This Sunday, we walked as a parish from Culpeper Street to Alexandria Pike to worship at First Baptist Church, and we are so grateful for their hospitality!
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!
SPECIAL SCHEDULE FOR SEPTEMBER 16
- 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!
The weather today was dreary but it couldn’t dampen the joy of the first Sunday of our program year!
Scroll to the bottom of this post to watch Fr Ben’s sermon, and don’t forget that next Sunday (September 16) will be a bit different than usual. Instead of our usual 10:15am service, we will walk over to First Baptist Church for worship.
Now that we are done with vacations and back to school, this Sunday we will celebrate the beginning of a new program year at Saint James’!
Regardless of which worship service you attend, make sure to attend Café in the parish hall – this week only, they’ll even have breakfast burritos and mimosas!
We had an absolutely wonderful time enjoying the company of each other and celebrating the joys of community at our annual church picnic last Sunday! Thanks especially to Jimmy Timberlake for opening his beautiful farm for us to enjoy!
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.
It’s that time again!! Our new program year officially kicks off on September 9th!
If you have kids in Sunday school and/or youth group, please use the form below to sign everyone up at once.
Saint James’ kicks off the season with back-to-back wins!
- click here to see the Facebook event for Saint James’ Softball
- Scroll down or click here for photos of the last game
- Next game is Wednesday, July 18th!
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.
TIME AND PLACE
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!
HOW YOU CAN HELP
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.
Saint James’ Softball is BACK!
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!
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
by Jen Taylor, Director of Family Ministries
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.
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.
“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!
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.
The book Saint James’ is offering for a self-guided journey through Lent is Ashes and the Phoenix: Meditations for the Season of Lent, which 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.
“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.
February 13th @ 6:00 PM
This year Saint James’ Warrenton is going to prepare for Lent by having a big party for Mardi Gras! This event is meant for the whole family to enjoy! We look forward to seeing some great costumes as well!
We’ll start in the Parish Hall with a Jambalaya dinner with all the fixin’s and cut the King Cake afterwards.
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 bit.ly/lessonscarols2017
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 bit.ly/sjecchristmas2017
“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.