Spiritual Formation

In keeping with our mission that each child may grow in grace, St. James offers age appropriate spiritual
formation classes and Chapel services to all scholars. Chapel services are led by the Church of the Good
Shepherd clergy, the St. James Headmaster and the Church of the Good Shepherd Children’s and Youth
Ministries staff. All parents are invited and encouraged to attend Chapel services at any time.

Chapel services are held in the Sanctuary, where the tenets of our Christian faith and Episcopal heritage
are shared. Primary School Chapel is held on Mondays at 8:55 a.m. for Pre-Kinder and 9:20 a.m. for PrePrimary
and Primary levels. Middle School Chapel is Tuesday mornings at 8:10 a.m.; Lower School
Chapel is Tuesdays at 8:45 a.m.; and All School Chapel is Thursday mornings at 8:10 a.m.

The Church of the Good Shepherd Children’s and Youth Ministries staff facilitates and teaches the
following Spiritual Formation Classes at St. James Episcopal School:

Primary School Spiritual Formation Classes

Our youngest students are introduced to Spiritual Formation through age appropriate Bible stories,
activities and songs.

Lower School Spiritual Formation Classes

The Spiritual Formation program in Kindergarten through 4th grades leads scholars through a two-year
cycle of the Old and New Testaments. In addition, the scholars will learn about the Sacraments of
Baptism and Holy Communion, as well as seasonal celebrations in the Episcopal Church.

Middle School Spiritual Formation Classes

Middle School scholars begin more serious and thematic reflections through the study of Scripture
(Genesis to New Testament Letters), Church History, the Sacraments, Prayer and the basic tenets of
Christian Theology. With these concepts, scholars investigate other world religions and have the
opportunity to compare and contrast them with Christian doctrine, developing a respect for diversity and
differing views.