We love and serve Christ when we love and serve one another.  The clergy and laity of St. James’ share the responsibility for the pastoral care of our faith community.  While much day-to-day pastoral care occurs as parishioners share prayer concerns in small group settings, there may be times when more intensive care is needed.  Creating and building relationships with one another also happens within the context of community-wide events such as the Shrove Tuesday Pancake Supper, the Easter Egg Hunt, the Parish Retreat at Shrine Mont, and the Saint James’ Day Picnic.

Pastoral Care Ministries

Eucharistic Visitors

Eucharistic Visitors, who are lay people licensed by the Diocese, take and administer the elements (the consecrated bread and wine) to members of the congregation who by reason of illness or infirmity are unable to be present at worship by virtue of being homebound, hospitalized, or in an assisted living or skilled nursing facility.

Click here to submit a request for home communion.

Fellowship Hosts

Fellowship is highly valued in the community life at St. James’.  Our joy in gathering together finds expression in our Coffee Hours, a time for coffee, conversation, and refreshment held after each of our three Sunday morning worship services.  Fellowship Hosts can sign up to provide refreshments one Sunday–or several! For more information, contact the Church Office.

Foyer Groups

These groups offer an opportunity to connect with other parishioners in small groups of six to eight people, through hosting meals in private homes or other locations on a rotating basis.

Healing

Immediately after receiving Communion at Sunday worship, worshipers are invited to receive special prayers, the Laying on of Hands, and Anointing from the lay members of this ministry.  Prayers sought include those of healing, protection,  intercession, and thanksgiving.

Prayers, the Laying on of Hands, and Anointing with oil are offered at the 11:15 am worship each Sunday, at the 9:00 worship on the first and third Sunday of the month, the 7:45 am worship on the second Sunday of the month, immediately after the 11:15 am worship on the third Sunday of the month, and every Wednesday at 12:00 Noon.

For more information, contact the Church Office.

Intercessory Prayer

prayerAs The Catechism in The Book of Common Prayer reminds us, “Intercession brings before God the needs of others.”  Members of the Intercessory Prayer ministry pray daily for those in need.  Requests for public and private prayers are received from the St. James’ community either directly or through the Church Office.

Members of his ministry meet once monthly for a brief service of worship, followed by a period of silence and prayer, after which the list of prayer requests are reviewed and updated.

The Intercessory Prayer ministry meets at 7:00 pm on the second Tuesday of each month in the Chancel of the Nave.

For more information, contact the Church Office.

Online Prayer Request

Click here to submit a prayer request.

Men’s Service Ministry

The Men’s Service Ministry (MSM) helps men reclaim their “authentic self” through the three kinds of activities:

  • Scripture Study and Spiritual Formation: Engage in the study of Holy Scripture and other texts, with discussion led by group members;
  • Service Projects: Offer hands-on support to our church, our civic community, and our parishioners; and
  • Social Gatherings: Enhance regular opportunities for parish-wide friendship and fellowship by coordinating logistical support for these social events.

Among Scripture Study and Spiritual Formation activities have been a ten-week book study of “Stepping Up: A Call to Courageous Manhood” by Denis Rainey and the Annual Men’s Retreat in November, when men participate in a three-day facilitated offsite meeting to focus on spiritual renewal.

Service Projects have included repainting the Fellowship Hall as well as other projects supporting the mission of the Property Committee as well as supporting parishioners in need with services such as painting, fixing a computer problem, moving furniture, and doing odd jobs.

Social Gatherings include the annual Saint James’ Day celebration in late July, held in the church parking lot.

Members of this ministry range from young married men who are new to fatherhood, to middle-aged men experiencing loss of a marriage and/or job to those transitioning to retirement r empty-nesting.

The Men’s Service Ministry meets every Tuesday at 7:30 pm in the Lower Level of the Parish House.

For more information, contact the Church Office.

Pastoral Associates

SSL14_01Members of the Pastoral Associates ministry are laypeople called to offer pastoral care to parishioners.  Their ministry planning and hosting receptions in the Fellowship Hall after funerals, visiting those confined to home or hospital, and delivering meals to those parishioners and their family members whose lives are disrupted by illness or hospitalization.

The Pastoral Associates ministry meets on the third Monday of each month at 7:30 pm to organize and assign tasks, and provide support and encouragement to each other.

 

Seasoned Saints

Parishioners age 60 and over are intentional about providing “opportunities to continually learn how to become the people God wants us to be through fellowship with one another and provide opportunities to use our abilities to serve the Lord.”  They seek to accomplish this goal by lunch fellowship with and/or without study once each month, learning in a small group setting during the day, daytime community service, and daytime field trips and excursions.

Shrine Mont

The Cathedral Shrine of the Transfiguration and a Retreat Center of the Diocese of Virginia, Shrine Mont is located in Orkney Springs, Virginia, in the heart of the Shenandoah Valley.  Every spring, parishioners of St. James’ gather at Shrine Mont for a Parish Retreat, a weekend to relax, refresh, recreate, and worship in the outdoor church that is the Cathedral of the Transfiguration.  The summer program at Shrine Mont offers nine amazing camps each summer.  From hiking to singing, arts and crafts to an evening spent playing Capture the Flag, all of the camps offer a mixture of recreation, group building, spiritual development, and just plain old fun.  No matter how old or young a youth is–whether an Episcopalian for life or just checking out the Church–if youths or families are interested in spending some time in the beautiful Shenandoah Valley with others in a warm, safe, and welcoming environment, we’ve got a spot for you.