Anniversary Celebration September 10, 2023
Celebrating 60 years of St. James’ and 30 years of St. James’ Children’s School!
September 10, 2023, St. James’ Church and Children School partied with live music, bouncy houses, face painting, food trucks, and fellowship.
Backpack Stuffing for Interfaith Works, August 20, 2023
On Sunday, August 20, 2023, members of St. James’ filled 50 backpacks for local families, to be distributed by Interfaith Works.
Celebrating our Confirmands, Graduates, and Youth Directors - May 21, 2023
A Visit from Bishop Mariann Budde! 2-12-23
Bishop Mariann joined us for Sunday worship and coffee hour.
Worship and Servers
Many hands make for great worship! Here are some of the scenes from behind the scenes and in the sanctuary.
Want to help make worship meaningful? Volunteers for Music, Flower Guild, Altar Guild, Acolytes, Readers, Ushers, and Lay Eucharistic Ministers are always needed. No experience necessary! Contact the parish office, email@example.com.
Care for Creation Projects
Native Plants and Parking Lot Islands: On August 1, 2022: Members of our Care for Creation team, along with other parishioners, began a project to turn our back parking lot islands into native plant habitats. They covered the grass with cardboard and mulch to kill the grass without releasing the nutrients in the soil. On September, 2022, Care for Creation members planted Maryland natives in the recovered parking lot islands, to attract and support pollinators. By May 27, 2023, they were reborn and looking great at our clean-up day to remove invasive plants!
Mental Health Ministry and Nature Walks
Members of St. James’ and their active pets have been walking and talking together since October, 2022, at the C&O Canal Towpath and other area parks, usually about once each month. These events are organized by the St. James’ Mental Health Ministry. All are welcome to join the walks with leashed pets!
St. James' Memorial Garden and Grounds
Thanks to the loving care of garden volunteers, the St. James’ Memorial Garden and grounds are home to many Maryland native plants, birds, and polinators.
Shrove Tuesday Pancakes and Bingo! 2-21-23
Thanks to our Youth Group for hosting our pancake supper, and to everyone who brought a white elephant prize.
Congregational Christmas Pageant, December 18, 2022
Our 10:30 a.m. pageant service began with our special guest, a donkey! St. James’ parishioners each chose a paper bag when they entered the church. The bags contained their mystery parts for the pageant. Some pageant parts were “on stage” and some were from the pews, but everyone who wanted to participate had a chance to help tell the Christmas story.
At the 8:00 service, parishioners built a creche together piece by piece.
Potomac Area Interfaith Communities Thanksgiving Service, 11-16-22
Representatives from many faiths gathered for our annual Service of Thanksgiving, with music, prayers, and donations for Manna Food Center. Watch the full service here.
Trunk or Treat! October 29, 2022
St. James’ welcomed trick-or-treaters from around the neighborhood and the parish. Donations were collected for Interfaith Works Women’s shelters and Manna Food Center.
Blessing of the Animals, October 9, 2022
After our worship celebrating the Feast of Saint Francis, nearby neighbors and members of St. James’ stopped for a pet blessing on a beautiful autumn day.
Rally Day Parish Picnic, 9-18-22
Families of St. James’ Parish and St. James’ Children’s School gathered for a picnic at the tables behind the church, with a blessing of the bags and backpacks.