Fall Study Guide 2020 

 

 

Sunday Adult Forums via Zoom

Sundays at 11:00 a.m.

Unless otherwise indicated, to join via Zoom, go to https://doers.org/sunday-forums-and-short-courses/

October 25 – Communities in Schools

“It’s relationships, not programs, that change children,” said founder of Communities in Schools Bill Milliken. This year our outreach-oriented Adult Forums focus on outreach in our schools. We welcome Harold Fitrer, CEO of Communities in Schools, Richmond, to talk about how CIS engages and empowers children and youth in Richmond Public Schools. Given the pandemic’s impact on school systems across the country, this is a wonderful opportunity to learn from experts in local schools about what support kids are receiving and how we can help.

November 1 – Food Force and the Taste of St. James’s

We’ll go behind the scenes to talk with the cooks and leaders of Food Force, our weekly feeding ministry, and the Taste of St. James’s, our festive annual fundraiser for Food Force — just in time for you to pre-order delicious goodies! 

November 8 – Jesus take the Zoom… and other prayers for worn-out families

Join Jerusalem Greer, author At Home in this Life: Finding Peace at the Crossroads of Unraveled Dreams and Beautiful Surprises and a member of Presiding Bishop Michael Curry’s staff, as she speaks freedom, hope, and practical faith-based solutions for grown-ups juggling too many screens, schedules and frayed emotions. Families are encouraged to make themselves comfortable – pajamas and pancakes are welcome – for this session and to submit questions ahead of time to Becky Page. 

November 15 – St. James’s Children’s Center Presentation

For over 30 years, St. James’s Children’s Center has provided high-quality early childhood education for families across the Richmond area, regardless of income or developmental ability. Come to learn about the mission of our in-house outreach ministry and how they continue providing childcare safely during the COVID-19 pandemic.

November 22 – Stephen Ministry: Bearing One Another’s Burdens 

Bear one another’s burdens, and in this way, you will fulfill the law of Christ (Galatians 6:2). St. James’s is launching a Stephen Ministry to provide one-to-one Christian care to people who are hurting. You’re invited to join members of our new Stephen Ministry to learn about the kind of care provided by Stephen Ministers, how to request a Stephen Minister, and how to become a Stephen Minister.  

November 29 – Advent Fair for All Ages

Stop by St. James’s to pick up a bag of goodies, devotionals, and equipment for making an Advent Wreath. Then join us online Sunday morning in your pj’s with your hot chocolate as we all make our wreaths together!

December 6 – Parenting Forum with the Rev. Timothy Seamans

As co-author of the new Common Prayers for Children and Families and Associate Chaplain at the Episcopal School of Los Angeles, Timothy Seamans has lots of experience sharing faith between generations. Join him this day, the Feast of St. Nicholas, for a discussion and praxis of faith at home.

December 13 – Update on the Peter Paul Development Center with Executive Director Damon Jiggetts

Founded to “support the neighbors of the East End and educate its students, equipping them to serve as positive contributors to their families, community, and society,” Peter Paul Development Center is one of our primary partners in ministry. We invite you to learn more about this important ministry in Richmond’s East End and how they have persevered during COVID-19, from Executive Director Damon Jiggetts.

Other Regularly Meeting Sunday Formational Opportunities

Intentional Spirituality Group

First Sunday of the month, 2:00 p.m. via Zoom with Brother Leo Campos and the Rev. Hilary Streever. 

What does it mean to be spiritual as a Christian? How can we develop spiritual disciplines that bring us closer to Christ daily? Led by Br. Leo Campos and the Rev. Hilary Streever, the Intentional Spirituality Group is a holy space for walking in the Way of Christ together. We share ancient and new spiritual practices, prayerfully read relevant books together, hold each other accountable to disciplines, and support each other in the Way. Drop-in or come regularly!

To join us via Zoom, contact Br. Leo Campos, brleocos@gmail.com 

Wednesday Evenings

Wednesday Fellowship & Study 

Seasonally, Wednesdays, via Zoom

Fellowship: 6:00 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.

