Parish Announcements

Featured

Announcement for Week of April 21st.

Boston Marathon – April 21, 2014
Vestry member, Christophe Courchesne will be running the Boston Marathon tomorrow for Casa Myrna Vazquez, Inc., a Greater Boston non-profit providing a comprehensive range of services to survivors of domestic and dating violence such as a 24-hour SafeLink hotline, temporary housing, legal assistance and career counseling.  In 2013, Christophe ran the Boston Marathon for the first time, also for Casa Myrna Vazquez, and did not reach the finish line after the tragic violence of that day which ended the event.

If you are interested in supporting Christophe’s run, he is accepting donations at this address:  http://www.tinyurl.com/courchesneboston.  Please keep Christophe in your prayers and you can follow him on race day using his bib number 33,678 at:  http://www.baa.org.

Morning Prayer, The Second Sunday of Easter, April 27th
Morning Prayer from the Book of Common Prayer will be read at the 8am and 10am service on Sunday, April 27th, led by Arthur Yarranton and Pam Fenner.

Office Hours Week of April 21st.
The office will be open on Tuesday, April 22nd and Thursday, April 23rd from
9:30am to 1:30pm.
.
Rev. Dee will not be in Amesbury for regular office hours during the week of the 21st.  She will be back in the office on her usual schedule beginning Monday, April 28th.

Bishop Elected
The people of the Episcopal Diocese of Massachusetts have elected an Ohio parish
priest to be their next bishop.

At the special electing convention held on Saturday, April 5, clergy and lay delegates elected the Rev. Alan M. Gates, the rector of St. Paul’s Church in Cleveland Heights, Ohio, to succeed the Rt. Rev. M. Thomas Shaw, SSJE as the 16th bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of Massachusetts.  The electing convention took place at the Cathedral Church of St. Paul in Boston.

The Consecration of Rev. Gates will be held on September 13th at Agganis Arena.

For further information, visit the Episcopal Diocese of Massachusetts website at:

http://diomass.org/diocesan-news/alan-gates-ohio-elected-bishop-diocese-massachusetts

Two-Wheeled Dollie
The metal office desk taking up space in our hall has found a home but we need a two-wheeled dollie to help us move the it out of the building.  If you have a two-wheeled dollie or another similar moving device that we can borrow, please contact the office at 978-388-0030 or stjames.clergy@verizon.net. Much appreciated!

Bottle & Can Drive – YLA Fundraiser for Mission Trip to El Salvador

Thank you all for your continued donations.  Please continue to bring them in and be sure to leave your bottles in the box located in the Parish Hall 

Our Neighbor’s Table
Our Neighbor’s Table is in need of cans of fruit, baked beans, peanut butter and personal hygiene items such as toothpaste, deodorant, mouthwash, toothbrushes, shampoos, body sprays or lotions, etc.

ANNOUNCEMENTS – Sunday, April 13, 2014

Easter Memorial Flowers
Easter Memorial Flowers Giving Envelopes can be found in the back of the church.  Please be sure to complete the blue “Easter Flowers” form, make payment by check or cash and submit to the church office or place in the Offertory Plate.

Completed forms must be received today in order for your Memorial or Thanksgiving to be noted in the Easter Service Bulletin.

The Blessing of the St. James Parish Profile
TODAY, we will bless the St. James Church Parish Profile, lovingly and prayerfully created by the parish Search Committee under the leadership of co-chairs Cindy Janik and Jenn Sanborn.  This is a primary document for clergy candidates considering a position at St. James.  Copies of the profile will be available.

The Search Process–As We Go Forward
A Coffee Hour Forum
Also today, at coffee hour, the Search Committee will explain the process of receiving the names of clergy who are interested in St. James.  They will also outline their expected timeline for receiving names, for the interview process and the arrival of your new clergy leadership.
St. James’ Senior Warden, Joan Miller, will share her gratitude and perspective on the critically important work done by the Search Committee in developing the Parish Profile.  She will also detail the plans for clergy leadership as the parish transitions from interim ministry to the calling of a long term clergy person.
Your Interim, Rev. Dee will, with sincere gratitude, share with you her experience of the past year + with you and her thoughts about the opportunities and challenges that lie ahead.
We expect that there will be responses and questions for the Search Committee, the Warden and the Interim, both at the Forum and over time.  So we are scheduling a second coffee hour conversation for May 4th.  If you have questions unanswered on the 13th or that arise over time, please ask.  It would be good also to e-mail questions to us so that they can be answered clearly at the May 4th gathering and in other ways as appropriate.  Our e-mail address is stjames.clergy@verizon.net.
Yours in service and prayer,
Cindy, Jenn, Joan and Rev. Dee

Night Watch 2014
Night Watch begins on Thursday, April 17th at 8pm in the Chapel and ends on Friday, April 18th at 9am.  We are hoping for a minimum of two people for each hour throughout the night.

