At St. James we create unique worship and service opportunities for our friends with special needs and their families. Learn more about each of these below.


As God continues to abundantly bless us in our lives, we wanted to be sure to offer a safe, fun, socially distanced Red Carpet event that would be unforgettable. We are pleased to announce that the 2021 Red Carpet Affair will happen virtually on Saturday, May 1st. More details will come soon on how to register, for this awesome experience, so stay tuned!!


If you have any questions at all, don't hesitate to reach out to Melissa Ewen.


In addition to offering our adult adaptive Sunday school class on campus, we also offer it online via Zoom. We gather digitally via Zoom video call and stream the opening worship time of our main 11am service, then we will "walk" over to our Sunday school classroom together. This is a short gathering to be with friends, share prayer requests, have a short Bible study, and pray for one another. We will meet remotely until we can all gather again physically. No registration or prior attendance required for our Zoom option. If you need help navigating the technology e-mail Melissa Ewen.

Sundays at 11am

Meeting ID: 597 858 209

If joining by phone, find your local number: https://zoom.us/u/ak5KmtXW1



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.

Upcoming Dates:​

March 12th - Zoom

April 9th - Zoom

May - Virtual Red Carpet

June - OFF

Please check back often for updates.​


FriendZone Monthly Respite

FriendZone is a monthly 3 hour special needs respite program that provides parents and caregivers a time of refreshment on designated Saturday mornings from 10am-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.

Upcoming Dates:​

No dates scheduled for 2021 yet due to COVID-19.

Please check back often for updates.​


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's Sunday School, appropriately called “God’s Party”, has structured curriculum and 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. This Sunday School class begins in a classroom, takes their attendance, and then joins in typical worship service before beginning the day's lesson.


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.


Contact Melissa Ewen, Director of Fellowship & Special Connections, to learn more or to just say hi and let us know you're coming. All are welcome!


Melissa Ewen

Director of Fellowship

& Special Connections


At St. James UMC, we are just a group of people seeking Christ and trying to bring others along for the ride. We are a United Methodist Congregation part of the Florida Conference.



16202 Bruce B Downs Blvd
Tampa, FL 33647


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