Mark your calendars! The Shrine Mont Camp dates are set for 2018, and registration has begun. Special Early Bird rates are in effect through February. The Diocese of Virginia’s summer camp program at Shrine Mont promotes the emotional and spiritual development of children, youth and young adults through the fostering of a safe and positive environment for all, encouraging the growth of relationships with self, others, and God. Full camp descriptions and rates are at www.shrinemontcamps.net.
This month, we are praying for, learning about, and supporting our January Monthly Mission Partner, Hopecam. A 501(c)(3) non-profit based in Reston, Hopecam connects children with cancer to life. Among the first side-effects a child may experience after being diagnosed with cancer is isolation: from their friends, from their classmates, and from their schools. Using the technology of tablet and laptop computers, web cameras, and high-speed Internet connections, Hopecam connects these children to overcome their social isolation. Since its founding in 2003, Hopecam has connected more than 1,500 children to 20,000 classmates in 47 states and abroad, providing equipment and IT support while working with a child’s school to facilitate and secure their participation. To learn more, go to www.hopecam.org. Please give generously on the last Sunday of the month to support this important ministry.
Sunday morning Church School, which meets from 10:10 am to 11:00 am, offers “Whirl” for our Pre-K through Third Grader, “Connect” for our Fourth and Fifth Graders, and “J2A” for our Middle School youth. Senior High youth are invited to join Sunday Forum. We are blessed by a dedicated and gifted team of 29 teachers. The teaching team for each grade or group of grades is 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.
Mark your calendars for Saturday January 20 from 5:00 pm to 6:00 pm for gather, a new program of faith, fellowship and food here at StJames’ Church created especially for middle school and senior high youth. We’ll explore spirituality and discuss how Jesus’ teachings can help build a better world. Invite your friends and neighbors! A new year. A new program. Join the circle! For more information, contact Michelle Jones at email@example.com.
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 2017 St. James’ Church donated more than two tons of food (4,079 pounds, to be exact!) and $6,417.68 in monetary donations. Congratulations!
St. James’ Church Backpack Buddies (BPB) ministry is ready for another year! Pick up a BPB Bag any time, and return it on the second Sunday of each month with one or more food items. In 2017, the people of St. James’ Church provided 3,000 pounds of food donations and $8,000 in monetary donations to Loudoun’s food-insecure children through the local BPB Coalition, sponsored by Loudoun County Public Schools. These two sources of donations translated into 2,200 BPB bags providing 22,000 weekend meals. Contact Raymond Jones at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
Grace to Go invites you to cook! Volunteers from St. James’ Church and the wider community meet at Deli South on Sundays from 1:30 pm to 3:30 pm to prepare food for distribution on Monday evenings in the St. James’ Church parking lot. Sunday January 28 is the next available date. Sign up online at www.signupgenious.com/go/20f0d4da9ac22a20-grace or contact Anna Mitchum 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 – persons who 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. Once each month on selected Saturdays from 12:00 noon to 2:30 pm in the Parish House, Jeremiah’s Table offers an art group. Jeremiah’s Table is a collaboration between St. James’ Church, Friends of Loudoun Mental Health, and the Loudoun County Community Services Board Community Outreach Program.
An after-school program for middle school and senior high youth in need, Club R.E.A.L. started Teen Cuisine in October to raise awareness of the importance of healthy eating habits, and to instruct them in nutritious meal preparation. Teen Cuisine meets in the St. James’ Church Fellowship Hall Kitchen on Monday afternoons, usually once monthly.
Our 2018-2019 registration will begin on Monday February 5. We are offering classes in the following age groups: 2, 2 ½, 3, 3 ½, 4 and 4 ½ (Pre-K). We also offer Extended Day classes. If you are interested in filling out an application or would like information on our tours, please contact Janet Stayrook, Preschool Director or Laura Heyer, Administrative Assistant at (703) 777-8439 or visit us at www.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!