We still have openings between 10pm and 4am.

There is a sign up list in the Parish Hall if you would like to participate.

Bishop Elected
The people of the Episcopal Diocese of Massachusetts have elected an Ohio parish
priest to be their next bishop.

At the special electing convention held on Saturday, April 5, clergy and lay delegates elected the Rev. Alan M. Gates, the rector of St. Paul’s Church in Cleveland Heights, Ohio, to succeed the Rt. Rev. M. Thomas Shaw, SSJE as the 16th bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of Massachusetts.  The electing convention took place at the Cathedral Church of St. Paul in Boston.

The Consecration of Rev. Gates will be held on September 13th at Agganis Arena.

For further information, visit the Episcopal Diocese of Massachusetts website at:

http://diomass.org/diocesan-news/alan-gates-ohio-elected-bishop-diocese-massachusetts

Morning Prayers, The Second Sunday of Easter, April 27th
Morning Prayers will be offered at the 8am and 10am service on Sunday, April 27th, led by Arthur Yarranton and Pam Fenner.

Bottle & Can Drive – YLA Fundraiser for Mission Trip to El Salvador
Thank you all for your continued donations.  Please continue to bring them in and be sure to leave your bottles in the box located in the Parish Hall 

Our Neighbor’s Table
Our Neighbor’s Table is in need of cans of fruit, baked beans, peanut butter and personal hygiene items such as toothpaste, deodorant, mouthwash, toothbrushes, shampoos, body sprays or lotions, etc.

——————————————————————————————————————————————-

PARISH ANNOUNCEMENTS – March 30, 2014

Teen (Boys & Girls) Easter Baskets for Our Neighbor’s Table
Our youth will be collecting items for “Teen Easter Baskets” to be sent over to Our Neighbor’s Table for handing out before Easter.

Ideas for items to donate are:  Gift cards to Subway, McDonalds, Dunkin Donuts, Andyman, Cherry Bomb and Walmart.  Nut free candy (in individual packages), small snacks, gum, breath mints, nail polish, lip balm, hair accessories, small hair brushes, combs, mirrors, footballs, baseballs, toothpaste, toothbrushes, little bath soaps, shampoos, hair spray, body sprays, lotions, hand sanitizer, trendy notebooks, pens and pencils.  Travel sized items are great basket stuffers.  Think “Dollar Store” to shop!

Please make your donations by Sunday, April 6th.  There will be a box set up in the Sanctuary for you to drop off the items.  Many blessings.

Easter Memorial Flowers
Easter Memorial Flowers Giving Envelopes can be found in the back of the church.  Please be sure to complete the blue “Easter Flowers” form, make payment by check or cash and submit to the church office or place in the Offertory Plate.  Completed forms must be received no later than April 13th in order for your Memorial or Thanksgiving to be noted in the Easter Service Bulletin.

Annual Palm Sunday Procession
Sunday – April 13th – at 9 AM
Amesbury Council of Churches will once again sponsor the Annual Palm Sunday Procession to celebrate Jesus’ triumphant entry into Jerusalem. The ecumenical service, hosted by St. James Episcopal Church, begins at the Amesbury Millyard Amphitheater at 9 AM, Sunday, April 13th. The celebration will include the Blessing of the Palms, prayers, songs, and shouts of “Hosanna” as the procession of people and palms follows a youth riding on a donkey through the town. The procession will stop at each church along the way for prayers and blessings for the ministries of Holy Week leading up to Easter.

Night Watch 2014
Night Watch begins on Thursday, April 17th at 8pm in the Chapel and ends on Friday, April 18th at 9am.  We are hoping for a minimum of two people for each hour throughout the night.  There is a sign up list in the Parish Hall if you would like to participate.

