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 Kelly Bennett for organizing the Wednesday evening Lenten Supper. We had a good turnout, plenty to eat and delicious desserts. And, thank you to those who helped with soup making and set-up/clean-up: Laurie Dawe, Janice Meinelt, Jenn Collins, Jilleen Collins, Dan and Nick Bennett, Linda Siess and
Mary Bennett (Kelly’s mother-in-law from NY).
Sunday Lenten Forums: The St. James Sunday Lenten Forums will continue today and on Sunday, 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 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 Lenten activities, prayer stations, making Eucharistic bread and a community service project. On March 22nd prayer stations for adults will be provided.
Youth Event with Father John: The youth event with Father John is this 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.
Saint James’s Youth Group Our youth group will create Teen Easter Baskets for ONT as their annual Lenten community project. A collection box will be located in the Narthex. Please help make this project a success by donating by March 15th any of the following items: small toys, cards, bubbles, crayons, books, individually wrapped candy, hair brushes, combs, hair ties and teen toiletries. If you prefer to donate money towards the baskets that would be welcomed as well. Thank you and God Bless!
The Great Vigil of Easter service will be celebrated this year on Saturday April 4th beginning at 7PM at St. Paul’s Church in North Andover. This is the chief service of the Christian year as we celebrate Jesus’ passing from death into life. Nora, the daughter of Catherine and Dan will receive the Sacrament of Holy Baptism this night, whereby, she will be fully initiated into Christ’s Body the Church. I encourage all of you to attend this service on this most Holy night to celebrate the Passover of the Lord and to welcome Nora into the Christian fold.
Fellowship and Ministry Opportunity for Men, Women and Youth: Today 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 email@example.com.
Easter Flower Donations: If you would like to donate toward our Easter Flowers, Easter Memorial Flowers Giving Envelopes can be found in the back of the church. Please be sure to complete the yellow “Easter Flowers” form, make payment by check or cash and submit to the church office or place in the Offertory Plate. Please return the form and your donation by Sunday, March 29th in order for your Memorial or Thanksgiving to be noted in the Easter Service Bulletin.
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 be 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.
Merrimack Valley Deanery Collaborative
Lenten Supper Series
The remaining Lower Merrimack Valley Deanery Collaborative Lenten Program on Wednesday evenings in Lent will be held on:
St. Paul’s, Newburyport
Peace in the Suburbs
Family Feast at the HUB
All Saints, West Newbury
A Matter of Justice
The evening program will begin at 6:00pm as we gather for fellowship and dinner and end around 8:00pm with Compline.
The theme this year is Tourist, Missioner or Pilgrim. The sessions do not build on each other so if you can only make one or two that is fine.
We invite all to join us as we make our pilgrimage through these 40 days.
Please contact Helen Pickard at 978-681-9915 or firstname.lastname@example.org directly if you wish to make child care arrangements.
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!”