“As the Father has sent me, so I send you.”  (John 20:21)

Every Episcopalian is, by definition, a missionary, because every Episcopalian is a member of the Domestic and Foreign Missionary Society, which is the formal, legal name of the Episcopal Church.  Even more important, we are missionaries because mission is inherent in the Christian life.  The word mission stems from the Latin missus, meaning the “act of sending.”  Thus, when we say that the Church has a mission, we mean that we individually and together, we are sent by God.

Mission and Outreach Ministries

Summer Youth Mission Trip 2016 – Fact Sheets:

A Day at the Paxton Campus

A Day with Martha’s Table

 

American Red Cross Blood Drive

Blood Drive red-crossSt. James’ Church hosts monthly Red Cross blood drives on the last Friday of each month.

During 2014 & 2015, these monthly blood drives collected 297 units of blood, which have the potential to save 891 lives!

To learn more about blood donation opportunities, visit the American Red Cross website or call (800)RED-CROSS (800-733-2767).

 

Click here for tips on donating blood from the American Red Cross!

Upcoming Blood Drive 2016 Dates

 

Friday, February 19 (CANCELLED DUE TO UNFORESEEN CIRCUMSTANCES BY THE AMERICAN RED CROSS)

Friday, April 15

Friday, May 29

Friday, June 17

Friday, August 19

Friday, October 21

Friday, December 16

 

Backpack Buddies

backpackBuddies-2Click here to volunteer to pack or drive!

Our Backpack Buddies (BPB) ministry connects our St. James’ Church community and our resources with the nutritional needs of underserved children and their families in Loudoun County.

In Loudoun County alone, there are more than 11,000 children who are food insecure. Food insecure is “the limited or uncertain availability of nutritionally adequate and safe food.” BPB serves children who, because of low family income level, receive free or reduced price lunch on school days. BPB ensures children are fed on the weekends–because HUNGER does not take the weekend off!

Our Backpack Buddies ministry currently supports students at Francis Hazel Reid Elementary and Evergreen Mill Elementary. Each week, the program provides 1,200 meals for approximately 200 students between the two schools.

Each weekend pack contains six meals–two breakfasts, two lunches, two dinners, plus snacks for the weekend. Each weekend meal pack costs an average of $8.00. Supplemental food packs are also provided to help cover the winter and spring school holidays when school is not in session (and school provided meals are not available).

BPB is supported by generous donations of food, money, and time from  parishioners of St. James’ as well as members of the Loudoun community (i.e., other St. James’ ministries, schools, PTAs, scouting groups, mom’s clubs, etc.).

St. James’ collects food on an ongoing basis. If you would like to help, please pick up a red bag with the grocery wish list in the Narthex. Please return the bags with the food donation to the Narthex. If bags are not available and you wish to donate food, please see the Grocery Wish List below:

Grocery Wish List

2 breakfasts (oatmeal, small cereal box, granola bar, etc.)
2 lunches (cheese/peanut butter crackers, cup-a-soup, etc.)
2 dinners (easy mac & cheese, beef ravioli, tuna, etc.)
2-3 snacks (applesauce, pudding, fruit cups, fruit snacks, etc.)
2 shelf milks (Horizon, Hershey’s, etc.)
1 100% juice

Food is organized and stored in our pantry (which is located in the basement of the Parish House), and volunteers are invited to pack meals weekly.

To sign up to volunteer to pack or to drive, click here!

As always, your tax deductible monetary donation is also appreciated. (100% of your donation goes towards feeding the kids. Please remember to put “BPB” in memo line of your check).

Check out the article about our own Backpack Buddies ministry featured on page 3 of The Virginia Episcopalian!

St. James’ Backpack Buddies and our partner schools, Evergreen Mill and Frances Hazel Reid Elementary Schools, were recognized at the Loudoun School-Business Partnership Recognition Breakfast on March 14, 2014. Read the article in Leesburg Today here!

If you are interested in being a part of this outreach ministry, contact the Church Office.

Grace to Go

G2GIn 2009, a take-out meal program was identified as a primary need of families  in Leesburg and Loudoun County.  St. James’ Church initiated the “Grace to Go” ministry, a program in which parishioners assemble and cook nutritious meals at Deli South, and distribute these meals on a first-come, first-served basis every Monday evening at 5:00 pm in the St. James’ Church parking lot.  Two hundred meals are distributed every Monday evening.

