Thanks again to all of the parishioners who have stepped up to teach this year. We are very grateful and there has been a smooth transition as our new teachers have taken over.
As we head into the Advent season, the Sunday School students will be preparing to welcome Jesus into the world. On the first Sunday of Advent, everyone will be making Advent wreaths to bring home and use. Our Table Talks will include the readings done in church and also in Sunday School, and each week as we light the candles there will be questions that you can use at home to discuss the meaning of the candles and how we can prepare ourselves to welcome the Lord.
Continue reading “Update on Family Ministries”
SATURDAY, DECEMBER 10 | 9-11am | @ WARRENTON COLLECTION SITE
Thank you to Rick Miller, Jody Del Signore, Lynn Ward, and the Borgstrom boys for delivering much needed wood to five families throughout Fauquier County last Saturday!
The Wood Ministry has identified eight families thus far that are in dire need of wood for heating of their homes this winter. We’ve been working hard for several months to split and stack wood for these winter deliveries, and we have depleted the stored wood from the upper site.
We are planning our next big split / stack / delivery date on Saturday morning, December 10 from 9-11 at the Warrenton Collection site.
Continue reading “The Next Firewood Ministry Split, Stack and Delivery Day is December 10”
Saturday, November 26 | 9:00 AM – 11:00 AM
The cold weather is upon us (in case you haven’t been outside!) We have been preparing for months by splitting and stacking mountains of wood at the Warrenton collection. Now it’s time to deliver!
Directions to the Collection Site | Email Colin
We are looking for volunteers to help us deliver cords of wood to homes throughout Fauquier this Saturday morning. We need pickup trucks or vehicles with sturdy trailers along with drivers and delivery volunteers. Teams of two to three with load up at the Warrenton collection site behind Walmart and be assigned 1-2 dropoffs in the county. Residents who will be receiving wood will be aware of the delivery, so it will not be a surprise when you arrive.
Continue reading “Wood Ministry Delivery Day is Saturday, November 26!”
The clock is ticking!
Food for Friends: Thanksgiving Bread Edition is coming up this Friday, November 18 – 8am to ???
400 pounds of flour – CHECK. Sugar, salt, yeast – CHECK. Volunteers – ?????
We’re looking to make 800 loaves of bread in one day – are you up for the challenge? Volunteers are needed for our NINTH annual Thanksgiving Bread project on Friday, November 18! We’ll be starting at 8 am and going until the job is done (until at least the late afternoon). There is a job for everyone from supply shopping, kitchen setup and preparation, mixing of the dough, bagging and boxing the bread, and clean up. No task is too small, and everyone is welcome (even for just an hour). We need shifts of workers, so if you prefer a date/time, please let us know.
Continue reading “Thanksgiving Bread Baking Is This Friday!”
They have only filled 36 of the 100 slots for the Sunday 1-5 pm shift. If you are 16 or older and can help build, please sign up on Habitat’s website! (it’s important you register with them in advance)
A reminder that you don’t have to have any skills to be useful; lots of non-building activities require adult help.
Anyone 16 or older can help with construction!
Continue reading “Volunteers Needed for Habitat Blitz this Sunday!”
My name is Madisyn and I’m in the 5th grade at SJES.
I’m looking for donations to help provide comfort and support for children who are entering the foster care system, who have been a victim of a crime, who have had to flee to an emergency shelter, or who have lost their home due to fire. I’m helping to gather donations until October 31.
Continue reading “Comfort Cases Donation Drive”
MS and HS Youth Group will be joining Saint James’ Builds as they participate in the Habitat for Humanity Blitz Build on Sunday, October 30th from 1-5 pm. We encourage your entire family to come out and join in what will be an extraordinary event as they build an entire house in only two days!
Continue reading “Habitat for Humanity Blitz Build | October 30”
Wood Ministry Collection Date – This Saturday, October 15, 8:30a-12pm
Third time’s a charm! The weather looks very promising for this Saturday so we’re planning to chop and stack (and maybe deliver) lots of wood for families in need in our area. In conjunction with the local church outreach efforts mentioned in the newspaper this past week, we will have a few members from several churches also joining us at the site but there is a lot of work to do.
We have expanded the collection time to 8:30am to 12 noon on Saturday. Please drop by if you are in town and willing to donate an hour or two to help chop, split, and stack wood. If you have a pick-up truck or trailer, we may have some deliveries for you (in a team) as well – Lynn Ward will coordinate that onsite on Saturday morning.
Continue reading “Wood Stacking Rescheduled to This Saturday”
Please join us for The Blessing of the Animals & Pizza at 5:30pm on Wednesday, October 5! The service will be held in the back yard area off of Green Street.
Continue reading “Blessing of the Animals is Wednesday, October 5”
Due to the rain already received and the forecast for this weekend, the Wood Ministry event for this Saturday, October 1, is being postponed.
A new date will be announced shortly – keep watching the weekly announcements and our social media channels for future updates!
For more information or to help with this ministry, please contact Colin Borgstrom at 540-270-3285 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Fauquier County’s VPI is in need of the following:
- Lysol Wipes
- Gallon Bags
- Baby Wipes
- Sandwich Bags
Continue reading “Donate Basic Items to Virginia Preschool Initiative”
Stephen Ministers at Saint James’ are specially trained members of the congregation prepared to comfort and listen to parishioners in difficult times. Issues that may rise to the level of a Stephen Minister intervention include grief, illness, family crisis, job loss, divorce and doubt.
Continue reading “Stephen Ministry Updates”
Sunday, September 11 is Rally Sunday at Saint James’!
That means it’s the kickoff of the ministry year, and there’s something for everyone!
Continue reading “Rally Sunday is This Sunday!”
Due to the expected record heat on Saturday, the Wood Ministry team as decided to POSTPONE the wood stacking / splitting event for this weekend until Saturday, October 1 – 9:00-11:00am. Please keep watching the church newsletters for more information as we get closer to this date. Continue reading “Wood Stacking POSTPONED until October 1”
We’re so grateful to those who have stepped up to help out with Sunday School this year. We do, however, still need 9 teachers at all levels.
Please make this year you support our children’s program – just fill out this form to let us know you’re willing to help!
Continue reading “UPDATE: Sunday School Teachers Needed”
Its rich and varied family programs drew us to Saint James’ originally, so when Fr. Ben approached me about filling John’s position on an interim basis, it was an easy yes. We’re sad to see John leave and I’m happy to help out in this time of transition and provide the church with the space needed to reflect on our needs and conduct a thorough search for his replacement.
Continue reading “Message from Laura Updyke, Interim Director of Family Ministries”
While we are starting a new program year, much feels like an extension or culmination of where we have already been.
We continue to celebrate our bicentennial year with a service in September taken from the 1789 Prayer Book. Our annual Gala in October will celebrate the light we have been in the town of Warrenton and the exciting and important ministry ahead. And we will celebrate our place among the communion of saints with an All Saint’s organ recital and choral evensong. It has been a rich experience to learn more about our history, the people and the pivotal events, and see our place in God’s still unfolding story.
Continue reading “From the Rector | Fall 2016”
St. James Episcopal Church still needs to fill 13 Sunday School teacher slots across all grade levels by September 11. Is this the year you can help out?
Teaching only requires 45 minutes of your time, once a month. You will work with a partner and be provided with the curriculum, no planning required.
If you have children in Sunday School, it’s a great way to give back or, if your children are long gone, it’s a great way to connect to the younger generation.
Continue reading “We need YOU to help with Sunday School!”