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

March 24 |Palm Sunday

Sunday Worship

  • 7:45 a.m. Holy Eucharist Rite I
  • 10:00 a.m. Holy Eucharist Rite I (live-stream)
  • Children are always welcome in worship! If needed, Nursery care is available beginning at 8:45.
  • All children under 10 are welcome to come up for a short children’s sermon, followed by Children’s Chapel in the Parish Hall.
  • We will celebrate God’s love through music and a brief activity before rejoining our families to take part in the Eucharist.
  • Children’s Chapel is for ages 4 to 10; ages 3 and under are welcome, however, to attend Children’s Chapel with a guardian.

Wednesday Worship

  • 11:30 a.m. Stations of the Cross (3/27)

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

Holy Week & Easter

Palm Sunday - March 24, 2024

7:45 AM - Spoken Eucharist Rite I with Passion Narrative

10: 00 AM - Choral Eucharist Rite I with Passion Narrative 

Holy Wednesday - March 27, 2024

11:30 AM - Stations of the Cross

Maundy Thursday - March 28, 2024

7:00 PM - Choral Eucharist & Stripping of the Altar

Good Friday - March 29, 2024

12:00 PM - Good Friday Liturgy and Passion Narrative

7:00 PM -Good Friday Liturgy and Passion Narrative

Holy Saturday - March 30, 2024

10:00 AM - Liturgy for Holy Saturday (Janney Parlor)

Easter Sunday - March 31, 2024

6:30 AM - Easter Vigil

9:00 AM - Choral Eucharist Rite II

11:00 AM - Choral Eucharist Rite II 

12:00 PM Family Easter Egg Hunt

Easter Day at St. James'

6:30 a.m. Easter Vigil

Watch the sunrise on Easter morning during the beautiful Easter Vigil. The service begins in the Parish Hall with the lighting of the Paschal fire and then moves into the church.

9:00 & 11:00 a.m.

Choral Holy Eucharist Rite II

Experience a beautiful Easter worship service with Choir, Brass, Children’s Sermon, and Children’s Chapel.

The whole family will enjoy these traditional Easter services. 

12:00 p.m. Family Easter Egg Hunt

All children are invited to join us outside for an Easter egg hunt directly following the 11 a.m. service. 

Easter Offering

As is our custom, the collected offering at our Easter services, if not designated as part of a pledge or other purpose, will be divided equally and donated directly to outside charities. This year, the Vestry has chosen three nonprofits as the recipients:

Loudoun Hunger Relief, www.loudounhunger.org

LAWS (Loudoun Abused Women’s Shelter), www.lcsj.org

The Arc of Loudoun, www.thearcofloudoun.org 

Please take the time to learn about each of these charities and support them directly as you are able. Their needs are great, and we appreciate your gifts and prayers as they do important work in our community and world.

Easter Lilies

Each year we celebrate the resurrection of Jesus Christ by adorning the Nave in white lilies. If you wish to dedicate lilies to the memory or thanksgiving of a loved one, please email: info@stjamesleesburg.org or call the church office at (703) 777-1124 by noon on Monday, March 25. You can make a gift online for Easter lilies; click on the button below and choose "Altar Flowers" from the dropdown menu. Or you can send a check to the office and note "Easter Lilies" in the memo line. If you donate online, please call the office with name/s of the person/s being celebrated.

For Easter Lilies

Palm Sunday

Holy Week begins Sunday, March 24 as we make the journey from Jesus’ triumphal entry into Jerusalem, to the upper room on Maundy Thursday, and to his crucifixion on Good Friday. Please note that the 10 a.m. service will begin outside directly in front of the Parish House on Cornwall Street for the blessing and procession of the palms. The remainder of the service will take place inside the church.

Easter Egg Hunt Candy Donations

We are now accepting individually wrapped candy for the egg hunt following the 11 a.m. Easter Sunday service. Please drop off your donations in the narthex or at the church office by Sunday, March 24th.

2024 Spring/Summer Foyer Groups


Deadline to sign up for this session is Sunday, March 24th

Foyer Groups are a St. James' Fellowship Ministry where parishioners from all walks of life can connect with others from St. James' through food, faith, and fun! Each Foyer Group is made up of eight people (singles and couples) who meet once a month in six-month intervals for meals and conversation--in your home, at a restaurant, or any other creative spot for your group--as you share food, fellowship, faith, and fun. Group members will rotate who is responsible for hosting an event for the rest of the group. This may be as simple as cooking an easy meal, picking a restaurant to meet up at, or planning an outing, such as visiting a park and having an afternoon picnic. This experience will give you the opportunity to meet others from St. James' whom you may not otherwise get to meet. If you are interested in joining this year’s Foyer Groups, contact Carol Chapman at (703)307-7888 or email. No cooking skills or clean house required! 

