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.
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 email@example.com.
The church invites all Christians to worship soon and often during Holy Week and through Easter Day. This is when we remember and embrace in a dramatic way the journey, death, and resurrection of Jesus.
Palm Sunday: Jesus enters Jerusalem and confronts the domination powers of the Roman Empire and the temple authorities.
Maundy Thursday: Jesus shares the his last meal with the Twelve and washes their feet.
Good Friday: Jesus is crucified and dies.
Easter Eve: A new fire is kindled in the darkness, the Paschal Candle is lit, people are baptized, and we celebrate the first Eucharist of Easter. Christ is risen!
Easter Day: Christ is risen indeed! We joyfully celebrate the Resurrection of our Savior.
God is calling us all to gather for worship this Holy Week through Easter Day.
I invite your comments and questions.
We encourage you to commit to attending as many of our Holy Week worship services as you are able. They dramatically walk us through Jesus’ last days and allow us to more fully enter the story and receive the love poured out for us. The experience of Holy Week also adds to the richness, joy, and bounding hope of Easter.
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.
Laura Updyke is the interim director of family ministries – you can contact Laura here
If you see one of our Sunday School teachers, please take a minute to say thanks for the great job they’ve been doing this year! We are especially grateful to Haifleigh Pritchard, who is giving her time every Sunday to work with our 3rd-5th graders, helping them manage the crucial shift from Sunday School to confirmation preparation.
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.
On Christmas Eve we will celebrate the birth of the Christ child with three festive services.
Dec. 24 at 3pm – Christmas Eve Pageant
Bring the family and enjoy the reenactment of the Birth of Jesus. All children are encouraged to participate. Please arrive 15 minutes early for your child to be fitted for a costume. No prior rehearsal needed. The pageant includes the singing of familiar Christmas carols and is woven into the celebration of Holy Eucharist. This service is especially geared toward preschool and elementary age children but a joy to all!
Dec. 24 at 5:30pm – Family Service
At 5:30 we will have a festive yet more informal and abridged (than our late service) Christmas celebration as we incorporate our youth into the worship service. This service is intended for individuals and families whose children have aged out of the pageant (upper elementary and up) but find the hour of the late service…. well…just a bit too late. The service will also include Holy Eucharist and the singing of familiar carols.
Dec. 24 at 10:15 – Carols & Vigil
This service is one of, if not the, most beautiful and holy services of the church year as our choir leads us in carols as we sing out that Christ is born! Carols begin at 10:15, followed by the service at 10:30.
Dec. 25 at 9:30am – Christmas Day Eucharist
Let’s rejoice together on Christmas Day with an informal service as we remember the reason we celebrate Christmas. This service is a great way to celebrate Christmas Day with your parish family.
Food for Friends – CHRISTMAS Bread Edition is Coming up THIS Friday, December 16, Starting at 3pm!
We had a very successful Thanksgiving Bread Baking project this year, baking over 700 loaves of bread in about nine hours a few weeks ago – thank you to the volunteers who partnered with us on that project. We had so much fun that we’ve decided we couldn’t wait a whole year to do it again! We are partnering with Fauquier FISH to provide loaves of bread for their Christmas food basket project later in December.
Mark your calendars for Friday afternoon / evening December 16.
December 11 at 4pm – Christmas Concert
This year’s program will feature the Saint James’ Adult Choir, Handbells, Youth Chorale, as well as a guest string quartet. The music ranges from plainsong, a chorus from the Messiah, to newly composed music, and it is supported by scripture readings that chronicle the story of Christ. A reception with seasonal treats will follow the concert.
Dec. 16 at 11am – K-5 Christmas Pageant
Join us for the annual Saint James’ Episcopal School Elementary Christmas Pageant. Students will re-enact the nativity of Jesus Christ with costume, song, and prayer. It’s a beautiful program and you shouldn’t miss it! It will be streamed too.
Dec. 21 at 7pm – Blue Christmas Service
A Blue Christmas Service or a Longest Night service acknowledges that Christmas is not always met with joy and celebration. Sometimes it can be difficult to participate in the glad carols and merriment of our Christmas services. This service provides an opportunity to light candles acknowledging the people we miss, the pain or emptiness we may feel. In lighting the candles we proclaim Christ’s presence and that foundational truth from that first chapter of John that “the light shines in the darkness, and the darkness did not overcome it”. We sing carols more reflective of Christmas hope than joy, we offer prayers for healing, we break bread together and (of course) we support one another.
Following the service there will be opportunity for continued prayer in the chapel and coffee and dessert in the parish hall.
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.
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!
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.
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!
Our youth are going to Verdun Adventure Bound on October 21-23! Any high-school-age youth are welcome to attend.
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!
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.
“Do you choose easy or do you choose adventure?”
I asked this question on my first Sunday at Saint James’ four years ago this winter. I talked about asking my daughter that question half way through a rather rigorous hike, I encouraged you to consider all the ways that Jesus asked his followers that same question, and whether God might be asking the people of Saint James’ Episcopal Church the same question.
Years later I am ever more convinced both of God’s call to us and our resounding answer, “ADVENTURE!!!”. Here is the rub. Adventure is not easy. Jesus certainly never said it would be.
One of my favorite prayers, attributed to 16th century explorer, Sir Francis Drake, asks the same question of us. Have we arrived safely because we sailed too close to shore… (have we) fallen in love with life and ceased to dream of eternity?
The Saint James’ Youth Chorale are still buzzing after winning their big trophy this past spring…and you can be a part of it!
This year the chorale will have two groups:
- Elementary Chorale (2nd-5th grades) meets Thursdays in the SJES Music Room from 3:45pm-4:45pm
- Junior High Chorale (6-8th grades) meets Thursdays in the SJES Music Room from 3:15pm-4:15pm
Come one, come all to our end of summer/back to school picnic!
Thanks to the generosity of Jim Timberlake and Gina Farrar, we will host a church-wide celebration full of food (Miss Pam’s Famous Fried Chicken), and fun (swimming in the pool, yard games, fishing and hiking) on the beautiful Chepultepec Farm.
John Knouse, our Director of Family Ministry, has tendered his letter of resignation citing the need to address personal issues and dedicate time to prioritize his family.
In his short time with us John made an enormous impact. I am personally, very grateful for his tireless work, his willingness to wear countless hats, his affable way, and the connections he made, especially with our young people. John expressed similar appreciation for the people of Saint James’ Episcopal Church and School.
We thank John for all he has brought to Saint James’ and will keep him, Amanda, Ruthie, and Caleb in our prayers and in our hearts.
As a church and school, we have always been very deliberate in the formation of our young people-it is a hallmark of who we are as a community. With the fall program year fast approaching, rest assured that this will continue and that the leadership will work together to optimize staffing to ensure successful and substantive formation for the children and youth of Saint James’. We look forward to updating you soon.