Reaching Out

Every member of St. James aspires to, "seek and serve Christ in all persons, and to strive for justice, peace, and dignity among all people." Through both church-based programs and partnerships with local charities, St. James offers some direct assistance and seeks to change unjust policies and systems that perpetuate violence, suffering, and injustice.

Whether social advocacy inspires your faith or your worship motivates you to help others, you can get involved by emailing Steven Balke.

Hunger & Poverty

St. James hosts two meal programs, "Just Meals" serves a hot dinner on the first Tuesday of each month and "Sandwich Sunday" provides brunch and a sack lunch on the third Sunday of each month. Part of the holiday tradition at St. James is providing Christmas gifts for our neighbors in need through the ReVive Center's "Christmas Basket" program.

Following the Biblical teaching of tithing, St. James is able to give away 10% of every dollar toward feeding the hungry, caring for Chicago’s at-risk youth, and helping charities around the world care for those whose communities or lives are disrupted by human failings or natural disasters. 

Summer in the City

Summer in the City is a non-residential arts and adventure camp held in the heart of downtown Chicago, dedicated to helping young people discover treasure in Chicago, themselves, and others.

Social Justice

On behalf of St. James, members actively live out God's love in the world by participating in:

  • Chicago Pride Parade
  • Black Lives Matter
  • Interfaith Coalition Against Racism
  • Bishops United Against Gun Violence
  • Fair Trade Fairs

Refugee Resettlement

Members of St. James joined RefugeeOne to co-sponsor a family from Syria in need of practical help and friendship as they adjusted to their life in their new home, Chicago.