156 N. Monroe St.
P.O. Box 507
La Grange, Texas 78945
Father Eric: 979.968.3910
in the Preschool
Tuesday - Friday
9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
As we look into the future, we realize that being a close Parish Family does not necessarily mean we should be sitting on top of each other. We have been blessed with many new families joining our congregation. Each bringing their own spiritual love for Christ and lovingly weaving their thread into the tapestry of St. James. The time is NOW to build a larger foundation for our church community. One that encompasses the room to grow our ministries, grow our spirituality and grow our purpose.
The good news is..as of June 30th, we have raised over $600,000.00 towards our goal of $750,000.00! (THANK YOU!) The funds will be used to increase the size of our Preschool, our Parish Hall and our Office Space. A new Gathering Area will be built, additional space for our beloved Choir and much more...
YOU can still help!
Please prayerfully consider donating to this effort that will benefit our Parish Family now - and for years to come.
Click the button above, and choose "Quick Give" to make a donation to the St. James Capital Campaign.
But they are also called with abundant joy, which has overflowed in rich generosity.
2 Corinthians 8:25b
How it all began...
Early in 2016 St. James organized a committee, chaired by Bob Hays, to identify the current and future needs of the church campus. The committee interviewed people from groups that use the church building — the Pre-school, Choir, Secretary, Altar Guild and Rector. The survey recognized shortcomings in the historically important church and sacristy, the school and in the Parish Hall.
After a summer of reflection, and the departure of Bob and Helen Hays, Bill Bishop and Suzanne Batchelder made contact with St. Thomas Episcopal Church in College Station to see how it had handled nearly twenty-five years of changes on its campus. In early December, they met with David Woodcock, a retired member of the architecture faculty at Texas A&M, and heard about the series of parish workshops that had taken place at St. Thomas over the years.
After discussion with Father Eric and the Vestry, Woodcock was invited to visit at St. James, and he and his wife Valerie worshipped with us on February 5, and then met with church members. It was agreed that he would moderate one or two workshops for St. James, and the first is scheduled for Saturday, March 25, from 10:00 am – 1:00 pm.
Bill Bishop, who is now chair of the Master Plan Committee, recirculated the 2016 report, and the committee has now compiled an updated and revised report. David will use that report, together with Core Values, Mission, and Goals statements to begin a process to develop a Strategic Plan for improvements to the existing physical facilities to meet current and future needs. This will provide the basis for engaging a professional team to implement changes.
The March 2017 Master Plan Report recognizes some life safety, accessibility, and code issues, and while the workshop on March 25 may reference those, the task will be to focus on strategic issues, not solutions. The process is often called “Problem Seeking” in professional terms, and its aim is to be sure that the parish reaches a consensus on needs and goals. The meeting will also provide an opportunity to consider options for action. As a preservation consultant, David Woodcock shares the parish’s dedication to the extraordinary 1885 church as an icon for La Grange and a unique place for worship.
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In 2017, we took a survey of how we wanted our campus and parish to grow. Our Parish Family answered questions about how we wanted to use our facilities, what services we wanted to offer and where we wanted to go in the future. How did we want to grow? The results from this survey were compiled and strategized...
In In the Fall of 2018, the St. James Parish Family began conducting a preliminary planning session for the Master Plan of our future church, with Architect, Ben Heimsath.
And so it begins...
Ben Heimsath returns!
We are now making way to make it happen!
Please join us on Thursday, April 25th at Frisch Auf Valley Country Club,
for a FUNdraiser to remember...