On Sunday, the 11th of September, we will hold our second annual Servant Sunday. As we begin a new program year, this will be a wonderful way to celebrate St. James’s core identity as a parish of Doers of the Word. The day will include worship in our sanctuary, multiple outreach project opportunities, and will conclude with our annual parish picnic at Rock Bottom. Take a look at the many options for serving in our community listed below, and sign up for something today.
Schedule for Servant Sunday:
- 9:15 a.m. Registration opens
- 10:00 a.m. Worship begins (St. James’s Sanctuary)
- 10:45 a.m. Service projects begin (Various locations both onsite and offsite)
- 12:30 p.m. Parish Picnic begins—note the earlier time! As soon as you finish your service project, hop in the car and head over to Rock Bottom for some barbecue, beverages, tunes by Oak Lane, and plenty of fun activities for all ages.
Important Things to Note:
Sign Up Soon! We encourage you to sign up (see the form below) for your Servant Sunday ministry online in advance if possible. Space is limited for most of our outreach projects, so the sooner you sign up, the more choice you’ll have. Some opportunities to serve will fill up quickly, so don’t wait until the last minute. There will be some projects you can sign up for on the day of Servant Sunday, but there will be much more selection if you sign up now.
Arrive early! Worship in our sanctuary begins at 10:00 a.m., but don’t forget to leave yourself plenty of time to park and check in. We want to start on time so we have plenty of time to complete our service projects and get to the picnic.
Come to church casual! We encourage you to wear sneakers, shorts, t-shirts, etc. Bring a baseball cap if you are doing Stop Hunger Now. You’ll be going straight from worship to your service project to the parish picnic, so wear your picnic clothes to church!
Kids too! Servant Sunday is for all ages. Nursery Care will be available for children under age 4. Many of our service opportunities are kid-friendly if you are 4 years or older so take a look below to see which option might be great for your family to do together.
We need logistics help on the campus, too. Sign up to assist here.
Servant Ministry Options:
Decorating Bags for ACTS
Unlimited Doers needed, kids aged 4+ are welcome if accompanied by an adult
Area Congregations Together in Service provides rent, mortgage and utility assistance that makes it possible for those in crisis to stay in their homes and avoid becoming homeless. Every ACTS client receives a bag of household supplies after they meet with ACTS. The clients get an extra boost when those bags are decorated with artwork and messages of encouragement, so this project will involve beautifying lots of bags. This is a great project for creative kids and adults alike. After worship, meet in the Parkinson Room directly below the Sanctuary.
Shopping for CARITAS
Unlimited Doers needed, kids of all ages are welcome if accompanied by an adult
After worship, head over to the nearby Dollar Tree and engage in some retail therapy for a good cause. When a CARITAS client moves into a new home after being homeless, they need basic cleaning supplies: All you have to do is purchase the items and bring the supplies back to the church to be delivered to CARITAS. At the Dollar Tree, you can expect to spend about $18; it will cost a bit more if you decide to shop at Kroger or elsewhere. The Dollar Tree is located at 1510 West Broad Street.
Hilliard House/Housing Families First
Unlimited Doers needed, kids aged 4+are welcome if accompanied by an adult
Hilliard House provides shelter and support services for women and children experiencing homelessness. Come and do whatever is needed: sorting clothing and other donations, cleaning and preparing rooms for new families, painting, and weeding the garden. This is a beautiful place for lots of helping hands! Please bring as many of the following supplies as possible: rubber gloves, gardening gloves, all-purpose spray cleaner, paper towels, mops and mopping station, large black trash bags (lawn-size). After worship, meet at 3900 Nine Mile Road in Henrico.
Liberation Family Services
8 Doers needed, kids of all ages are welcome if accompanied by an adult.
Liberation Family Services is a shelter for local United States military veterans experiencing homelessness. They would love some help organizing their supply closet. If you love creating order from chaos, this is the project for you. After worship, meet at 1201 Hull Street.
Polishing Silver and Brass Worship Items
12 Doers needed, this ministry is for adults
Join the St. James’s Altar Guild for a day with no strings attached! Learn how to care for the hardware that beautifully enhances our worship space. After worship, meet in Conference Room B off the Gibson Hall Atrium.
