Online Worship Opportunities

Recorded in advance Bott Memorial Church 9 a.m. Fairfield Presbyterian Church (Facebook) Ashland Presbyterian Church (Facebook) 9:30 a.m. New Hanover Presbyterian Church (Facebook) 10 a.m. First Presbyterian Church, Charlottesville (Facebook) First Presbyterian Church, Richmond (Facebook) Tuckahoe Presbyterian Church (YouTube) Westminster Presbyterian Church, Richmond (Facebook) 11 a.m. Gregory Memorial Presbyterian Church (Facebook) River Road Presbyterian Church

Resources for Staying Connected During Coronavirus

Use Technology to Stay Connected Following social distancing policies to reduce infection rates of COVID-19 will require congregations to redefine the concept of “together”. Stay connected with congregation members, committees, and church staff during the weeks ahead using technology. Members of Presbytery staff use or have used the resources below: Facebook Live – free real-time video

POJ Recommends No In-person Worship or Events until April

Dear Ministry Partners, Each passing hour reveals ways in which our society has become (and is being) affected by the coronavirus, COVID-19. The Communications and Coordination Team of Presbytery of the James (POJ) has received several requests for a clear message concerning congregational life across our many ministry settings. The team met by conference call

Communion and Coronavirus

Note: On March 13, 2020, POJ updated its guidance for congregations and ministry locations to urge no in-person events until April 1. Review the updated recommendation for complete details. A message from your interim general presbyter: During this season of Lent and Easter, Christians will gather around the world for worship. In those settings and

Honor Lent by Giving to One Great Hour of Sharing

Gifts to One Great Hour of Sharing (OGHS), typically received during the season of Lent, share God’s love with our neighbors in need around the world. OGHS supports efforts to relieve hunger through the Presbyterian Hunger Program, assist in areas of disaster through Presbyterian Disaster Assistance, and promote development and opportunity for poor, oppressed, and

Highlights of the 104th Stated Meeting

The 104th Stated Meeting of Presbytery of the James (POJ) took place on February 15, 2020 at Westminster Presbyterian Church in Charlottesville. The members and staff of Westminster extended warm and generous hospitality. We enjoyed a delicious lunch of Brunswick stew for which a free-will offering benefitting The Haven day shelter in Charlottesville was encouraged.

Session Minutes Due to Readers by March 1

Presbyterian polity requires clerks to maintain minutes of stated and called session meetings as well as congregational meetings. These records shall be submitted annually to the church’s presbytery for review. Review and feedback helps clerks and church leaders to better carry out their functions. Clerks have been notified of their assigned reader and the reader’s

Westminster Charlottesville to Host Presbytery on February 15

The 104th stated meeting of Presbytery of the James will occur on Saturday, February 15, at Westminster Church in Charlottesville. Lunch will be provided on a free-will offering basis with a suggested contribution of $10. Net proceeds of offering will be given to The Haven day shelter in Charlottesville to support their hunger program. The planned menu is Brunswick stew, cornbread, and chocolate

Madison’s Senior Breakfast Draws in Community

Older adults in rural Madison County, a community one hour north of Charlottesville, enjoy meals, fellowship, and enriching programs through a ministry by Madison Presbyterian. Breakfast Buzz, which regularly attracts about 20 people, is held at 9 a.m. on the third Friday of each month. When it began in 2015, the Christian Education team deliberately

Updated Policy Requires Training on Boundaries

Active and retired ministers, certified Christian educators, and commissioned ruling elders must follow two policies about sexual misconduct enacted at the October 2019 presbytery meeting.  First, they must read the sexual misconduct/harassment policy, adopted on October 19, 2019, and return a form acknowledging they have read it. Find the policy and form (the last page