Sunday School & Nursery

Children are the true image of God.

We believe that ministering to our youngest members of our congregation, both by incorporating them into the larger church community and by offering weekly Sunday school and other learning opportunities – is one of our most important missions here at Saint James’.

We hold Sunday school for grades pre-K through fifth grade every Sunday during our 10:15 worship, following the announcements at the beginning of the service.

When you arrive, children will sit with their parents in the church until the service begins. The children will be invited to join the Sunday school teachers in the side chapel where they will walk downstairs together to class.

The classes are broken into three different groups during the school year:

  • 3rd, 4th & 5th graders
  • 1st & 2nd graders
  • Pre-K through Kindergarten

Children will rejoin their families during The Peace, roughly halfway through worship, and are invited to receive the Eucharist (Communion).

During the summer, we have class for all ages that meets in the activity room.

Nursery is also offered on Sundays from 9:00am-12:00pm for babies through children four-years-old.

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Our Sunday School Teachers

Each Sunday school teacher graciously donates their time and talents so that our children can experience a loving, nurturing and inclusive environment. Our volunteers generally teach on one Sunday of every month, so your child’s teacher will vary from week to week.

Scroll down to see who your child’s Sunday school teacher will be this week, and click on their names to learn more about them.

 Pre-K to Kindergarten1st to 2nd Grade3rd to 5th Grade
First Sunday
Godly Play
Combined Lesson
(combined classes)Norma Thatcher
Kay Beveridge
Jennifer Taylor
(combined classes)
Second SundaySylvia Gilbert
Kimberley Case-Timberlake
Joe Errera
Meghan Costello
Haifleigh Pritchard
Mary Beth Martin
Third SundayBrittany Cooper
Bettie Philips
Liz Turnure
Sonia Douty
Haifleigh Pritchard
Monica Buzzetta
Fourth SundayTrey Austin
Caroline Austin
Julia Austin
Kristy Atkins
Amber Kiffney
Haifleigh Pritchard
Amy Errera
Fifth Sunday
Combined Lesson
(combined classes)Jennifer Taylor(combined classes)
Substitutes(all classes)Laura Updyke
Sarah Sudduth
Erika Hughes
(all classes)
The nursery is staffed weekly by Kathy Turner and Betty Stanifer.

Jennifer Taylor, Director of Family Ministries

My family has called Saint James’ home for the last 6 years. I was first introduced to family ministries by volunteering to teach Sunday school. I have been involved in many different ministries at Saint James’ and several different oversight committees. I am now the Director of Family Ministries and focus my efforts planning and overseeing our Sunday school program as well as coordinating the youth groups.

My husband Mike and I have seen such a positive impact Saint James’ has on our family – especially our 3 young children – and I am dedicated to cultivating that same experience for each family who walks through our doors.

My favorite part of working with the children of Saint James’ is how much I have learned from them – and seeing things from their perspective. What a blessing to be part of the Saint James’ community!


Kristy Atkins

About three years ago, my husband and two sons and I found Saint James’ after looking for a church in Warrenton. We immediately felt welcome and at home the first time we attended a Sunday service and quickly enrolled my oldest son in the kindergarten class as well. Three years later, both of my children attend school at Saint James’ Episcopal School, my husband is on the building committee, and I am greatly enjoying teaching Sunday school for the second year!


Caroline Austin


Julia Austin


Trey Austin


Kay Beveridge

This Is my second year helping Norma Thatcher, who is using the wonderful teaching method called Godly Play. It is very rewarding to see how the children learn from this program and I find that for myself as well. My husband George and I have been members of Saint James’ for eighteen years and our grandson, Gavin, attends Saint James’ Episcopal School. We live in Warrenton with our Bedlington Terrier “Bentley Boy.”


Monica Buzzetta

My family and I have called Saint James’ home for the last three-and-a-half years. This is my third year teaching Sunday school, and I’m also involved in other ministries at Saint James’. I love getting to know the kids and seeing them discover the amazing power of God, friendships and community.


Kimberley Case-Timberlake

I wanted to become a Sunday school teacher because some of the sweetest things come out mouths of children. They feed our soul and our give back is to help enrich them with the spiritual side that comes with lessons taught. Children are our future. My children, Jacquelyn and Andrew, have attended Saint James’ Episcopal School since my oldest was just two years old. The blessings we received at SJES were the bridge to becoming members of the church.


Brittany Cooper

Our family has been attending Saint James’ for six years now and this will be my third year teaching Sunday school for the preschool/kindergarten class. I have four kids: Logan, Jaxson, Chase, and Savannah. I also have two four legged family members: a dog named Dixie and a bearded dragon named Diesel.


Meghan Costello

My name is Meghan and I have been attending Saint James’ for about a year and a half. I am excited to have the opportunity to teach Sunday school.


Amy Errera

Our family has belonged to Saint James’ for about three years and love the warmth and grace of this community! I’ve taught children and adults in various settings for the past twenty years and have volunteered as a Sunday school teacher for a year now.


Joe Errera


I have been a member of the Saint James’ parish family for about three years. I have been teaching in the Sunday school program during that time. I thoroughly enjoy sharing and teaching God’s word with our children in a nurturing and respectful environment. My goal is for them to develop an understanding of the importance of loving God, loving themselves and loving others as they follow Christ throughout their lives.


Sylvia Gilbert

This will be my third year as a Sunday school teacher. I am also the Rise ‘n’ Shine teacher and a preschool aide at Saint James’ Episcopal School. My husband Patrick and I live in Marshall with our dogs, Bear and Lola. It is a blessing to be part of the Saint James’ community and a joy to help teach your children about God’s love!!


Erika Hughes

My husband Kirk and I have been part of Saint James’ family for over fourteen years. Our two children attend (and love) Saint James’ Episcopal School since they were two years old. I have helped out in Sunday school for several years now and this year I am also excited to oversee the acolyte program.


Amber Kiffney

My family became part of the Saint James’ family about two years ago and this is my second year teaching Sunday school. It’s fun to share in the children’s enthusiasm to learn and I always look forward to my turn to teach! I have three kids, three dogs, a cat and nine chickens at home.


Mary Beth Martin

The children here at Saint James’ are a joy to teach and make my day every Sunday I help Haifleigh. I have taught preschool- and elementary-aged classes in public and private schools, community college. When my children were growing up, I also taught Sunday school for several years at Trinity Episcopal Church in Little Washington. I have a master’s in early childhood education and another in English.


Haifleigh Pritchard

Haifleigh Pritchard teaches 3rd-5th grade Sunday school in a SJES classroom.

I am a cradle Episcopalian, the mother of four boys and an assistant preschool teacher at Highland School here in Warrenton. I’ve taught Sunday school off-and-on for the past twenty years. I’ve also served on the school board at Saint James’ Episcopal School and I have degrees in psychology and early-childhood development. My husband, Tommy, serves on the Saint James’ vestry.


Betty Stanifer


Norma Thatcher

I have been teaching Sunday school at Saint James’ for about thirty years. I am the Godly Play teacher and trainer for Saint James’, and this year I will be teaching a Godly Play lesson on the first Sunday of each month to all Sunday school classes combined.


Kathy Turner

Liz Turnure

I grew up in Richmond and moved to Warrenton after college to teach school, and I never left.  In 1991 my oldest started preschool here, and her three siblings followed after that. We loved the atmosphere of Saint James’ so much that we began attending church here in 1995.  My husband Bill practices architecture in Middleburg and I stayed home with our children until five years ago when I got a job in banking