A Newsletter for 6th-12th grade youth at St. James's
Here's some helpful information to keep you connected to your church community. We're here to support you and your family, so please don't hesitate to be in touch. See you at church soon! Love ya, Mean it, Mary Beth Abplanalp, Director of Youth and Young Adult Ministries
Coming Up!
7 (Thu)
Children & Youth Leader Dinner Meeting 6:00 pm
Fall Kick Off 4:00 pm, and Confirmation Meeting 4:00 pm Opening Day worship at 7:45, 9:00, and 11:15
14 (Thu)
Bible Study for 10th grade girls 6:45 pm
17 JYF, Confirmation, & SYF at 10:15; Parish Picnic 4:00
23-24 Confirmation Camp (9th graders) (Register by Sept. 11)
23-24 SYF Lock-In (10th-12th graders) (Register by Sept. 18)
24 JYF (No regular Confirmation or SYF)
Blessing of the Animals 9:00; No Youth Groups
8 JYF, Confirmation, (No morning SYF); SYF King's Dominion Social 5:30-9:00 pm
12 (Thu) Bible Study for 10th grade girls 6:45 pm
15 JYF, Confirmation, (No SYF); Youth Choir sings at 11:15, Call 10:15
20-22 St. James's Parish Retreat at Shrine Mont
22 No Youth Groups
25 (Wed) Feast of St. James's
29 JYF, Confirmation, and SYF

Full Youth Ministry Calendar
2017 Youth Ministry Fall Kick Off    September 10, 4:00 p.m.
For Youth & Parents - Come visit with new and old friends at this fun event and learn about the Youth Ministry offerings for 2017-2018. We'll have a raffle for a chance to win a free trip to SNOWFEST 2018! There will also be a special meeting for confirmation youth and their parents. We'll have food & prizes too, duh!
Youth  Groups Starts September 17
Sunday mornings from 10:15-11:00 we have youth group for grades 6 through 12.  Each group is a little different but they're all a ton of fun! All are welcome all the time, so come when you can. Click here or email  Mary Beth to find out more!

JYF (Junior Youth Fellowship)
Youth Group for 6th, 7th, and 8th graders
MH Room #304

9th Grade Confirmation
Youth Group for 9th graders
MH Room #302

SYF (Senior Youth Fellowship)
Youth Group for 10th, 11th, and 12th graders
MH Room #306
SYF Lock-In September 23-24

10th-12th grade youth will spend the night at church doing some much needed renovations in the Catacombs space of the church where many groups meet. Get ready for a fun night with lots of new and old friends! Check out this flyer for more info. It's free but you do need to complete a registration form by September 18.You can find that form here
New Bible Study for 10th Grade Girls

Please join Mary Beth & Fontaine Williamson for Bible Study and fellowship  on second Thursday evening of the month from 6:45-8:00 pm. Contact Fontaine at gogotaine@gmail.com for more information and to RSVP.

September 14
October 12
November 9
December 14
We will meet at Fontaine's house for learning, sharing and fun!
Youth Choir Still has Openings!

Youth choir is always looking to bring in more talented singers! There is always space available for any youth that wants to add their amazing musical gifts to a wonderful program. Contact  Virginia Whitmire to find out more.
Mary Beth is Ba ck!

After a  summer at home with new baby Andrew,
 Mary Beth is back at church and can't wait to see you all! Questions about the youth ministry? Contact  Mary Beth or on her cell 703-470-6832. 

Save the Date

Nov 3-5, 2017 - Senior High PYM Weekend

Apr 20-22, 2018 6th & 7th Grade PYM Weekend

May 18-20, 2018 8th Grade PYM Weekend

Feb 9-11, 2018 SNOWFEST 2018
Did you know we have a Facebook Group called St. James's Youth Ministry? Join today so you can keep up with pictures, news, and other cool things going on at St. James's! Parents, youth, volunteers - All are welcome.
Look What We Did!

Youth Mini Mission
On June 22, 12 middle schoolers and their 5 adult chaperones embarked on a three day adventure in food gathering and hunger lessons on the Northern Neck.
We spent two days gathering broccoli and sweet corn in the fields of Colonial Beach under the guidance of the Harvest of Hope team from the Society of Saint Andrews.
In the evening we had group activities at Christchurch School with three other churches who joined us. The activities were facilitated by the staff of Saint Andrews and revolved around food issues throughout the world.
There was plenty of time for fun and laughter. On the third day we went swimming and picnicking at the Yorktown riverside park before returning to Richmond tired but thankful.
-DeWitt Cassler

High School Youth Mission
Eight high school youth, a young adult and two adult mission co-leaders arrived in Hurley, Virginia on July 16, returning for the second summer to work a week with Hurley Community Development deep in southwest Virginia coal country. For over two decades, this non-profit has assisted impoverished members of the community with home repairs, improvements and light maintenance. In just a few days, our mission team repaired and sealed tin roofs, installed exterior steps, repaired kitchen plumbing, raked and leveled concrete, and added decking for homeowners unable to perform the work or afford any help.

We nourished our own community with daily Compline, with missioners taking turns leading, and competitive card games and conversations. More than that, we met, supported and loved the members of the community for who we worked, letting them know we cared about their comfort, safety and health, and engaging in a ministry of presence that transformed those served and missioners alike.

It was rewarding to all of us to help, but the growth of love and respect we felt for each other as we worked and played together was spiritually the most substantial part of our trip. Our team took a bit of R&R on the route home, overnighting at Claytor Lake State Park again, and this tremendous affection for each other manifested itself in a long and joyful night of puzzling out a 3-D jigsaw together by flash light. We can't wait to do it all again.

-Russell Lawson