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.

Continue reading “Learning Starts Early, and you can help!”

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!

helping hondurasHello, my name is Gabe Spector:

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.

Sponsor a Student in Soroti Diocese, Uganda

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Akayo Harriet, a recent graduate of a masters program at Uganda Christian University. Betty and Richard Gookin have sponsored her for about nine years.

Through our Soroti Ministry, parishioners at Saint James’ currently sponsor nine students – from middle school to graduate school – in Soroti Diocese, Uganda, and it is changing the lives of these students!

This year, we added three new students at the middle school level, and we are seeking sponsors at all levels to add more students or help with other expenses such as transportation, administration, summer programs and other educational needs in this region.

You can help! If you are interested in hearing more about this program, please contact Wayne or Caren Eastham.

Akayo Harriet Graduates Ugandan Christian University

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Through our Soroti ministry here at Saint James’, Betty Gookin has sponsored Akayo Harriet, a Ugandan student, throughout her secondary and post-secondary studies. On July 3, she graduated from Ugandan Christian University with her masters’ degree, and has started a job as school headteacher.

She writes,

“Dear Mr and Mrs. Gookin, I am glad to say a word to you again. it is long when we last communicated. Sorry for taking that long.I was busy moving up and down for the teachers appointment letters and posting instructions from ministry of education and sports, thank God that we finally got them, so I am fully appointed and posted headteacher. We are now waiting to start earning salaries…”

Betty adds,

“I am so proud of Akayo Harriet’s achievement. It has been a long hard road for her over at least 10 or 12 years.  I have sponsored her from the beginning and actually “illegally” through this final masters degree which involved opening an account for her in Uganda, and not getting tax credit.

I hope it would encourage others to see what it means to sponsor a student. Harriet and I have become very close over the years … She is quite a remarkable girl and has helped [her] younger sisters along the way.”

Congratulations to Akayo Harriet on her many accomplishments! May God bless her on the road ahead.

Rev. Lyn’s Sermon – August 9, 2015

Rev. Lyn discussed the 6th chapter of John’s Gospel, the absolute sufficiency of Jesus’ as spiritual bread, and our responsibility as Christians as we await Christ’s second coming into the world.