St. James's Episcopal Church Be Ye Doers of the Word and Not Hearers Only Mon, 20 Jan 2020 15:49:47 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Oberammergau Pilgrimage August 10-20, 2020 Mon, 13 Jan 2020 14:47:23 +0000

This 11-day pilgrimage to Oberammergau and the Passion Play will be led by rector John McCard. Oberammergau is a small, picturesque German village nestled amidst the Bavarian Alps. The passion play was first performed in 1634 as a thanksgiving to God for the village being spared from the ravages of the Black Plague. With a total cast of 1,000, the play boasts 130 speaking parts and to be eligible for a role, a person must have lived in the village for at least twenty years. The day long musical play is performed every ten years and has made the village a center for Christian pilgrimage and devotion. In addition to viewing the Passion Play, we will visit historic and beautiful sites in the Czech Republic, Slovenia, Hungary, Austria, and Germany. See the brochure for this pilgrimage here. If you have an interest in this pilgrimage, contact Matt Harper at for more information.

Christian Journey Series: “Life in the First Century” Wed, 18 Dec 2019 20:34:30 +0000 Wednesdays: January 15, 22, 29, and February 5, 6:45 p.m. to 7:30 p.m., Valentine Hall

AND Sunday, January 26, 10:15-11:00 a.m., Valentine Hall

What was a Roman banquet like? What were illness, medicine, and death like in the ancient Near East? How were Roman cities designed? How do stories of mythical heroes compare to stories of the Messiah? Enter the world of the first century with our guest speakers to consider how early Christians would have heard the words and understood the ministry of Jesus Christ.

January 15: Mystery Cults and the Mystery of Faith
From the Cult of Mithros to Gnosticism, mystery religions were thriving in the 1st century. The Rev. Dr. John McCard talks about how these exclusive cults compared to the Way of Jesus Christ emerging at this time.

January 22: While on the Way to the Forum…
Our built environment affects so much of how we live every day. Local architect Gibson Worsham gives us a street view of life in an ancient Roman city — how it was laid out, and why.

January 29: In Gods They Trust
The Roman Empire of the first century was a mixing pot for the multitude of religions, pieties, philosophies and mythologies of the ancient Mediterranean world, as St. Paul alludes to in Acts 17. The Rev. Dr. Thom Blair, popular for his in-depth Bible study, will give an overview of Greco-Roman religious life, thought and practice of the ordinary people in the Greco-Roman world.

February 5: From Eggs to Apples: Ancient Roman Dining
Meals were a big deal in the 1st century. Come for a typical Roman meal at our Fellowship Supper at 6:00 p.m., and stay to learn what and how ancient Romans ate…and what meaning it conveyed. Dr. Elizabeth Baughan is Associate Professor of Archaeology and Classics at the University of Richmond.

March 20-21: Fearless Women of Faith Wed, 18 Dec 2019 20:25:02 +0000

St. James’s Episcopal Church announces WomanKind 2020, an engaging, two-day women’s program scheduled March 20-21, 2020, hosted by and at St. James’s for attendees of any faith.

Fear. Its prevalence in our culture is growing. Fear of the other. Fear of violence. Fear of the future. Fear of financial difficulties. There is much for women to be afraid of in this world. But Christian women have historically been fearless in the face of violence because of their faith in Christ.

From the first stories of Genesis, 2020 WomanKind keynote speaker Lisa Sharon Harper draws on God’s original vision of a world that is “very good” — is shalom. Harper declares that shalom is the Gospel’s vision for us now — shalom between us and God, within our broken families, between races and nations. Shalom.

Christian fearlessness arises from this firm rock of God’s vision for the Kingdom of God. Here, in and with the Almighty we are partners in Christ’s sacred and world-shaking mission of the Gospel. Here, we stand boldly and without fear of even death itself, as we work with Christ to restore God’s shalom.

WomanKind’s 2020 theme Fearless Women of Faith explores and celebrates how God has inspired fearlessness in us. In our keynote sessions, workshops, and worship, we will examine fearlessness in the face of injustice, violence against women, life transitions, the unknown, vulnerability, and even fear itself. We will look to our sacred stories in the Bible and our own personal stories, and ask for the Holy Spirit to continue to reveal and plant in us holy peace, courage and perseverance. Together, we will seek Christ’s healing, strength, and fearlessness.

Learn more and register here.

WomanKind 2020: Fearless Women of Faith ~ March 20-21

Hunger Relief Starts Here Tue, 19 Nov 2019 17:12:07 +0000 Thanksgiving Day Food Collection

Find Feed More’s “most needed food items” lists in the Narthex on Sundays, November 10, 17 and 24. Please return your filled bags to the Narthex before the Thanksgiving Day service, November 28, at 10 a.m.

Did you know that 1 in 7 children in Central Virginia do not have adequate food nutrition?

