It’s admission time at Saint James’ Episcopal School (SJES)! Did you know as a pledging parishioner of this Church you receive priority registration? Call the School office for more information at 540-347-3855. Admission opened to the public on February 1. Couldn’t make our open house? Visit the school any Wednesday while in session at 9:30am for Walk in Wednesdays. You may also schedule a tour at your convenience by calling the Office. For more admission information, see the School website at www.saintjamesepiscopalschool.org
In anticipation of the 200th anniversary of Saint James’ Church in Warrenton (1816‐2016), the History Committee will delve into parish archives and other sources and bring to light choice bits of history to inform and perhaps entertain parishioners, starting now and continuing into our bicentennial year 2016.
Here is the fifth essay in the series:
A look back…Saint James’ Episcopal Church 1816-2016
The Reverend James Keith
First Rector of Hamilton Parish
It is useful to review briefly the origins of our parish, which take us back to 1730 when the parish was established and named for Lord George Hamilton, appointed Governor of Virginia by King William III Saint James’ is the third parish church of Hamilton Parish, preceded by the earlier churches at Elk Run and Turkey Run. Fauquier County, created in 1759 during the reign of George II, was named for Francis Fauquier, Lieutenant Governor of Virginia. In 1730, Hamilton Parish covered a vast area; today, the parish encompasses about 140 square miles in central Fauquier County.
At Saint James’ Church, on the chancel’s east wall, the reader’s attention is invited to a memorial tablet which reads:
To The Glory of God
and in memory of
THE REV. JAMES KEITH
of Peterhead, Scotland
First minister of Hamilton Parish
This Tablet is Erected by
His Descendants on the 200th Anniversary
of the Formation of the Parish
Remembrances of a Parishioner Spanning over 300 Years
The late Jack Keith (John A. C. Keith 1907-1987), a descendant of the first minister, and a member of Saint James’ Church wrote, in his retirement, a series of essays on the history of the Keith family, recalling stories and memories passed down through the generations, and drawing on old family letters and diaries. An excerpt follows:
“My own memory does not begin with my birth in 1907, but goes back vicariously to the 1680s when Parson Keith was born in Aberdeenshire (Scotland). My father, who was born in 1870, was raised in the home of his grandmother. That lady, born in 1800 and living until 1887 lived through stirring times and was blessed with a reliable imagination and an excellent memory.
“She was intimate with her mother-in-law, and an aunt who, born in 1776, lived to be almost 100. This remarkable woman had lived in the house with her mother-in-law, Mary Isham-Randolph, who was born about 1700 and married Parson Keith. In the twilight evenings of long ago I listened while the old people talked.
“… after his (Keith’s) arrival in Virginia, it is not possible to get a chronological account of Parson Keith’s life. We know that he was rector of old St. John’s Church in what is now Richmond, the edifice made famous by (Patrick) Henry’s ‘Give me liberty or give me death’ speech.
“When Hamilton Parish was formed in 1730, he became its first rector (probably in 1733). He is also supposed to have served in Maryland and in Dettingen Parish in Prince William County, but no dates are given.
“He was in Hamilton Parish for nigh onto 20 years and at his death was buried under the altar of Elk Run Church, said to be a cruciform edifice, gone long since. Bishop Meade, in his ‘Old Churches and Families of Virginia’, published in 1860, calls the Parson a good man, while other later historians allege he was casual in carrying out his duties.
“He must, at least, have been well educated as his daughter was able to give good instruction to her son, the future Chief Justice John Marshall. Senator Beveridge, in his definitive life of John Marshall, credits the latter’s genius to the brilliance of his Randolph/Keith blood combined with the steadiness of the Yomen Marshalls. (Note: James Keith married Mary Isham Randolph, daughter of Thomas Randolph of Tuckahoe on the upper James River, the most important family in that part of Virginia.)
“A ghost story of which mother kept a longhand account in her Bible in which Mrs. DuPont-Lee tells in her ‘Virginia Ghosts’ may be recounted briefly here.
“As a student in Aberdeen, Parson Keith’s best friend was a youth named Fraser. They were very intimate and discussed all manner of things, including the reality of God and life hereafter.
