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.
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.,
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.
Spring 2019 Schedule
|January 6||Entertaining Angels: Building a Culture of Hospitality (A Short Course)|
with the St. James’s Welcome Committee and Clergy
Abraham and Sarah hosted angels; Mary, Joseph and Jesus hosted shepherds and kings; the innkeeper hosted the Good Samaritan and his injured guest. What can we learn from sacred stories of welcome and hospitality, for use in our church home and daily lives?
|January 20||Outreach Project for All Ages: Love Your Neighbor Workshop|
For our second Outreach Project for All Ages, we’ll learn from the City of Richmond Police’s Homelessness Outreach Partnerships Enforcement (H.O.P.E.) about homelessness in our city and helpful ways to offer kindness and material support to our neighbors who live on the streets. Then we’ll assemble “Love Your Neighbor Bags” with basic hygiene items, snacks and a handwritten card to keep in our vehicles and in our Narthex to give when we come across neighbors asking for assistance. Children with their parents, youth, and adults are all encouraged to attend! (Michaux House basement)
|January 27||Poverty and Crime|
What is the connection between poverty and crime? You might be surprised. Come to hear Reggie Gordon, from the City of Richmond’s Office of Community Wealth Building. (Valentine Hall)
|February 3||Parenting Forum: Mental Health in Today’s Teens and Tweens: How Can Parents Help|
The Rev. Deacon Peggy Newman, LCSW, joins us to discuss the troubling rise of depression and other mental health issues among teenagers and tweens. Deacon Newman practices at the Virginia Institute for Pastoral Counseling, where her focus includes work with depression, anxiety, trauma history, crisis, hospice and substance abuse. (Valentine Hall)
|February 10||The Apostle Paul: Saint or Scourge?|
with Gar Anderson, Ph.D
Paul is the saint we love to hate — but does he deserve this critique? Gar Anderson, president, provost, and professor of New Testament at Nashotah House Theological Seminary, joins us from Wisconsin to explore who Paul was and what he said.
|February 24||Annual Parish Meeting |
You’re invited to this important, once-a-year meeting to learn from the rector and leaders of our vestry about the mission, buildings & grounds, and finances of our parish.
|March 3||St. James’s Children’s Center Reception|
with Debbie Lickey, Director of the St. James’s Children’s Center (Valentine Hall)
|LENTEN SERIES: EPISCOPAL CHURCH 101|
|Sundays in Lent: March 10 through April 7|
Who are those Episcopalians? Where did we come from and what do we believe and practice? Whether you’re from another denomination or a lifelong Episcopalian, there’s always more to learn about our basic beliefs and roots. NOTE: This short course series, when combined with Wednesday evening small group discussion, also serves to prepare adults for confirmation, reception, or reaffirmation of baptismal vows (if interested in this track, contact Anita Lisk).
|March 10||Introduction to the Anglican Tradition|
with the Rev. Dr. John McCard(Valentine Hall)
|March 17||God Said What? Episcopalians and the Holy Word|
with the Rev. Dr. Mark Cooper (Valentine Hall)
|March 24||Beyond Henry VIII and his Wives: A Brief History of the Episcopal Church |
with the Rev. Dr. Bob Friend (Valentine Hall)
|March 31||Outward & Visible Signs of Inward & Spiritual Grace: Sacraments|
with the Rev. Hilary Streever (Valentine Hall)
|April 7||rship, Prayer, the BCP and Spiritual Leaders in the Anglican Tradition|
with the Rev. Dr. John McCard (Valentine Hall)
|April 28||Children and Youth Ministries Celebration/strong>|
with Karen Stanley, Chief Executive Officer of CARITAS
One of St. James’s partners in mission, CARITAS’s mission is to “help our most vulnerable neighbors break the cycles of homelessness and addiction to reclaim their dignity.” Come learn about this powerful and effective ministry and its future plans of the CARITAS Center which will include The Healing Place for Women from our own parishioner and vestry member Karen Stanley. (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.