109 York Street, Gettysburg, PA 17325

Sunday School

Weekly Sunday School is held from 9:30 – 10:30 a.m. on Sundays during the school year, for all ages.

Sunday School is free, and it’s open to all members of our community — church membership is not required.

Sunday School

During the school year, children from ages 2 through 6th grade meet in age-grouped classes.

2 & 3 year olds

Rainbow Room (Nursery Room) – Main floor – Nina Kloster & Jenny Martin

4 year olds

Room 103 (lower level) – Kim McGlaughlin, Diane Joiner, Holly Schneider

Kindergarten thru 2nd Grade

Room 305 (upper level) – Julie Dunlop, Kim Guise, Brieanna Waybrant

3rd & 4th Grade

Room 304 (upper level) – Michael & Evelyn Kolumban, Wendy Machemer

5th & 6th Grade

Room 301 (upper level) – Kasey Smith


St. James has a three-year confirmation program for grades 7, 8, and 9 which meets in the Dining Room. Our pastors and several enthusiastic adult mentors serve as confirmation leaders. There is a weekend confirmation retreat for 9th graders and a special homelessness immersion weekend in Washington, DC, attended by our 7th & 8th graders together.

High School

Our Youth Minister leads our High School Sunday School class which meets in the Keyser-Foltz Youth House at 121/123 York St.

Adult Classes

On Sundays year-round, there are six adult classes which provide a variety of learning experiences. Some classes focus on Bible Study, other classes focus on current social issues, and other classes highlight Christian life issues.  The best advice is to try several out and choose one which fits your needs and interests!

Adult Discussion Class

Library, Room 200 (main level) – contact, Judy Leslie

Every Sunday the Adult Discussion Class enjoys timely presentations related to religion or Christian outreach by church members or outside guests, followed by discussion.  The entire hour is devoted to study and discussion.*

The Seekers

Room 204 (main level) – contact, Lucinda Bringman

The Seekers read the lectionary (lessons appointed for worship) the week before and then discuss what themes are present, how the texts relate or how they don’t seem to relate. We consider what one might identify as the main theme, and talk about what someone might preach or focus on. We use the NRSV which is the translation used in worship, but we also regularly reference the Lutheran Study Bible, The Harper Collins Study Bible and The Message for additional insights or background. We have fellowship in the Gathering area and then meet in Room 200 (between the Stratton St. narthex and the choir room) and generally begin discussion around 9:50 a.m.

Exploring Faith

Room 302 (upper level) – contact, Jim Dunlop

Our lessons are typically focused on current events, parenting issues, and relationships with the occasional guest teacher.  While there is a teacher of the class, participants often take turns leading the discussion.  The curriculum most used is the Wired Word which draws on current event stories while bringing in a biblical perspective.  Class members also try to have regular social gatherings outside of Sunday mornings that are sometimes just adults or involve all family members.  Our class is very focused right now on increasing participation of children in the life of the congregation, especially during worship.  

The Movers and Shapers class welcomes anyone to join the discussion, most notably parents with young children.  Those with children too young for Sunday School are encouraged to bring their infants and toddlers with them.  Class is held during the school year; there is no class during the summer months.

Sunday Morning Bible Study

Room 303 (upper level) – contacts, Nina Dolly and Ron Couchman

The main focus of the group is a Bible Study using the Augsburg Adult Bible Study Series published by Augsburg Fortress.  Augsburg Adult Bible Study is a year-round Bible study that is released quarterly.  Each lesson begins with a reading from scripture with an accompanying participates book that provides some context to the reading and a reflection on how this reading applies to our lives today. *

Faith & Fellowship Class

Room 309 (upper level) – teacher, Gary Shaffer
The class enjoys fellowship and a light breakfast (provided by class members) at 9:30am, then at 10:00, the class discusses topics selected from the Wired Word (which Gary emails to class members for preview).  

* Discussion topics or themes are often previewed in the monthly Messenger which is sent out via email, or can be found on our website.