The Central Virginia Food Bank was created in 1980 by 60 local churches and charities that were concerned about the growing hunger and poverty in the region. Meals on Wheels was established in 1967 and served just eight clients. In 2005 the two organizations joined forces to create a joint kitchen, named the Community Kitchen, to cost effectively create from-scratch meals for neighbors in need across Central Virginia. This led to the formal merger in 2008 that created the umbrella agency, Feed More. Today, Feed More collects, prepares, and distributes food to neighbors in need within a service area of 34 counties and cities, with comprehensive food programs and an elaborate300 partner agency network and has provided some 24 million meals to those in need.

Christ calls us to serve “the least of these.” Give with joy and in thanksgiving for your abundance. Give knowing that you are providing the gift of nourishment to children and elderly citizens, individuals and families who are challenged with lack of adequate food. Give food and give hope!

Nov. 24-Dec. 8 – Return your gifts Sunday! Mon, 18 Nov 2019 18:57:03 +0000 The Christmas Giving Tree ministry provides gifts to children and seniors who are served by Peter Paul Development Center and provides monetary gifts to our in-house emergency fund that helps pay for rent and utilities for individuals and families who are at risk of losing housing stability.

Select an “ornament” from the Giving Tree and buy “wish-list” items for children or seniors. Ornaments will be on display in the Narthex and in Michaux House hallway on Sunday, December 1. Plan to return your gifts to Valentine Hall the morning of Sunday, December 8. Please note: Gifts should all be clearly marked; senior gifts should be wrapped and gifts for children unwrapped. When selecting your “wish list” please be sure to “sign out” your ornament. Doer volunteers will be on hand to assist.

If you have questions about the Giving Tree ministry, please contact lay leaders Katie Morris (804-615-2161) or Susan Sumrell (703-772-7437).

Life Transitions Study Series Thu, 31 Oct 2019 14:59:17 +0000

This three-week study with the Rev. Dr. Mark Cooper addresses how to prepare for and approach major life transitions, considering spiritual, practical and emotional aspects. Explore topics relevant to those in the “sandwich generation,” such as how to care for both aging parents and adult children, what legal paperwork to prepare, and how to manage time, energy, and spiritual and emotional boundaries as relationships change.

Valentine Hall, 6:45-7:45 p.m., following 6 p.m. fellowship supper on November 6, 13 & 20. Evening Prayer at 5:30 p.m. in the Chapel.

Visit Virginia’s First Church Sites Wed, 16 Oct 2019 15:25:31 +0000

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 recreated church at the Jamestown Settlement. Guided by the Reverend Hilary Streever and parishioner and historian Mary Richie McGuire, we will explore how the English Reformation, Anglican architecture, and theological and scientific literature crossed the Atlantic and shaped settlement, religion, natural history, and slavery in early Virginia.

We will proceed to Historic Jamestown, part of Colonial National Historical Park, for a guided tour of the archeological site of the first Anglican churches in the English colonies founded on Jamestown Island in 1607. Our final afternoon stop will be a guided tour of Bruton Parish Episcopal Church and grounds, established in Williamsburg in 1674. We will conclude this 12th day of Advent with dinner and an evening stroll through Colonial Williamsburg in its holiday finery.

The $105 fee covers the bus ticket, admission to the Jamestown Settlement (museum and park) and Historic Jamestown, and the guided tour of Bruton Parish. Meals are not included. Lunch is available for purchase at the Café at Jamestown Settlement and The Dale House Café at Historic Jamestown. Dinner is available for purchase in Colonial Williamsburg at Merchant’s Square and Chowning’s Tavern.
Limited to 14  pilgrims.

Thursday, December 12, 2019 – Historic Jamestown and Historic Williamsburg
Leave St. James’s at 8:00 a.m.; return at 8:00 p.m.
Cost: $105 (bus ticket and admissions)

Register here by November 17, 2019.
For more information, contact Mary Richie McGuire or Dale Kalkofen.

Interfaith Dialogue: Honoring and Remembering the Dead Thu, 10 Oct 2019 13:04:41 +0000

Interfaith Dialogue with Congregation Beth Ahabah: Tuesdays, October 29 & November 5, at Congregation Beth Ahabah

We are excited to offer our interfaith dialogues with Congregation Beth Ahabah throughout the program year. This fall, we explore how we honor and remember our dead through both traditional customs and superstitions. We’ll discuss Yizkor, Mourner’s Kaddish, Halloween /All Saints Day / All Souls Day, mourning practices, honor and memory.

Start with pizza and fellowship at 6:00 p.m. in Beth Ahabah’s Main Lobby; the program follows at 6:45-7:45 p.m. Please register here by October 27.

Learn the Way of Love Wed, 02 Oct 2019 19:19:26 +0000

Our next Wednesday-night series considers “The Way of Love.” Presiding Bishop Michael Curry’s office released this magnificent guide for Christian living for use across the Episcopal Church. Come learn more about the Way of Love in particular and the ancient Christian tradition of rules of life in general with the Rev. Hilary Streever and Br. Leo Campos, COS.

