“The people stand or kneel.” – Book of Common Prayer, page 362
by Norma Thatcher
I began attending the Episcopal Church in 1986.
Having been raised as a Methodist, I didn’t quite get the standing, kneeling, genuflecting, crossing of oneself, etc. I simply followed the lead of those around me, just as visitors to Saint James’ do currently.
Continue reading “Personal Reflection: Why I Stand to Pray in Church”
“The people kneel or stand.” – Book of Common Prayer, page 334
by Ninie Laing
Everyone should feel comfortable doing what seems appropriate for her own spiritual growth. I am a visual person, easily distracted by the scene around me. If I stand to pray with my eyes open, I am tempted to focus on my surroundings and not my inner dialogue with God.
Continue reading “Personal Reflection: Why I Kneel for the Prayers”
The Stewardship Committee’s motto is “Forming Relationships, Making Connections, Offering our Gifts.” And it all starts with knowing each other! Please respond with your photograph and directory information so we can build community. Thanks, The Membership Team.
And we would like two things from every household:
#1- A PHOTOGRAPH
If you already have a photograph in the directory, and you want a new one, OR if you’ve never submitted one, you now have 2 options:
- Click here to sign up for a “photo shoot” with Coy between the two Sunday-morning services on October 1, 8, 15, or 22.
- Already have a photo you’d like to use? Send a new photo in an email to Nancy at email@example.com
Continue reading “Directory Photos: Help Us Connect!”
The middle school youth group kicked off a new year at Verdun Adventure Bound in Rixeyville on Saturday, September 16
Warrenton’s best kept secret will be opening in September. Yes…Saint James’ Café will be serving once again those amazing dishes between services on Sunday’s beginning September 10!
Continue reading “Café is back beginning September 10!”
Back by popular demand the “Brunch, Lunch, and Supper Club” will be in full swing once again at Saint James’ starting this fall.
Have you ever wondered about the person sitting next to you in Church? Now is your time to find out more about that person!
Continue reading “Breakfast, Lunch or Supper Clubs Are Back!”
Sunday, September 10 marks the start of several Saint James’ ministries and programs for the fall, and we hope you’ll jump on board!
Continue reading “Sunday, September 10: A Day You Should Be At Church!”
Our back to church picnic will take place this Sunday, August 27th from 4-8pm at the beautiful Chapultepec Farm, home of Jimmy Timberlake and Gina Farrar.
Continue reading “Back-to-Church Picnic is this Saturday, August 27!”
Thank you for your prayers and all the ways you supported our mission team while down in Hollywood, South Carolina. Thank you also to all of the adult volunteers (and their families) who volunteered their time and talents, and to our youth who represented Saint James’ so wonderfully. The trip was a transformative experience.
Read blog posts from each day of the missions trip
Please take the time to watch the youth (and our Director of Family Ministries) reflect on their experience, and if you watch the whole service you will even hear them sing and play the ukulele!
Continue reading “2017 SC Youth Missions Trip Recap”
by Laura Updyke, Interim Director of Family Ministries
Calling all acolytes! There will be an acolyte training session on August 27th immediately following the 10:15 service. It will last about an hour. Current acolytes wishing to take on a new role or those wishing to become an acolyte should plan to attend. Here are the roles your children can play in the service:
- 3rd grade and up – Torch
- 5th grade and up – Crucifer
- 7th grade and up – Server
- 9th grade and up – Chalicer
We do not have an age limit for Epistler, because we believe that is self-selecting. Whenever your child feels comfortable reading out loud, they are welcome to take it on.
If you have any questions, please contact Laura Updyke at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Continue reading “Update on Family Ministries: 2017 Summer Newsletter”
What do you get when you cross a wort hog with your favorite Episcopal church and school?
A very fun adult spirit night!!
Join us at Wort Hog Brewing Company on Thursday, June 8 anytime from 5:00 – 8:00 pm for a church and school spirit night, which will benefit the CONNECTED Capital Campaign!
You can learn more about the CONNECT Campagin at saintjamesepiscopalschool.org/connected
See you there!
Friday, March 31 | 5:00 – 8:00 pm
Join us at the WARF for a family fun night of swimming benefiting the SJPA!
Pizza, snacks and drinks will be sold onsite for $1.
ALL children must be supervised (6 and under must have a swimming adult) and attendees must comply with WARF rules listed on the the back of the form below.
When signing up, please keep in mind:
- Children 2 years and younger are free and do not need a wristband.
- Children under the age of 6 must have a swimming adult with them in the water. The swimming adult needs a wristband.
