Weekly News from St. James' Episcopal Church | Leesburg, Virginia

May 5| Sixth Sunday of Easter

Sunday Worship

  • 7:45 a.m. Holy Eucharist Rite I
  • 10:00 a.m. Holy Eucharist Rite II (live-stream)
  • Children are always welcome in worship! If needed, Nursery care is available beginning at 8:45.

Wednesday Worship

  • 11:30 a.m. Holy Eucharist

Livestream Worship

On our webpage -- stjamesleesburg.org/st-james-livestreaming -- you can see the livestream when it begins, as well as download service bulletins for that Sunday.

You can see all of our archived Sunday services on our YouTube Channel at youtube.com/@saintjames151

And, if you prefer to join us on Facebook Live, please visit www.facebook.com/stjamesleesburg/live.

View livestreamed services and download service bulletins

"Thank You" Note From Loudoun Huger Relief

To all our friends at St. James’, We are so grateful and lucky to have your long-term partnership. In the last 20 years you have supported our neighbors in need of food with about $60,000 in monetary donations, and almost 70,000 pounds of donated food. The beautiful fresh produce from your garden and the thousands of volunteer hours contributed by the congregation is truly amazing. Thank you for all your efforts!

Trish McNeal and the Team at LHR

As a special "Thank You" LHR is holding an Open House for St. James' on June 2nd, from 12 - 2 pm, at their facility.

750 Miller Dr #110

Leesburg, VA 20175

Visit and see what St. James' has helped to provide.

Spring Adult Forum Series

9:00 a.m. | The Parish Hall

The Gospel According to

The Count of Monte Cristo

May 5 & 12

Join Fr. Chad for a 2 part series on Alexandre Dumas’ classical novel, The Count of Monte Cristo. We will watch clips from the popular 2002 movie and discuss the Biblical elements embedded in this beautiful story of forgiveness and redemption.

The Nicene Creed

May 19, 26, & June 2

Join Michael Fabian for a 3 part series as he discusses the origins of the Nicene Creed.

May 19 - The Council of Nicea

May 26 - God the Creator & and God the Indwelling Spirit

June 2 - God the Son, the Logos

Baptism Sunday

Sunday, May 19 | 10 a.m. | The Church

We will offer the Sacrament of Baptism on Sunday, May 19, at the 10 a.m. service. If you or a loved one would like to be baptized, please contact the church office at rsnodgrass@stjamesleesburg.org or call 703-777-1124.

Parish Retreat at Shrine Mont

Save the date on your calendars for this year's annual Parish Retreat in beautiful Orkney Springs, Virginia from Friday, September 20 through Sunday, September 22, 2024. You’ll have time to relax, spend time with your St. James’ family, and opportunities for games, hiking, prayer labyrinths, and even salamander catching! More details coming soon! If you would like to be on the planning committee, please contact Dottie Brannock at dglvt@yahoo.com or (703)-431-1820.


Vacation Bible School (now Summer Camp at St. James')

August 12-16 from 9am to noon

St. James’ will host Vacation Bible School for all children ages 3yrs

through rising 5th grade. (Opportunities to serve for grades 6-12.)

Registration and more information available at www.stjamesleesburg.org/vacation-bible-school 

Blessing of the Community Garden

Sunday, May 5 |11:30 a.m. | 42748 Edwards Ferry Rd

Please join us as we gather together to bless this year’s crops at our community garden. We will pray for another bountiful harvest that will bless our town and community. The potatoes are in the ground and we have started tomatoes, squash and peppers indoors with more to come! Last year we donated over 2,000 pounds of fresh food to Loudoun Hunger Relief. With your help we hope to surpass that amount this year. For information about this vital ministry and to learn how you may get involved through planting, weeding, harvesting, transporting, or donating, please contact John Jennings at jhjennings@gmail.com or 804-387-4630. 

