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 email@example.com or
The Episcopal Church has joined the worldwide Anglican Communion in Thy Kingdom Come, a campaign initiated by Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby calling for prayer by individuals, congregations and families. Thy Kingdom Come is a global prayer movement that invites Christians around the world to pray between Ascension Day (May 25) and Pentecost (June 4) for more people to come to know Jesus. Episcopal Church Presiding Bishop Michael Curry will lead the Thy Kingdom Come video messages on May 25. Sign up to participate at http://www.thykingdomcome.global. And, check out the available resources at http://www.thykingdomcome.global/prayerresources.
Operated by the Diocese of Virginia, Shrine Mont hosts a number of summer camps for children and youth. The 2017 camp season begins on June 20; camp dates are listed below. For more information, go to www.shrinemontcamps.net. Scholarships are available upon request.
St. George’s Camp I (ages 8-9): Sunday June 25 to Friday June 30
St. Andrew’s Camp (ages 8-12): Saturday June 24 to Saturday July 1
Art Camp (ages 8-15): Sunday August 5 to Saturday August 12
St. Sebastian’s Sports Camp I (ages 9-11): Saturday June 20 to
Saturday July 1
Music and Drama Camp I (ages 9-11): Saturday June 24 to
Saturday July 1
Explorers’ Camp I (ages 9-11): Sunday July 16 to Sunday July 23
St. George’s Camp II (ages 10-11): Sunday July 2 to Monday July 10
St. Sebastian’s Sports Camp II (ages 12-14): Monday July 3 to
Thursday July 13
Explorers’ Camp II (ages 12-14): Tuesday July 25 to Friday August 4
St. George’s Camp III (ages 12-13): Saturday July 29 to
Wednesday August 9
Music and Drama Camp II (ages 12-14): Monday July 3 to
Wednesday July 12
St. George’s IV (ages 14-15): Thursday July 13 to Wednesday July 26
Senior High Youth Conference (rising 9th grade to rising
12th grade): Sunday July 16 to Sunday July 23
Music and Drama III (ages 15 to rising 12th grade): Saturday July 15 to Thursday July 27
Explorers’ the Great (ages 15-17): Saturday June 24 to
Sunday July 2
St. Elizabeth’s Camp (age 14-25): Sunday July 30 to Thursday August 3
Thanks to everyone who participated in the Visioning Committee’s Small Group Gatherings over the last two Sundays. We received some wonderful insights into how the Holy Spirit is moving here at St. James’ Church and how you view our future. We are building to our Day of Reflection and Discernment on Saturday June 3 from 9:00 am to 12:45 pm in the Fellowship Hall. During our time together we will review our progress across the last few months, and reflect upon:
Who has St. James’ Church been? (history)
Who is St. James’ Church today? (culture and context)
What does St. James’ Church do? (ministries)
What are the needs of the larger Leesburg and Loudoun County community? (demographic data, community services survey)
We will then break into smaller groups to reflect together as we discern where God is calling us. We will break at 12:45 pm for a light lunch.
Please join us as we take yet another step on our visioning journey. If you have questions or comments, reach out to any member of the Visioning Committee: Chase Banks, Ara Bagdasarian, Art Blakeslee, Carolyn Briles, Lyndsay Chamblin, Stacy Cleveland, Wendy Glorioso, Heather Gold, and Worth Hawes. Please remember St. James’ Church and our visioning process in your prayers.
Beginning later this month, we will be experimenting with gathering together members of St. James’ Church who are neighbors (people who live in close proximity to each other) for conversation and connection-building (and of course food). We are calling these get-togethers “Neighbor Gatherings” – focusing on the Biblical admonition to “Love Your Neighbor.” If our initial efforts in developing relationships in this way are successful, we hope to invite everyone to such a gathering (in your neighborhood as best we can) in the coming year or so. Let us know if you are interested in attending, and do come if you are invited, as we get to know each other better and continue to create a caring community of God’s people.
St. James’ Book Club meets on Thursday June 8 at 7:00 pm in the Multipurpose Room to discuss Just Mercy, a story of justice and redemption by Bryan Stevenson. Even if you are not able to read the book, you are welcome to share in the conversation and fellowship!
Celebrate our flag at our Annual Flag Day Luncheon on Wednesday June 14 at 12 noonin the Fellowship Hall. Please RSVP to Kay Gregg at firstname.lastname@example.org or 703-777-1124 by Friday June 9.Join Seasoned Saints and others for this exciting event!
Sunday morning Church School , which meets from 10:10 am to 11:00 am, has concluded for the program year. From now through the Day of Pentecost (June 4), curriculum for Pre-K through Fifth Grade is available as a resource for parents; just contact Kath Bucklin at Kathy@bucklin.net if you are interested. And on June 12, get ready for our ever-popular resource for persons of all ages: “The St. James’ Guide to a Spiritual Summer.” Come to our Church School “Open House” August 27. Classes resume September 10.
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 Pre-K through Fifth Grade sing at various times throughout the church year. While our Children’s Choir is on break for the summer, you can learn more by contacting Rachel Newell at email@example.com.
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. For more information, contact Ara Bagdasarian at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Our recent months of giving to support our Monthly Mission Partners has exceeded all expectations! We have contributed to ministries in our local Community and beyond. Many thanks for everyone’s incredible generosity!
January St. James’ Preschool $3,733.00
February Theological Education $2,321.50
March Paxton Campus $2,364.00
Since 1991, Loudoun Hunger Relief (LHR) has been feeding the hungry in Loudoun County. St. James’ 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 (2,285 pounds, to be exact!) and $9,186.48. Congratulations! So far this year, we have donated 534 pounds of food and $832.68
Last year, 1 in 6 Loudoun County school children qualified for free or reduced price school lunches. St. James’ Backpack Buddies (BPB) supports the BPB Coalition, sponsored by Loudoun County Public Schools. BPB Coalition provides more than 900 bags of food each week to Loudoun’s children who are food-insecure. The BPB Coalition provides a “family-oriented” food package containing these SPECIFIC ITEMS: canisters of oatmeal, boxes of mac ‘n cheese, cans of soup, tuna, cans of vegetables or fruit; pasta and pasta sauce; bags of rice and pinto beans; and plastic jars of peanut butter and jelly. BPB also invites volunteers to help to unload food or pack “backpack bags” at 448 S. King Street in Leesburg. To volunteer, please contact Raymond Jones at email@example.com or Barbara.Mendoza@lcps.org.
Started in 2009, Grace to Go (G2G) has grown exponentially, thanks to all of our volunteers! Healthy meals are prepared every Sunday afternoon at Deli South, and distributed 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: helping to open Deli South on a Sunday afternoon; relaying instructions needed to prepare chicken, red potatoes, and carrots/broccoli; and after preparation, leading volunteers in cleaning and locking up. Leaders are needed July 16, July 30, and September 17. 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.
St. James’ Preschool is offering tours for the 2017-2018 school year. Registration began on Monday February 6. 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. If you would like more information on our tours, or are interested in filling out an application, or feel called to assist at our Peschool, contact St. James’ Preschool Director, Janet Stayrook, at 703-777-8439 or visit us at stjamespreschoolleesburg.org.