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Food Packing At Servant Sunday 2016

Sign up for Servant Sunday coming September 30

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On Sunday, September 30, we will hold our third Servant Sunday. This will be a wonderful way to celebrate St. James’s core identity as a parish of Doers of the Word. The day will include worship in our sanctuary, multiple outreach project opportunities featuring Rise Against Hunger food packing, and will conclude with our annual parish picnic at Rock Bottom. Take a look at the many options for serving in our community listed below, and sign up for something today.

Schedule for Servant Sunday:

  • 9:15 a.m. Registration opens
  • 10:00 a.m. Worship begins (St. James’s Sanctuary)
  • 10:45 a.m. Service projects begin (Various locations both onsite and offsite)
  • 12:30 p.m. Parish Picnic begins—note the earlier time! As soon as you finish your service project, hop in the car and head over to Rock Bottom for some barbecue, beverages, tunes by Oak Lane, and plenty of fun activities for all ages.

More volunteers are needed! In addition to signing up for a service project, we’ll need some folks to help with set up, clean up, etc. Sign up as an event support volunteer.

Important Things to Note:

Sign Up Soon! We encourage you to sign up (see the form below) for your Servant Sunday ministry online in advance if possible. Space is limited for most of our outreach projects, so the sooner you sign up, the more choice you’ll have. Some opportunities to serve will fill up quickly, so don’t wait until the last minute. There will be some projects you can sign up for on the day of Servant Sunday, but there will be much more selection if you sign up now. Especially important: you must sign up in advance for the Rise Against Hunger food packing ministry. Use this link.

Arrive early! Worship in our sanctuary begins at 10:00 a.m., but don’t forget to leave yourself plenty of time to park and check in. We want to start on time so we have plenty of time to complete our service projects and get to the picnic.

Come to church casual! We encourage you to wear sneakers, shorts, t-shirts, etc. Bring a baseball cap if you are doing Rise Against Hunger. You’ll be going straight from worship to your service project to the parish picnic, so wear your picnic clothes to church!

Kids too! Servant Sunday is for all ages. Nursery Care will be available for children under age 4. Many of our service opportunities are kid-friendly if you are 4 years or older so take a look below to see which option might be great for your family to do together.

Servant Ministry Options:




Number of Volunteers/age restrictions

What volunteers need to bring

ACTS – Decorating

Decorating bags for

Michaux House room 204

Unlimited Doers,
age 4+ with adult


Altar Guild -Polish


Polish communion

Meet at the front of the sanctuary

9 Doers, adults


Home Kits


Shop and fill a
bucket with cleaning supplies for CARITAS clients and families

Meet at the bottom of the porch steps outside narthex. walk or drive to Dollar Tree

Unlimited Doers,
all ages with adult




Assemble twin bed
frame (2)

Michaux House basement

6 Doers needed, age
6+ with adult

Tools; power
screwdrivers helpful



Assemble nightstand

Michaux House basement

2 Doers, adult

Tools; power
screwdrivers helpful



Replacing ceiling

Basement parish house

10 Doers, age 10+
with adult


Children’s Center
Install Shelving


Install shelving to
hold children’s portfolios (4 shelves)

Meet in Gibson Hall atrium

6 Doers, age 12+
with adult

Drills for mortar

Children’s Center
Spiffing up Sensory classroom


Weeding, sweeping,
filling up rock/sand tables

Meet in Gibson Hall atrium

4 Doers, age 4+
with adult


Children Center House


Assemble play house


On campus

5 Doers, age 12+
with adult


Home Again Men’s
Emergency Shelter

Light cleaning and
painting of offices

11 W. Grace Street

10 Doers, age 10+
with adult


Housing Families
First/Hilliard House

Planting flowers,
weeding, trash clean up

3900 Nine Mile Road

10 Doers, all ages
with adult

Garden hand tools,
gloves (rubber and garden), trash bags

Liberation Veterans

Cleaning and
reorganizing inventory closet

1201 Hull Street

5 Doers, age 10+
with adult


REAL Life Recovery

Build 3 raised
garden beds with residents of REAL Life recovery house and plant the gardens

2201 Dinwiddie

8 Doers, all ages
with adult

Gardening gloves

Rise Against Hunger (registration required)

Food packing

Valentine Hall

100 Doers, age 4+
with adult

Ball cap

Stewards of the
Earth neighborhood cleaning

Pick up trash in
alleys near church

Meet in Memorial Garden

25 Doers, age 5+
with adult


Virginia Supportive


Assemble “Care
Bags” of blankets and essential items

5409 Hull Street

12 Doers, all ages
with adult


More volunteers are needed! In addition to signing up for a service project, we’ll need some folks to help with set up, clean up, etc. Sign up as an event support volunteer.

Don’t see a servant ministry here that suits you? You are also welcome to come up with your own way to serve your community on Servant Sunday. The important thing is to be a Doer of the Word in some way.

Servant Sunday 2018 Sign Up

  • We are delighted that you are interested in being part of our Servant Ministry Sunday on September 30. Sign up for one of the activities below. All activities will take place from about 10:45 a.m. until noon. To sign up for Rise Against Hunger, see the link at the top of the page.

  • choose one of the ministries offered
  • people included in this sign up
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