Seasonal Studies


Adult Education Open House

Check out what’s happening in the world of adult education at our Open House on September 16 at 9:45 a.m.!

Wednesday Pastoral Teaching

Our Wednesday Pastoral Teaching focuses on The Bible: A Biography by Karen Armstrong. We meet on Wednesday mornings at 10 a.m. in the Parlor.  A copy of the current schedule is included below.

  • 9/12  – Introduction
  • 9/19  – WPT is Cancelled
  • 9/26  – Chapters 1 and 2: Torah & Scripture
  • 10/3   – Chapter 3: Gospel
  • 10/10 – WPT is Cancelled
  • 10/17  – Chapters 4 and 5: Midrash and Charity
  • 10/24 – Chapters 6 and 7: Sola Scriptura and Modernity
  • 10/31  – Chapter 8 and Epilogue

Adult Sunday School

Thanks to all who participated in the Combined Class this summer as we explored “Scripture from the Backside” with lessons from Ellsworth Kalas. Regular classes will resume this month.

Raising Children from the Inside Out

Exploring the Spirituality of Children

Join Dr. Holly Middleton, Rev. Dr. Erin Reed Cooper and Rev. Max Vincent in this parenting course designed to explore the spirituality of children and how parents might engage in developmentally appropriate ways to celebrate, encourage, and support children as they grow from the inside out. This six-week course will start on September 23 and will meet on Sunday mornings at 9:45 in the Fellowship Hall at St. James UMC. If you have any questions or would like more information, contact Rev. Dr. Elizabeth Lobello Edwards at


Dr. Holly Middleton is a licensed clinical psychologist specializing in care for people struggling with attention issues, anxiety, depression, and grief. She consults with parent groups throughout Atlanta on topics of raising children in the modern age.

Rev. Dr. Erin Reed Cooper is the director of family ministries at St. James UMC. She is passionate about involvement of children and youth in the worshipping body of the Church, and creating sacred spaces within the home.

Rev. Max Vincent is the senior pastor of St. James UMC. Max has a fourteen year old son and has no idea what he’s doing, but it has greatly increased his prayer life.

Disciple Bible Study

Starting this fall, Rev. Max Vincent will lead a Disciple 1 Course. The Disciple Bible study gives the Old and New Testaments equal time, emphasizing the wholeness of the Bible as a revelation of God. Disciple draws upon the work of scholars, personal Bible reading and study, and dynamic group discussion to aid understanding of the Bible. This thirty-four week course will be offered on Sunday afternoon or evening. For more information or to sign up, please contact Rev. Dr. Elizabeth Lobello Edwards at

Financial Peace University 

What if you were following a plan for your money that you KNEW worked? With Dave Ramsey’s Financial Peace University, you CAN take control of your money, get out of debt, and create a plan for your future. This 9-week course will be offered by Susan Lowery on Sunday evenings at 6:15 p.m. and will begin on September 16. There is a cost for materials and there are a few starter kits available for purchase from the church. For more information or to sign up, please contact Rev. Dr. Elizabeth Lobello Edwards at