Adult Education


It is the mission of Adult Education at St. James to assist everyone in their spiritual journey with Christ by offering a variety of options and venues so that each parishioner will find a convenient time and place for spiritual growth that fits their interest and learning style.

The Adult Education/Commission schedules educational programs which are content driven and include: adult forums on Sunday mornings, other lecture series, a pilgrimage in planning, our Lenten program and devotional booklet, the Nickerson Library and a book club.

For daily and weekly Bible readings: The Lectionary Page is a liturgical calendar with links to the lessons from the Episcopal Lectionary (BCP – Book of Common Prayer) and the Trial Revised Common Lectionary (RCL). Click on this link, scroll to the date, and click on the BCP link or underlined name to follow the readings of the day.

For Morning and Evening Prayer: You can always participate in Morning and Evening Prayer wherever you are; click here to find the Daily Office online resources.

Women of Faith -Women of all ages are invited to join this monthly meeting of women interested in growing deeper in faith through Bible study and reflection.  Check the event calendar for the latest meeting date and contact information.

The Women of Faith will resume in the Spring of 2015.  Joan Augusta will lead the group along. Meetings will be held on Wednesday evenings.  More information will be provided at a later date.

If you have any questions, please contact the office at 978-388-0030.

The Men’s Group – The Men’s Group at St. James Episcopal Church in Amesbury meets each week to read aloud and discuss appointed selections in the Holy Bible and related resources. We learn about the circumstances of biblical events, their significance, and the people involved.

Currently the focus is upon appointed readings from the Revised Common Lectionary, which is the Protestant Christian Worship Schedule of Bible readings that takes into account daily services and the liturgical year’s observances of festivals and seasons.

At present our Saturday morning meetings involve the readings appointed for the following day’s church services. It is 9:00 AM that seems to work best for us. To study on a Saturday what will be delivered by lay readers during the next day’s Sunday’s worship services, then expanded upon selectively by the Reverend Dee Woodard in her homily, seems to us a fulfilling, triple-exposure learning sequence.

We encourage all men of St. James in Amesbury to join the group. You’ll like it! The customary meeting place is the St. James Parish’s Chandler Hall though lately we’ve hosted meetings at members’ homes. Call Arthur Yarranton at 978-346-4749 ( or Mort Gilbert at 978-388-3831 (, if transportation is needed or for further information pertaining to meet schedule. Regardless of location, morning beverages and baked treats are in the offing.