JUNE 25, 2024

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


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The presbytery office will be closed July 4 for Independence Day. Staff will be on vacation or working remotely July 1-3.

In This Issue

  • Highlights from the 117th Meeting
  • Candidates, Inquirer Approved for Next Steps in Ministry Journey
  • Presbytery Approves New Policy for Pastors and Their Former Congregations
  • Help SDOP Address Poverty and Oppression
  • Presbytery Events
  • Church and Community Events 
  • Employment Opportunities

Highlights from the 117th Meeting

The 117th meeting of Presbytery of the James was held June 18, 2024. The meeting included a welcome to three new minister members and recognition of six recently retired ministers. Participants conducted the work of the presbytery, examining candidates, approving policies, and hearing reports from committees. A summary of the meeting is available to read on the presbytery website. The meeting recording will be published this week.

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Madison Cody

Noah Morgan

Addison Schmitt

Candidates, Inquirer Approved for Next Steps in Ministry Journey

At last week's presbytery meeting, candidates Madison Cody and Noah Morgan were examined and approved for ordination to ministry of the Word and Sacrament. Madison serves as a staff chaplain at Cedarfield retirement community in Henrico. Addison Schmitt (Westminster, Richmond) was examined for candidacy for the ordered ministry of the Word and Sacrament and was received as a candidate. Congratulations, Madison, Noah, and Addison!

Presbytery Approves New Policy for Pastors and Their Former Congregations

On June 18, the presbytery approved a policy guiding the relationship between former pastors and the congregations they previously served. It replaces an earlier policy. The new document provides incoming pastors and congregations with an opportunity to establish healthy new pastoral relationships, while extending grace to outgoing pastoral relationships. If you have any questions, please direct them to your Commission on Ministry liaison. Both the policy and the list of COM liaisons can be found on the presbytery website, under Resources, then Forms and Documents.

Read the policy
Find your COM liaison

Help SDOP Address Poverty and Oppression

SDOP seeks your help in identifying community organizations working to help disadvantaged groups. Organizations are invited to learn about funding grants from SDOP at workshops on July 24, August 17, September 25, and November 19. The deadline to apply for a local SDOP grant is November 1. Applications are accepted year-round for national SDOP grants. Share information about the grant and workshops with groups in your area. 

Learn more

Presbytery Events

Presbytery Office Closed

July 1-3

- Staff working remotely

July 4

- Office closed for Independence Day

Disaster Relief Ministry Local Projects

July 10-12 and 18-20

at Camp Hanover

SDOP Workshops

July 24, August 17, September 25, and November 19

Various locations

Special Meeting

July 30

More details to come

View the presbytery calendar

118th Meeting

October 19

Second Church, Richmond

Overture deadline: August 22, 2024

Church & Community Events

View event details

226th PC(USA) General Assembly

June 29-July 4

Salt Lake City, UT

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, MO

Camp: A Planning Retreat for Clergy August 13-17

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

Prism Christian Education Conference

August 17

Center for Excellence in Christian Education Virtual


August 30-September 2 Camp Hanover

Scotland Trip

September 13-23

With Three Chopt Church, Henrico

Leadership in Ministry Richmond

September 16-18

Columbia Theological Seminar Center for Lifelong Learning at Roslyn Retreat Center

Stewardship Kaleidoscope

September 23-25

Portland, OR

Young Adult Advocacy Conference

October 18-20

Union Seminary (Charlotte Campus)

View event details

Employment Opportunities

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

  • Installed minister, Amelia Church (Amelia)
  • Part-time pastor, Holy Trinity Church (Richmond)
  • Pastor of youth and children, Three Chopt Church (Henrico)
  • Director of Christian formation, Tuckahoe Church (Richmond)
  • Children's ministry assistant, First Church (Richmond)
  • Youth ministry coordinator, First Church (Richmond)
  • Part-time accompanist, Providence Church (Gum Spring)
  • Director of children and youth ministries, Three Chopt Church (Henrico)
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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