In October, volunteers from Presbytery of the James churches spent a week helping Ocracoke Island residents recover after Hurricane Dorian devastated the community the month prior. The 9.6 square-mile island is one of the most remote in the Outer Banks of North Carolina. There are no roads connecting it to other bodies of land. Three
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.
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
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,
A number of teens from Presbytery of the James participated in PC(USA)’s youth conference Triennium in July. The event, which is held at Purdue University in Indiana every three years, attracts teenagers from around the United States and world who are excited about their shared Church. Hannah, a member at Fairfield, decided to go after
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 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;
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
Receiving offerings has been an ongoing part of the church’s story, beginning with the earliest scripture texts. Explore the history and theology of the offering, its spiritual significance, and how faith communities can continue to make congregational giving a vital practice in 21st-century culture at a special event on Nov. 20. Presbytery of the James
The 103rd Stated Meeting of Presbytery of the James (POJ) took place Saturday, October 19, 2019 at New Hanover Presbyterian Church in Mechanicsville, VA. The members and staff of New Hanover showed hospitality was their gift. Many participants remarked in the meeting evaluation of their warm smiles, efficient organization, and extraordinary noon meal including homemade chicken