Sunday morning Church School, which meets from 10:10 am to 11:00 am, is off and running with “Whirl,” the curriculum for our Pre-K through Third Graders, and “Connect” for our class of Fourth and Fifth Graders. Middle School is in the process of transitioning from “Echo the Story” to a new curriculum “Rite 13.” Senior High are invited to join Sunday Forum as we transition to “Journey to Adulthood (J2A).” We are blessed by a dedicated and gifted team of 29 teachers. The teaching team for each grade or group of grades will be present each and every Sunday, so that children and youth can benefit from a consistent stable presence from their teachers, building relationships with God, self, and one another. For more information about Church School, contact Michelle Jones at email@example.com.
Children are invited to enhance our worship, while experiencing the joy of singing and gaining a love for church music, by participating in our Children’s Choir. Children K through Fifth Grade sing at various times throughout the church year; they rehearse on Sunday mornings between 11:00 am and 12:00 noon in the Fellowship Hall. To learn more, contact Rachel Newell at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Senior High Girls Bible Study meets Thursday mornings at 7:15 am in the Janney Parlor. All Senior High girls are welcome! Contact Rebecca Alliss at email@example.com for further information.
Let’s make some music! If you are in Middle School or Senior High and like singing and/or playing music, then St. James’ Joy and Music (JAM) is for you! JAM offers some “modern” Christian music for our 9:00 am worship, and we always welcome new singers and musicians. Although JAM is off for the summer, for more information, contact Ara Bagdasarian at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Experience our liturgical variations for the season of Pentecost including these particularly appropriate options from The Book of Common Prayer: Form VI for The Prayers of the People (with our specific additions), Eucharistic Prayer II at 7:45 am and Prayer 3 from Enriching Our Worship at 9:00 am and 11:15 am, and the alternative and more accurate language (by translation and theology) for The Lord’s Prayer from The Book of Common Prayer at 9:00 am and 11:15 am. Special service music will complement our worship at 9:00 am and 11:15 am.
The more “modern” translation of The Lord’s Prayer (which has been adopted by The Episcopal Church) comes from the English Language Liturgical Consultation, a group of national associations of ecumenical liturgists in the English-speaking world, concerned with developing and promoting common liturgical texts, including also the “modern” Nicene Creed translation which we use every Sunday. The “modern” translation of the Lord’s Prayer is considered more accurate to the original Greek of the New Testament. Indeed, in both versions of the Lord’s Prayer that appear in the Gospels of Matthew and Luke, as translated in the New Revised Standard Version (which we use during worship at St. James’ Church every Sunday), the word “sins” is used instead of “trespasses,” and the phrase “do not bring [or simply “save”] us from the time of trial” replaces “lead us not into temptation.” Not only is “sins” a better translation, but also encompasses the broader notion of seeking forgiveness for things both done and left undone, while “trespasses” suggests our need to be forgiven only for what we do, not what we fail to do, as discussed by Jesus in Matthew 25:31-46. (Other versions of the Lord’s Prayer use the word “debts” instead of “sins,” because the original Aramaic word—the language Jesus spoke—could have been translated either way.) Likewise, while both “temptation” and “trial” are good translations, we do not believe that God leads us into temptation, but as discussed in James1:13-14, we believe God “tempts no one.”
Since 1991, Loudoun Hunger Relief (LHR) has been feeding the hungry in Loudoun County. St. James’ Church is one of Loudoun Hunger Relief’s faith congregation partners who assist with food collection, monetary donations, and volunteer service. In 2016 St. James’ Church donated more than a ton of food (2,290 pounds, to be exact!) and $9,186.48. Congratulations! So far this year, we have donated 2,659 pounds of food and $832.68.
St. James’ Church Backpack Buddies (BPB) ministry is ready for another year! Last year we helped to provide more than 5,400 bags of food to Loudoun’s food-insecure children through the local BPB Coalition, sponsored by Loudoun County Public Schools. In the last school year, the people of St. James’ Church collected more than 2,600 pounds of food, and gave $4,000 in contributions for supplemental food purchases. Contact Raymond Jones at email@example.com for more information.
Since 2009, Grace to Go (G2G) has prepared healthy meals every Sunday afternoon at Deli South, and distributed them to the hungry and food insecure in our parking lot on Mondays at 5:00 pm. To help prepare meals, go to www.signupgenius.com/go/20f0d4da9ac22a20-grace. Also, share in the leadership of this important ministry by engaging in two hours of multitasking each week: open Deli South on a Sunday afternoon; relay instructions needed to prepare chicken, red potatoes, and carrots/broccoli; and lead volunteers in cleaning and locking up. If you discern a call to leadership, please contact Anna Mitchum at firstname.lastname@example.org or Amanda Geary at email@example.com.
