The St. James’ community seeks to “Serve the needs of Montclair and beyond through God’s love.” We are a community that holds service – to ourselves and others – at the center of all that we do. We see service as a mutually beneficial relationship that brings everyone involved closer to God. To be a missional people, we believe that our community members must reach out to others, and we accomplish our outreach through local service opportunities, mission trips, and global partnerships.
“For I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me drink, I was a stranger and you welcomed me, I was naked and you clothed me, I was sick and you visited me, I was in prison and you came to me… Truly, I say to you, as you did it to one of the least of these my brothers, you did it to me.”
Below are the various ways in which the St. James’ community serves the Montclair community and the greater northern New Jersey area.
- Christine’s Soup Kitchen in West Orange: we serve a nutritious lunch several times a year to approximately 100 hungry families.
- Human Needs Food Pantry in Montclair: we help with funding, donate canned food, and host special fund-raising events.
- St. Paul’s Food Pantry in Paterson: we help with funding.
- PATCH (Parents And Their Children), a part of the Prison Ministry of the Diocese of Newark that includes:
- Collecting sleeping bags, flashlights, and duffel bags for children in the PATCH program attending summer camp.
- Tree of Grace collects Christmas gifts for the children in the PATCH program.
- P.A.R.K.S. in Paterson: we help with funding so children have a safe and green space to play and learn.
- Montclair Protestant Chaplaincy: we help with funding to enhance the spiritual life at Montclair State University
As a Christ-centered community, mission trips to national and international locations are some of the most important and fulfilling opportunities we have to share God’s love for his people. Older teens and adults have been to New Orleans and Appalachia to help repair homes and learn about local cultures. Recently, confirmed teens traveled to the Jersey Shore to assist with clean up after Superstorm Sandy. As part of our ongoing relationship with the Parish of San Pablo in Panama, members of St. James’ have visited Panama to do construction and relief work for the impoverished members of the San Pablo community.
Recognizing our responsibility as global citizens in the twenty-first century, the St. James’ community has thoughtfully developed relationships with international organizations that allow us to share our blessings with others.
- Episcopal Girl’s Home of Panama City, Panama: we help with funding to assist Panama City’s most vulnerable get the start in life that they need.
- The Episcopal Diocese of Panama City, Panama: we work together to gain understanding and deepen faith through the exchange of clergy and laymen.
- Kenya Children’s Fund: we sponsor primary school students to help with education, boarding, and feeding in the poorest area in Kenya.
- Women to Women International: we sponsor women living in war-torn countries in Africa so they can craft a self-sustaining existence for themselves and their families.