VBS 2016!

Join us this summer July 25th-29th from 9:00am-12:00pm for Cave Quest VBS, where we’ll explore and learn how Jesus is the “Light of the World”.

Cost will be $25.00 per person and a maximum of $50.00 per family. Limited registration is available, so email April Walker at april@saintjameswarrenton.org with a list of your children’s names and ages to reserve a space today.

Registration forms will be emailed to registered participants following their reservation. If you have any additional questions, please email john@saintjameswarrenton.org Continue reading “VBS 2016!”

Final Lenten Supper

Wednesday, March 16

Supper at 5:30 | Discussion at 6:00

Our last Wednesday Lenten discussion will address our responsibility for our planet.  

The church (especially the Episcopal Church) has long understood their responsibility for the created world, but has come to that place by very different means.  We will look at different biblical perspectives, different theological understandings, and what we at Saint James’ are doing and should do in the future to be better stewards of the fragile earth, our home

We will also participate in bible study and experience the richness and layers of meaning that come from careful informed study.  We will enter into discussion and participate in practical examples of ministries as we ask “what does scripture have to say about it? Why do we do it? Does it help build up the kingdom of God? Is it part of our core identity as the body of Christ?”

What Your Children Learned: March 12

Godly Play 1st & 2nd Grade “The Faces of Easter 6”

This week, the children in this class will continue with Jesus’ journey to the cross. The past 5 weeks these children have looked at pictures and heard stories from Jesus’ birth, His being lost and found as a boy, His baptism and blessing by God, His temptation in the wilderness, His healing of the sick, and His teaching in parables. In preparation for next Sunday’s Palm/ Passion Lesson, the children will hear of Jesus’ final return to Jerusalem and the events that lead to his arrest. Jesus’ joyful and triumphant entrance to Jerusalem was not as many people had expected it to be. He rode on a donkey, and it wasn’t even his, he had borrowed it. We can only imagine how much Jesus must have had on his mind, knowing what was about to happen to him, but the children will hear how he took the time do many things: teach in the temple a lesson about a widow and a rich man, to share a “special meal” with his friends in the last hours of his life. He tells them that sharing this special meal was a way that he would always be with them. All of this, Jesus did before he was betrayed by his friend Judas and arrested on a Thursday. This week and next week is a two part opportunity for this class to both scratch the surface and dig deeper into the story and happenings of Holy Week.

Gospel of John 12: 1-8 “The Washing of Jesus’ Feet” Pre K-K & 3rd-5th Grade

In these classes, the children will hear the first eight verses of the 12th Chapter of John’s Gospel. In this chapter, Jesus knows that his public ministry is coming to an end. So, just as many of us would if we knew we had little time left, he travels to have a meal with his friends. Mary was there, and Martha too. Even Jesus’ friend Lazarus, who he had raised from the dead, was there. As Martha helped to serve Jesus and her other guests, Mary took a very expensive perfume, called spikenard. She poured what is thought to be several thousand dollars worth of it all over his feet and wiped his feet with her hair. This may seem a strange and foolish thing to do, but it showed that she really knew who Jesus was and understood what he was about to go through for us. Then Judas Iscariot became angry and asked why something so expensive was not sold and given to the poor? It was then noted that Judas was not actually concerned with giving the money to the poor, but that he liked to take money from the bag that Jesus left him to carry.

What Your Children Learned: February 28


Godly Play- 1st-2nd Grade | “The Faces of Easter III & IV

Last Week’s lesson, “The Faces of Easter” Lessons I & II painted a picture of Jesus, from birth through his childhood. Even then he had a clear understanding of the work he came to accomplish. Everything was falling into place for Jesus as was intended by God. He was born to Mary and Joseph, spent his time learning and teaching in the temple. As we move on to Lesson III & IV this week, the children will see the third plaque in the series, the first of Jesus as a grown man, about 30 years old. At this time in his life, Jesus went to his cousin John and was baptized in the Jordan River. After being claimed by god as His “Beloved Son”, Jesus left that place and began his 40 days and 40 nights in the wilderness. In Lesson IV, Jesus faces enormous temptations while he is in the wilderness. After resisting the temptations of the Devil, Jesus left the wilderness to prepare for the work he was about to do. In the coming weeks, we’ll hear more about his preparation and what exactly that work would be.