Classes: 6:30 p.m. to 7:15 p.m.

Though we are not able to join together for meals, we will still gather for fellowship and education together! You’re invited to join our Zoom gathering for fellowship at 6:00 p.m. and the class from 6:30-7:15 p.m. 

For the Zoom link and more details, go to https://doers.org/wednesday-night-programs/ 

October 21 through November 11

Seculosity (Reprise)

October 21

Introduction to Seculosity (Reprise!) 

Because this fascinating and entertaining series was initially interrupted by the COVID pandemic, we are bringing back author David Zahl and his colleague the Rev. Connor Gwin. 

October 28

The Seculosity of Politics with David Zahl

November 4

The Seculosity of Death with the Rev. Connor Gwin

November 11

The Seculosity of Schools with the Rev. Connor Gwin

December 2, 9 and 16

Hope, Love, Joy and Peace: The Advent Wreath in an Age of Anxiety

NO PROGRAMS October 14, November 18 and 25

Special Offerings 

Confirmation Class

Register by September 27, 2020

St. James’s Episcopal Church is excited to announce that registration is open for the 2020-2021 confirmation preparation process for youth and adults seeking confirmation, reception, or reaffirmation in the Episcopal Church. Youth and adult candidates will participate together in one mixed-age process led by clergy, staff, and volunteers. Adult candidates will also be organized into virtual small groups with other adults during the month of April for further discussion of faith and spirituality.

To be confirmed, received or reaffirmed when the bishop arrives in May, candidates for confirmation will need to complete 5 two-hour virtual sessions. We’ll offer session #1 in October, #2 in November, #3 in January, #4 in February, #5 in March. Each session will be offered twice during that month for your scheduling convenience, once on a Tuesday night, and once on a Sunday night. Dates for 2020-2021 are listed below.·

Each session will be synchronous. There will be some lively discussion, prerecorded video, and interactive activities for you to do at home. Sessions will last two hours from 6:30-8:30 p.m. 

SessionTuesdaySunday
#1 Baptism and ConfirmationOctober 13October 18
#2 Book of Common Prayer & EucharistNovember 10November 15
#3 Love God & Love NeighborJanuary 26January 31
#4 Church & PrayerFebruary 23February 28
#5 Holy WeekMarch 23March 28
Rehearsal and BanquetSunday, May 2, 2021, from 5:00-7:30 pm
Bishop Visit & Confirmation serviceSunday, May 16, 2021, in the morning

The church is designing this to be a high quality and meaningful experience for candidates and their families. To cover the unanticipated costs of delivering this virtually, there is a $50 participation cost per candidate (youth or adult). Should this be a financial burden, please contact Mary Beth Abplanalp (mbabplanalp@doers.org) or the Rev. Hilary Streever (hstreever@doers.org). 

To register for the 2020-2021 St. James’s confirmation process please complete these online forms and mail a check to the church by September 27, 2020.

 Confirmation Registration 2020-2021 (youth and adult participants)

 Universal Permission Form 2020-2021 (youth participants only)

Youth Contact: Mary Beth Abplanalp, mbabplanalp@doers.org

Adult Contact: The Rev. Hilary Streever, hstreever@doers.org 

Visit us online at https://doers.org/faith-formation/confirmation-for-youth-and-adults/ 

Racial Justice & Reconciliation Formation Offerings

Education and discussion are one part of St. James’s Racial Justice & Reconciliation Ministry. Learn about classes, small groups studies, suggested books & films, field trips and pilgrimages, as well as learning opportunities from beyond St. James’s at https://doers.org/racial-justice-reconciliation-ministry/

Interfaith Dialogue

Dates to be determined.

Newcomers Class

Dates to be determined.

Contact: Mary Brown, mbrown@doers.org 

Small Groups – Weekdays

NEW! Stephen Ministry

Bear one another’s burdens, and in this way, you will fulfill the law of Christ (Galatians 6:2). St. James’s is launching a Stephen Ministry to provide one-to-one Christian care to people who are hurting. It has been said that Stephen Ministers are the caregivers and God is the cure giver. To learn more about serving as a Stephen Minister or to request a Stephen Minister, contact: Jane Dowrick, dowhitz52@gmail.com. 

