Update on Sunday School: 2018 Fall Newsletter

By Jennifer Taylor, Director of Family Ministries

What a fun, laid back summer we’ve had for Sunday School!

Although our program year ended in May, we got right back in the swing of things with a “one-room-schoolhouse” style summer program.

The stories have ranged from Joshua & Moses to crossing the Jordan River with the Ark of the Covenant and even David & Goliath.

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The Origin of the Relationship between Saint James’ and First Bapist Church

By Richard Gookin, Parish Historian

As a young clergyman in 1812 or 1813, the Rev. William Mead, who would later become the Bishop of Virginia, visited Hamilton Parish and found that there was no house of worship in Warrenton of any denomination.

Soon thereafter, he wrote that the Episcopalians were determined to build a church, and in 1816, a group of like-minded residents built a house of worship on the Alexandria Turnpike.

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Table Talk: Week of September 16, 2018

Who is Jesus?

In Sunday School today we focused on a bible reading from Mark. (Mark 8:27-38)

The kids heard Peter’s declaration and discussed the joys and challenges of following Jesus, the Messiah. We also talked about all the different names for Jesus and what each of them might tell us about him.

Even though there are many names for Jesus, there is only one Jesus to follow. (Jesus, the Messiah, Christ, Lord, Savior, Teacher, King…)

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This Sunday, Saint James’ Visits First Baptist Church

On Sunday, September 16th, we will not have our regular 10:15am service.

Instead, we will do something very special as a parish: we will be the guests of First Baptist Church at their 11:00am worship service. Everyone in the Saint James’ community is invited to come worship with our brothers and sisters on Alexandria Pike!


  • 8:00 – 8:30 AM | Holy Eucharist @ Saint James’
  • 8:30 – 10:30 AM | Café @ Saint James’
  • 9:00 – 10:45 AM | Nursery @ Saint James’
  • 9:15 – 10:00 AM | Adult Formation @ Saint James’
  • 10:00 – 10:45 AM | Adult Formation @ Saint James’
  • 10:15 – 10:40 AM | Sunday School @ Saint James’
  • 11:00 AM – 12:30 PM | Worship @ First Baptist Church
  • no 10:15am Eucharist
  • no coffee hour

Everyone – children, youth and adults – are invited. Especially because of the later service time, it’s certainly ok to leave the service early for sports or other previous commitments.

We hope that on September 16th, our usual 10:15am crowd – and ever those parishioners who usually attend the 8:00am service – will come worship together with the First Baptist community!

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Table Talk: Week of September 9, 2018

“All are welcome here”

What an appropriate lesson for our Homecoming Sunday!

God commands us to love our neighbors as ourselves. God calls us to view anyone who needs help as our neighbor. We don’t have to look hard to find a “wounded” person. They surround us in our family, our neighborhood, our church, our country, our world.

There are many ways to share God’s love. Ask your children what some of their ideas are.

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Mark Your Calendars: Homecoming Sunday is September 9th

By Randolph Charles

On Homecoming Sunday on September 9th, we come home as the full parish community regathers after summer activities. We begin the program year. There is an excitement about seeing each other more often and participating in a fuller offering of activities.

A special treat this year is seeing the progress on our building and renovation project. The new restrooms are open!

On Homecoming Sunday, the schedule for the 10:15 Eucharist will be a little different. Early arrivals for worship are free to greet and talk with others. At 10:05 the bell will ring and the presider will ask for silence, which will provide time for personal prayers and listening to the prelude. The announcements will follow, then worship.

Finally, Homecoming Sunday will mark our commitment to the program year’s theme, “Come and See.” More about this later.

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Saint James’ Softball Cup is Monday, August 13

Join us this upcoming Monday, August 13, for our season-ending softball extravaganza against Saint James’ Episcopal School!

  • Where: Taylor Middle School in Warrenton
  • When: Monday evening, August 13, starting at 6:15pm (try to be there before 6:00 to warm up!)
  • What’s Happening: One 9-inning game for the coveted Saint James’ Cup!
  • After party: Foster’s Grille in Warrenton for the awarding of the cup and fellowship for everyone on a great season

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Softball Update: July 18, 2018

We will not have a softball game this Wednesday, July 25 so we can attend Choral Evensong instead. However, we are trying to get a game together for Monday, July 23, so email the team captains if you’re interested in playing!


Your Saint James’ coed softball team continued to rack up wins this past Wednesday with a pair of wins against cross-town rival Oak View National Bank.

  • Click here for the Facebook event for Saint James’ Softball
  • Scroll down or click here to see photos of the last game

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A Great Start to the Saint James’ Softball Season!

Saint James’ kicks off the season with back-to-back wins!

The Saint James’ coed softball team kicked off the rust and dust last night with two rousing wins against Emmanuel Episcopal Church, Delaplane.

Game one went 6 innings and ended in a 14-8 victory, and then we capped off the night with a 5-inning, 22-0 win! Nineteen different players contributed multiple hits, home runs, fantastic defensive plays, and laughs galore.

Thank you to everyone who came out to join us and followed us to Foster’s Grille for the after game party!

If you missed us this week, join us next Wednesday (July 18) as we take on our ‘oldest’ rivals, Oak View National Bank! (I think we’ve been playing this team since before the Federal Reserve was created!)

Game one start time will be 6:15pm at the Taylor Middle School Field (350 E Shirley Ave, Warrenton, VA 20186); game 2 will start around 7:15.

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