Building Tables for CARITAS
20 Doers needed, kids aged 7-12 welcome if accompanied by an adult
Volunteers will help build five 4 foot long tables to be used for low-income families who are beginning to set up their own apartments. Bring the following tools with you if you’ve got them: Drill, 7/16”, Drill Socket, # 2 Phillips Bit, Phillips Screw Driver, Socket Wrench 7/16”, hammer/mallet, ruler/tape measure, work bench. After worship, meet in the basement of Michaux House.
Home Again Family Shelter
10 Doers needed, kids aged 6+ are welcome if accompanied by an adult
Home Again is a local shelter for families experiencing homelessness. They need some enthusiastic Doers to tackle cleaning and sanitizing their kitchen. If you are able, you can bring some needed supplies with you: cleaning supplies, towels, washcloths, pillows, twin bedding, or canned food. Please be sure donated items are new. After worship, meet at 2 E. Main Street.
Home Again Men’s Shelter
10 Doers needed, kids age 6+ are welcome if accompanied by an adult
Home Again is a local shelter for men experiencing homelessness. They need some enthusiastic Doers to tackle cleaning and sanitizing their kitchen. If you are able, you can bring some needed supplies with you: cleaning supplies, towels, washcloths, socks and underwear for men, men’s slippers, pillows, twin bedding, or canned food. Please be sure donated items are new. After worship, meet at 11 West Grace Street.
Stewards of the Earth Clean-up
In the Franklin St. Neighborhood: 25+ Doers needed, kids aged 5+ are welcome if accompanied by an adult.
After worship, meet in the Memorial Garden. Gloves, grabbers and trash bags will be provided to clean up our surrounding streets and alleys.
At Byrd Park: 25+ Doers needed, kids aged 5+ are welcome if accompanied by an adult.
After worship, park in the Byrd Park lot next to the Maymont Nature Center at 2201 Shields Lake Dr. Richmond, VA 23220. Meet with other St. Jamesers at the picnic pavilion that is located directly north of that parking lot.
Helping Hands for Little Hands at the Children’s Center
30 Doers needed, kids aged 8-12 are welcome if accompanied by an adult
The St. James’s Children’s Center does amazing things in the lives of preschoolers and their families. There are plenty of projects to be done to help the kids and teachers get the school year off to a great start. Tasks may include staining the picnic tables and other wooden structures in their outdoor classroom, hanging mirrors, shelves, banners, bulletin board paper and other items inside, cleaning out storage areas, and organizing the library and art room. After worship, meet on the 2nd floor wing of the Children’s Center in Gibson Hall.
Hymn Sing at the Virginia Home
40 Doers needed, kids of all ages are welcome if accompanied by an adult
The Virginia Home provides loving, lifelong residential care to adults with permanent physical disabilities. Join the Whitmires in singing some favorite hymns with the residents. After worship, meet at 1101 Hampton Street near Byrd Park.
More volunteers are needed! In addition to signing up for a service project, we’ll need some folks to help with set up, clean up, etc. Check back soon to sign up as an event support volunteer.
Don’t see a servant ministry here that suits you? Additional servant ministry opportunities may be added as needed, or on the day of the event for walk-up registrations. You are also welcome to come up with your own way to serve your community on Servant Sunday. The important thing is to be a Doer of the Word in some way.
The ministries below are fully subscribed with no slots left! There are lots of opportunities to serve above, but be sure to sign up right away!
Stop Hunger Now
100 Doers needed, kids age 4+ are welcome if accompanied by an adult.
Stop Hunger Now is a fun assembly-line style meal-packing activity. The meals are nutrient-rich and shelf-stable. We will be packing over 10,000 meals which will be provided to vulnerable families around the world. Bring a baseball cap if you don’t like how you look in a hairnet. After worship, meet in Valentine Hall.
Brightening the Catacombs
36 Doers needed, kids aged 8-12 are welcome if accompanied by an adult
The basement of the Parish House may be the most used community spot in our entire facility, but it is also the least visible. Every week, over twenty different 12-step groups meet in this sacred space to do the hard work of recovery from addiction. These rooms are in need of some tender loving care, so if you join this team you will be giving the gift of hospitality to those striving for a new life. Work may include replacing ceiling tiles, painting, and cleaning out the storage area. After worship, meet on the sidewalk between the Parish House and the playground.