NEW! St. James’s Community Yoga

Mondays at 4:00 p.m. via Zoom

Led by St. Jameser Sarah Eck, classes are generally one hour in duration and include an asana practice, breathwork, and a short meditation. The classes are designed for all levels. Participants would need a mat, two blocks and a strap for most classes, or reasonable facsimiles.

Contact: Sarah Eck, ecksaraha@gmail.com

NEW! Sacred Ground

Small groups meet at various times via Zoom

Episcopal churches across the land are studying Sacred Ground, a new curriculum released from the Presiding Bishop’s office designed to facilitate faithful discussions on the difficult topic of racism. This 10-part series is a film- and readings-based dialogue series on race, grounded in faith.  Small groups are invited to walk through chapters of America’s history of race and racism while weaving in threads of family story, economic class, and political and regional identity. 

To learn more, go to https://episcopalchurch.org/sacred-ground

We offer rolling registration this season. To register for a small group, go to https://forms.gle/XVgS1F9zzJVgbqmC8

Contact: the Rev. Hilary Streever, hstreever@doers.org, the Rev. Dr. Mark Cooper, markcooper1966@gmail.com

Tuesday Men’s Breakfast Bible Study

Tuesdays, 7:30 to 8:30 a.m. via Webex

A weekly hour of great fellowship and lively discussion of the upcoming Sunday’s lectionary lessons and how it applies to our lives as professionals, partners/spouses, and fathers. Areas of study for this group have included the Gospels of Matthew, Mark, and Luke, the Book of Acts, 1 and 2 Corinthians, Genesis, and Exodus.

To join over Webex, contact: Trent McFadden, trent.mcfadden@gmail.com; Patrick Strickler, jpstrickler@verizon.net

Women’s Bible Wisdom Bible Study

Second and Fourth Tuesdays, 5:30 to 6:30 p.m., via Zoom 

This Bible study meets twice a month to read together through a biblical book or theme at a time. We explore when and under what conditions the passages were written, and prayerfully ask how God is speaking through them now to us as Christ’s followers. This year we continue to read highlights in the Biblical story using the book Seamless, by Angie Smith.

To join us over Zoom, contact: Mary Lou Rumble,  marylouise.rva@gmail.com; The Rev. Hilary Streever, hstreever@doers.org 

Living Faith Bible Study

Wednesdays 10:00 a.m.

The Living Faith Bible Study reads and discusses the upcoming Sunday’s lectionary readings. 

To join us via Zoom, contact: Mark Cooper, markcooper1966@gmail.com, Betse Trice,  betset@hotmail.com 

Lectionary Ladies

Wednesdays 2:00 p.m., via Zoom

The Lectionary Ladies read and discuss the upcoming Sunday’s lectionary readings. 

To join us via Zoom, contact: Kitsie Garland, kitsie.garland@verizon.net 

Thursday Men’s Bible Study Breakfast

Every other Thursday at 7:30 a.m., via Zoom

Though we can no longer prepare breakfast for each other, we are still meeting!

To join over Zoom, contact: Drew Lichtenberger drewlichtenberger@gmail.com or (804) 396-3002 

Rector’s Book Study

On Hold Until January 2021

The Permanent Things Book Study 

On Hold Until January 2021

Tuesday Readers (Zoom)

Fourth Tuesdays, 7:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. via Zoom

September 22: The Plague, by Albert Camus

October 27: The Soul of America, by Jon Meacham

November 17: The Unthinkable, by Amanda Ripley

January 26: The World of Wonder, by Geraldine Brooks

To join us over Zoom, contact: Diane Dodd-McCue, ddoddmccue@vcu.edu; Mary Lou Rumble, marylouise.rva@gmail.com 

Brown Bag Book Club (Zoom)

First Thursdays, 11:30  to 12:30 p.m.

Bring your lunch and join in on the fun discussion! 

