The Vine is published three times per year, following each stated meeting of the presbytery. This publication is mailed to 12,000 congregation members of churches in Presbytery of the James. Not receiving the Vine? Ask your church if they have submitted their membership directory to Presbytery of the James or email the POJ office.
Have an idea for the Vine? The deadline for articles is the first of months when a stated presbytery meeting is held (i.e., February 1, June 1, and October 1). Contact editor Kelley Hope for submission guidelines.
Presbytery approves strategic plan; stated meeting highlights; summer camp registration is open; new program supports education ministry; churches should “put the bucket down” where they are to dismantle racism; tilling and keeping God’s garden; Public Policy Witness Ministry advocates for reforms; churches respond to continuing hunger crisis; stewarding the Church during a pandemic; New Hanover Church fulfills wish for International Rescue Committee; registration open for Presbyterian Women Spring Gathering; Older Adult Sunday is May 2
Black Caucus cultivates conversations on racial reconciliation; Stated meeting highlights; Great Camp Give raises $116,000 in one day; Camp gets new bridge and boardwalk; Brett-Reed revitalizes community gathering place; Haiti Ministry funds launch of home garden program; First Richmond: virtual can still be personal; Presbyterian Women invite you to virtual Bible study; Swift Creek Church hosts online school; Chester Church's Grace Café marks fifth anniversary; what good news can your congregation share?
Physically apart, together in spirit: POJ churches respond to COVID-19; Responding to the sin of racism and a call to action (224th GA); 105th stated meeting recap; In the wilderness, prepare the way for the Lord: The Isaiah 40 Project at Camp Hanover; Camp Hanover putting together a psalter; Voices of Jubilee: new ministry serves incarcerated youth; SDOP awards grant to RVA League for Safer Streets; Stewardship and the thriving church
World Mission Ministry explores roots of refugee crisis in Guatemala; highlights of the 104th Stated Meeting at Westminster Charlottesville; faith in action on Ocracoke Island; reach forward in faith: Camp Hanover's capital campaign update; a dynamic new sanctuary for Westminster Richmond; and South Plains Church is a dwelling place throughout all generations
Teens deepen faith and develop life skills; Stated meeting highlights; Genito Church keeps up with changes in Powhatan; Strategic planning process reaches midpoint; Camp Hanover hosts environmental ed retreat; Camp board creates plans, deconstructs dock; Bott Memorial receives synod grant; Presbytery ministries share God’s gift with the world
Hunger Ministry: our change can make a change; 101st stated meeting review; Hebron PC marks 175 years; new campus minister called to VCU; Camp Hanover's incorporation process; explore the four PC(USA) special offerings; Ethiopians give blessings of faith to enemies; and Presbyterian Children's Home of the Highlands.
Holbrook begins service as interim presbyter and stated clerk; Stewardship associate offers adult Sunday school class; Forest Hill PC launches new website with POJ grant; Virginia State University ministry feeds bodies and souls; “Ask, Thank, Tell” author to lead March stewardship event; Summit Church celebrates 35th anniversary; Madison Church earns Earth Care Designation
After two decades at the presbytery, Carson Rhyne to retire; 100th Stated Meeting Review; Holbrook elected interim general presbyter/stated clerk; POJ teams help with hurricane recovery in North Carolina; small church forums; following God's call to haiti; new ministry group forms to oppose racism; former GA moderator headlines fall retreat
Finding strength and understanding in shared faith; 99th Stated Meeting Review; Self-Development of People Purpose Group awards grant to Richmond youth group; new education fund honors retiring Rhyne; Camp Hanover news; mission co-worker heads to Ghana; explore new ideas for your annual stewardship campaign