Information for Visitors
Grace and peace be with you! St. James Presbyterian Church is a joyful, committed congregation in which all members are ministers. As pastor, I seek to offer guidance and support in each person’s journey and to encourage the church to make a loving and conscientious impact in this world we all share.
While we believe that we are broken people who often fall short of what God has intended, we also believe that God loves us and works through us anyway. The Holy Spirit has gifted each person in many ways, but none of us have all the gifts; thus we need each other, and we need you, as we seek to follow in Christ’s way together.
Grateful for God’s loving and transforming work with us, we seek to be a means of grace and blessing in the midst of a hurting world. We, at St. James, invite you to join us on this wondrous journey of faith we share.
What is the Presbyterian Church all about? Presbyterian Mission
Worshiping At St. James
All are invited to gather at St. James to worship on Sunday mornings at 10:30 a.m. Our vision of worship at St. James is refreshingly traditional, musically alive, deeply biblical and joyfully intergenerational. Our service is centered in the reading of scripture and preaching, and in sharing the sacraments of Baptism and the Lord’s Supper. Each service features hymns, anthems, and other music that reflect the church’s faith and musical styles from ancient to modern times.
Our congregation comes from a variety of backgrounds and from areas all across Tulsa County. There is a wide variety of dress present on Sunday mornings; we hope that all will feel welcome to come and worship in a way that is comfortable to them, whether that is in a dress, suit, Hawaiian shirt, or blue jeans.
Frequently Asked Questions
Where are you located?
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Where do I park?
St. James has a large parking lot, surrounding the church, with plenty of parking.
Where do I go when I get there?
The main entrance to the Sanctuary is inside the church, and can be accessed through any of our doors. From the main entrance (which faces Elm St), the Sanctuary will be just to your left once you are inside.
For those with limited mobility, there is a ramp in the rear and on the south side of the church.
There are greeters and ushers at the doors who are glad to answer any questions you may have once you arrive. There is also a visitors’ welcome table in the Narthex (the area just outside the sanctuary) that has information about St. James as well as a free St. James mug for you to take home.
What if I have nursery-aged children?
St. James always seeks to provide members and visitors with safe, secure, and dependable childcare.
St. James provides members and visitors with safe, secure, dependable childcare. We believe that a child begins to develop his or her first images of God as early as infancy. As children grow, a sense of natural comfort is developed and church becomes a second home. St. James employs a paid nursery worker who provides consistency and dependability needed for our youngest children, as well as St. James members who have been specifically trained and are bound by our Child Protection Policy.
Our Infant and Toddler Nurseries are located in the Education Wing across the Hallway and Education Hall from the Sanctuary. We offer infant (12 months and younger) and toddler (younger than three) care during the education hour, 9:30–10:30 a.m., and during worship, 10:30 – 11:30 a.m.
Are children allowed in worship?
Absolutely; children learn to worship by being in worship! In the Narthex, you may find a bulletin designed especially for young children, which follows the scripture passages used for that day’s sermon. In addition, Worship Activity Bags are available in the Narthex (the area just outside the Sanctuary) for children to use during the service. These bags are designed to assist children during the service so they can participate in worship. Please return bags to the Narthex after the service.
Children, age 3 through second grade, are invited to come forward for the Children’s Sermon during worship, and to then depart for Children’s Worship Time. All children will return during the offering.
Parents are also free to keep their children with them throughout the service, regardless of their age.
Are there rules about Communion?
You don’t have to be Presbyterian to share in the sacrament of the Lord’s Supper (also known as communion or the Eucharist); all who proclaim Jesus Christ as their Lord and Savior are welcome at the table! We share this sacramental meal on the first Sunday of every month as well as on other special occasions throughout the year.
Are non-Presbyterians welcome?
Absolutely! Most of St. James’ members were something other than Presbyterian at some point in their lives. While membership at St. James is open to all who affirm faith in Jesus Christ as their Lord and Savior, anyone may join us for worship, or for any of our other opportunities for learning and serving together, regardless of their faith, questions, belief, or disbelief.
St. James Presbyterian Church
11970 S Elm St.
Jenks, OK, 74037