St. James' mission is to know and serve God by serving others.
We live out this mission through service within the parish and through St. James' efforts to support those in our local community who are in need. Our Outreach House provides emergency food and household items to more than 100 families each month. In addition, many of our members also serve, through volunteer work, with local social service organizations reaching beyond our immediate geographic area.
In multiple ways both large and small our members grow closer to God as they show His love with donations of their generous spirits and willing hands as well as their treasure.
Please follow the links below for more information on our efforts to know God through service to others.
The Ministerium, an ecumenical effort of the Collegeville area churches, maintains a fund to assist in the purchase of fuel oil for those lacking funds to keep their homes warm in winter. The fund is sustained through donations solicited by all member churches.
Seamen's Church Institute of Philadelphia and South Jersey
has a mission to serve proactively without predjudice the human needs of seafarers and the maritime community of the Delaware River.
St. James' supports Seamen's Church Institute in several ways. Several members of the parish who knit donate hats and scarves at the annual October ingathering. Parisheroners donate (in good condition) used winter coats and sweatshirts to help those seafarers from warm climates who arrive in Philadelphia without weather appropriate clothing. One of our parish couples delivers coats to the Institute headquarters.
For additional information on Seamen's Church Institute click here.
Episcopal Community Services/Episcopal Relief and Development:
Many of our members, on an individual basis, support these two Episcopal service organizations through monetary donations. At times of crisis such as Huricane Katerina and the earthquakes in Haiti donations have been collected parish wide.
For information on these organizations, please click on organization name to link to each website.