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St. James’s has a rich history of pilgrimages, retreats and field trips (see below), but COVID has, not surprisingly, largely put them on hold. When the world opens up again, so will we. In the meantime, here are the three most immediate upcoming events:

Becoming Beloved Community

Dates TBD

In search of deeper understanding of the painful history of race and racism in America, the Becoming Beloved Community ministry is developing a pilgrimage, by bus, to a variety of sites in the Deep South. Possible sites include: Selma; The National Memorial for Peace and Justice in Montgomery; Memphis; Atlanta. For more information, contact BBC Project Manager Becky DeCamps (

Exploring God's Creation: Nature Walks

Select Saturdays, Dates TBD

One profound place for Christians to see and appreciate God’s hand at work is in creation itself. Join botanist and parishioner, Johnny Townsend, and nature buff, the Rev. Hilary Streever, as we visit nearby parks with spirits filled with curiosity, and eyes wide with wonder at God’s creatures.

Contact: Hilary Streever, or (804)355-1779, ext. 319

CANCELLED - El Camino de Santiago: The Portuguese Way – tentatively May 2022

Legend has it our patron saint, the apostle James, carried the gospel all the way to northwestern Spain. Medieval Christians from all over Western Europe made the city bearing his name, Santiago, one of the greatest pilgrimage sites in Christian history. Follow in the footsteps of thousands of pilgrims with fellow St. Jamesers along the Portuguese Way. We will bike from Portugal into Spain, then drop the bikes and hike to Santiago. It is a moderate to difficult trip: the bike ride is along the coast and is mainly a flat course; the walking will rigorous but not difficult. This pilgrimage will qualify for a certificate of completion from the Roman Catholic Church. Capacity: approximately 15 to 20 pilgrims. More details to come.

Contact: The Rev. Dr. Mark Cooper,

Outreach Committee Agency Site Visits

Join Outreach Committee members on site visits to community agencies, with which the church has a ministry partnership, to learn more about the agency mission and how it embraces community need. Each agency is a potential recipient for outreach funding. Watch church communications for specific dates and places.

Contact: Mignon Tucker, (804) 370-3881 or

Adult Learning Ministry Team: Mark Shuford, Chair; Grey Ligon, Lile Benaicha, Vestry liaison, Andy Bennett, Anna Evas, Leigh Hulcher, Jane Dowrick, and Staff: The Rev. Hilary Streever.

Exploring God’s Creation Nature Walk

Looking for a chance to reconnect with the natural world and reflect on the many gifts God has given us?

Advent Retreat – Windows to the Soul: Praying with Icons

Friday, December 1, 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. and Saturday, December 2, 9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. Valentine Hall and the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts

Pilgrimage on St. Cuthbert’s Way, Scotland and England

June 21-29, 2018 This relatively new pilgrims’ route from Melrose, Scotland to the Holy Island (Lindisfarne), England,traces sites significant in the life of St. Cuthbert and arrives at one of…

A Pilgrimage to the Holy Land

February 9 – 19, 2019 Join Pastoral Associate Reverend Dr. Mark Cooper on a journey through the sites where our faith began.

Historic Autumn Pilgrimage House Tour

September 29 @ 9:00 am – 5:00 pm Beginning at Westover Episcopal Church, Charles City

Washington National Cathedral

Thursday, May 16, 9:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. Meet at St. James’s Episcopal Church for this all day Pilgrimage The Washington National Cathedral is not just a house of prayer…

Mindful Biking

Need a Physical Challenge and a Spiritual Renewal On a Budget? Come Ride with Dr. Mark Cooper on Bike Virginia 2019 and join in a daily morning and afternoon opportunity…

Rappahannock River Valley Historic Churches

Spring 2020 (TBD), 7:45 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. Did you know that it was dangerous to be an Episcopalian during and immediately following the Revolutionary War,

Visit Virginia’s First Church Sites

This year is the 400th anniversary of the first Virginia Assembly and the arrival of the first enslaved Africans to Virginia. Our day-long pilgrimage will visit two of the earliest…

Lenten Retreat: “Connecting to the Faith That Is In Us”

Saturday, February 29, 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m., Valentine Hall This phrase comes from the Litany for Ash Wednesday - “We confess to you, Lord, our negligence in our prayer…

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