At St. James UMC, we are just a group of imperfect 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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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.


Saturday, May

One of the biggest and most anticipated days on the St. James calendar is fast approaching! On Saturday, May 4th, the 10th Annual Red Carpet Affair, hosted by Special Connections, welcomes those living with disabilities, 16 years of age to ageless, to an incredible evening of music, dancing and more! We expect this to be our biggest event to date with more than 400 special needs guests! The Red Carpet Affair is St. James’ way of proclaiming in a loud, clear, and joyful voice that people with disabilities are heirs to the same calling and promise of God as their non-disabled peers. You are loved and valuable. God is calling you to a community of good purpose. The Red Carpet Affair will be held in building 1 of St. James UMC.

To register as a guest, parent/caregiver, or volunteer, click here.


Upcoming Dates:

  • May 4 (Red Carpet Affair)

  • June (no programming)

  • July 12

  • Aug 9

  • Sep 13

  • Oct 11

  • Nov 1

  • Dec 6


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.

Red Carpet Affair will take place May 2.  To register for June’s programming click here.


Upcoming Dates:

  • May 11

  • June (no programming)

  • July 13

  • Aug 10

  • Sep 14

  • Oct 12

  • Nov 2

  • Dec 7

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 register as a volunteer this month, click here.

To register as a participant this month, click here.


Each Sunday

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.


Zach Grant

Director of Special Connections