The St. James’ Church Mission to the Highland Education Project (HEP) in Welch, WV is an ecumenical outreach ministry of the Episcopal Diocese of West Virginia located in McDowell County, one of the poorest areas in the country.  For 15 years each summer, parishioners from St. James’ Church have participated in the HEP “Work-Learn-Share” program by building decks, ramps, and other structures residents need for access to their homes, which are primarily trailers.  This year’s intergenerational mission trip to Welch will be Sunday July 9 through Friday July 14. Missioners will meet on Sunday June 4 at 8:00 am in the Janney House Multipurpose Room to finalize plans. If you have any questions, contact Ken Getty at or



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