Christian Service

Each person possesses a basic dignity that comes from God. It is the mission of the Christian Service Commission to enhance this dignity through its overall community service. This mission is carried out through the ministries and services listed on this page.
Ministries
Parish Health Ministry
In response to the whole health needs of the church and its community, a parish nurse ministry was started in April 2004. Together, the parish nurse and the health ministry team work to integrate faith and whole health in mind, body and spirit. The Parish Nurse Ministry Team uplifts the connection of mind, body and spirit.
Flu Shots
Flu Shots are usually scheduled in the fall. Watch the bulletin for exact dates.
Bone Density Screening
Bone Density screening is especially important for all females age 35 and up! Take this easy first step to keep your bones healthy and avoid osteoporosis. The machine used only requires a bare foot and takes approximately 10 minutes total.
BMI Testing
Body Mass Index (BMI) Testing involves stepping on a scale and will only take a few minutes. you will need bare feet so be sure to wear easily removable socks. No age restrictions. Those being tested may not have a pacemaker or other implantable medical device.
CPR Class
The City of Novi provides free CPR classes for Novi residents. Non-residents pay $40 per student. You must pre-register.

Click here for more complete information.

Food Pantry
The St. James Food Pantry exists to help combat hunger in our local area. For over 25 years, we have provided emergency as well as monthly food boxes to those in need.

The Food Pantry has 2 separate programs:

Monthly
A monthly packing and delivery of food to families/seniors/disabled in our local area needing assistance. Participants complete a comprehensive application and provide documentation which must be updated regularly.
Emergency
Emergency food assistance is available for pickup to anyone in need – must call first. We will help on a one time basis for those outside of our local area and every 2-3 months for those in our area. Those outside of our local area are referred to the closest food pantry.

Volunteer Opportunities

  • Sort, store and rotate donations each week
  • Pack food boxes monthly
  • Deliver food monthly
  • Emergency food packing – when needed
  • Shoppers

There are approximately 80 volunteers involved in managing our Food Pantry on a regular basis. If you are unable to give time, there are other ways to help the Pantry. Consider signing up for the no cost – Kroger Community Rewards Program, bringing in a food item every time you come to church, utilize the “buy one, get one free” at stores and donate the “free” item. We are always in need of computer paper boxes for packing food and welcome them anytime even if just 1 or 2.

Other Ministries
Funeral Luncheons
One aspect of our Christian Service department is our Funeral Luncheon Ministry. This service is offered to our parish members who have experienced the death of an immediate family member. The intent of this ministry is to alleviate the burden of planning a family luncheon while trying to handle the immediate grief of losing a loved one.

Although we try to accommodate each parish member having this need, certain circumstances sometimes prevent us from extending this offer. The availability of parish facilities and scheduling conflicts are two significant concerns in this area.

In general, funeral luncheons are scheduled Monday through Friday immediately following the funeral liturgy. Typically luncheons are not offered on weekends nor are they offered for memorial services which occur more than a week after death.

All aspects of our funeral services (visitation, liturgy and receptions) are at the discretion of the pastor who confers with the Christian Service department and staff members as to the availability of the facilities and personnel.

Moms, Babies and Kids
The Moms, Babies, and Kids Ministry began with the start of St. James Parish, in an effort to provide assistance to local organizations that support young, pregnant women and their babies. Over the years, the focus has always remained on helping a variety of charities who strive to protect life and encourage women to make positive choices in their lives.

Who do we help?
Today, we currently support three different organizations:

Alternatives for Girls (AFG) – As a Detroit-based nonprofit serving homeless and high-risk young women since 1987, AFG has provided critical services including safe shelter, street outreach and educational support, vocational guidance, mentoring, prevention activities, and counseling.
Abigayle Ministries – Abigayle Ministries is a Christian interdenominational non-profit organization located in Sterling Heights. The ministry assists adult pregnant women and their children by introducing them to the Gospel of Jesus Christ and equipping them to be self-sufficient through its residential housing program.
AWPC (A Women’s Pregnancy Choice) – The mission of AWPC is to reach out to men & women in our community who are facing a crisis pregnancy while advocating for the unborn child. Located in Farmington, AWPC offers fetal development & abortion alternatives information, abstinence education, material assistance, Christian guidance and community referrals for individuals both during pregnancy & up to 14 months after child birth.

How do we help?
St. James helps each charity through one or more of the following ways:

Shopping– Monthly shopping occurs to purchase new items such as diapers, baby wipes, formula, toiletries, linens, and other supplies that can be used at the AFG Shelter or Abigayle Residential Program.
Emergency Requests – If there is an immediate need at any of the charities, St. James does its best to assist that organization in obtaining whatever it is they may need – whether it’s a crib or diapers, new or used.
Donations – If parishioners have items they would like to donate, we do our best to accept the items and deliver it to the organization in need.
Holiday Programs and Special Events – Through events such as the Giving Tree at Christmas or the Mercy in Action Day Diaper Bag project, St. James is able to collect items in need.
Monetary Assistance

When and where do we help?
Volunteers in this ministry assist by:

Shopping – Each month, we receive a “wish list” of needed items from one of the rotated organizations. Then a designated “shopper” goes to area stores (Target, Meijer, etc.) and purchases the items. You pay for the items up front and then submit your receipt to the church office for reimbursement.
Delivering – Once the shopping is complete, the shopper typically schedules a time to deliver the goods to the organization in Detroit (AFG).
Online Ordering – As in the “shopping” bullet above, shopping for specific items occurs but it is done online instead of visiting a “brick and mortar” store. Items are shipped directly to the organization in Sterling Heights (Abigayle).

If you have any questions, comments, or suggestions, please contact Lisa Stokes at (734) 323-8729 orlisalynnstokes@yahoo.com. Thanks for your interest!

C.O.T.S. (Coalition of Temporary Shelters)
Hearts and Hands
Life Issues
Hospitality
St. Al’s Breakfast Ministry
Monthly Mass celebrated at:
– Medilodge

Projects & Programs
Easter Baskets
Reverse Collection for Pantry
Letter Carriers’ Food Drive
Grocery Store Reward Programs
Backpacks
CROP Walk
Rebuilding Together
St. Aloysius Outreach
St. Vincent de Paul Furniture Drive
Blood Drive
Eyeglass Collection
Cell Phone Collection
Thanksgiving Baskets

Christmas Adopt-A-Family Program

Christmas Giving Tree