Bottle & Can Drive – YLA Fundraiser for Mission Trip to El Salvador
Thank you all for your continued donations.  Please continue to bring them in and be sure to leave your bottles in the box located in the Parish Hall 

Our Neighbor’s Table
Our Neighbor’s Table is in need so pasta, pasta sauce and non-refrigerated pasta cheese, as well as peanut butter and personal hygiene items such as toothpaste, deodorant, mouthwash, toothbrushes, shampoos, body sprays or lotions, etc.

ONT thanks the people of St. James for the generous weekly donations and appreciates the continued support and assistance in the joint effort to help those in need in our community.

———————————————————————————————————————

Parish Announcements for March 23, 2014

Soup Luncheon on Sunday, March 23rd
Sunday, March 23rd we will share with you at your tables the Creative Lenten Prayer Stations which the young people created during their Sunday School time this morning.  We hope you enjoy this opportunity to share their experience and create your own reflections.
Many thanks to Jenn Collins for her support!

Thank you:  Janice, Pat, Pam and Kim for our Soup.
Thank you:  David Meinelt and Bobbie Yarranton for our breads!
And, many thanks to all of you who can stay after to help with clean-up.
Many hands make for lighter work!

Jen Collins has extra lessons and games for the youngsters.

Traveling Tabernacles” and the “Way of Salvation”
At Trinity Church in Haverhill with the Rev. Gay Cox
And “Resurrection Faces” at St. James in Amesbury
On April 6th, we are planning on another visit from Rev. Gay to facilitate our own crafting of “Resurrection Faces” here at St. James.

We encourage you to note the Friday and Sunday Lenten opportunities to participate in the full “Traveling Tabernacles – Way of Salvation” experience in Haverhill – a multi-sensory journey into Lent and Love, an opportunity which includes:  Art, Faith, Craft, Music and Food.

We know you will enjoy the visit from Gay when she joins us at St. James and the chance to create our own “Faces.”  Seeing the work in Haverhill will deepen this experience of God’s redeeming love and eternal promises.

While we plan, we also encourage you to consider whether you have photos or images of loved ones whom you would like to include in the “faces” you create.

Teen (Boys & Girls) Easter Baskets for Our Neighbor’s Table
Our youth will be collecting items for “Teen Easter Baskets” to be sent over to Our Neighbor’s Table for handing out before Easter.

Ideas for items to donate are:  Gift cards to Subway, McDonalds, Dunkin Donuts, Andyman, Cherry Bomb and Walmart.  Nut free candy (in individual packages), small snacks, gum, breath mints, nail polish, lip balm, hair accessories, small hair brushes, combs, mirrors, footballs, baseballs, toothpaste, toothbrushes, little bath soaps, shampoos, hair spray, body sprays, lotions, hand sanitizer, trendy notebooks, pens and pencils.  Travel sized items are great basket stuffers.  Think “Dollar Store” to shop!

Please make your donations by Sunday, April 6th.  There will be a box set up in the Sanctuary for you to drop off the items.  Many blessings.

Easter Memorial Flowers
Easter Memorial Flowers Giving Envelopes can be found in the back of the church.  Please be sure to complete the blue “Easter Flowers” form, make payment by check or cash and submit to the church office or place in the Offertory Plate.  Completed forms must be received no later than April 13th in order for your Memorial or Thanksgiving to be noted in the Easter Service Bulletin.

Bottle & Can Drive – YLA Fundraiser for Mission Trip to El Salvador
Thank you all for your continued donations.  Please continue to bring them in and be sure to leave your bottles in the box located in the Parish Hall 

Our Neighbor’s Table
Our Neighbor’s Table is in need so pasta, pasta sauce and non-refrigerated pasta cheese, as well as peanut butter and personal hygiene items such as toothpaste, deodorant, mouthwash, toothbrushes, shampoos, body sprays or lotions, etc.

ONT thanks the people of St. James for the generous weekly donations and appreciates the continued support and assistance in the joint effort to help those in need in our community.

—————————————————————————————————————————–

PARISH ANNOUNCEMENTS:  3/16/14

Soup Luncheons During Lent:
Today during our Soup Luncheon, we will explore the story of Nicodemus.  We are going to try to imagine who we would be if we could be born again.  Your responses and reflections will be part of the sermon on the following Sunday.