Pre K-K & 3rd-5th | Gospel: Luke 13:1-9 “The Parable of the Barren Fig Tree”

Before the Gospel of Luke retells Jesus’ parable about a fruitless fig tree, the story starts out like this. News came to Jesus about some Jewish people from Galilee who come to Jerusalem to offer sacrifices but had been killed by the Roman governor’s troops. Jesus asked his audience: “Do you think that these people were worse sinners than all the other people of Galilee because they suffered this way?” He then answered his own question, “No.” But he added, “Unless you repent, you will all perish just as they did.” Then Jesus told a parable: A man had a fig tree growing in his vineyard. Although it looked healthy, with spreading branches and green leaves, it yielded no fruit. The man told his gardener, “For three years I have come looking for fruit on this fig tree, and still I find none. Cut it down! Why should it be wasting the soil?” The gardener was reluctant to cut the tree down if it could be made to bear fruit. He requested that it be left for one more year and promised to dig around it and fertilize it. Then if it bore fruit, “well and good,” but if not, it would be cut down. The fig tree parable was a call for the people of Israel to repent. The “one more year” requested by the vinedresser meant that Israel still had time. Jesus’ way of telling them, to “get their act together”.

Volunteer at Preschool Workshops

lse sjecInterested in volunteering for a preschool workshop? Register here!

Why volunteer to help with the Preschool Workshops Saint James’ is co-sponsoring?

Here are some facts about preschool that may surprise and inspire you to help:

  1. Preschool can help combat crime, teen pregnancy, and high school dropout rates. When children have the benefit of a high-quality early childhood education, they make cognitive and social gains that prepare them to start school. These foundational skills allow them to build on their learning and knowledge through school and into adulthood. As a result, a child without an early childhood education is 25 percent more likely to drop out of school, 40 percent more likely to become a teenage parent, and 70 percent more likely to be arrested for a violent crime.
  2. Early childhood education has a better return on investment than the stock market. Some policymakers worry about the upfront cost of early childhood education. However, studies show that early childhood education is one of the best investments we can make—and that includes investments in the financial market. The estimated return on investment for high quality early childhood education is ten percent. In comparison, the average return on investment in the stock market is 7.2 percent.

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Women’s Retreat | March 12

Join us on March 12 from 9am – 2pm for a Lenten Women’s Retreat.

In Preparation for Easter we will focus on meditations on the seven words of Christ on the cross. The words of Jesus will come alive in a new way, perhaps even understanding them for the first time. This will be a time of teaching, discussion, personal reflection, and above all, enjoying each other’s company.

Critty Fairbanks who led the Women’s Fall Retreat will be leading this year’s Lenten Study.

What Your Children Learned | February 21


Godly Play | 1st & 2nd Grade | “The Faces of Easter I & II

This week, the children in this class will continue their journey through Lent by exploring the Faces of the Easter Season. The first lesson’s focus is on Jesus as a newborn baby. The plaque, with the faces of Mary and Joseph is our first look at the life of Jesus. From birth, Jesus had an incredible mission and purpose ahead of him. This picture of baby Jesus marks the beginning of his journey toward the cross. The second “Face of Easter” plaque takes the class through Jesus’ boyhood and some of the unusual things that happened as he grew up. One time when Jesus was about 12 years old, he disappeared and it worried his mother and father very much. Later they found him in the Temple, a place where he was closer to God, a place he called “His Father’s House”. Over the next four weeks, the faces will change, and the stories will be different as we continue with Jesus as he journeys toward the cross.