Valentine Hall, 6:45-7:45 p.m., following 6 p.m. fellowship supper on October 16, 23 & 30.

Celebrate Haiti on St. Francis Sunday Mon, 23 Sep 2019 18:26:56 +0000

Join us October 6 for St. Francis Sunday, in celebration of St. Francis of Assisi who loved animals and worked with the poor.

Celebrate the saint whose spiritual journey included preaching and a life of consistent imitation of Christ. Francis of Assisi embraced the impoverished, stripped himself of all worldly encumbrances and invited his followers to do the same. St. Francis also believed that all nature reflected the divine, and called all creatures his brothers and sisters.

Our celebration begins with our annual Blessing of the Animals and Morning Prayer at 9:00 a.m., followed by a Haitian Street Festival at 9:45 a.m. in the Memorial Garden. Come meet our Haitian friends from the St. Joseph Family and learn more about St. James’s mission work in Haiti! Operating for almost 35 years, the SJF ministries serve some of the most disadvantaged groups in Haiti, including former street boys, children and adults with physical and mental challenges, and the poorest of the poor. Our friends will be drumming and singing as well as exhibiting and selling their Haitian artwork and jewelry. Refreshments for humans and dogs will be served, including a cake in celebration of St. Francis. Following the festival, we will celebrate the Holy Eucharist at 11:15 a.m., which will include musical performances by our Haitian guests.

Find Your Ministry Mon, 16 Sep 2019 15:48:27 +0000

Servant Ministry in all its shapes and forms is about touching one another with Christ’s love. Imagine every person who comes to church being a part of at least one ministry, serving as a loving presence for someone else. We would be a “village” where extraordinary transformation could happen within the church, community, and world!

Attend our Doers in Action Extravaganza at 10:15 a.m. on Sunday, September 29, and find your ministry. Gather in Valentine Hall between worship services to enjoy being together and to learn more about our church ministries. We promise a great time, filled with yummy food, music, decorations, and lots of time to talk and laugh together! Come be part of a joyful occasion! Get prepared to serve Christ and to make known his love to others.

Servant Ministries Seek Volunteers Tue, 27 Aug 2019 15:50:49 +0000

These two of  our many servant ministries are looking for new participants right away!

Join our team of Bellevue Elementary School lunch buddies and plan to have lots of fun while also serving as champion for a child. Lunch buddies generally gather every other week to meet with children for special activities and TLC as they eat their lunch and play together. Lunch buddy sessions start in October and run through May. This is a great opportunity for newcomers! If you are interested, contact lay leader Paulette Pullen (804-282-0030) as soon as possible so we can determine how many DOERS will serve this year.

Wednesday Night Dinner Teams
Join one of our fun-loving, make-it-yummy teams that plan, prepare and serve our Wednesday night dinners! Each team meets about three times a year and shares responsibility for preparing a meal. Team members are reimbursed for expenses. We are currently creating new dinner teams to be ready for the September 11 dinner kick-off. If you want to have some fun in the church kitchen and provide meals and fellowship, contact Director of Servant Ministry Nancy Warman (804-355-1779 x333).

Serve on the Shutterbug and Video Squads Wed, 14 Aug 2019 14:55:12 +0000

Calling all lens pros, semi-pros, talented amateurs, interested dabblers.

The Communications Office invites photographers who are looking for a ministry to join the Shutterbug Squad. Your help is needed at church events and services, on trips and retreats, throughout the year. You can use your own camera, or one the church provides.

We also need additional members for the team that manages the live stream of our Sunday services. The rotation for this post means that you only serve about once every nine weeks. Why not try out a new Sunday experience? All necessary training provided.

Contact us to get on the list for assignments. And bless you for doing it!

New! The Permanent Things Book Group Fri, 09 Aug 2019 16:38:45 +0000

Augustine. Dorothy Day. Julian of Norwich. Gregory of Nyssa. Evelyn Underhill. You’re invited to join in the discussion of classic works of theology with the Permanent Things Book Group, meeting on second and fourth Tuesdays, 4:00 to 5:00 p.m., in the Michaux House library.

At our first meeting on Tuesday, September 10, we will discuss the preface and introduction to The Mind of the Maker by Dorothy Sayers and consider what other books we may read this year. We are just forming, so if you’re interested but can’t make it, please contact the Rev. Hilary Streever (355-1779, ext. 319) or Ginia Row (933-0576).

Reason #8 Outreach ROCKS at St. James’s Thu, 11 Jul 2019 14:04:08 +0000


Yes, Vacation Bible School this year included an outreach component that provided gifts to two local shelters and long-time ministry partners. Our kids contributed a huge collection of personal hygiene items for families at Home Again, and also had great fun decorating bags that were then filled to the brim with summer fun items for children of Housing Families First. They had a blast serving others! Director of Servant Ministry Nancy Warman and Director of Children’s Ministry Becky Page spearheaded the efforts. More DOERS DOING in another exciting St. James’s community partnership and ministry!