DIRECTIONS: Take Edwards Ferry Rd past Costco and across Battlefield Pkwy. Then take the first left at Sage Hill Farm

Graduate Sunday

Sunday, May 19 | 10 a.m. | The Church

Do you have a student graduating from high school? If so, please send in the names of your graduating students, along with the names of their respective schools, so we may recognize each of them on Sunday, May 19. Please contact the church office at rsnodgrass@stjamesleesburg.org or call 703-777-1124 by Monday, May 13.

St. James Newcomer Class

Sunday, June 9 | 11:15 a.m. | Parish Hall

Join Fr. Chad to hear more about the history, values, and mission of St. James, and discover what it means to be a member of the Episcopal Church. You will also learn more about our active ministries and ways for you to get involved. Childcare will be provided upon request, ask Fr. Chad. Registration not required but appreciated, click HERE to register. 

Click HERE to see the full Annual Report for 2023

The Fred Williams Meditation Garden:

In Progress

As Father Chad recently announced, the Church ground at the far side of the Parish House is being dedicated as The Fred Williams Meditation Garden in honor of Fred’s service as Senior Warden.  A conceptual plan for this garden has now been prepared and the St. James’ gardening ministry, the Sacred Soil Society, is hopeful of beginning its development this summer. The “bones” of this space will feature a meandering pathway and a small deck (Eagle Scout project by Sterett Prevost), a focal point, several small trees, and a hedge on the Cornwall St side. Various native shrubs and plants, along with select annuals will be added in time. The vision of this garden is one of quiet beauty where one can bask in the silence and enjoy the hand of God in creation.  

The development of the Meditation Garden is a journey, which can progress with your assistance. Your gifts will help the Sacred Soil Society transform this area to a welcoming Meditation Garden. Any amount, big or small, will make a difference and will be greatly appreciated. Your generosity will help us create a space that will benefit our church and community for years to come.

Details of the plan are posted on the bulletin board in the Narthex. Please take a moment as you pass to review it. Any questions may be directed to Pamela McGraw, Ministry Leader, Sacred Soil Society at pamelam1950@verizon.net.

To donate to the construction of the Garden, click HERE

Sunday Children’s Formation

All children Pre-K through 5th grade are welcome to join us on the 3rd Floor of Janney House at 9:00AM. Parents should bring their children to the classroom doors for check-in and return to the classroom for check-out. Please use the Preschool staircase across from the Kitty Boyd room. Volunteers are always welcome, including middle and high school students in need of service hours. Please contact Rev. Marybeth, msanderswilson@stjamesleesburg.org. 

Register Now

Spring 2024 YOUP Schedule is Live

There are lots of activities on the calendar for the Spring. Make friends and connections and have fun doing it. Open to young people in 6th through 12th grades. Please check the full schedule HERE

Men's Service Ministry Book Study

All men of St. James are invited to join a weekly MSM meeting at 7 p.m. Mondays in the lower level of the Parish House.  The group is now studying the Gospel of John. For additional info or should you have questions, please email Mike Scott at mdscott_2001@yahoo.com

Pray for the People of the Holy Land

God of peace, we pray for the people of the Holy Land in these perilous and dangerous times. For all who are fearful for the safety of their loved ones and themselves, we pray that the assurance of unfailing love, even in the midst of danger, settles upon them. Shelter them from despair and protect them from harm. For all who are wounded, we pray they find healing. For all who have died, we pray they find rest. For all who grieve, we pray they find comfort. For leaders on all sides, we pray for a renewed will to lay down arms and for the conviction to embrace a path of reconciliation and peace that preserves the rights and dignity of all your children. God of mercy, help us to remember there is no border that can separate us from your great love. God of justice, we pray with hopeful hearts that your beloved children of the Holy Land will be spared a future of unrest and that a recognition of the humanity of all people will prevail. We ask all this in the name of your Son, Jesus Christ, our Lord. Amen.

Adapted from the American Friends of the Episcopal Diocese of Jerusalem

Welcome to St. James’ Preschool! 

We are accepting registrations for 2024-2025 in all of our classes (2s, 2.5s, 3s, 3.5s, 4s and Pre-K). We offer a warm, happy place for your little ones to thrive – building their self-confidence through explorative play with their peers guided by our STEAM curriculum.

