St. James's works to reconnect people of all ages to God's creation in ways that make a difference to the earth and the human family. Through education, prayer and outreach, our ministries work to inspire wonder and action in ways that intentionally link our community spiritually with the light, sky, land, stars, wind, and water that run through God's story. Join us throughout the year for our garden-blessing service, storytelling, harvesting, the blessing of the animals, and other activities that point to Jesus' spirit and his way of love.
Our Good News Garden allows us to live our Christian values at the intersection of Creation Care and social justice by planting more, praying more and proclaiming more. The garden on the east side of the church building started 12 years ago with an Eagle Scout program, replacing much of our resource-hungry lawn near the Memorial Garden with four raised growing beds and irrigation. Today, the Community Garden provides fresh vegetables to families through our feeding partnership with Hartford Catholic Worker. Parishioners regularly plant, maintain and harvest crops in the garden beds. From April through October, the group meets every Wednesday morning during the planting and harvesting months. Volunteers take whatever is harvested to Catholic Worker’s “Green House” in North Hartford, where it is distributed to anyone who is hungry.