Vacation Bible School

August 12-16 from 9am to noon

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

through rising 5th grade. Registration and more information available at www.stjamesleesburg.org/vacation-bible-school 

Sunday Children’s Formation

We had a fun and very smooth opening to formation this past Sunday. But registration will be open all Spring! All children PreK 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 schoolers 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

Sunday, March 24, 11:15, Youth Room

All Middle & High School youth are invited to stuff plastic eggs in preparation for the Easter Egg Hunt. There might be taste testing involved.

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 studying the Book of Common Prayer; it’s beginnings, how it’s organized, and changes made over the years. 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

Lead Teacher

St. James’ Preschool is looking for a Lead Teacher for our current school year. Our current school year ends May 24. The hours are 8:30-1:00 p.m. Monday-Thursday. We welcome candidates with a degree or equivalent experience in the field of early childhood education. Our salary range is $18-20 per hour. You will be required to prepare a lesson plan using our STEAM curriculum, a monthly newsletter with a calendar along with age-appropriate activities for the children. If you are interested in working part-time in a fun, loving, Christian environment with preschoolers, please contact Janet Stayrook, Preschool Director at (703) 777-8439 or send your resume to her email at: jstayrook@stjamesleesburg.org. Thank you.

Floater for the Preschool

St. James’ Preschool is looking for a floater to finish out our 2023-2024 school year with the potential to continue to the 2024-2025 school year. Our school year runs from September-May. The hours are 8:45-12:45 p.m. We welcome candidates who have experience working with young children. Our salary range is $15-16 per hour. If you are interested in working part-time in a fun, loving, Christian environment with preschoolers, please contact Janet Stayrook, Preschool Director at (703) 777-8439 or send your resume to her email. Thank you.

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

Update on St. James' Stone Restoration

The stone restoration work on our historic church buildings of the Parish Hall and Rittenhouse began once again last Monday. No interruptions in access or use of the church properties are anticipated. Witmer’s staging area remains as it was in the first stage of work. Upon completion of the parking lot side, work will continue onto North St next week and conclude on Wirt St by May 31st. Our gratitude to Tom Horne and members of the Property Committee ((Tom Horne, Howard Moody, Steve Mayo, and Tony McGraw) for their continuous oversight and coordination with Witmer during this renovation. Most especially, we are grateful for the financial assistance and generosity of an anonymous donor who enabled this critical renovation to occur, assuring its presence for many generations. Please contact Tom Horne on any questions or concerns @ thorne1066@verizon.net. 

Mark your calendar

March 27 - Stations of the Cross

March 28 - Maundy Thursday

March 29 - Good Friday

March 31 - Easter Sunday

April 1 - Campus Closed - Easter Monday 

April 21 - Commissioning Sacred Soil Society

April 28 - Annual Parish Meeting

May 5 - Blessing of the Community Garden

Those Requesting Prayers This Week: The Murphy Family, Joan Eaton, George Garlick, Nesbit Hatch, Kenneth Wurster, Bonnie, Kaleb Cortes, and McLean Pumphrey.

Those on Our Long-Term Prayer List: Jolyon White, Keith Castilon, Chris, Kyle, 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, Chris Pettit, Bristol Kate, Walter Krikstan, Mary, Paula Kiley, Julio Loza, Judy Mosse, David Ray, Sandra Beall, The Bomar Family, Scott Clark, Lois Simpson, Pam Mossburg, Debbie, Virginia Laughlin, Bruce Bucklin, and Alice Lynn .

Those Who Have Died: Dennis Brogan, George Burghardt, Wayne Griffith.

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: March 24 - 31

Sunday, March 24 |Palm Sunday

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

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

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

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

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

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

11:15 a.m. YOUP Easter Egg stuffing - Youth Room

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

Monday, March 25

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, March 27

11:30 a.m. Stations of the Cross

 7:00 p.m. Chancel Choir Practice

Thursday, March 28

7:00 p.m. Maundy Thursday Holy Eucharist with Foot Washing & Stripping of the Altar (Live-streamed)

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

Friday, March 29

12:00 p.m. Good Friday Liturgy and Passion Narrative

7:00 p.m. Good Friday Liturgy and Passion Narrative (Live-streamed)

Sunday, March 31 |Easter Sunday

6:30 a.m.  Easter Vigil

9:00 a.m. Choral Holy Eucharist Rite II

11:00 a.m. Choral Holy Eucharist Rite II (live-streamed)

12:00 p.m. Family Easter Egg Hunt

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