“They had many doubts, and agreed that the first one who died, if he found there was an afterlife, would return to tell his friend. The story goes that Fraser went out to India to serve the Honorable Company and Keith came to Virginia.
“In his old age, Parson Keith employed a housekeeper, Mrs. MacCloud. One day she went to milk the cows and a man in elaborate military dress appeared before her, told her who he was, that there was a life hereafter and to tell her master that he would die soon.
“She was frightened and did not tell her master. A few days later the same officer appeared in an apparition telling her to give his message to her master as time was running out. This time she did so. Parson Keith recognized the description as his old friend. He put his affairs in order and died soon after.”
Members of the Keith family continue to live in Fauquier County and are communicants of Saint James’ Church. Additional material on Parson Keith is available in other sources, e.g., his birth date (not shown on the memorial tablet) is given as 1697.
File:The Reverend James Keith
Submitted: History Committee
File: BELL TOWER
Holy Week and Lent were culminated in the holiest day of our Christian calendar, Easter Sunday! Here at Saint James’ we celebrated with a flourish!
We had a wonderful breakfast Easter morning! Thank you Cafe staff for working on that busy day! At the 10:15am service, our children flowered the cross. Jesse Ratcliffe and our wonderful choirs were joined by a brass trio to welcome Easter, the happiest of mornings. Our festive 10:15 service was followed by an Easter Egg hunt in front, beside and in back of the Church. The children of all ages, found a multitude of eggs, filled with candy.
Did You Know…that tuition covers only 85% of the operating costs of the School? We rely on the generosity of families, parishioners, and friends to give to the Annual Fund. Check your mail and please donate!
Palm Sunday, April 13, 8:00am & 10:15am
The 8:00am service began in the sanctuary with the celebrant blessing the palms from the rear of the nave.
The 10:15am service began in the parking lot with the blessing and distribution of the palms and a festive
procession into the church as we remembered Jesus’ triumphant entry into Jerusalem.
The tenor changed dramatically as we moved toward the dramatic retelling of the passion story, ending with
Jesus’ death upon the cross.
Easter Vigil, Saturday, April 19, 7:00pm
This service began in darkness illuminated only by candles lit from the Paschal candle kindled from the Easter
fire. This beautiful service acknowledges the transition between night and day, the moments before the tomb
was found empty and the realization that death has no dominion, that Christ is risen. We started the service in
darkness. We told our salvation history, renewed our baptismal vows, and as we neared that Eucharistic feast, we
raised the lights, and rang our bells, vested the altar, and proclaimed, “Alleluia! Christ is risen!”.
Faces of Saint James’ 2014 Directory Campaign:
Alleluia! We now have data and a photograph from 90 households! Thank you, thank you, thank you to every household which has moved us this much closer to publishing a new directory. – Only 7 days left to get yours in to be eligible for the drawing for the basket full of church goodies! – However, after the April 30 deadline, we are not giving up on reaching
our goal of 150. In May we will shift our campaign from asking to snapping your photo at church. In June you may find a white van parked outside your home with a paparazzi at the wheel with a telephoto lens, so don’t delay– take the initiative and either send your photo in this week or have it taken this Sunday so you can have your name entered in
the drawing and help us develop those remarkable bonds of affection that characterize the Body of Christ
Our first Celtic Service was a big success! There were over 60 participants! Thank you to Rev. Lyn for leading
the service and to Jesse and the choir for adding wonderful music to the event. Thanks also go out to Carrie and crew
for a great dinner that preceded the service and to Michelle for entertaining the young.
Saint James’ officially welcomes the Reverend Lyn Youll Marshall as our Priest Associate.
Lyn grew up in England where she studied art and design. For twenty years she worked in England and Canada specializing in knitting for magazines, theatre and the fashion industry. Lyn studied for her M.Div at Wycliffe Theological College in Toronto. She was ordained in 2001. She served as Assistant Rector and Senior Rector in Toronto until her marriage in 2008 to Paul Marshall who is a Senior Fellow at the Hudson Institute in Washington, DC. Lyn joined Paul in the U.S. where she served as Assistant Rector at Pohick Church in Lorton. Lyn and Paul moved to Warrenton in 2013. Lyn loves to spend time in the garden, despite the clay soil, and enjoys travelling with Paul, and visiting her daughter Seeta who is a lawyer in Toronto married to Samuel a high school teacher.