Gospel | Pre K-K 3rd-5th | Luke 13: 22-35 | “Jesus’ Sorrow for Jerusalem”

The lesson from today’s Gospel, being a very short two verses, is tough to gather everything we need for this lesson. So for the children, we will take a look in the verses both before and after the specified reading from Luke. In the verses leading up to this, Jesus is traveling on his way to the city of Jerusalem. He is still a few days away. He went through the “towns and villages, teaching as he made his way to Jerusalem”. At one point on his trip, a group of Pharisees came up to Jesus and encouraged him to leave. They indicated his life was in danger! “Leave this place and go somewhere else,” they said. “Herod wants to kill you”. Jesus wasn’t too concerned about Herod. Jesus was determined to get to Jerusalem, and the Pharisees’ threat about Herod wasn’t going to alter any of Jesus’ plans. It was clear neither Herod nor the Pharisees were going to keep Jesus from getting to Jerusalem. As Jesus thought upon the magnificent city, he realized that the city was not living up to the expectations God desired for it.

Learning Starts Early, and you can help!

Saint James’ is so excited to launch Learning Starts Early. How can you help grow this ministry? Register as a volunteer for any or all of the three Free Preschool Parent Workshops Saint James’ is helping make possible. 20 volunteers are needed for each session. See a complete description of volunteer opportunities.

lse sjecWhat do children learn in preschool?

Statistics show that on a weekly basis:

  • more than 90 percent of preschool students spend time learning the names of letters and seeing print while reading
  • more than 80 percent practice writing
  • 89 percent work on writing their own names
  • more than 90 percent of preschool
  • students practice counting out loud at
  • least once per week
  • 90 percent use geometric manipulatives.

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SJES Spirit Day @ Firehouse Subs

firehouse subsMark your calendars and join us at Firehouse Subs for SJES Spirit Day on Tuesday, January 26, for lunch or dinner! Hand in the SJES flyer and the School will receive a portion of the proceeds. Thanks for your support!

Make sure to print and bring this flyer when you come out! ——>

Vitamins Needed for Honduran Students!

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For my Fifth Grade Service Project I would like to, with the help of a friend from the International Health Service, help the Jungle School in Honduras provide the children there with vitamins. These vitamins will be used to help supplement the diets of the children that often lack the necessary nutrients that the human body needs.

The Christian organization of which the Jungle School is a part hands out, on average, 100 vitamins per day. My original goal was raise money to send vitamins to the school, but my hope is to have each student, staff member and parishioners of Saint James’ donate a bottle of vitamins to the cause.

Here is an idea of how many vitamins we could provide:

  • One 100 count bottle of children’s vitamins is about $10.
  • 100 V’s per day X 30 days (1 month) = 3,000 Vitamins
  • 200+ students and staff at Saint James’ X 100V’s per bottle= Over 20,000
  • 20,000 Vitamins can provide a 6-7 month supply.

We will start accepting donations starting Monday, December 7th and end on Monday, January 4th. Vitamins donated must be taken to the school office and left in the basket provided. Items can also be dropped off at the church office.

Thank you very much for your help!

Men’s Retreat | December 5th

Saturday, December 5th, from 9am-12pm

Join Fr. Ben for a morning of discussion and fellowship as we begin a new church year. This year we will discuss the first two chapters of Luke anticipating the birth of our Lord and how we use the text to prepare ourselves.  The retreat will be hosted by Scott Christian – just 10 miles north of Warrenton. Please email the church office if you are interested.

Not Too Late to Register for Nov 21 5K!

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Saturday, November 21st will be our first-ever 5-K & Kids Run in support of “Learning Starts Early.” You can sign up here.

Please join us! This event will be benefiting preschool children of at-risk families in Fauquier County. By coming out you help ensure that every child in the county has access to all of the opportunities necessary to be ready for kindergarten and to succeed in school and in the workforce.

This is an event for the whole family to run or wobble down the historic streets of Warrenton. Come join the fun and support the “Learning Starts Early” Fund!

Interested in becoming a sponsor? You can donate here! 

