Family and Youth

events are scheduled throughout the year and include fellowship events, wider church gatherings and service opportunities. All of these gatherings offer opportunities for children, youth and families to gather, outside of worship, for various events to grow and build relationships within our community of faith and with our surrounding community.


Volunteers assist our youth coordinator to plan and carry out events that our families express an interest in.  Please visit the Current Happenings page for information on upcoming events.  Scroll down to learn more about annual events that take place. If you have an idea for a fellowship event or service project, please contact the church office. 


Youth Fall Kick Off

This event takes place each September and includes games, hotdogs, snacks, prizes and a Super Sticky Sloppy Sunday Sundae Social where everyone makes their own ice cream sundae.  This event is for youth in grades 4 through 12 and their families. Click here for more information


Halloween Parade Outreach

This annual event is for families and youth of all ages.  Our group participates in the Coopersburg Halloween Parade each year and collects food items along the parade route to be donated to Betty Lou’s Pantry. At the end of the parade, we return to St. James Lutheran Church to deliver the food donations to the pantry. Click here for more information


Philadelphia Service Trip

To many, black Friday is a great day of shopping.  For youth at St. James, it is a great day to give back and serve.  Each year, 20 people gather at St. James on Black Friday and travel together to Philadelphia where they serve a full Thanksgiving Feast to homeless persons in the city.  This annual event is for students in grades 7 and up. Click here for an article the Upper Saucon Patch did on this service project. 


Italian Dinner

Once a year the St. James Fellowship Hall is transformed into an Italian Restaurant serving all you can eat spagetti and home made meatballs along with fresh bread, salads and a variety of desserts.  This meal is served by the youth of the congregation and funds raised go to the youth fund which supports various mission trips, youth leadership event scholarships and the ELCA National Youth Gathering participants. 


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Christmas Caroling Outreach

Each year we visit the Coopersburg Senior Apartments in December.  We bring Christmas cookies, punch, snacks and home made peppermint ice cream to share with the residents in the apartments.  Of course Christmas carols sung in each building are always enjoyed by all.  All are welcome to attend this fun holiday event!


Spuds ‘N Spotlights

Our annual salad bar and potato bar dinner is followed up by wonderful entertainment as we spotlight the talents of our congregations. Songs, dancing, skits and lots of fun fill this evening.


ELCA National Youth Gatherings

The ELCA holds national youth gatherings every three years for youth to attend. These gatherings bringing together tens of thousands of high school youth and adults.  These Lutheran converge on a city to serve, worship and learn how to lead lives of discipleship. Groups from St. James have attended the 2012 gathering in New Orleans, the 2015 gathering in Detroit and the 2018 gathering in Houston. 


Lutheran Youth Fellowship brings together high school youth of the Northeastern Pennsylvania Synod. It provides an organized arena in which synod youth can voice their concerns and opinions. The Lutheran Youth Fellowship meets in assembly annually. The assembly is held in June. All youth of the synod and their adult advisors are invited to attend and to participate.


Bear Creek Camp

Bear Creek Camp is a ministry of the Southeastern and Northeastern Pennsylvania

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Synods of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA). Located on nearly 3,000 acres in the beauty of the Pocono Mountains, Bear Creek Camp offers year-round opportunities, including summer residential youth camp, nature day camp, environmental education programs, weekend camp retreats and outside group rentals. 

Each year many families from our parish send their children to Bear Creek for a week of fun! Additionally, the parish currently takes all participants in our confirmation program (Affirmation of Baptism) to camp for a retreat as part of their preparation for affirming their faith. For more information about Bear Creek Camp check out the camp website.


Other events have included: Mini golf, bowling, hunger lock ins, laser tag, coffee house with live music, game nights, volleyball, movie night, pajama breakfast, souper bowl of caring and more! 

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