Nursery Care is available every Sunday starting at 9:45am until the end of the 10am service. The Nursery Room is located in the Parish Hall.
Thank you to Arthur Yarranton for making the wooden cross and candlesticks for our altar to mark this Holy season.
Family Services at St. James: Welcome to our Family Service today.
Father John will invite our children to come up to the altar steps (parents are also invited to accompany our youngest members as well as our children who are a little shy) and ask them questions about the readings we just heard, the Church, our service or another part of our rich tradition. They will also have an opportunity to ask him questions as well. Our children are invited to remain in the Church for the whole service today.
Sunday Lenten Forums: The St. James Sunday Lenten Forums will take place today and on Sunday, March 8th and March 15th following the 10am service in the Parish Hall. We will look together at the Lord’s Prayer and discover the many reasons why this is such a magnificent prayer and how it can help us make our Lenten pilgrimage more fruitful.
Easter Club: March 1st thru March 22nd an Easter club for children of all ages will be provided in the parish hall during coffee hour. Included are Lent activities, prayer stations, making Eucharist bread and community service project. On March 22nd prayer stations for adults will be provided.
Youth Event with Father John – Rescheduled: The youth event with Father John has been rescheduled to Saturday, March 14th. All youth are invited to an evening of fun and games with Father John in the Parish Hall. The evening will include pizza dinner, Wii, Xbox, Playstation, board games and a chance for our youth to get to know our new Rector. We will meet in the Parish Hall from 7pm-9:30pm. If you are in 6th-12th grade we hope you will be able to make it and as always you are welcome to bring a friend or two.
Lenten Supper Series: St. James is hosting the LMVC Lenten Supper Series this coming Wednesday, March 4th from 6pm to 8pm. The topic, led by Fr. John will be on Mission Trips. Nursery Care and activities for older children will be provided. A few more volunteers are needed to help with set-up and clean up. The sign-up sheet is in the Parish Hall or speak with Kelly Bennett.
Fellowship and Ministry Opportunity for Men, Women and Youth: From 2pm to 4pm, the Knitting and Crochet Group will meet in the Parish Hall. Knitting together is a great opportunity for fellowship and forming bonds. It also provides an excellent opportunity for outreach ministries in many ways, such as fundraising (church fair items), charity (premie hats, chemo caps, helmet lines for military), and prayers/reflection (prayer shawls). First-timers and knitters/crocheters of all levels are encouraged to join us in this fellowship and ministry. We have the supplies necessary to get you started! If you have any questions please contact Beth Mauch at 978-388-1942, 617-645-2181 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Newcomers Ministry: We are beginning a Newcomers Ministry at St. James in an effort to make those who are new to the parish feel welcomed, help them get to know other parishioners and become involved in the ministries at St. James. We will begin by reaching out to those in the parish who have come to St. James in the last year.
We have been brainstorming ways of welcoming new members and families and one idea we have come up with is having Mentor Parishioners. We will pair up new members with current parishioners who can answer questions about St. James and Amesbury, invite to the Parish Hall for coffee hour, help meet other parishioners and finding ministries that excite them.
We will also welcome new members with an hors d’oeuvres evening with the other newcomers, mentors, vestry members and Fr. John and an official welcome to the parish the following Sunday at the worship service they regularly attend.
If you would be interested in being a Mentor Parishioner please contact the Church Office or speak with Fr. John or Dawn Schmidt for more information. An informational meeting will soon.
The Ministry of Hospitality: Gathering for Coffee Hour after the 10am service is an important part of our life together here at St. James.
Hosting a Coffee Hour is an important ministry. It is more than just feeding people, it also helps people feel welcome in our church. Coffee hour gives us an opportunity to introduce ourselves to visitors and newcomers. It also gives us the chance to catch up with other members of our parish family.
Breaking bread together—even in this very ordinary way—helps strengthen us as a parish and renew us as individuals. Could you help host a Coffee Hour? Just one Sunday every so often and you can share in the hosting with another parish member! Please talk with Kelly Bennett, our Hospitality Chair, about how and when you can help.
Daylight Savings: Spring is coming! Daylight savings begins on Sunday, March 8th at 2:00a.m. Don’t forget to “spring ahead!”
Stewardship/Giving Envelope: The Giving Envelopes for pledgers are in the back of the church and ready for you to bring home. All envelopes are assigned and have your name on the appropriate envelope number. If you are new to St. James and made a pledge, your envelope number may not have been assigned yet and will be within a few weeks. If you do not remember your envelope number, there is a reference sheet (with the envelopes) sorted by last name that identifies your number. THANK YOU all for your pledges.
Our Neighbors’ Table: During the month of March, ONT is in need of pasta, pasta sauces, peanut butter and instant oatmeal. Personal Items such as deodorant, mouthwash, toothpaste, toothbrush, etc., are always in need.
A Special Message from Our Neighbors’ Table: “Our Neighbors Table would like to thank everyone at St. James for the wonderful friendship and generosity you have shown over these past winter months. Your donations are so greatly appreciated by ONT and by everyone who comes to us in search of nourishing food. Your kindness means the world to us, and we are so very grateful!”
Let us give thanks for God’s many blessings to us.