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That’s the question asked by every person here at St. James’s.

Is it participating in a meaningful ministry? Or developing authentic relationships with God and our neighbors? Is it serving? Teaching? Learning? Outreach? Hospitality? Or being part of a mission that can change lives — starting with your own? Is it serving our church, our community, or the larger world?

Now there are varieties of gifts, but the same Spirit; and there are varieties of services, but the same Lord; and there are varieties of activities, but it is the same God who activates all of them in everyone. To each is given the manifestation of the Spirit for the common good. (1 Corinthians 12:4-7)

As doers, we love nothing more than helping you discover how to use your gifts to serve God and the world. As Frederick Buechner said, “The place God calls you to is the place where your deep gladness and the world’s deep hunger meet.”

Whatever doing means to you, there are so many places at St. James’s to find your passion.

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If you want to deepen your understanding of your faith, the church, or our history, St. James’s education programs–for adults and young people– are ambitious, thoughtfully created, engaging and challenging. 

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If you want to serve our church, there are choices that fit your interests, your strengths and your schedule.

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If your ambitions are global, our missions trips (once we resume them) have served locations from South Sudan to the Caribbean and South America, and even right here in Virginia.

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If you want to teach or be a caretaker, our Sunday School and nursery programs are ideal for you.

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If you love to cook, host parties, welcome newcomers or organize events (like our legendary Mardi Gras or Parish Retreats), there are so many ways for you to show your warmth and talents. 


If you want to sing out to God, our amazing music program has a choir for every age.

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If you want to be a part of our moving Sunday services, you can be an usher, a lector or a Lay Eucharisitic Minister, or join the Altar Guild or Flower Guild.

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And if you’re looking for a book club or a bible study (or you want to start one), we have so many groups to choose from.

Our clergy and laity are here to help each person discern the Holy Spirit and discover the places God may be calling us, as individuals and as a faith community.

Come share your gifts, challenge your weaknesses, and nourish deep hungers with the St. James’s family, the community, and the world.

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