Thank you:  Deb Wiley, Liz Iacobucci, Linda Davis Siess and Joan Augusta for our Soup.
Thank you:  David Meinelt and Bobbie Yarranton for our breads!
And, many thanks to all of you who offered to help with set-up, serving and clean-up!

March 23rd, we will explore the story of The Woman at the Well.
Soup Providers:  Janice Meinelt, Pat McBride, Pam Fenner and Kim Potts.
Bread Providers:  David Meinelt and Bobbie Yarranton

Jen Collins has extra lessons & games for the youngsters in Godly Play and Pre-Confirmation for both of our events.

Meet the Bishop Nominees at March 14-19 Public Forums

The Standing Committee has announced the dates and locations for a series of public forums to meet the nominees for election as bishop. The dates and locations are:

*Friday, March 14, 6:30 p.m., at St. Andrew’s Church (79 Denton Road) in Wellesley;
*Saturday, March 15, 1 p.m., at Trinity Church (Copley Square) in Boston;
*Sunday, March 16, 4 p.m., at St. Stephen’s Church (74 South Common Street) in Lynn;
*Monday, March 17, 6:30 p.m., at Grace Church (422 County Street) in New Bedford; and
*Tuesday, March 18, 6:30 p.m., at Christ Church (33 Central Street) in Andover.

Clergy and convention delegates, as well as all interested members of the diocese, are invited and encouraged to attend one or more of these sessions.   If you have any questions, please see our Parish Elected, Diocese Convention Delegates, Pam Fenner, Arthur Yarranton and Kim Potts.

Bottle & Can Drive
Thank you all for your continued donations to help out the St. James Youth Leadership Academy participants raise funds for their mission trip to El Salvador.  So far, over $160 has been raised – thank you.   Please continue to bring them in and be sure to leave your bottles in the box located in the Parish Hall 

Our Neighbor’s Table
During the Month of March, ONT is looking for donations of Pasta, Pasta Sauce and Romano Cheese!

As always, personal items such as deodorant, mouthwash, toothpaste, toothbrush, etc., are always in need.

April Newsletter

Featured

Please excuse the appearance of our newsletter.  We are working on the esthetics but in the meantime, if you click on the link to the newletter it is available.  Have a great day!

April 2014 Happening

If you would like to receive our monthly newsletter directly to your e-mail account each month, click on the link below to sign up!

SIGN ME UP!

 

Holy Week Services – 2014

Featured

HOLY WEEK SERVICES
St. James Episcopal Church, 120 Main Street, Amesbury

All events will be held at St. James unless otherwise noted.

Palm Sunday, April 13th
9:00am
Procession of the Palms from the Millyard.  An Amesbury Council of Churches Event.

————————————–

Palm Sunday, April 13th
10:00am:
Holy Eucharist with the blessing of the palms and the dramatic reading of the Passion Narrative.

————————————–

April 14th, Monday in Holy Week
5:00 p.m. in the Chancel at St. James
The Stations of the Cross will be read

————————————–

April 15th, Tuesday in Holy Week
8:00 a.m. in the Chancel at St. James
The Stations of the Cross will be read

————————————–

April 17th – Maundy Thursday
7:00 pm: Holy Eucharist with the Foot Washing Ceremony.  The altar will then be stripped as we prepare for the Night Watch Vigil.

————————————–

April 17th Maundy Thursday
8pm – 9am in the Chapel:  Night Watch Vigil.

————————————–

April 18th – Good Friday
12:00pm to 3:00pm
The sanctuary will be open from 12:00pm to 3:00pm.
There will be reflections and readings offered on the half hour from 12 noon until 2:30pm.
The Way of the Cross will be prayed at 2:30pm.

————————————–

April 18th – Good Friday
7:00 pm
The Prayer Book liturgy for Good Friday will be read.

————————————–

April 19th – Easter Eve
This event is not at St. James in Amesbury.  This event will be held at Trinity Church in Haverhill starting at 7pm to 8:30pm
Experience a contemporary version of the Great Vigil of  Easter told in song and story.  The event is youth friendly.

Carpool from the north:  Meet at All Saints’ West Newbury at 6:15pm.

