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April 2017 Children’s eNewsletter

In April


 Fifth Grade Parent Meeting

April 2 – 10:15 a.m. Room 306 in the Michaux House

All current 5th grade parents are invited to join Mary Beth Abplanalp, Director of Youth Ministry, and Becky Page, Director of Children’s Ministry to explore ways to nurture your child’s spiritual development through adolescence, learn about our Youth Ministry, and ask questions.


Palm Sunday, Holy Week, and Easter Activities Families

  flowered Easter cross

April 9 – Palm Sunday

Parish Pancake Breakfast
Join us in Valentine Hall from 8:30 – 9:30 a.m. for a pancake breakfast prepared and served by the 5th graders and JYF (6th – 8th graders).

Stuart Circle Parade
St. James’s will join the other Stuart Circle congregations at 9:30 a.m. in a walk on Monument Avenue.

Palm Sunday Passion reading
Join us at 10:30 a.m. for joint service of the Passion reading. The Children’s and Youth choirs will sing at this service. There will be a special Passion reading for the younger children in the Children’s Chapel.

April 15 – Holy Saturday

Stations of the Cross Hike
Join us for the third annual St. James’s Stations of the Cross Hike at Belle Isle on Saturday, April 15th at 11:00am. (Crosses were made by St. James’s Sunday school children.) Meet at 11:00 a.m. at the entrance to the Belle Isle pedestrian bridge (near 300 Tredegar St.) Stay afterwards for a BYO-picnic on the grass by the parking lot.  The terrain is smooth and level, so strollers, walkers of all ages, and four-legged friends are all welcome!

April 16 – Easter Sunday

Easter is on Sunday, April 16 this year. At the 9:00 a.m. worship service the children are invited to process with their mite boxes to flower the cross. Children will gather in the basement of the Michaux House at 8:40 a.m. to decorate Mite boxes with flowers. Please bring flowers from your garden or the grocery and maybe extras to share. Mite box offerings will go to ACTS one of St. James’s partners in ministry.

Lenten mite box

 Sunday School

There are no Sunday School classes on April 9 and April 16. Classes resume for all grade levels on April 23. The Sunday school program year will conclude on Sunday, April 30 with Teachers Appreciation at the 9:00 a.m. service. The Sunday School calendar is available here.

Register for VBS

VBS 2017 camp outVacation Bible School registration has started and is filling up fast! Go to to register. VBS will take place at St. James’s June 19 – 23, 2017 from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. for 3 year-olds through rising 3rd graders. VBS depends on the generous support of many adult volunteers for hands on and behind the scene roles. Volunteers can sign up to help using the same registration form or by contacting Becky Page at The theme this year is “Camp Out.”


Youth in 4th grade through 12th grade are invited to participate in VBS as volunteer counselors. They will spend the week with the children of St. James’s, have a great time with other counselors, and earn community service hours too!





 Lent Resources for Families

Click here for the recipe for Resurrection Rolls that the Growing in Faith classes (2nd -5th grade) made as part of their Lenten lesson. They are yummy!


Faith at Home

Check out this great resource for strengthening family faith practices at home:


Nursery Childcare

Parents are welcome to leave children- infants to 3 years olds- with our qualified staff caretakers in our Nursery, free of charge, while they attend worship or other church events. Regular Nursery hours are Sundays from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. (9:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. in the summer).


Special Nursery Hours for Lent & Holy Week 2017

Thursday, April 13, 6:30 — 8:30 p.m. (Maundy Thursday)

Sunday, April 16, 8:15 a.m. –12:30 p.m. (Easter Sunday)


Nursing/Quiet Room

The Peterkin Parlor (located below the sanctuary) is a space where parents are welcome to tend to their child’s needs –nurse, let their wiggles out, or quiet time away  – while listening to the worship service. This room is not staffed by caretakers but has toys for little ones to play with.


Looking Ahead


Need a Family Get-away Weekend?

 Comline at Shrine Mont Retreat

Each fall (October 20-22, 2017) St. James’s parishioners go on a Parish Weekend to Shrine Mont, the retreat center of the Episcopal Diocese of Virginia, located in the Shenandoah Valley. For families with kids, it is a chance for kids to be together and play in lightly structured ways. Whether it is walking the labyrinth for the first time, fishing in the pond, sharing their pumpkin carving talents, or seeing the stars from a mountain’s height, kids and youth experience the love of a parish family and God’s love for them. We stay in modest, clean, and charming hotel rooms and cottages and delicious Southern meals are served in the dining hall. Quality time away from our busy lives is hard to come by but this is your golden opportunity! Pre-registration will be available soon. Want more information already or want to volunteer to help out? Contact Hilary Streever at




Will you be responsible for seeing that the child you present is brought up in the Christian faith and life? The Book of Common Prayer, page 302

Did you enjoy the information and resources in this eNewsletter? Did you have an announcement or resource you’d like to include in the e-Newsletter? Please email your feedback to Becky Page at bpage@doers,org. Deadline for content submissions is the 15th of the month prior to publication.

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