MARCH 26, 2024

Information for ministers, educators, church administrators, clerks, and congregations


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In This Issue

  • Meet Barry Parks, New Interim Stated Clerk
  • Real Kids, Real Faith Seeks Partner Congregations
  • Resources for Earth Day Sunday
  • Upcoming Grant Deadlines
  • Ginter Park Hosts Awkward Silence Antiracism Workshop
  • VCU Campus Ministry Invites Incoming Students to Visit
  • Presbytery Events
  • Church and Community Events
  • Employment Opportunities

Meet Barry Parks, New Interim Stated Clerk

Mission Council has chosen Barry Parks to serve as the presbytery's interim stated clerk following the resignation of Charles Grant. We are grateful to Charles for his dedication to the presbytery during this time of seeking a permanent stated clerk. Read the transition announcement.

Barry and his wife joined Westminster Presbyterian Church (Charlottesville) in 2018 after relocating to the area. Barry has served as clerk of session at Westminster since July 2020. He also is vice-moderator of the Synod of the Mid-Atlantic. Barry was recently certified as ready to receive a call as a commissioned ruling elder with the Presbytery of the James. Welcome, Barry!

Reach Barry by email or by calling the office, (804) 262-2074.

Real Kids, Real Faith Seeks Partner Congregations

Real Kids, Real Faith is exploring ways to nurture children's spirituality. Periodically, during the year, they test different ideas with various organizations to further their work. In Spring 2024, they will be testing three different six-week practices: a guided meditation, a storybook exploration, and a virtues project. If you are interested in learning about these opportunities, please fill out the interest form, and RKRF will follow up with more information.

Submit interest form

Resources for Earth Day Sunday

The PCUSA partners with Creation Justice Ministries to offer Christian education materials to equip faith communities to protect, restore, and more rightly share God’s creation. In 2024, the theme "Plastic Jesus: Real Faith in a Synthetic World" helps congregations think more deeply about the ways that plastics impact our lives and God’s creation. Use this resource to find stories of individuals and communities making a positive impact, sermon starters to spark meaningful discussions in your church, worship resources to unite in prayer and reflection, and actionable steps to address the plastic crisis in your life, community, and our world.

Learn more

Upcoming Deadlines

April 30

Columbia Theological Seminary's Center for Lifelong Learning offers reKindle grants that provide up to $10,000 to help congregations become thriving communities and focus attention on a mission priority.

May 1

Presbyterian Mental Health Ministry grants enable congregations, mid councils, and seminaries initiate or advance mental health ministries.

May 28

With Duke Divinity's Reflective Leadership grants (up to $15,000), Christian leaders can reflect on their accomplishments, broaden perspectives, and discern next steps.  

Ginter Park Hosts Awkward Silence Antiracism Workshop

Ginter Park Church hosts a workshop on "Awkward Silence: Practical Activities for White People to Confront Antiracism". Whether your goal is simply to listen or you have grander aspirations to rid the world of hate and intolerance, this faith-based workshop will inspire you to take the next step toward your true heart transformation. Author Shani McIlwain leads the workshop on April 27 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Registration ends April 20. The $10 cost includes lunch and a copy of the book.

Learn more

VCU Campus Ministry Invites Incoming Students to Visit

Pace Center, the campus ministry at VCU, invites incoming students to visit on Fridays this spring. Learn about all things VCU and Pace from current students and staff. There are two activities for guests to join: dog walking at 2 p.m. and crocheting and knitting from 4 to 6 p.m. Share with youth in your congregations who are attending VCU this fall. For questions, reach out to Rev. Russ Kerr. 

Learn about the Pace Center

Presbytery Events

Mission Trip to Guatemala

April 15-22

World Mission Ministry

Presbytery Leaders Retreat

April 16-17

Roslyn Retreat Center

Registration closes April 1

Ageism and Spirituality Retreat

April 18

at Camp Hanover

Hosted by Older Adult Ministry

Registration closes April 12

Presbyterian Women Gathering

April 20

Culpeper Church

Equipping the Saints Officer Training

April 27

Covenant Church, Petersburg

Registration closes April 18

Deadline for Boundaries Training

May 1

Virtual option available

117th Meeting

June 18

Union Seminary

Call to Order: 9:30 a.m.

Overture deadline: April 23, noon

Packet online: June 4

View the presbytery calendar

Church & Community Events

View event details

Small Church Leaders Gathering

April 4, 7 p.m. Virtual

Hosted by Office of Christian Formation

NEXT Church National Gathering

April 8-11

Falls Church Presbyterian Church, Falls Church

Legacies of the Holocaust Seminar

April 9-11

U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum, D.C. 

Third Act Seminar

April 18

at Union Seminary

Hosted by Board of Pensions

Women's Retreat

April 19-20

Camp Hanover, Mechanicsville

Earth Day Sunday

April 21

Camp Fun Day

April 21, 2-5 p.m.

Camp Hanover


Awkward Silence Anti-Racism Workshop

April 27

Ginter Park Church

ReKindle Grant Deadline

April 30

Columbia Theological Seminary Center for Lifelong Learning

Mental Health Grant Deadline

May 1

Presbyterian Mission Agency

Older Adult Sunday

May 5

Small Church Leaders Gathering

May 8, 1 p.m.


Hosted by Office of Christian Formation

PW Justice and Peace Book Discussion May 13, 6:30 p.m.


Family Camp

May 17-19

Camp Hanover, Mechanicsville

Reflective Leadership Grant Deadline

May 28

Duke Divinity

Youth Servant Leadership Institute

June 17-21

The Pace Center at VCU

226th PC(USA) General Assembly

June 29-July 4

Salt Lake City

Bible and Church Music Conference

July 21-27

Massanetta Springs, Harrisonburg

Clergy Couple Retreat

July 29-August 1

Massanetta Springs, Harrisonburg

Synod of the Mid-Atlantic Grant Deadline August 1

PW Churchwide Gathering

August 8-11

St. Louis

Camp: A Planning Retreat for Clergy August 13-17

Omaha Presbyterian Seminary Foundation at YMCA of the Rocky Mountains Estes Park Center


August 30-September 2 Camp Hanover

Scotland Trip

September 13-23

With Three Chopt Church, Henrico

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Employment Opportunities

Learn about church employment opportunities or submit an opportunity to POJ's calls and jobs board.

  • Pastor of Youth and Children, Three Chopt Church (Henrico)
  • Interim senior pastor/head of staff, River Road Church (Richmond)
  • Installed minister, Amelia Church (Amelia)
  • Director of Children and Youth Ministries, Three Chopt Church (Henrico)
  • Summer camp staff, Camp Hanover (Mechanicsville)
  • Summer camp nurse, Camp Hanover (Mechanicsville)
  • Director of faith formation, River Road Church (Richmond)
  • Synod administrator, Synod of the Mid-Atlantic (Richmond)
  • Director of traditional music, River Road Church (Richmond)
View job details
Submit an opportunity

Calls and Jobs in Nearby Presbyteries 

National Capital Presbytery

Presbytery of Eastern Virginia

Presbytery of the Peaks

Shenandoah Presbytery

PC(USA) Job Board

Association of Partners in Christian Education Job Board

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