March 22, 2023

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

Presbyters Share Vision of Support and Partnership Between Congregations, Ministries, and Presbytery

“Abracadabra!” rang out across the sanctuary where Presbytery of the James was conducting its 113th meeting on February 18. Explaining the word’s Hebrew meaning, Lead Presbyter Flo Barbee-Watkins introduced the new vision and model of serving happening in the presbytery as a result of the strategic plan approved in 2021.

With imagery of a team of rock climbers working in tandem, the three presbyters described their roles supporting ministers, ruling elders, Christian educators, commissioned pastors and committee volunteers. You answered God’s call to climb, but you are not climbing alone, in isolation. You are connected through our presbytery.

Read more about how we are climbing together in ministry and watch a recording of the presentation on our website.

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Wondering how to engage in and join this new vision for Presbytery of the James?

We are excited about the vision casting we have been doing at the presbytery level and are thrilled to have you climbing with us. Together, we will create congregations full of vitality, courage, and strength. 

We ask you to engage in prayer and study during the Lenten season with a focus on the congregations of the Presbytery of the James. Choose to pray for each other, to sink deep into the words of scripture and to allow those meditations to bring you vitality to share inside and outside your congregation. 

Northern Neck Location Added to Spiritual Parish Schedule

The Commission on Ministry has added a new date and location for the information sessions about the spiritual parish. The new option is April 19 at St. Andrews Church in Kilmarnock. Registration is requested. 

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Learn About Spiritual Foundations of Equal Justice Movement

Bryan Stevenson, founder and executive director of the Equal Justice Initiative, will speak March 28 in Charlottesville for the 2023 Scoper Lecture Series in Christian Thought at UVA. His address, “Act Justly, Love Mercy: Exploring the Heart of Equal Justice,” will explore the spiritual foundations of his work as a pioneer in the criminal justice field. Voices of Jubilee, First Church (Charlottesville) and Westminster Church (Charlottesville), community partners for the event, invite you to attend.

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Online Study Group Available for New Older Adult Ministry Leaders

New to a role in older adult ministry? Join an online learning cohort through Presbyterian Older Adult Ministry Network to work with a coach and other new leaders. The six-week cohort will help those starting in older adult ministry develop confidence in their new role. Meetings begin April 16. Registration is open through April 5.

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Ministers who joined Presbytery of the James in the last year learned more about the presbytery at an orientation February 28 for new professionals. We were glad to welcome them in person and see them interacting with each other. Ministers new to the presbytery who missed the February event will be invited to future meetings planned throughout the year. 

Upcoming Events

Gun Violence Prevention Forum

March 23, 6:00 p.m.


11th Anniversary Celebration

March 26, 2:00 p.m.

All Nations Fellowship

Epic Easter Family Event

March 26, 5:00 p.m.

Swift Creek Church

Spiritual Parish Info Sessions

March 29 and April 19

Various locations

Bon Secours CPE Internship Application Deadline

April 10

Spring Tent Revival

April 21

Hebron Church

Spring Mini Camp for Youth

April 21-23

Camp Hanover

PW of POJ Spring Gathering

April 29

First United Church, Richmond

Older Adult Sunday

May 7

Presbyterian Older Adult Ministries Network

100th Anniversary Worship

May 7

Woodlawn Church, Hopewell

PC(USA) Scholarship Deadline

May 15

Festival of Homiletics

May 15

Minneapolis, MN and online

Older Adult Ministry Retreat

June 1

Camp Hanover

PW Synod Summer Gathering

June 8-11

Massanetta Springs Conference Center

Bible and Music Conference

July 23-29

Massanetta Springs Conference Center

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Presbytery Meetings

114th Meeting

Tuesday, June 20

Invitation needed

Overture deadline: April 25, noon

Packet online: June 6

115th Meeting

Saturday, October 21

Invitation needed

Overture deadline: Aug. 24, noon

Packet online: Oct. 5

Employment Opportunities

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

  • Children's ministry assistant, First Church (Richmond)
  • Director, River Road Early Learning Center (Henrico)
  • Pianist, Bott Memorial Church (DeWitt)
  • Solo pastor, Hebron Church (Manakin Sabot)
  • Choir director/church musician, Meadows Church (Charlottesville)
  • Summer camp staff, Camp Hanover (Mechanicsville)
  • Day camp counselor, Massanetta Springs (Harrisonburg)
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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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