Jesus, in Matthew 14 clearly directed his disciples to include children in his ministry. St. James provides an atmosphere for safe relationships, planned and spontaneous fun and a deeper connection with Jesus. Supported by the overall Church mission, this ministry — in the church and in the community — is nurtured in faith through prayer, regular meetings, events, activities, trips, Bible discovery as well as participation in worship. The Children and Youth Ministry is intended to lead individuals, inside the church and out, into a lifelong commitment to Jesus Christ