Ministries & Outreach
God has called us to serve those in need. We are committed to doing ministry the way Jesus did: by reaching out to the marginalized and the poor, having the greatest Kingdom impact possible. Collaborative outreach with individuals and local service organizations is essential to sustainable impact. As a modern worship center, we host diverse educational seminars and social gatherings, along with travel experiences that enhance personal growth and spiritual development in an interactive, lifestyle-focused manner that gives us a foundation to help others. We strive to mobilize people according to their individual calls. With the power of the Gospel we can change the world!
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The St. James Community Engagement Team seeks to engage our faith community with the larger, more diverse community outside our church doors and pursue understanding, inclusion and equity for all. Our community outreach includes organizations we support such as MOMS Orange County, OC Rescue Mission, the Environmental Nature Center (encenter.org) and the Wetlands and Wildlife Care Center (wwccoc.org). We also are working with Latino parents to increase their participation at Ensign Intermediate School. Our global efforts include programs with Syrian refugees in France and the Maasai of Tanzania.
St. James is a place of technology-enabled immersive creative learning experiences for young people and adults that use and teach latest technology. We are committed to explore new ways to leverage computer-based learning, virtual and augmented reality (VR and AR) to significantly enhance the learning experiences of young people from various backgrounds and abilities. We engage in collaborative labs for experimenting with new and engaging ways to use technology for teaching and learning.
St. James Faith Lab supports creative, innovative, and experimental educational projects that incorporate AI and other advanced technologies and invests in entrepreneurial initiatives to remedy key social issues.
“Think Locally, Act Globally” could be our motto as we reach beyond boundaries to spread the Word through action in local communities far from our own. In Tanzania, we are supporting a project to bring education and fresh water to a Maasai community. Another project, founded by a St. James congregant, is providing education and acculturation assistance to Syrian refugee children in Normandy, France.
A school for homeless and underserved children
Skyview is an alternative-education program that serves homeless and extremely impoverished K–8th grade students. The school has 50 students, is located in Orange, and run by the O.C. Dept. of Education. Many of these students reside in old, nightly-rated motels; others in shelters, cars, and parks; and some live with friends or other families. The status of homelessness is ever-changing, so these students’ circumstances are continuously changing. One stability Skyview is able to offer them is their education, in a safe and supportive environment; they attend year-round. There is a food pantry on site, and the children can take food with them, if they need it.
St. James has a dedicated team of volunteers who provide classroom support and tutoring for the students each week, and we have helped with Christmas and Valentine’s Day parties and other school events.
For those in need of help—whether you’ve experienced health issues, personal crisis, abuse, addiction, loss, or pain—or you are simply searching for hope, prayer or the next right step towards healing, we welcome you. Our Care Team is a ministry of grace designed to bring hope and healing to the hurting. For more information please contact us via email firstname.lastname@example.org
We’re Doing Our Part For A Greener St. James
We encourage everyone to join us as we strive to be faithful stewards of the environmental resources that we enjoy as an organization and as individuals. In the kitchen, we use washable servingware like mugs and silverware rather than disposables whenever possible, and discourage the use of plastic drinking straws. Our garden features drought-resistant plant material and drip irrigation. We are greening the office by going paperless and sharing documents on the cloud as we are able, and when printing is necessary, we print two-sided and use green products including recycled paper stock. Please join us in our efforts to care for our fragile island home.