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Middle School Mash-Up

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Every other week (on the week we don’t have youth group), we’ll be meeting in the parish hall to discuss the readings for that Sunday.

As adults, and specifically as parents, we would love to see more of a mixture and fusion of scripture into the daily lives of our young people. That’s why we are hosting these middle-school roundtables during Café on the Sundays that we don’t have our evening meetings.

All middle school kids are invited to join me starting at 9:50am for (free!) breakfast and a chat about the lessons from that day, especially the Gospel and how to apply it to our daily lives.

We will join the adults for the service right before the sermon starts – this way, students will have a weekly formation time and hopefully get more out of church as a whole.

I look forward to getting to know your children better through this great new ministry!

John Knouse

P.S. Make sure to encourage your kids to follow us on Instagram!

September Vestry Meeting Minutes

Summary of Vestry Minutes

St. Michael and All Angels’ Eve, 2015

The Treasurer reported that the recent market drop reduced the Endowment Fund but due to significant gains earlier in the year it is down only $18,000 YTD. While plate offerings are still a little under budget, they have rebounded significantly since July.

Father Ben reported on the many Buildings and Grounds projects completed or still underway. Phase 6 of the stained glass window repair has been completed; only the windows in the chapel remain to be done. Major restoration of parts of the tower has been completed. Subtle changes in the choir area provide more space for the expanding choir.

St.James’ is invited to a Thanksgiving Service on November 14 at the Deliverance Church of God in Bealeton.

Pre-school Initiative: the number of students served by the Virginia Preschool Initiative has increased from 18 to 44 spread over three elementary schools and still has a waiting list. Both the county and the state have increased their investment and the proceeds from The Turkey Trot, the Thanksgiving Race, will all go to benefit VPI and Head Start. Kristen McAuliffe is the coordinator of VPI, Pat Washington the coordinator of Head Start.

Joint Church and School Capital Campaign:

After serious and extensive deliberation, the vestry agreed unanimously to proceed with the expansion and renovation project in partnership with WJES and to hire the FOCUS Group to guide us through the fundraising phase.

The meeting closed with the Lord’s Prayer.

Respectfully submitted,

Aileen H. Laing, Register

Next Vestry meeting: October 26, at 6pm.

Gobble, Gobble, Run or Wobble 5k – Nov 21st


5k + Kids’ Run – November 21

Saturday, November 21st will be our first-ever Turkey Trot, Gobble, Gobble, Run or Wobble 5-K & Kids Run in support of “Learning Starts Early.” You can sign up here.

Please join us! This event will be benefiting preschool children of at-risk families in Fauquier County. By coming out you help ensure that every child in the county has access to all of the opportunities necessary to be ready for kindergarten and to succeed in school and in the workforce. 

This is an event for the whole family to run or wobble down the historic streets of Warrenton. Come join the fun and support the “Learning Starts Early” Fund!

Interested in becoming a sponsor? Here’s the form and information!

“Learning Starts Early” Fund

a fund of the Northern Piedmont Community Foundation

Our Mission – Ensure that every child in the county has access to all of the opportunities necessary to be ready for kindergarten and to succeed in school and in the workforce.

Rationale – Last year in Fauquier County, nearly 1 in 5 children entering kindergarten did not meet the reading readiness benchmarks established by the state.  Often they never catch up. These children are at a much greater risk of being unskilled and facing difficult obstacles in life, which is detrimental to the individuals and society.

Additionally, 166 children (22%) entering kindergarten in Fauquier County Public Schools this year did not attend any formal or institutional pre-kindergarten program or were in the care of an unlicensed childcare provider. A substantial body of research spanning decades proves that high quality preschool education can substantially improve the learning and development of all young children, and especially children from low income families, children whose parents lack high school diplomas, or children without homes.

Local Programs which target the preschool children of at-risk families in our community:

  • Fauquier Community Action Committee’s (FCAC) Head Start
  • Fauquier County Public School’s (FCPS) Virginia Preschool Initiative.