What we have to offer:

• Small class sizes

• Focus on social/emotional learning by our caring, experienced teachers

• Christian atmosphere with weekly Chapel & Music

• After-school enrichment opportunities

• Fenced, outdoor playground

• 52 years’ experience at our beautiful campus in historic downtown Leesburg

Register Here

Mark your calendar

May 5 - Blessing of the Community Garden

May 12 - Ministry Commission New Vestry Members/Mother’s Day

May 19 - Day of Pentecost & Baptisms, Graduation Sunday & Ministry Commission Youth Ministry

May 24-26 - St. James’ Women’s Retreat

May 27 - Memorial Day - Campus/Office Closed

June 2 - Open House at Loudoun Hunger Relief (Noon - 2)

June 9 - St. James' Newcomer Class

Those Requesting Prayers This Week: Bobby May, Pat, Tony Longo, Elayne Hovsmith, Teri Fortier, Debi Maykranz, Michael Dowling, Gale Hudson, Rachelle Graves, Ethan Stoller, Bob Menas, The Murphy Family, Joan Eaton, Kaleb Cortes, and McLean Pumphrey.

Those on Our Long-Term Prayer List: Emily, Nesbit Hatch, Kenneth Wurster, Bonnie, Jolyon White, Keith Castilon, Kyle P., Ava Blakeslee-Carter, Geri Deane, The Stillman family, Laura Butler, John Powers, Barbara Roark, Fran Smith, Nicholas Rodney, Ed, Carol Conolly, Mary Ellen Hurley, Barb Lash, Walter Krikstan, Scott Clark, Lois Simpson, Pam Mossburg, Debbie, Virginia Laughlin, Bruce Bucklin, and Alice Lynn .

Those who have died: Tom Coate, Margaret Haight

Those Who Need Our Prayers:

All those impacted by acts of violence, those affected by COVID-19, the Holy Land, the people of Ukraine and those involved in the Ukraine war, those who are unemployed or underemployed, those serving in the armed forces at home and abroad.

Do You Need Prayer or Care?

"In case of illness, the minister of the congregation is to be notified." (BCP p. 453)

Make a prayer request here.

Call the Church Office | Monday-Thursday 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Friday 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.

(703)777-1124 ext 1 | info@stjamesleesburg.org

After Hours Pastoral Care Line | (202)750-4247

St. James' Weekly Calendar: May 5 - May 12

Sunday, May 5 |Sixth Sunday of Easter

7:45 a.m.  Spoken Holy Eucharist Rite I

8:30 a.m.  Coffee Hour - Janney Parlor

9:00 a.m. Adult Forum - Parish Hall

9:00 a.m. Children's Children's Forum - 3rd Floor Janney House

10:00 a.m. Choral Holy Eucharist Rite II (live-streamed)

11:15 a.m. Coffee Hour - Janney Parlor

11:30 a.m. Blessing of the Community Garden - 42748 Edwards Ferry Rd

4:00 p.m. Grace to Go - Leesburg Apartments

Monday, May 6

7:00 p.m. Contemplative Prayer - Nave

7:00 p.m. Men's Service Ministry -Youth Room

7:00 p.m.  Al-Anon (Spanish speaking) - Parish Hall

Wednesday, May 8

10:00 a.m. Rector's Bible Study - Janney Parlor

11:30 a.m. Holy Eucharist

7:00 p.m. Chancel Choir Practice - Nave

Thursday, May 9

8:30 p.m. AA Group - Parish Hall

Sunday, May 12 |Seventh Sunday of Easter

7:45 a.m.  Spoken Holy Eucharist Rite I

8:30 a.m.  Coffee Hour - Janney Parlor

9:00 a.m. Adult Forum - Parish Hall

9:00 a.m. Children's Children's Forum - 3rd Floor Janney House

10:00 a.m. Choral Holy Eucharist Rite II (live-streamed)

11:15 a.m. Coffee Hour - Janney Parlor

4:00 p.m. Grace to Go - Leesburg Apartments

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