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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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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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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Firewood Ministry Split and Stack on Saturday, July 14


This Saturday, join us for a spirited morning of wood splitting and stacking at the firewood collection site behind Walmart! PLEASE NOTE the times – we are starting earlier to beat the heat – 8:00 to 10:00am – come for one hour or all morning!


We’ve been making some real progress at the collection site, but there’s still a backlog (pun intended) of wood to process and prepare for the fall.

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Saint James’ Softball Returns Wednesday, July 11!

Saint James’ Softball is BACK!

(click here for the Facebook event)

Play resumes this week, Wednesday, July 11 against our first opponent of the season, Emmanuel Episcopal Church, Delaplane, Va! We will start the first game of our double header at 6:15 pm that evening with a projected start time of 7:15 pm for the second game. Please plan to arrive by 6:00 pm if you will be playing in the first game.

As always, we will adjourn to Foster’s Grille in Warrenton after the second game of the double header for food, fun, and fellowship – plan to join us!

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Firewood Ministry Event this Saturday from 9-11am!

Join us this Saturday from 9-11a at the wood collection site in Warrenton for a split/stack event.

Our goal this week is to completely split and move a small pile of donated wood that is blocking access to part of the site.  

Specific needs for this Saturday:

  • Teams of 2-3 for each of 3 gas-powered log splitters onsite to split wood (no experience necessary)
  • Numerous volunteers to sort and stack the split wood onto pallets throughout the site

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Update on Family Ministries: 2018 Winter Newsletter

by Jen Taylor, Director of Family Ministries

Sunday School

Wow! We are well into 2018 and just 3 months left of our Sunday school curriculum for the year.

Don’t let that mislead you, we still have lots to do!

A very special thank you to all our Sunday school teachers! We have over 25 volunteers for Sunday school. Every Sunday there are dedicated teachers to tell our youngest parishioners a relevant story, read bible verses with, and facilitate a conversation about what they learned.

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Message from the Rector: 2018 Winter Newsletter

by Fr Ben Maas

Despite the fact that I have not turned a shovel of dirt or driven a nail, there is something remarkably satisfying about watching the expansion take place. I make it a regular part of my day to see the progress. Even before the first sign of construction, I reveled in the enormous hole that provided a glimpse of what would eventually fill the space. I have had a childlike enthusiasm on those big days when walls or floors are poured. Now with the basement formed and the foundation of what will be the new school entrance in place, I can practically envision the completed wing. I find myself looking over the construction sign with the completed rendering and then at the site, attaching finished walls, windows, a roof, etc. Even on the occasions where weather interrupts work or those days that just don’t show remarkable progress, I still find myself looking out the window and appreciating how far we have come.

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Lenten Family Nights & Other Programs in Lent 2018

“I invite you, therefore, in the name of the Church, to the observance of a holy Lent, by self-examination and repentance; by prayer, fasting, and self-denial; and by reading and meditating on God’s holy Word.” (BCP p. 265)

Saint James’ Warrenton is offering three activities during Lent 2018 to support your spiritual journey in this season of reflection, and you’re invited!

Lenten Family Nights

The adult formation and family ministries leaders have planned a program of Lenten Family Nights for the people of Saint James’. It will be held on the first four Sunday evenings in Lent: February 18, February 25, March 4, March 11.

Whether it’s just you or you have a whole family in tow, you’re invited to this new program that will deepen our relationships with each other and our faith.

  • 6:00 Supper
  • 6:45 Worship
  • 7:00 Program: Adults, High School, Middle School, Childcare
  • 8:00 Good Night

We will begin with everyone gathering for a shared meal at 6:00. Click here to sign up to bring part of the meal. Then we will worship 6:45 with an informal evening liturgy. At 7:00, the High School and Middle School Youth Groups will follow their usual program on the scheduled Sundays. Childcare will be available for all four nights.

The program for adults is based on Brian McLaren‘s new book, The Great Spiritual Migration: How the World’s Largest Religion Is Seeking A Better Way to Be Christian. We will begin with a 15-minute video of Brian speaking and talking with others about the basic points of the book. There is no reading or preparation needed for this program; just come and participate. There will be a facilitator at each table to guide the conversations. We will end the night with a brief gathering and sending forth.

The following is a description of the program we are using, which is called Way of Life.

“Participants learn how shifting away from an outdated system of beliefs to a new way of life based on love can lead to new, more redemptive communities and practices. McLaren challenges participants to focus less on doctrine, more on new ways of reading Scripture, and ultimately on love as manifested in the life of Jesus.”

Adult Formation Learning Groups

Learning groups meet in the reception room every Sunday at 9:15am and 11:45am and on Tuesdays at 10:30am.

These are meaningful conversations about having and living an honest and passionate faith in God.

Currently, we are focusing on the book The Heart of Christianity: Rediscovering a Life of Faith by Marcus Borg.

To see the syllabus of this learning group, click here. And to see the latest news about adult formation, including discussion questions for each chapter, click here.

Self-Guided Devotion

The book Saint James’ is offering for a self-guided journey through Lent is Ashes and the Phoenix: Meditations for the Season of Lentwhich is published by Forward Movement.

“Threaded throughout with the stunningly visual and visceral poems of Len Freeman and guided by the collects for Lent and Holy Week, Ashes and the Phoenix seeks to lead us through the emotions, symbols, sights, sounds, and scents of Lent. Featuring original woodcuts by artist Jason Sierra, this book is a feast for hungry hearts and weary eyes. If you are seeking a way to answer the Church’s invitation to observe a holy Lent, Ashes and the Phoenix is an excellent companion for your journey to Easter.”

Books available at the rear of the church for $5.00.

Photos: Ash Wednesday 2018

“Dear People of God: The first Christians observed with great devotion the days of our Lord’s passion and resurrection, and it became the custom of the Church to prepare for them by a season of penitence and fasting. This season of Lent provided a time in which converts to the faith were prepared for Holy Baptism.

“It was also a time when those who, because of notorious sins, had been separated from the body of the faithful were reconciled by penitence and forgiveness, and restored to the fellowship of the Church. Thereby, the whole congregation was put in mind of the message of pardon and absolution set forth in the Gospel of our Savior, and of the need which all Christians continually have to renew their repentance and faith.

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Photos: Festival of Nine Lessons & Carols 2017

Thank you to our talented and dedicated choirs for presenting this magnificent service in our Advent journey!

If you couldn’t make it in person or just want to experience the music and readings again, you can watch the service on YouTube at

Our choirs will present a Choral Eucharist at 10:00 PM on Christmas Eve, and we have lots of programs and services for the whole family coming up this week – check out our full calendar for the remainder of Advent and Christams at

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Advent Update on Greeting Ministry

 “Too often we underestimate the power of a touch, a smile, a kind word, a listening ear, an honest compliment, or the smallest act of caring, all of which have the potential to turn a life around.” – Leo Buscaglia

Many thanks to Angela Austin, Owen Barbeau, Chuck Boaz, Kay Boaz, Penny Dart, Nancy Duggan, Joanna Edrington, Anne Hall, Dick Jones, Ed Jones, Marionette Jones, Marie Lowe, Marie Moore, Terry Owsley, Patti Reid, Toni Shreve, Jennifer Taylor, Lee Thomson, Ginny Vawter, Carrie Wilvert, Ed Wright and Bonnie Zacherle for their cheerful service.

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