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Retreats, Pilgrimages and Field Trips

Retreats, pilgrimages and field trips are in our future

Parish retreats and field trips have been limited in the past year by COVID, but we eagerly await the opportunity to re-gather for activities and fellowship as a church family.  In the meantime, we hope you will read on below and enjoy revisiting and learning about some of the past offerings our church family and the community have enjoyed.

Where we’ve been and what we have done

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 (more…)

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, (more…)

Annual Parish Retreat at Shrine Mont

The historic Shrine Mont Retreat Center offers a beautiful setting for St. James’s annual fall retreat in the mountains!

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. (more…)

Historic Autumn Pilgrimage House Tour

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

Advent Retreat – What Child Is This?

Saturday, December 1, 9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. Valentine Hall (more…)

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 for all people: it is also the national cathedral for the Episcopal Church. (more…)

Lenten Retreat: Mindfulness Meditation

Saturday, March 9, 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.Valentine Hall On Ash Wednesday, the people are invited “to the observance of a holy Lent” through a number of practices, including self-examination and reflection. (more…)

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 for Mindfulness Meditation. This the 32nd year for this popular bike tour that will take place June 21 through June 26 beginning in Woodstock, Virginia.  [...]

Annual Parish Retreat at Shrine Mont

The historic Shrine Mont Retreat Center offers a beautiful setting for St. James’s annual fall retreat in the mountains!

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, (more…)

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 church sites in British North America and the recreated historic site, Jamestown Settlement. The first stop of the day will be the museum and the [...]

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 and worship and our failure to commend the faith that is in us.” Dr. Friend will offer five meditations interspersed with silence: 1) lack of [...]