The YMO (High School Youth Group) Ski Trip this year is planned for Feb 28 thru March 2.
We will be going to Timberline Resort in WV. This trip is for ALL high school students! If you have been wondering what YMO is all about, this is an awesome way to check us out! If you’re a high school student – come join us (and bring a friend!!). If you have never skied before – no worries…lessons and rental skis are included!! We will leave late morning on Friday and return Sunday evening. Lodging, meal plan, rental skis, adult drivers/chaperones, and of course skiing are all included in the package!! If you would like a flyer with more details, please contact:
Chris Working at 703-928-7963, or email@example.com
A very special THANK YOU to the two dozen volunteers who donated over 160 hours of quality bread baking time this past weekend. Every set of hands was needed, and all of your work (from the planning to the mixing and kneading all the way through the cleaning up at the end) was greatly appreciated! The final tally was 1,246 loaves of Thanksgiving Bread for our local community. We supplied loaves of blessed bread to over 775 Thanksgiving food baskets through Community Touch in Bealeton and the Fauquier Community Food Bank in Warrenton. We also supplied several hundred loaves to our own parish families and those we touch in our lives. We love to hear the stories of the ‘second loaves’ – in the past, our bread has traveled to California, Maine, Canada, and overseas to be with our military members. Where did you bread go this year? For more information on this vital ministry or to help plan for future Food for Friends events, please contact Colin or Debbi Borgstrom at 540-270-3285 (Colin’s Cell), 540-270-4249 (Debbi’s Cell) or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Take that Photo – This winter the Stewardship Committee will be asking households to submit a photo for the revised directory to be published. No matter your preference- a formal Christmas Day portrait or a close-up at the beach, please be thinking about a photograph that everybody will recognize and that will help us develop those remarkable bonds of affection.
Donations are being accepted for the relief effort in the Philippines. You can donate on line through Episcopal Relief & Development or you can write a check to Saint James’ and earmark it “Philippines Relief”. A portion of Saint James’ Outreach Funds that are designated for relief efforts will also be sent to help out.
Your gift to the Philippines fund will support emergency relief and recovery efforts in the Philippines following Super storm Typhoon Haiyan. On the morning of November 8, 2013, Super Typhoon Haiyan made landfall in the central Philippines, causing widespread damage and destruction. Donations to this fund will assist our local partner, the Episcopal Church in the Philippines, in distributing critical food supplies and preparing a strategy for long-term recovery. You can learn more about ERD’s efforts in the wake of Typhoon Haiyan from this feed from the Episcopal News Service.
Saturday, November 2nd, Youth Ministries Organization (YMO) held its, first ever, Chili Cook -Off in the Parish Hall. There were numerous examples of delicious Chili recipes enjoyed by everyone who attended. Tasters voted on their favorites. The People’s Choice Award went to George Walker and his sweet, but zippy homemade concoction. Congratulations George, there was stiff competition among the contestants. Along with chili, participants made corn bread and yummy deserts which were quickly consumed. After digesting the night’s ample meal, The gathering was entertained by church members who sang Karioki tunes into the evening. A good time was had by all!!
A group from Warrenton visited Haiti in January 2014. This group was comprised of members of the Warrenton Rotary, Warrenton Presbyterian Church and towns-people. Saint James’ donated multiple vitamins to the cause. Below is note of thanks from Haiti.
Father Bruno’s wife distributing vitamins donated by
(generously given) were needed, used and appreciated!
I would like the good people of St. James’ to know.
Many thanks, Nancy Duggan
Ever want to be on the Voice? take the stage at SXSW? Broadway? Cross train your vocal chords with the Saint James’ Choir. You can even catch up on practice from home. Join us Thursdays, 7:00-8:30 pm for practice except Halloween.
Nov 3: Blest Are They arr. David Haas
Nov 10: It Is Well With My Soul (surprise! You’re doing this one a capella!)
Nov 13: Veni Sancte Spiritus
Nov 24: Processional: Praise My Soul the King of Heaven – setting by Donald Bussarow
Just in time for the chilly weather, you can order Saint James’ sweatshirts. Stop in the parish hall to view a sample of the shirts and place your order before November 22, 2013.