Make Your Covenant with POJ by January 31

Congregational financial support is vital to the shared ministries of the presbytery, the synod, and the General Assembly. Complete your 2020 Covenant (formerly the statement of intent) with Presbytery of the James to designate your commitment to office expenses, committees, ministries, Camp Hanover, per capita, mission co-workers, validated missions, and special projects. Please send your

Bott Memorial Supports Education Equity with Synod Grant

Bott Memorial Presbyterian received a $4,000 grant from the peacemaking fund of Synod of the Mid-Atlantic this year to provide school supplies to children in Dinwiddie County. The funds supported a project by the county’s faith community, local government, and schools to make education more equitable by providing incoming kindergarteners with crayons, pencils, scissors, and

Swift Creek Expands Food Ministry

A new initiative is helping Swift Creek Presbyterian tend to Jesus’s sheep (John 21:15-17) in more ways. Using part of the church property, the congregation created Grace Garden, growing tomatoes, squash, peppers, and cucumbers. Produce from the garden benefits the community in two ways. Some of the harvest is given to the Chesterfield Food Bank.

Strength for Today, Bright Hope for Tomorrow

Encouraging older adults to take active roles in their churches and communities was the focus of a retreat November 7 led by Presbytery of the James’s Older Adult Ministry and Camp Hanover. The theme, “Strength for Today, Bright Hope for Tomorrow,” and each of the presentations addressed a different phrase from the hymn “Great is

The Reason for the Season

Dear Sisters and Brothers in Christ, It was December 2017. It was the 88th Kansas City Power & Light Plaza Lighting Ceremony. The switch was flipped by two Kansas City Chiefs and a child selected from the crowd. For many Kansas Citians, this marked the beginning of the holiday season. Amid the joyful, generous, thankful,

30 Years of Presbytery of the James

In 1989, three presbyteries —Blue Ridge, Hanover, and Southern Virginia—merged to create the James, named after the major waterway crossing central Virginia and the new presbytery. The merger represented “varied people of faith with different memories, moving forward into a new beginning and a new creation.” Review a summary of historical events and past leadership.

Genito Church Keeps Up with Changes in Powhatan

Genito Presbyterian Church in Powhatan County celebrates its 110th anniversary this November. As a run up to the anniversary celebration, the congregation and Pastor Rev. Lisa Salita have been reviewing its history, one decade at a time. This series, entitled Genito Generations, highlights the church’s journey as its founding families formed a community of believers;

Update on Haiti and Cindy Corell

As the danger, violence, and political unrest escalated in Haiti throughout the summer, World Mission asked Cindy Corell to leave in September. She is with her family in Virginia and speaking to groups and churches. The Current Situation in Haiti Unrest and violence in Haiti continue with the opposition taking to the streets to demand