Welcome to St. James! We thought you might want to know a little about who we are before coming through the doors on a Sunday, so here is our attempt at summing ourselves up. We are a congregation of the United Church of Canada. If you are interested in knowing more about what the United Church believes, this link would be a good one to follow, http://www.united-church.ca/beliefs. To put it most simply, we are a people that finds that life has more meaning and makes more sense through the lens of faith and the Christian story. This doesn`t mean we claim to have all or even most of the answers about life, its more like we’re on this journey and we’ve found that the God we’ve come to know in Jesus is a good and faithful companion.
We see the decision to come to church not as buying into a set of beliefs but rather as the beginning of a journey of exploration with the Christian story. So you will find a range of beliefs at St. James from the very traditional to the very liberal. This acceptance is in our DNA; we became the United Church because three different Churches came together in 1925.
We’ve also found that this journey is best undertaken with company, so we come together as community for worship, for learning, for action and for fun. As a church we remain one of the few places where different generations gather to share in the significant passages of life, and to support and encourage one another in figuring out the things that matter in our lives.
As a community we hear the stories of our faith and share our own faith stories and questions. We strive to support one another through prayer and rally around one another in times of need. We often challenge the way things are in our world and dare to proclaim how things might be.
None of this means we’re perfect. Being in community is challenging and hard work. We are a quirky, flawed and broken people who on the surface sometimes appear to have little in common. But we believe that God is found in our attempts to be community and to transcend and celebrate our differences and touch the sacred core that unites us all. Like we said, it’s a journey.
We hope this helps you to get a better idea of who we are and that you’ll find a warm welcoming place for yourself and/or your family here at St. James.