Since then,  St. James’ Church has welcomed St. David’s Episcopal Church in Ashburn, Evening Leesburg Rotary, and Leesburg Presbyterian Church as partners in this vitally important ministry.

Sign up here at: http://www.signupgenius.com/go/20f0d4da9ac22a20-grace  (through SignUpGenius.com) to prepare meals at Deli South from 1:30 pm to 3:30 pm on Sunday afternoons.

For more information, contact the Church Office at (703) 777-1124 or info@stjamesleesburg.org.

Podria usar una comida gratis?

El ministerio “Grace to Go” cocinara una comida para que usted la sirva en su propio hogar.  No nesecita reservaciónes. Se les servira en el orden que lleguen hasta agotar las existencias.  Les proporcionaremos la comida totalmente cocinada  todos los lunes desde las 1700 h hasta las 1900 en St. James’ Episcopal Church en el estacionamiento por North Street dos bloques al norte del Palacio de Justicia en Leesburg

¡A causa de la alta demanda, preparamos más comidas que nunca para distribuir a los mas nesecitados!

Donaciones aseptadas, pero no obligatorias.

Este programa es ospiciado por St. James’ Episcopal Church, Leesburg
Deli South
St. David’s Episcopal Church, Ashburn
Evening Leesburg Rotary
Leesburg Presbyterian Church

Jeremiah’s Table

JTMay2014_01Jeremiah’s Table is a collaborative effort between St. James’ Church, Friends of Loudoun Mental Health, and the Loudoun County Community Services Board Community Outreach Program.

Jeremiah’s Table ministers to individuals with mental illness, substance abuse issues, and intellectual disabilities.  These individuals are often the recipients of stigma, fear, 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 his word. When we know each other, the perceived sense of “otherness” can be transformed into one of fellowship and mutual kinship through Christ. If we refuse to reject, we can honor the unique role God desires for all his people.

Jeremiah’s Table is set quarterly with planned social events and dinners. We also meet every other Saturday afternoon with parishioners and individuals receiving mental health services for an expressive art group with artists Darcy Swope and Trent Carbaugh of Birds of a Feather School.

For more information, contact the Church Office.

Summer Youth Mission Opportunities

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In responding to Jesus’ invitation to share God’s love and life by serving others, our youth grow in their relationships with each other, neighbors, self, and God.  Mission experiences are both life-giving and life-changing.  Past youth mission opportunities have included Beach Towel (a ministry which specializes in housing repair and refurbishment for the elderly and handicapped in coastal North Carolina), and the Highland Education Project in Welch WV (where missioners assist some of the poorest in America with home repair and maintenance).  Summer Youth Mission Opportunities for 2016 are now being finalized.

For more information, contact the Church Office.

Haiti Partnership Program

HaitiJan14_05Early in 2011, St. James’ started a partnership with St. Marc Episcopal Church in Trouin, Haiti, through the Haiti Episcopal Partnership Program. The Partnership Program is designed to allow churches within Haiti to establish long term, relationship-based partnerships with parishes throughout the U.S. The St. James’ partnership with St. Marc is in association with other Episcopal churches in Region 13 (Loudoun, Fauquier, and part of Rappahannock counties).

St. Marc’s church and school buildings were destroyed in the earthquake of 2010. Since August 2011, mission teams consisting of members from St. James’ and other parishes from the region, have assisted in helping the people of St. Marc rebuild their school.

St. James’ has committed to funding the salary of one of the eight teachers and staff at l’É cole des Métiers de St. Marc (EMSM)/St. Marc Trade School — the Embroidery and Floral Arts teacher. St. James’ has also funded the purchase and installation of solar panels for the school. Installed in January 2013, the solar panels provide enough electricity to power up to 18 computers and lights in the school.

Over the next 5 to 10 years, St. James’ is looking forward to getting to know the people of St. Marc and their Priest-in-Charge, working with them, learning from them, and helping them recover from the effects of the devastating earthquake.

For more information, contact the Church Office.