Continue reading “SJES Family Fun Night @ The WARF”
The Season of Lent is a time for us to examine our commitment to Jesus Christ and take steps to be more intentional in our faith as we prepare for Holy Week, when we remember with our hearts the last week of Jesus in Jerusalem.
Our worship on Ash Wednesday asks us to do three things:
- examine the quality of our relationships with God and with the people in our lives, and ask God to lead us into reconciliation,
- practice activities that can move us deeper into our faith journeys, such as contemplative prayer, meaningful fasting, and releasing whatever stands in the way of a fuller faith in God, and
- study and pray God’s Word.
Continue reading “Message from Fr Randolph: Adult Formation in Lent”
A Saturday or so ago, we gathered for a family movie night. We settled upon the movie, October Sky, based upon the book Rocket Boys. An interesting aside, the exact same letters that form “October Sky” also make up “Rocket Boys” (Try it and see).
The movie is about Homer H. Hickman, Jr. and his friends’ interest in building rockets, but it is about much more than that. In Coalwood, West Virginia life was pretty much tracked for you at a young age. If you were a boy growing up there, you attended school long enough to test your football acumen or settle for life working in the depleted coal mines.
Homer quickly established that football was not going to be his route out of Coalwood, but he was equally certain that life in the coal mine was not for him. As trapped as Homer felt in Coalwood, his friends’ tracks seemed even narrower, as their family systems were wrought with instability, alcoholism and abuse, or profound poverty.
Continue reading “Message from the Rector: March 2017”
Dear Saint James’ Learners,
54 of you have already registered for our Lenten adult formation course, “Learning More about Jesus and Holy Week,” and we’ve got room for more.
Please scroll down to see the summary of what we plan to explore this season, or click here to download the syllabus.
The course book, The Last Week, is fascinating; it explores the last week of Jesus using the Gospel according to Mark and other historical sources.
One possibility for you is to buy the book and study it, but a better option is to join a learning group for meaningful and facilitated conversation about Jesus’ last week and the ways we revisit that week through our Holy Week liturgies.
Continue reading “UPDATE: Plan for Adult Formation in Lent”
Our beautiful, historic, welcoming church will be made even more hospitable with the addition of new handicap parking spaces in the parking lot, permanent ramps, a lift for Parish Hall access, a centrally-located elevator in the new building, and ADA-certified bathroom facilities.
Father Ben shared this remembrance which highlights just one example of how needed and how welcome the planned accessibility upgrades will be:
“The Director of Christian Education from my previous church in Louisville came to church one Sunday. Lauralee wanted to show Ms. Martha her classroom so she led her down the stairs. Ms. Martha has some mobility issues and I forgot how much she had depended upon the elevator in Louisville. As I watched her slowly go down each step backwards, clinging to the rail, and wincing the entire way, I realized that the most formative person in my children’s faith development would hardly be able to teach Sunday school at Saint James’ much less serve as Director of Christian Formation. It was a profound recognition of the need and the fact that it is not just those confined to wheelchairs whose ministries are limited by our space.”
Our exciting renovation plans will open up our spaces to everyone who wants to share in them!
Continue reading “CONNECTED Capital Campaign | February 12, 2017”
The High School Youth Group ski trip this year is March 3rd through 5th. (Friday-Sunday) at Seven Springs Ski Resort in Pennsylvania.
This trip is for all high school students – we invite you to come join us and to bring a friend!
If you have never skied or snowboarded before, no worries! Lessons are rental skis/boards are available.
Continue reading “High School Youth Ski Trip is March 3rd-5th!”
While many people who attend church seek spiritual growth, the desire to find others who share a common passion (and the resulting social connection) comes in a close second. Church offers a safe place to connect with others who share common knowledge and passions, whether that be knitting, quilting, hiking, volunteering, baking, tinkering with classic cars, or fishing, chances are: you will find someone who shares this passion. And that social connection offers great health benefits for people of all ages. What’s more, this social connection can be as powerful as a spiritual one.
Continue reading “Guest Post: The Health of Seniors Can Improve By Attending Church”
Saturday, February 11 | 5:00 – 9:00 PM
Enjoy an early Valentine’s night out and support our Soroti students ministry!
- The cost is $275 to support a younger student and $500 for older students, all money raised will go toward supporting this important church ministry!
- Drop-off in Parish Hall. Separate rooms for younger kids and elementary age students.
- Snacks provided (please feed your children dinner before arrival or send a lunch box). Games and movie provided.
- Donations requested.
- Learn more about Soroti Ministry here
Continue reading “Parents’ Night Out on February 11!”