Christian Formation For Children

Sunday School, offering religious education for young members aged 3 through elementary school, meets at 11:15 a.m. each Sunday during coffee hour.

Catechesis of the Good Shepherd, ages 3-6 – Wednesdays at 3:30 p.m.

The Catechesis of the Good Shepherd is a Christian education process for children ages 3 through 12 in which they experience and form an authentic, faithful relationship with God.

The Catechesis is grounded in scriptural and liturgical study framed by Maria Montessori’s principles of education. This allows the children to hear the Gospel through the use of sensorially rich materials. The children are free to work with these materials that represent essential proclamations of the Christian message in a sacred place, called the “atrium”.

The atrium is a place of community and worship rather than a classroom for academic study. It is a place to be with and enjoy God, to listen to the Word, and to pray.

The Catechesis of the Good Shepherd welcomes children from families of St. James as well as others in the Roanoke Valley community who desire spiritual formation for their children.  For more information, contact the Rector.

More information from the United States Association of The Catechesis of the Good Shepherd

Christian Formation for Youth

Sunday School, offering religious education for Middle and High School youth, meets at 11:15 a.m. each Sunday, September through May, in “the Cave” on the lower level of the Parish House.

Youth Group

The Middle and High School Youth Group meets about once a month for programs of education, service and fun. All youth are welcome.

Learn more about Youth Programs with the Diocese of Southwestern Virginia

Christian Formation for Adults

Education for Ministry (EFM) is an adult theological education program of the School of Theology, The University of the South in Sewanee, Tennessee. Participants commit one year at a time to meet weekly in a seminar led by a trained mentor to study Old and New Testament, Church History, Twentieth Century Theology, and engage in Theological reflection of daily life. The program runs for 32 weeks, September through May. For more information contact the Rector at

Learn more about EFM

Bible Study

A small group Bible study is offered every Wednesday evening at 7:00 p.m. in the Parish House conference room on the lower level. Studying a variety of Books of the Bible, this is an opportunity to study the Bible in depth and share its meaning for individuals.  For more information, contact John Whitcomb,