Head Start and the Virginia Preschool Initiative work together to coordinate services to best serve their students and families. Both have substantial funding needs in order to provide the highest quality preschool education.  The Learning Starts Early Fund will donate all of the proceeds from the Gobble, Gobble, Run or Wobble 5K and Kids Run to meet one or more of the following needs:

  • Increase the number of classrooms
  • Parent resource programs
  • Classroom materials, including educational technology to enhance traditional instruction
  • Before and after-school daycare for working families
  • Field trips and other important special learning experiences

Women’s Retreat | Nov. 6-7


“Then, because so many people were coming and going that they did not even have a chance to eat, [Jesus] said to them, “Come with me by yourselves to a quiet place and get some rest.” Mark 6:31

Friday evening to Saturday afternoon

November 6th- November 7th

Time for fellowship, for learning, for prayer, for quiet.

Time to savour delicious, locally sourced food.

Time to rest in the beauty of God’s creation at Airlie Conference Center

$140.00 – includes Friday evening dinner, Saturday breakfast and lunch, all the snacks you can eat, overnight stay in private room with complimentary Wi-Fi, TV,  hairdryer and eco-friendly bath products

Please register with Nancy in the church office – admin@saintjameswarrenton.org or call 540 347 4342

Women’s Bible Study – be a part of it!


We are currently watching sessions from the newly re-recorded Alpha course. Each week we watch a recorded talk presented by the Rev. Nicky Gumbel. The talk lasts for approximately 30 minutes and is followed up with a discussion on the topic for that week. Refreshments provided.

Alpha was started in London, England as a way to address people’s concerns and questions about the Christian faith. It has now grown to be an international ministry, translated into 111 languages and shown across the world. Though originally intended for those new to Christianity, the Alpha course has proved to be a refreshing way for Christians at all stages of their life to learn and talk about their faith.

Topics include: Why Did Jesus Die? Why and How Do I Pray? Why and How Should I Read the Bible? How Does God Guide us? Does God Heal Today?

Cost for participants is $10 each which covers the cost of the accompanying booklet.

Interested? Contact Rev. Lyn

Table Talk | October 4, 2015

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“Table Talk” is a new series written by our Director of Family Ministries, John Knouse, to let you know what you’re children are learning in Sunday School every week. And it’s a great way to engage with the readings yourself!

Pre-K & K: “Jesus Welcomes the Children” Gospel- Mark 10: 13-16

Today’s Gospel also shows us God’s love for children.  The story continues with Jesus’ friends telling the children to go away.  They tell the children that Jesus does not have time for them.  Jesus gets angry and tells the disciples to let the children come to him.  He then tells the children and the grown ups that there is a special place in Kingdom of God for children.

1st & 2nd Grade: Godly Play “The Story of Job”  

The Children in this class heard the story of Job.   Job was a good man who loved and followed God. God blessed him with many sheep and other animals and a large happy family.   Satan thought Job was only good and faithful to God because of all these blessings so Satan took his animals and his family away and then made Job sick.  Job still loved and prayed to God.  Even after his friends told Job that God was punishing him for being bad; Job did not stop trusting God.  Because Job never gave up on God, God again blessed Job.                                                  

3-5th Grade: “What God has Joined Together” Mark 10:2-9

Relationships are important to God.  God does not want us to be alone.  In marriage we love and take care of one another just as God loves and takes care of us. In Jesus’ time only men could ask for a divorce and it often left women with no one to take care of them. Jesus shows his love for all men and women by saying that it is wrong to leave anyone all alone.  Jesus says human beings cannot separate what God has joined together. 


Opening Genesis: History, Literature & Sacred Text

Open the book of Genesis with friends and explore one of the richest ancient texts in evidence. Our study began on Tuesday, and will continue every Tuesday evening at 7pm in the church parlor. Bring your Bible with you – any translation is fine, but preferably not a “paraphrased” one. If you are considering something new, take a look at Robert Alter’s “Genesis.”

Interested? Contact Kathy Ellis for more info.