Steps to Prepare for Virtual Stated Meeting

Because of the many difficulties surrounding the Covid-19 pandemic and the resulting need to avoid large gatherings, the leadership of the Presbytery of the James (POJ) has decided to hold the upcoming Presbytery meeting using the Zoom meeting software instead of conducting the meeting in person. This memo will outline the plans that have been

Into the Church Triumphant: Tim Hoyt Duncan

Rev. Dr. Tim Hoyt Duncan August 12, 1957 – May 7, 2020 Associate for Leadership Development, Presbytery of the James (2003-2006) Read Tim’s obituary It is with sadness of heart that we share that Rev. Dr. Tim Hoyt Duncan died in early May. Tim was the presbytery’s associate for leader development from 2003-2006. He was

Phase I in Coronavirus Reopening Begins May 15

On May 9, Governor Northam signed Executive Order 61 (PDF) outlining Phase I in the easing of temporary restrictions due to COVID-19. For most of the state, this phase begins May 15. For northern Virginia, City of Richmond, and Accomack County, Phase I is delayed to May 29 via Executive Order 62 (PDF). Read Phase

Stay-at-home Order Requires Remote Worship Through June 10

Note: Please review updated information about Gov. Northam’s newest Executive Order regarding reopening on May 15. One of our POJ leaders said: “These are trying times. I think our churches overall are doing a wonderful job of being the Church even when we can’t be congregations.” As state and federal leaders begin to discuss plans for

Sweet Tears of Joy

Easter Greeting from Fred Holbrook When Laura and I were at Grace Covenant Church in Kansas, the youth and adults did the musical Celebrate Life! The narration in the musical says: “That Sunday—three days after they buried Jesus—some of the women went to the tomb to anoint his body. When they got there…WHEN THEY GOT

Financial Assistance for Churches

These are uncertain times for our congregations and ministries especially in the area of stewardship and resources. If your church is experiencing a financial need, here are some of the resources that are available to you to address those needs. For more information or assistance, please do not hesitate to contact Fred Holbrook or Deborah

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

UPDATE: On March 30, Governor Northam issued Executive Order 55 extending Virginia’s coronavirus quarantine through June 10. The order has a stronger direction to citizens, requiring us to stay at home unless we are going out for food, supplies, work, medical care, or exercise. As with previous orders, all public and private in-person gatherings of

Online Worship Opportunities

In this unprecedented time of crisis and social distancing, we remain the Church together, united in the risen Christ. Presbytery churches invite you to join in worship, using your computer, telephone, or radio. Many remote services are archived for viewing after the broadcast time below, if you wish to watch at a different time or

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