Ongoing Outreach Activities at St. James'


Our 2018 Scripture Motto:
"Jesus said, 'I say to you who hear: Love your enemies, do good to those who hate you, bless those who curse you, and pray for those who spitefully use you.'" Luke 6:27-28 (ESV)

Elementary School Backpack  Ministry

During the regular school year, a dedicated group of volunteers from St. James, come together weekly, to fill backpacks with food, for children from a local elementary school, so these children will be able to eat throughout the upcoming weekends. 

This is an amazing ministry of caring for children from very poor families. If you are interested in joining this ministry, please contact the Parish Administrator.  You'll be glad you did!

El Caldito Soup Kitchen, Las Cruces                                   LONG LIVE SOUP!

Jesus said "Give

them something to eat"

St. James' members volunteer their time to feed the needy of Las Cruces at the El Caldito Soup Kitchen every month. All are welcome at El Caldito, and some days hundreds come for lunch. 

El Caldito was founded by St. James' members Jo and Nelson Holden back in January, 1984.  It began in the St. Andrew's Church kitchen, and within two

months eighty-nine people had

been fed. By the end of 1984 the

total number of people served

was 3900! 

Today the once parish hall kitchen project has it's own dining hall and commercial kitchen. Organizations from all over the Las Cruces area donate food, supplies, and volunteers to prepare, serve, and clean up after the daily lunch services. El Caldito estimates that they serve 72,000 persons per year...and growing. 

Join us serve those

less fortunate than us,

and share the love,

grace, and mercy of

Jesus Christ though

this community project.

Contact the Parish Administrator for more information by phone or email at

J. Paul Taylor Center for Incarcerated Youth

One Saturday evening

a month a group of

St. James' members, travel

out to the J. Paul Taylor

Center for young men,

who are serving 1-3 years 

time there. While serving

their time, theycomplete high school and some college courses, as well as work on life skills for their future. 

We reach out to these young men through casual fellowship, conversation, games, or sometimes craft-making; as well as in-depth presentations and serious discussions about ethics, morals, and the reality that they can live a different way of life! We lift our presentations straight out of the Scriptures to connect the Word of God ...the Truth of God...the Love of their real-life experience.

As all who participate in this ministry agree, it is incredibly worth while to spend time with these young men, who have their whole lives ahead of them.  The blessings received through this opportunity to serve our Lord by visiting these prisoners and sharing God's love with them is priceless. 

If you are interested in getting involved in this ministry, Contact the Parish Administrator.