School

Saint James Christian Preschool is dedicated to providing a loving,
nurturing environment, which allows a child to grow intellectually,
emotionally and spiritually. All activities will be built upon our faith in Jesus Christ and expressed in our love for the individual child and his or her needs. Click Here for General InformationClick Here for Registration form. For more info: Leah Winn, (334) 481-0722 or lwinn@sjlife.com

sjkids values

Saint James Children's Ministry is focused on helping your children discover, develop and experience the love of Jesus Christ. Our mission is to grow, nurture, and disciple children into a lasting relationship with Him, and equip them to share His love with others.

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Fun: We bring kid-inspired fun to every service and classroom through energetic worship music, interactive games, and bright, friendly environments. Our team is made up of people who feel called to share the love of Jesus with kids, and every Sunday they help bring excitement and enjoyment to your child’s church experience.


Safety: Your child’s safety is incredibly important to us, and we are committed to a system that creates a safe environment. This means our staff and volunteers in every service and classroom have completed a background check and adhere to the United Methodist Church Safe Sanctuary Policy. They are thoroughly trained and immersed in a culture of safety and cleanliness with the wellbeing of your child in mind. Security check-in systems are used for all Children Ministry events and the area is under constant video surveillance.


Learning: As a church, we are always investing in the next generation, and this starts with babies and kids. From praying over infants to sharing relevant Bible lessons with elementary kids, our goal is for each child to learn about the Bible and experience God’s presence weekly. We encourage parents to engage with their kids about what they learned on the ride home.

weekly events

Sunday Mornings: are a time where children experience a safe, fun and faith filled hour with loving adults. Our 9:30 & 11:00am services minister to children from infant to 5th grade.


Sunday Nights: September 9th- November 4th we will have SNAG (Sunday Nights About God). During this event, children will come to know Christ through praise, worship, and the word. A light snack is provided during this event. SNAG is for children 4yrs-5th grade, although childcare is provided for children three and under if you are a small group participant. Check in by 4:50pm and pick up at 7:00pm.


Wild & Wacky Wednesdays: September 12th- November 14th we have a fun, high energy Bible study for children 4years-5th grade. Monthly we'll have Wahoo Wednesdays with games, prizes and a snack. Childcare is also provided for children 3 and under if you are a life group partiipant. Check in by 6:00pm and pick up at: 7:30pm.

Upcoming Events


  • Blessing of the Backpacks

    All children come and be Blessed! Sunday, August 12th, during the 9:30 AM service. We will call all the children to the front of the congregation for a special blessing to begin their school year!  All children should check into their regular Sunday school class with their backpacks!


  • Family Bingo Night

    Join us August 26th at 5:00 PM in the Life Center for a night of Family Fun and Bingo! We will fellowship, win prizes, have a few friendly competitions, and of course play some BINGO!  Nursery provided for ages 3 and under. For more information contact Jennifer Aughtman at jen@sjlife.com


  • Back to SChool BASH

    Join us September 9th as we kick off our Sunday Nights about God (SNAG) program with a back to school bash from 5:00-7:00 PM! There will be inflatables, pizza, games, and FUN! FUN! FUN! Children K-4 through 5th grade invited! Childcare provided for children three and under. Please contact Jennifer Aughtman for more information. 

meet the staff

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Nursing Room

This area is specially designed for mothers with infants to enjoy the Sunday service in a private environment where you can feed, change, and care for your baby. The service is streamed live in this area just for you. When you are attending service, one of our ushers can direct you to the Nursing Room across from The Zone, our children's worship area.

Resources

Through Saint James you have access to watch over 2,000 kid's episodes in the RightNow Media Kid's Library. Stream them in the living room or on the road. These Bible-based shows will educate and entertain children of all ages. Contact dianne@sjlife.com get your free login.

Baby Dedication

Throughout the New Testament, the Bible teaches that baptism is a public expression of worship symbolizing the new life we have when we follow Jesus. In the Bible we see that Jesus’ parents dedicated Him to the Lord (Luke 2:22–40), and He was later baptized as an adult (Matthew 3:16–17). We understand that some churches practice “baptism of confirmation” for children. This ceremony is intended to be a commitment between the parents and God on the behalf of the child. The parents promise to raise their child in the faith until the child is old enough to make his or her own personal confession of Christ. This custom began about 300 years after the Bible was completed and is different from the biblical examples of new believers being baptized to publicly profess their faith in Jesus. With a heart to follow this Biblical model, we provide opportunities for baby dedication. Schedule a baby dedication by contacting Children's Director, Jennifer Aughtman at jen@sjlife.com

Water Baptism

We are so excited that you are considering baptism for your child! Every child can have a personal relationship with Jesus, and we encourage them to make a decision to follow Him. We advise parents to wait until their child is asking to be water baptized. This is usually a good indication that they are ready to be baptized and that it will be a spiritual milestone in their life. While children under the age of seven can have a relationship with Jesus, they will not necessarily remember or understand the significance of water baptism, so we encourage parents to wait for baptism until they are a little older. As you discern if your child is ready to be water baptized, we encourage you to use this question and devotional guide PDF (coming soon). If your child is ready to be baptized, their next step is to make plans to attend our next baptism event. Contact Children's Director, Jennifer Aughtman for details: jen@sjlife.com