————————————–

April 20th – The Sunday of the Resurrection – EASTER DAY
Sunrise:  6:00am
This event is not at St. James in Amesbury.  It will be held at Alliance Park in Amesbury starting at 6:00am
An Amesbury Council of Churches Event

————————————–

April 20th – The Sunday of the Resurrection – EASTER DAY
10am
Festival Eucharist as we celebrate the Sunday of the Resurrection at St. James.

————————————–

Lent with the Lower Merrimack Deanery Collaborative & Hub Ministries

Featured

Lent With The Lower Merrimac Deanery Collaborative And
Hub Ministries Presents Four Events

All Events will be held at Trinity Church In Haverhill

March 2 –  A Sunday Mardi Gras
Trinity Haverhill
4 pm – 6:30 pm

SundayAfternoon, March 2nd from 4 – 6:30 Haverhill – There will be a Louisiana-Style Mardi Gras with Great Gumbo, Jambalaya, Chicken Sauce Piquant, and King Cake homemade by Trinity parishioners. All in attendance will make show box floats, and masks, play games, dance and crown our Mardi Gras Royalty! “Great Music and Fun for all Ages. All are welcome to attend. This party should be fun, because it is run by a true Mardi-Gras native, our colleague the Rev. Jane Bearden

Fridays In Lent
A Program Of Art – Meditation  – Music
March 14, 21, 28, April 4 and 11.
Trinity – Haverhill
5 pm – 8 pm

On these Fridays  in Lent – March 14th through April 11th,  in Haverhill at Trinity Church,  Traveling Tabernacles, with artist Rev. Gay Cox, will have on display a massive visual arts presentation (539 pieces) entitled “Way of Salvation” which will be open to the public from 5 PM to 8 PM. The exhibit is “hands-on,” participatory event for all ages. Along with the art, there will be a different classical concert each week at 6:30 and light refreshments will be served. The web site below features Rev. Cox’s artwork.  For more information go to:  http://trinityhaverhill.org/images/Concert_Poster.pdf
Sundays in Lent

Create Your Own Resurrection Face – Feed Your Heart With Art, Your Body With Food And Your Soul With Worship
March 9, 16, 23 and April 6
Trinity – Haverhill
5:30 pm – 7 pm

On these Sundays in Lent – March 9, 16, 23, and April 6, In Haverhill, Gay Cox, the artist who created “Way of Salvation,” will lead workshops which will allow all ages to consider her presentation and create their own celebrations and  memorials of loved ones. A simple supper will be served and these evenings will conclude with a Taize Worship Service.

Easter Eve – The Easter Vigil
Saturday – April 19th 7pm

The liturgy presents the Saving Works of God in a series of dramatic skits and music. This will especially appeal to youth and all will have a chance to participate.  Starting at 6pm there will be a Children’s Easter Egg Hunt!  Carpool from the North – Meert at All Saints’ West Newbury at 6:15pm.

Members of the Collaborative are:
St. Paul’s – North Andover
St. James – Groveland
Trinity – Haverhill
St. James – Amesbury
St. Paul’s – Newburyport
All Saints – West Newbury

Christian Education for Children and Youth

Featured

St. James Episcopal Church, 120 Main Street, Amesbury, MA, Montessori – based Christian Education “Godly Play” program will begin on Sunday, September 22, 2013 at 9:45 am.  Each scheduled Sunday your K-8 grade child will learn about the Christian Faith and participate in fun and educational activities.

Child Care is available from 9:45 until end of service.

If you are interested in Confirmation classes for grade 9 and up, please contact the church.

For additional information please check our website at www.stjamesamesbury.org or call the Parish Office at 978-388-0030.

What is Godly Play? Continue reading

St. James Office Hours

Featured

Office hours normally are Monday 10am to 3pm, Tuesday from 10am – 1:15 pm. and occasionally on Thursday, 10am to 1pm.  It is best to call the office or send us an e-mail to schedule a convenient time if you wish to meet at the office.

During the week of April 21st, the office will be open on Tuesday, April 22 and Thursday, April 24 from 9:30am to 1:30pm.

To contact us, please send e-mail to stjames.clergy@verizon.net or call the office at 978-388-0030 and we will respond as soon as possible.