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Sunday Forums and Short Courses

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 2019 Schedule

September 22Fire and Spirit: Stories from Our Faith Community
(Valentine Hall)
September 29Doers in Action Extravaganza! 
October 13Parenting Forum: Faith at Home with the Rev. Whitney Edwards

Priest, chaplain, wife and parent of three, Whitney Edwards+ shares practices, tools, and insights for developing faith at home among family members.

October 20Biblical Storyteller (For All Ages) with Denise Bennett

Denise’s program will share some well-known and perhaps not so well known stories from both the Hebrew Scriptures and the New Testament. She tells stories in a variety of ways that will engage young and not-so-young listeners alike, and includes music with harp and voice. Denise will also share some thoughts on how she got started telling Bible stories and consider why “tell” Bible stories when we can just read them.

October 27Community Housing Crisis, Part 1: Campaign to Reduce Evictions (CARE)

Richmond has one of the highest eviction rates in the U.S., as CARE has extensively documented.
Part 2 will be on January 5: Virginia Supportive Housing; Part 3 is February 9: Richmond Redevelopment Housing Authority.

November 10 & 17Respect and Dignity: Principles of Civil Discourse 
with the Richmond Peace Education Center“Every kingdom divided against itself is laid waste, and no city or house divided against itself will stand,” Jesus is quoted in Matthew 12:25. So too do St. Paul and St. James warn Christians of the power of speech to inflict harm and division or build healing and community. As our nation seems more and more divided, we need to practice speaking respectfully with each other. The Richmond Peace Education Center will provide information and skills for how to do just that — in time for the holidays!
November 24The Taste of St. James’s 

The Taste of St. James’s debuted in 2011 as the Holiday Gourmet Food Sale. This fall, we are moving to Sunday morning! We will feature long-time favorites including soups, breakfast casseroles, and the Bake Shop. This event funds St. James’s Food Force, our outreach ministry to homeless residents in Richmond. Volunteers are needed to prepare soups and baked goods, as well as to staff the event. Also, plenty of shoppers are needed to come and buy all the delicious soups and treats for sale!

December 1Advent Fair for All Ages

The Advent Fair is an opportunity for all parishioners and all ages to create a variety of Advent-themed crafts, pick up seasonal spiritual tools like devotionals and calendars, and enjoy fellowship as we prepare for the season of Advent.

December 8Alternative 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 Market 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 and fair trade goods. Each gift comes with an original St. James’s gift card or certificate.

December 15Room in the Inn: Helping Refugees Establish Roots, Build Community, and Establish Self-Sufficiency

After the joys of the birth of the Christ child comes the less-known story of the Holy Family fleeing Herod’s wrath to Egypt as refugees. Kate Ayers and Rick Hanson of Re-Establish Richmond speak about the needs of modern refugees in our own community.

December 22Music for Advent

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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