September 3: How To Be An Anti-Racist by Kendi, Ibram X

October 1: Year of Wonders, by Brooks, Geraldine

November 5: The New Jim Crow, by Alexander, Michelle

December 3: Pilgrimage to Eternity, by Egan, Timothy

January 7: The Giver of Stars, by Moyes, JoJo

To join over Zoom, contact: Linda Owen, lindaowen23@gmail.com 

Education for Ministry (EfM)

Tuesdays, beginning Sept. 22, 6 to 8 pm, meeting online via Zoom

Education for Ministry is a deeply rich and formative offering born in 1975 from The School of Theology at Sewanee University. EfM will help to increase your knowledge of scripture, church tradition, and theology as well as grow your faith and preparation for lay ministry.  We meet weekly to discuss scripture and other readings, worship together, and share theological reflections.  Our trained mentor guides the group, and participants learn how to view life and ministry through a theological lens. Our St. James’s EfM group has closed registration for 2020/21 and will be adding new members for the seminar group beginning in fall 2021. Information about the history, rationale, and curriculum of EfM is available at https://efm.sewanee.edu/about/Contact: Jane Dowrick, EfM Mentor: efmvirginia@gmail.com or (804) 334-0117.  

SelfStarters Gathering (Zoom)

Second Wednesday of the month at 12:00 noon – 1:00 p.m.

Entrepreneurs, freelancers, sole-practitioners, and self-employed workers have this monthly place to go to share ideas, offer support, provide guidance, hear meaningful presentations, and network with other SelfStarters. This is a group that both nurtures and challenges our members in a warm and open environment, never forgetting to reflect on our business issues through the prism of our Christian faith.

To join us over Zoom, contact: Jay Sandusky, jaysandusky@gmail.com or the Rev. Dr. Mark Cooper, markcooper1966@gmail.com 

Retreats

A Casual Weekend Away at Shrine Mont

October 23-25, 2020

Though our annual parish retreat has sadly been canceled, you are invited to take advantage of our reserved rooms at Shrine Mont, our diocesan retreat center in the mountains. Come to the mountains October 23-25 for a weekend getaway with all the beauty of the great outdoors Shrine Mont can offer. The one time we will gather will be for worship in the Shrine, following necessary COVID precautions. To book your stay, please contact Shrine Mont’s office directly (reservations@shrinemont.com, (540) 856-2141), telling them you’re with St. James’s. Go to https://shrinemont.com/covid-19/ and https://shrinemont.com/wp-content/uploads/COVID-Guidelines-with-meals.pdf for up to date COVID information.

Contact: Katie and Rob Reed, katiepreed@gmail.com or the Rev. Hilary Streever, hstreever@doers.org and (276) 451-8809

St. James’s Annual Advent Retreat

To be determined

 

BEYOND ST. JAMES’S

The Way of Love: Practices for a Jesus-Centered Life 

“More than a program or curriculum, it is an intentional commitment to a set of practices. It’s a commitment to follow Jesus.” Introduced by the Presiding Bishop Michael Curry in 2019, the Way of Love webpage offers many resources to help your commitments to the Way of Love, including introductory materials, videos, podcasts, and materials for families and children. https://episcopalchurch.org/way-of-love 

Richmond Hill

Richmond Hill is a local ecumenical intentional Christian community which hosts retreats, small groups, and classes, many of which are now online and on Zoom. www.richmondhill.org  

Online Bible Study Resource, from The Episcopal Church https://episcopalchurch.org/bible-study/year-a 

Healing Prayer

The St. Phoebe School for Deacons will be offering virtual Prayers for Healing on Saturdays.at 11:00 ET using a form from Enriching our Worship, to augment their daily Morning Prayer. The Zoom link will be posted the day prior to the St. Phoebe School Virtual Chapel blog (virtual-chapel.com) and Facebook page.  If you want to follow the blog, the Zoom links will be emailed to you directly with daily prayers.  If anyone would like to request specific prayers, for themselves or others, please visit the simple submission form (https://virtual-chapel.com/prayer-requests/). St. Phoebe School participants will hold those requests in our prayers on Saturdays and throughout the week.  All are welcome.