Special Connections

Staff

Zach Grant

Zach Grant

Melissa Ewen

Melissa Ewen

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Adult Special Needs

“JOYS” MONTHLY PROGRAMMING
The centerpiece of our adult programming is our monthly “Joys” gathering. We typically meet on the second Friday of every month from 7pm – 9pm. The first hour, Joys of Jesus, is focused on worship with great music, a practical biblical message and additional elements such as skits in which our guests are encouraged to be part of to reinforce the message of the evening. We also have guest artists visit of various genres to share their talents such as worshipful dance and contemporary Christian bands.

At 8pm, we close worship and begin the social hour of the evening with everything from dances, to movies and more! Attending both hours is not necessary to be part of the Joys experience, but if you do, you are guaranteed to have fun!

Periodically throughout the year, Joys will also go off-campus for social activities such as seeing a Rays game or a water ski show. Each year, come experience our annual “Red Carpet Affair” dance which attracts many from the community.

Joys is open to those who range in age from 16 years to ageless.

To register for our upcoming Joys of Jesus programming click here.

Upcoming 2017 Dates for Joys of Jesus:

September 8, 2017
October 13, 2017
November 3, 2017 (Thanksgiving)
December 1, 2017

SUNDAY MORNINGS
Join St. James on Sunday mornings for exciting & meaningful worship!  Traditional service is at 9:30am and contemporary service is held at 11am.

If you are interested in an adaptive Sunday School environment, come visit our Joys Sunday school at 11am. After attending a portion of the standard worship service to enjoy the exciting, contemporary music, participants will come together to learn Biblical lessons in a meaningful format through study and interactive activities. Come learn the Word of God and make some new friends!

Children & Families

FriendZone is a monthly 3 hour special needs respite program that provides parents and caregivers a time of refreshment on designated Saturday mornings from 10 am -1pm. Through art, music, games, therapy pets and other activities, children ages 2-16 enjoy a fun, social opportunity facilitated by trained and background checked adult and youth volunteers. Siblings are not left out of the fun as they are able to participate in the SuperSibs program! Sibs ages 4-7 years can stay on the church campus to enjoy the FriendZone experience. Older sibs can be part of off-site fun, participating in such activities as bowling, mini golf, movies, etc.

A parent orientation is required prior to your child’s/family’s enrollment. FriendZone is an outreach program of St. James open to ALL families in the Tampa community and beyond, regardless of religious affiliation.

To participate in the next FriendZone click here.
To volunteeer for the next FriendZone click here.

Upcoming 2017 Dates:

October 14, 2017
November 4, 2017
December 2, 2017

Sunday School

St. James realizes the importance of families being able to attend Sunday worship TOGETHER.  Therefore, accommodations are available at the 11am Sunday worship service that will allow those living with disabilities the opportunity to worship in community and learn about the love of Christ. In addition, St. James provides special needs Sunday school programs for all ages:

Children (ages preschool-elementary)
Appropriately called “God’s Party”, this structured curriculum provides an environment that fosters success for children ages preschool through elementary. Through song, Bible stories & more, God’s Party is about celebrating God’s love for all of us.

Youth and Adults (middle school and older)
The “Joys” Sunday School class, reaches out to provide exciting, adaptive curriculum that teaches about God’s love, acceptance and His desires for our lives and takes place after their attendance in typical worship service.

Both of these Sunday school programs are self-contained, but integration into a typical classroom setting or service is available with a companion for those who would succeed in such an environment.