Reflections from Fr. John
Dear Parish Family,
It has been a very busy couple of months here at St. James. Holy Week was full of different services and events as we walked the way of the cross with Our Lord. Along with our traditional services and events, the week included some new offerings this year such as a youth interactive Stations of the Cross and a supper with Easter Egg Dyeing prior to our Maundy Thursday service. We celebrated a wonderful Easter Vigil with the Lower Merrimack Collaborative of which I continue to hear only good things. The vestry had its retreat where we were able to look at, list and begin to figure out how to meet some of our long-term goals for our Church including, welcoming new members through our doors and becoming more present within the Amesbury community.
The new Women’s group, Women on the Journey, has begun and is off to a great start. Our Youth have been very busy with outings and community service projects both in and outside the Church, such as renovating our Chapel and planning for Relay for Life. We as a parish were blessed to host this year’s Diocesan Youth Council’s (DYC) Senior Send-Off and have the whole DYC participate at our 10am service on May 1st. The new Young Adults Group has had its first couple of gatherings too sharing in fun and fellowship
We have also had two cleanup weekends and were able to make our Church shine as well as tackle some big projects like scraping and re-staining the back porch all in preparation for Pentecost and Bishop Harris’ joyous Visitation among us. Together we celebrated the coming of the Holy Ghost, Confirmation, Reception and Reaffirmation and the Bishop blessed many wonderful additions to our parish, including a new Altar in our Chapel. It was a busy and exciting spring with our doors open to many wonderful events.
Summer comes at just the right time, a time to rest and recharge as we move from the business of spring in both our religious and secular lives to hopefully a relaxing July and August. Please remember, our Church is always open during the summer and we will celebrate Holy Eucharist every Sunday at 8am and 10am with lemonade on the front steps after the 10am Liturgy. I hope to see many of you each Sunday as the summer progresses.
We have already begun planning for an exciting fall. We are looking forward to another great year where our doors are open inviting our community to find God in our midst through spiritual renewal and refreshment, engaging programs, education and events for all ages, in a place where Jesus Christ is worshipped and celebrated and where all are always welcome.
Yours in Christ,