AUGUST 3, 2023

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Apply Now to Serve as a Commissioner to General Assembly

The 226th General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church (USA) will be held June 25-July 4, 2024 in Salt Lake City, Utah. The Committee on Nominations of Presbytery of the James is looking to fill several openings for service to the 2024 Assembly.

  • Minister of Word and Sacrament Commissioners (3)
  • Ruling Elder Commissioners (3)
  • Young Adult Advisory Delegate (1)
  • Alternates for each role

The deadline for applications is August 29, 2023.

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Into the Church Triumphant

With sadness, we share news that Rev. Dr. Daniel Hale passed away July 31. Dan was ordained in February 1976, retired from Second Church (Petersburg) in 2013, and was serving as the covenant pastor of Rivermont Church. His funeral will be held August 15 at 11 a.m. at Chester Presbyterian. We thank God for Dan's exceptional life. Please keep Dan's wife, Marcia, and their family in your prayers.

Rebuilding After Disaster

The presbytery’s Disaster Relief Ministry helped repair five homes on their last trip to Florida in May. Learn about the work they did sharing the love and compassion of Christ with those in need. They are heading back to the area again in October.

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Help Needed Getting Church Records to Historical Society

Are you heading north to Philadelphia or farther in the coming months? Presbytery of the James is looking for someone to help us transport boxes of church records to the Presbyterian Historical Society. The 10 bankers boxes are about 24” x 15” x 10” each. The presbytery will compensate the driver with a $100 gift card for gas. Contact Barbara Espigh to volunteer.


Financial Ed Grants Available to Pastors

Want to attend Stewardship Kaleidoscope or another church financial education opportunity but lack the financial resources? Apply for a grant from the Presbyterian Foundation, available to pastors, commissioned pastors, and New Worshipping Community leaders.

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Deadline to Save on Older Adult Ministry Conference

What new adventures or hobbies can a new pair of shoes help you undertake? Consider how lacing up a new pair of shoes can help you share your talents with others. Get inspiration from Presbyterian Older Adult Ministries Network at their 2023 conference, coming September 14 and 15 in Michigan. Through the theme Walking in New Shoes, explore trying new things, including ways to continue your service to God and your local and global community. Save on registration when you sign up by August 9.

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Join the Conversation in Our Facebook Group

Ask and answer questions from our community of church leaders through POJ's private Facebook group. Recent posts:

Roofing Referral

Saint James Church (King William) is looking for recommendations for roofing contractors. They are looking for guidance regarding the roof on the sanctuary and adjoining Sunday school building.

Guidance on Childcare Center Policies

Forest Hill Church (Richmond) asks for help creating policies for a childcare center operated through the church.

Search for “Presbytery of the James Church Leaders Network” on Facebook and ask to join.

Youth and adults from Bon Air, Culpeper, Mechanicsville, Olivet, Three Chopt, and Tuckahoe churches attended last week's Montreat Youth Conference. Seth Lovell, pastor at Olivet, was the keynote leader for Weeks 5 and 6 of the conference.

Upcoming Events

Garden and Music Festival

August 4-6

Chester Church

Resources for Faith Formation Leaders

August 10, August 22

Office of Christian Formation


New Professionals Orientation

August 15, 2:00 p.m.

Presbytery of the James office

Common Chords Bluegrass Jam

August 17, 7:00 p.m.

Camp Hanover

Family Story Hour

August 20, 4:00 p.m.

Tuckahoe Church, Richmond

Charlottesville-area Youth Workshop

August 27

12:30-3:00 p.m.

Westminster Church, Charlottesville

Presbytery Youth Workers and Volunteers Meeting

August 29



September 1-4

Camp Hanover

Church Admin Classes

Starting September 7

The Church Network


Older Adult Ministries Conference

September 14-15

Presbyterian Older Adult Ministries Network

Grosse Ile, MI

Officer Training

September 16

10 a.m.-3:00 p.m.

Presbytery of the James

Stewardship Kaleidoscope

September 25-27

Minneapolis, MN

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Presbytery Meetings

115th Meeting

Saturday, October 21

Invitation needed

Call to Order: 9:30 a.m.

Overture deadline: Aug. 24, noon

Packet online: Oct. 5

Called Meeting

Thursday, November 16

Location/Format: TBD

Call to Order: 7:00 p.m.

Employment Opportunities

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

  • Music director/organist, Bon Air Church (Richmond)
  • Children's ministry coordinator, First Church (Richmond)
  • Chaplain, Rappahannock Westminster-Canterbury (Irvington)
  • MVP intern, Camp Hanover (Mechanicsville)
  • Summer camp nurse, Camp Hanover (Mechanicsville)
  • Director of music/organist, Laurel Church (Glen Allen)
  • Director of children and youth ministries, Meadows Church (Charlottesville)
  • Director of communications, First Church (Richmond)
  • Organist, Ashland Church (Ashland)
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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 Presbyterian Church Educators Job Board

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