A Newsletter for 6th-12th grade youth at St. James's
Our e-newsletter is another way we're keeping you informed of all the great things going on for youth in 6th-12th grades and their families at St. James's. Feel free to forward to others and let the church know if your email address changes so you never miss a beat. See you at church soon! Love ya, Mean it, Mary Beth Abplanalp, Director of Youth and Young Adult Ministries
Coming Up!
25 Palm Sunday Pancake Breakfast (5th-8th graders host); Voting for Holy Peeps Contest; Youth Choir Sings 10:30; Palm Parade 9:30 & Worship 10:30am
25-Apr. 1 Holy Peeps Art Exhibit open in Michaux House
29 (Thu.) Maundy Thursday; SYF Last Supper 5:45 pm; Worship 7:00 pm
30 (Fri.) Good Friday Worship Noon & 7:00 pm
31 (Sat.) Stations of the Cross Hike at Belle Isle 11:00 am

1 Easter Sunday (No youth groups)
8 JYF, Confirmation, & SYF
15 JYF, Confirmation, & SYF; Boy Scout Sunday 9:00 am
20-22 6th & 7th Grade PYM Shrine Mont Retreat (Register by April 9)
22 Confirmation & SYF (No JYF)
28 Rebuilding Together (Richmond mission day)
29 Children & Youth Volunteer Appreciation Day & 5 th Grade Blessing at 9:00 service; All Youth +5th grade End of Year party at 10:15; Youth Choir dress rehearsal 12:30
Acolyte Party, April 15, 2018
Father John wants to personally thank all our youth acolytes for being such wonderful worship leaders. He invites all current acolytes (torch bearers, banner bearers, and crucifers) to join him for a Bowling Party on Sunday, April 15th from 4-6 p.m. Mark your calendars now and stay tuned for more information. If you're interested in becoming an acolyte, contact our acolyte Masters, Robin Jager & Donna Ellis.
Holy Peeps Project
6th-12th graders are invited to participate in the St. James's Holy Peeps Project. It's a contest too! Youth make a shoebox diorama of a bible story or liturgical action using Peeps marshmallows candies as the characters that we'll display in an art exhibit during Holy Week. All parishioners are invited to come vote during the Pancake Breakfast on Palm Sunday. The 3 winners will be posted in the Narthex following the 10:30 Palm Sunday worship service- they'll win a prize! Grab a flyer for more details or contact Mary Beth at mbabplanalp@doers.org .
Palm Sunday Breakfast, March 25, 2018
8:30-9:30 a.m. in Valentine Hall, hosted by the 5th-8th graders

The entire congregation is encouraged to come eat pancakes, eggs, sausage, and fruit prepared by our 5th-8th grade youth. Donations encouraged to support the Summer 2018 Youth Mission Trips.

Stay tuned for an email with the online registration form for youth and adult volunteers to sign up to help cook breakfast.
Middle School PYM Retreats at Shrine Mont


6th & 7th Grade Retreat: April 20-22, 2018

6th & 7th Grade Retreat Flyer 


8th Grade Retreat: May 18-20, 2018

8th Grade Retreat Flyer 


The youth leaders are excited to take middle schoolers to Shrine Mont for a youth retreat weekend specifically designed for 6th & 7th graders and one in May for 8th graders. These retreats are organized by a group of high school students from around our diocese that are part of a committee known as Parish Youth Ministries (or PYM). Event information and registration forms are available on the church website. Questions?

What do we do? We stay in hotel rooms and cottages at Shrine Mont, eat in the dining hall, meet with small peer-groups, have some free time to relax, and have a blast at the Saturday evening program.

Who's Going? St. James's adult youth leaders and any 6th & 7th graders or 8th graders interested in participating in this fun weekend retreat. Yes, you can bring a friend who doesn't attend St. James's. They just need to register like everyone else.

Cost : The weekend costs $150 per person. You'll also need about $20 cash to cover the cost of meals on the road trip to and from Shrine Mont. Scholarships are available by contacting Mary Beth Abplanalp.

To register or find out more click here for 6th & 7th grade and here for 8th grade or email Mary Beth at  mbabplanalp@doers.org . Everyone needs a current Universal Permission Form

Registration deadline for the 6th & 7th grade retreat is April 9th, and for 8th grade retreat it is May 7th
Holy Week Services
  • Maundy Thursday Service: March 29, 7:00 pm
  • Good Friday Services: March 30, Noon & 7:00 pm
  • Stations of the Cross Hike, March 31, 11:00 am
    • Meet at Belle Isle
  • Easter Sunday. April 1, 7:30 am, 9:00 am, 11:15 am
youth summer mission
Mission Trips
Registration for the Summer Mission Trips is open!

The 2018 Mini-Mission Trip to Exmore, VA with Harvest of Hope will be July 13-15, 2018, for current 5th-8th graders. Mark your calendars! And find out more and register  here.

The high school team members are going back to Hurley, VA. This trip will be July 8th-15th, and is open to 12 high school aged youth (9th-12th grade) so sign up soon! You can find out more and register  here.

March for Our Lives-To End Gun Violence, March 24, 2018
"March For Our Lives" is created , inspired , and led by students across the country who will no longer risk their lives waiting for someone else to take action to stop the epidemic of mass school shootings that has become all too familiar. "  Some of our St.James's families have expressed an interest to participate in the march in either Washington, D.C. or Richmond, VA on Saturday, March 24. Here is information to support your desire to engage in this courageous and worthy effort.
The Rev. Carmen Germino (cgermino@doers.org 203-314-3647) and the Rev. Hilary Streever (hstreever@doers.org 276-451-8809) plan to attend the March in Richmond to support our young people and this effort . If you'd like to rendezvous and march together, please email them in advance or text both of them on Saturday. Also, be on the look-out for Bishop Shannon Johnston and other  staff   members of the Episcopal Diocese of Virginia . You can also post  on  the St. James's Youth Ministry Facebook page to coordinate with other St. Jamesers about the marches.  Unfortunately,  will be out of town for a family funeral, but I will be marching with you in spirit!
The Diocese of Virginia has compiled helpful resources and a place for you to RSVP: March for Our Lives Resources
Here are details about the March for Our Lives in Richmond (source: Facebook): Richmond area schools, community organizations, faith communities and more will come together on March 24  to stand in solidarity with the student-led National March For Our Lives event in Washington, DC. Too many of our city's and our region's children have been directly impacted by gun violence right here in Richmond, VA. Join us as we rally at 10 : 00 a.m.  on March 24   at MLK Jr. Middle School and march together across the MLK Bridge to the State Capitol. We will conclude the march at the Bell Tower. Register for the Richmond March here.
Look What We Did!
Holy Peeps 2018 1
Ho ly Peeps Workshop!
Holy Peeps 2018 2
Holy Peeps 2018 4
Holy Peeps 2018 5
Did you know we have a St. James's Youth Ministry Facebook Group? All youth, parents, volunteers, and biggest fans are welcome to join to stay informed, see pictures, and share!