Be Ye Doers of the Word and Not Hearers Only Start Doing

Sunday Forums and Short Courses

This  fall, our Sunday study sessions for adults include three types of engagement on a schedule that allows you to make easy choices. See the full Study Guide here.

 Short Courses
A few Sundays of the month, 10:15 to 11:00 a.m., Valentine Hall

Some Sundays, a variety of conversations will be held, covering a range of topics including prayer, Christian practices, Biblical themes, saints, eco-theology – et cetera, et cetera! Short courses will be one to three Sundays in length.

Forums and Special Presentations
Select Sundays, 10:15 to 11:00 a.m.,
Valentine Hall

We gather for a wide variety of programs on topics of Christian concern in today’s world that often feature our partners in mission. This is a chance for us to host speakers and exchange questions and ideas.

Fall 2018 Schedule

September 16A Conversation with our Leaders about St. James’s Third Century
What is our faith telling us about the kind of church we want to be? How do assure that our joyful church and its vital ministries have the support they need to do God’s work? How do we join together to support our rector, staff and Vestry in making decisions that enable our church to grow? Join Rev. Dr. John McCard, Senior Warden Michael Whitlow and Junior Warden Laura Strickler in a spirited conversation about the principal mission and ministries of St. James’s. (Valentine Hall)
September 23The Hands and Feet of Christ: Stories about the impact of St. James’s (A Short Course) 
Our parishioners know that faith is a way of life, not just for Sunday mornings. Come to hear powerful stories of our faith at work in the wider world. (Valentine Hall)
September 30Servant Sunday
Every other year, our parish celebrates being Doers of the Word by melding our worship service with short community projects. Worship begins in our sanctuary at 10:00 a.m., breaks for a variety of projects around the church building and community, then rejoins at Rock Bottom at 12:30 p.m. for our closing prayer, blessing, food and fellowship at our annual parish picnic.
February 4Youth Ministry Reception
Everyone is invited to enjoy food and fellowship at a festive reception in Valentine Hall hosted by our 9th grade confirmands. Come celebrate the many gifts the youth of our congregation offer our church family. (Valentine Hall)
October 14Dual Parenting Forums: One for Fathers & One for Mothers (Short Courses)
Please join Rev. Durk Steed and the Rev. Whitney Edwards to discuss the role of parents in raising children in our faith. Men will gather in Valentine Hall to discuss fatherhood with St. Christopher’s School Middle School Chaplain, Rev. Durk Steed. Women will join Rev. Whitney Edwards, St. Christopher’s School Upper School Chaplain, to engage in conversations about children’s faith formation. Women meet in the Michaux House basement.
October 21Outreach Project for All Ages – NEW THIS YEAR! (A Short Course)
with Jeanine Harper, Director of SCAN
In preparation for our Adult Forum October 28 with our partner in ministry, Stop Child Abuse Now (S.C.A.N.), join us in Valentine Hall to build backpacks and tactile kits for children served by this wonderful agency.
(Valentine Hall)
October 28SCAN: Stop Child Abuse Now
with Jeanine Harper, Director of SCAN
Greater Richmond SCAN (Stop Child Abuse Now) is a local nonprofit organization dedicated solely to the prevention and treatment of child abuse and neglect in the Greater Richmond area – and it’s one of our in-house partners in ministry. SCAN’s services promote positive parenting, strengthen families and help create a community that values and cares for its children. Come to learn more from director Jeanine Harper. (Valentine Hall)
November 4All Saints’ Day Baptism Reunion
Join us for a joyful celebration for all our saints, especially for those baptized this past year! (Valentine Hall)
November 11Faithful Living in an Age of Anxiety
with the Rev. Dr. Bob Friend and the Rev. Dr. Mark Cooper
In uncertain times, Christians are reminded to stand on the firm foundation of Christ. Join our clergy for a discussion of how Christians can remain grounded in Christ, then practice the spiritual tool of mindfulness meditation in a guided meditation.
(Valentine Hall)
November 18Peter Paul Development Center
with Damon Jiggetts, Director of PPDC
Peter Paul Development Center is an outreach and community center serving Church Hill and neighboring communities in Richmond’s East End. Founded in 1979, it is the oldest community-based agency continually serving Church Hill children and families. Peter Paul gives children a safe, consistent, structured, and loving environment in which to thrive, where staff and volunteers establish long-term relationships of trust and support for the children and their families. Learn more about our partner in ministry and how you can be involved too. (Valentine Hall)
December 2Advent Fair for All Ages
It’s the first day of Advent! This season is full of interactive traditions perfect for faith at home. Come to the Advent Fair for All Ages to prepare Advent wreathes with other parishioners or pick up materials to take home, such as an Advent wreath kit, other traditional Advent activities, and devotional materials.
(Valentine Hall)
December 9Alternative Gift Market
As we prepare for the coming of the Christ child, the gifts we prepare for others can reflect his love. The St. James’s Alternative Gifts Fair offers gifts that enrich our walk with Jesus. Yours can be a donation to a signature ministry or featured partner; gift certificates towards a St. James’s mission trip, pilgrimage or retreat; or stocking stuffers like Children’s Center crosses, Mardi Gras ties, and fair trade goods. Each gift comes with an original St. James’s gift card or certificate. (in the First Floor Parlors of the Michaux House)
December 16Holiday Joy and/or Holiday Stress: A Family Perspective
with Debbie Lickey, Director or the St. James’s Children’s Center
The busyness of the holiday season is joyful but also a real possibility of stress in families, especially for our children. Learn more about how stress affects children (and adults!) and practical strategies to manage it intentionally and with joy from our own Debbie Lickey. (Valentine Hall)
December 23Music for Advent
with Richard Rumble and the Advent Apostles of Soul, This annual St. James’s tradition is a delight for all. Come to listen and sing along!
(Valentine Hall)

Regularly Meeting Sunday Opportunities

Sunday Bible Study
Most Sundays of the month, 10:15 a.m., Parkinson Room, with the Rev. Dr. Thom Blair, Jr.

Intentional Spirituality Group
First Sunday of the month, 10:15 a.m., Peterkin Parlor, with Brother Leo Campos and the Rev. Hilary Streever.

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