What do we do?

The following information is offered to give you an idea of some of the ways we live as followers of Jesus at St. James. The Parish offers may opportunities for those who wish to live and grow in their faith and to serve the need of others. Please call the church office if you would like more information.

Baptisms

Congratulations! We are thrilled that you have made to decision to seek baptism. In the Anglican context Baptism is the rite of passage that brings people into the church community. This usually takes place in infancy but is often an adult rite of passage as well. When a person is baptised, he or she is baptised into the entire Christian community and are linked to brothers and sisters in Christ for centuries that have gone before.

To receive information about baptism, please contact our office during business hours (Wednesday or Friday from 9a-1p) at 519-969-4472. You will contacted by the priest and a meeting will be arranged. Better yet, please come to worship on Sunday morning. This is a great way to meet the community and get a better understanding of what it is to belong to a Christian community.

Youth and Children

We've often heard it said that children and youth are the "future of the church." At St. James Roseland, we see children and youth as 'the church today". That is why we offer programming and opportunities for children and youth to take part in the life of the parish today. Faith formation through Sunday School is offered weekly for children up to 12 years of age. Youth meetings take place monthly with an emphasis on Christian education and serving the community through outreach initiatives. Age appropriate worship is offered at special times during the year. All children, regardless of age, are invited to participate in Sunday worship and all are encouraged to come to the Lord's table to take part in Holy Communion. The Deanery of Essex also has a vibrant children and youth ministry of which St. James members engage. All those who minister to children and youth have been properly screened according to the Diocese of Huron Safe Church policy.

Weddings

Congratulations on your engagement and may God continue to bless your love for each other! We hope the following information will be helpful as you plan your wedding. Your best first step is to attend a worship service so you can see the church and meet the Parish Priest. If you would like a meeting beforehand, please call the church office at 519-969-4472.

What to know before setting up a wedding:

  • 30 days notice must be given to the Parish Priest
  • Marriage preparation is a requirement of the Anglican church. Your priest will help you arrange this.
  • You are responsible for purchasing a Marriage Licence from the province.
  • Music must be arranged in consultation with the Church organist.
  • Flowers must be arranged in consultation with the Altar Guild of the parish.
  • Your Photographer must consult with the Parish priest on guidelines for pictures and video during the ceremony.
  • There is a fee for weddings. Fees will be discussed in consultation with the Parish Priest.

Funerals

Christian funerals reflect a variety of responses to the experience of death. On one hand, those who gather acknowledge grief, anxiety, and a number of other emotions arising out of their sense of loss; the reality of death must not be denied. Yet the funeral is not simply an expression of anguish and despair. There is room for thanksgiving even in the midst of mourning. Through our worship of God, we have opportunity to know joy and hope.

In the Funeral Liturgy Christians proclaim that not even death can separate us from God's love. We make such a bold profession because of the context in which those who have died are remembered -- we offer thanks for their lives in the context of Christ's death and resurrection. It is because of Jesus Christ, crucified and risen, then, that we have reason to celebrate today, even as we must face the death of a loved one. Confident in God's goodness, we gather to give thanks for God's grace in Jesus Christ, and for the many ways God's love has been revealed through God’s children.

For information on funerals at St. James, please contact the Rector or speak with your funeral director.

“The Lord shall watch over your going out and your coming in, from this time forth forevermore”

Psalm 121

Mission & Outreach

Our mission and outreach ministries at St. James ensure that a vital part of our mission statement is fulfilled. We strive to be “Devoted to God and to each other through outreach and participation in our community”. As followers of Jesus in this place, we are called to giving service in his name. There are many ways we do that, including the support of area food banks, schools, Children’s Aid, refugee sponsorship, nursing home visitation, prayer chain and much more. We believe we don't just "go to church," but rather we are called to "be the church". Join us as we do our part to renew God’s world and strive for justice and dignity for all people.