CONNECTED Capital Campaign: Music

We are CONNECTED by music.

February 19, 2017

Corporate worship lies at the heart of Saint James’ spiritual life, and music plays an important role in almost all of the worship services that we offer. It is the mission of Saint James’ music ministry to aid the congregation in offering up praises to God.

Members of the Saint James’ Youth Chorale rehearse in the music room before a performance in February 2016.

As Episcopalians, we have a musical heritage that is one of the world’s richest and most deeply spiritual. For over 500 years, Anglican church music has sought to tell the Christian faith with authenticity and truth. Our music is an extremely diverse and multi-layered art form that celebrates and encompasses many different traditions. You might be interested, when singing hymns, to read the small print below each one and note the many and varied sources of the poetry and the music.

Preliminary drawing of the renovated music space.

One of the most exciting and most anticipated outcomes of the CONNECTED Capital Campaign will be the creation of a permanent, dedicated space for our thriving music program. The renovation plans include adequate space to store robes, music, and instruments.

Once the renovations are completed, Jesse, the adult choir, the youth chorale, and the handbell choir will have the rehearsal space they need.

Visit the campaign website,, to read an interview with our Choir Master and Music Director, Jesse Ratcliffe, and hear why he supports the CONNECTED Capital Campaign.

Currently, the music room is used for more than just music programs, due to a lack of space in the rest of the building. Here, the middle school youth group holds their formation in the music room in December 2016.

Visit the CONNECTED Campaign website! for updates on the project status, explanations of the project costs, slides of the most recent architectural drawings, and to watch the Student Speak videos and read testimonials of support.

Pledge Day is April 2 .. Now is our time!

Making a Gift to the CONNECTED Capital Campaign

Frequently Asked Questions

What does “Pledge Day – April 2, 2017” mean?

  • “Pledge Day – April 2, 2017” is the day we will hand out the pledge cards to everyone and also the day we will collect the pledge cards.

Can I take my pledge card home on April 2nd and think about my gift?

  • Of course you can, but our hope and desire is that all pledge cards will be filled out and handed in on the same day – Pledge Day, April 2, 2017. The weeks leading up to April 2nd will highlight aspects of the capital campaign and allow time for individuals to consider their gift.

I will not be in church on April 2nd. Can I pledge before then?

  • Sure you can, but we would rather you wait until we have a chance to fully inform you of the need for the project, the ways the renovations and new build will enhance our mission and ministry, and how your gift can make a difference in the lives of so many in our community. These next few weeks counting down to Pledge Day will be your opportunity to prayerfully reflect on what Saint James’ means to you. Each week we will provide new information for you to consider as you discern your level of support.

I will not be in church on April 2nd. Can I pledge after that date?

  • Absolutely! We hope you will. Pledge Cards will be available after April 2nd. Remember: The sooner the pledges cards are filled out, returned, and tallied, the sooner we can we can understand where we are financially. A quick turnaround will allow us to move forward in the best possible financial position.

What are the different ways I can make my gift to the CONNECTED Capital Campaign?

  • You can make a gift of cash or stock and take up to 3 years to complete your pledge. In addition, you can make a planned/estate gift to the Saint James’ endowment -a great option for someone whose enthusiasm for the project cannot be matched in current dollars. A planned/estate gift that is declared and documented will benefit the capital campaign by ensuring the long-term financial security of our church and school which, in turn, makes it much easier for the vestry to make informed financial decisions.

How long do I have to complete my pledge?

  • You have 3 years to complete your pledge.

Can’t I just write a check now and be finished with my gift?

  • You can absolutely make a lump sum payment; however, the three year option often allows for a more generous gift. For example, a $1,000 lump sum could be turned into a $500/year gift over 3 years or $1,500 – a 50% larger contribution. The campaign wins because the donation is larger and the donor wins because the immediate gift is smaller than the lump sum.

How can I make my payment?

  • Cash, checks payable to “Saint James’ CONNECTED” and credit card payments will all be accepted. Stock donations and IRA withdrawals will be handled by the Saint James’ business office. For credit card/online payments we will be using a service called “Network for Good” which will allow you to input your payment information and will remind you when your credit card is near its expiration date. With Network for Good you will also have the option to cover the cost of the credit card transaction fees which will otherwise be charged to Saint James’ – and thereby deducted from your payment amount – every time a credit card payment is made to Saint James’. Network For Good will let you decide if you want your overall gift reduced by those recurring transaction fees, or whether you will cover those fees and allow Saint James’ to use your entire gift towards the renovations and new build. Online payments will be accepted starting April 2nd

Can I pay monthly? Weekly?

  • Sure! You will have the option to fulfill your pledge annually, monthly, or even weekly. Just remember that each credit card payment incurs a transaction fee that Saint James’ will have to pay, so monthly charges would allow more of your donation to stay with Saint James’ than weekly charges would because there would be fewer fees.

How will my gift be recognized? Can I make a memorial gift? An anonymous gift? What about naming opportunities?

  • Your gift may be made in your name, in memory of a loved one, or may be made anonymously. You can indicate your choice on the pledge card. If you are considering a special gift, we have many meaningful ways to honor someone or perpetuate a family name. For a current list of available naming opportunities, please contact our Campaign Manager, Hali Barbeau, at