive a small piece of bread with the words “Body of Christ, given for you.” Eat the bread. Then you will receive a small cup of grape juice (United Methodists use grape juice, not wine) with the words “Blood of Christ, shed for you.” Drink the juice and then place the cup in the waste can. Return to your seat. Participation in Communion is voluntary. If you want to remain in your seat during Communion, that is totally fine.

Do we need to give an offering? How does that work?

No, you do not need to give an offering. On any given Sunday, probably half of the congregation put money in the offering plates, so you would not stand out. We believe that the offering is more than just getting money to pay the church bills. It is an act of worship. That is why we pass the offering plates in worship. It is to give everyone the opportunity to worship God through giving. That is why we have ‘I Gave Online’ cards in the pew racks in front of you. Place that card in the plate as an act of worship if you gave online. You can text to give an offering, or you can give online if you wish.

How do people follow along with worship? Will I be able to keep up?

Each week, we print a worship guide or bulletin. It has the order of worship (an agenda) on the front. Inside, you will find the Bible passage we are studying that day, and usually notes on the message. Announcements and other helpful information is also included. We use two large screen monitors in the front of the church to project song lyrics, congregational readings, and any images that might facilitate worship.

Where should I park? How do I get to the worship area?

There are three parking areas at St James. The front parking lot directly borders Campbell Avenue and is across the street from McDonalds. The back parking lot is behind the sanctuary and can be accessed from Lind Avenue. There is a small parking lot on the north side of the sanctuary. After you park, simply head toward the steeple of the church. You will find the main entrance!

I'm nervous in new social situations. Will I have to talk to people?

We do not publicly recognize visitors or point you out in any way. You will find our people are caring and friendly, but not intrusive. When you enter the church, you will be offered a name tag by our greeters. If you don’t have to worry about remembering names, it puts you more at ease!

I have a disability. Can I still participate in worship?

Our sanctuary is handicap accessible.

People like me aren't welcome at every church. What about yours?

It is easy for a church to say ‘Everyone is welcome here!“. But we work to make this true at St James! We have all kinds of people attending and we would love to include you also!

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