Annual Meeting: Our Annual Meeting was held on January 25th in the Parish Hall. We reviewed our financials, reviewed committee communications of all that has happened at St. James this past year and our plans for the coming year. We will voted for vestry members and delegates.
Family Services at St. James: Next Sunday February 1 and on March 1 and May 3, the 10AM our service will feature a children’s sermon to engage our younger members with our liturgy.
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 will be invited to remain in the Church for the whole service on these days.
We are hoping that starting in October these services will also include our children as well as our youth taking on different aspects of the service as well. We hope you can join us on these Sunday’s and yes there may even be questions posed to the congregation as a whole as well!
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 your appropriate envelope number. If you are new to St. James and made a pledge, your envelope number may not have yet been assigned and will be within a few weeks or less. 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.
Nursery Care Update: A new reservation system has been set up for our Nursery Care during the 10am service. Please e-mail Jenn Collins at email@example.com by the Friday before the Sunday you will need nursery care. We will make sure the nursery is open and staffed!
Safe Church Training: One of the programs the Episcopal Church engages in to help safeguard its members is Safe Church Training. This training is designed to increase awareness regarding sexual misconduct and abuse of power; to outline steps toward abuse prevention; to offer intervention strategies when misconduct occurs; and to guide parish leaders in the ministry of healing and rebuilding the body of Christ as a whole.
It is required for all parishioners whose ministries involve working with children or youth, including, but not limited to, Church School teachers, Youth leaders, and Confirmation leaders and sponsors. It is also strongly recommended for Wardens, Vestry members, Lay Eucharistic Visitors, Pastoral Visitors, Acolyte Leaders, Choir Directors, volunteers working in the congregation on a regular basis and all employees of the parish.
The training sessions take place on Saturdays from 8:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. and the cost is $40.
The next three sessions are January 31st at Christ Church, Plymouth; February 28th at Trinity Church, Haverhill; and March 28th at St. John’s Church, Holbrook. A group of St. James parishioners are attending the training on February 28th.
Please sign up two weeks prior to the event on the Diocesan website:
An internet course is also available, free of charge. If you are unsure if you need Safe Church training, please see Fr. John. Thank you for your continuing dedication to the many vital ministries at St. James.
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 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 share in the hosting with another parish member! Please talk with Kelly Bennett, our Hospitality Chair, about how and when you can help.
Church Fair Committee Update: Yes, it’s time to start planning for the 2015 Church Fair! Mark your calendars now: the next Amesbury Village of Church Fairs will be held on Saturday, November 7, 2015.
The 2014 Church Fair raised almost $3,000 for St. James’ youth ministries. The economy clearly affected how much we raised, particularly through the raffle. Two of our raffle items were won by people who had said they could only afford to purchase one ticket.
But despite unseasonably cold weather, we were able to welcome several hundred people to our parish hall – and we fed lots of them lunch. (Special thanks to Andy Harlow for heading up the Kitchen!) Our new “Fashion Accessories” section was a fabulous success. And there were far fewer leftover “Trinkets and Treasures” than in past years.
Our Neighbor’s Table: During the winter months, ONT is in need of instant oatmeal, hearty soups, pasta sauce, pasta and peanut butter. Also, personal items such as deodorant, mouthwash, toothpaste, toothbrush, etc. are always in need. Let us give thanks for God’s many blessings to us.
Donations for Fire Victims: As many of you may of heard, the Singleton family who lived on Spindle Tree Road, loss their home and all belongings to a fire last week. If you would like to help them, the Pettengill House is accepting monetary donations on behalf of the family. 100% of all donations will be used directly in support the family. Donations should be made directly to the Pettengill House Inc., 21 Water Street, Suite 4A, Amesbury, MA 01913. All donations are tax deductible. Donations can also be made through the Pettengill House Paypal account on their website at www.pettengillhouse.org. Be sure to note that your donation is for the Amesbury Fire Victims.