Compassionate Friends, a support group for members (or friends) of a family affected by the death of a child, meets in the Janney Parlor at St. James’ Church at 7:30 pm on the first Wednesday of each month. Contact Bernard and Bev Elero at 540-882-9707 for more information.
St. James’ Church hosts three Alcoholics Anonymous groups which meet in the lower level of the Rittenhouse Building: Sunday 5:30 pm “Happy Hour Group” (discussion for those who have a desire to stop drinking), Monday 7:00 pm “Room for Growth Group” (for women only who want to learn more about and pursue the Twelve Steps), and Thursday 8:30 pm “The Leesburg Group” (discussion for those who have a desire to stop drinking,
Capital Caring offers Drop-in Grief Support at St. James’ Church at 7:00 pm on the 2nd and 4th Tuesday of each month in the Janney Parlor. For more information contact Jamie Kent at 703-957-1787 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
The League of Women Voters, a nonpartisan political organization which encourages the informed and active participation of citizens in government and elections, and influences public policy through education and advocacy, welcomes all voters to meet at 10:00 am in the Janney Parlor on the first Saturday of every month. Formed in 1946, the League of Women Voters of Loudoun County is the first rural League of Women Voters in Virginia. For more information contact parish member Kathleen Hughes or go to loudoun.va.lwvnet.org.
Did you know that every two seconds someone in the U.S. needs blood? Since 1940, the American Red Cross (ARC) has collected blood donations at community centers throughout the country; and today holds about 400 blood drives each and every day. Every pint of blood collected has the potential to save three lives. On Friday August 18, 12 pints were collected, saving 36 lives. St. James’ Church hosts ARC blood drives on the third Friday of the even-numbered months; the next blood drive will be held on Friday December 15. To learn more about blood donation opportunities, visit redcrossblood.org or call (800)RED-CROSS(800-733-2767).
Jeremiah’s Table ministers to individuals with mental illness, substance abuse issues, and intellectual disabilities. These individuals are often the recipients of fear, stigma, and misunderstanding, which can leave them isolated and marginalized in the community. The prophet Jeremiah was bitterly rejected and an outcast in his time, unrecognized as one chosen by God to speak God’s word. When we know each other, the perceived sense of “otherness” can be transformed into one of fellowship and mutual kinship through Christ. Every other week, on Saturdays from 12:00 Noon to 2:30 pm in the Parish House, Jeremiah’s Table offers an art group. Jeremiah’s Table is collaboration between St. James’ Church, Friends of Loudoun Mental Health, and the Loudoun County Community Services Board Community Outreach Program.
During November, in partnership with the Junior League of North Virginia, we are praying for, learning about, and financially supporting Loudoun Hunger Relief (LHR). Since 1991, LHR has been dedicated to feeding the hungry in Loudoun County. St. James’ is one of Loudoun Hunger Relief’s faith congregation partners who continue to fill the same important role they always have—assisting with food collection, monetary donations, and volunteer service.
In November we are gathering food for Thanksgiving Dinner Bags for families in need through LHR. Sign up in the hallway outside the worship space to provide stuffing mix, canned vegetables, boxed potatoes, gravy, cornbread or biscuit mix, cranberry sauce or desert (or even a whole bag of goodies). Bring your items to St. James’ on November 12, and we’ll take care of delivery. And, help buy gift cards for meat or let us do the shopping by giving generously on November 12.
By the way, did you know that in 2016 St. James’ Church donated more than a ton of food (2,285 pounds, to be exact!) and $9,186.48 to this vitally important organization in our community? Congratulations!
St. James’ Preschool is offering tours and accepting registrations for the 2017-2018 school year. We provide classes in the following age groups: 2, 2 1/2, 3, 3 1/2, 4 and 4 1/2 (Pre-K). We also offer Extended Day classes. And, we are looking for part-time Lead Teachers and Assistant Teachers in our fun, loving, Christian environment. If you, or anyone you know, would like more information or a tour, are interested in filling out an application, know of a prospective teacher, or feel called to assist at our Preschool, contact St. James’ Preschool Director, Janet Stayrook, at 703-777-8439 or email@example.com, or visit us at stjamespreschoolleesburg.org.
Come for Weekly Spanish-Language Worship
¡Hola! Did you know that Hispanics are one of the fastest-growing populations in Loudoun County? That’s one reason why weekly worship in Spanish is offered here at St. James’ Church every Sunday at 3:00 pm in the worship space. The Episcopal Church uses The Book of Common Prayer in Spanish for Spanish-speaking congregations. Come welcome our guests and worship with friends from around the Leesburg area. ¡Todos bienvenidos!