The June Connection
St. James Episcopal Church
Amesbury, MA

John A. Satula, Rector

Holy Eucharist, Rite I

Holy Eucharist, Rite II,
with Choir
The Day of Pentecost: Whitsunday
Sunday, June 9th
(Wear Red!) 
Services will be held at 8am and 10am.

On this day, the church celebrates the Day of Pentecost, the 50th day of Easter. The word "Pentecost" comes from the Greek word Pentēkostē, which means "the 50th day." In the Old Testament, "Pentecost" refers to the Feast of Weeks, a seven-week agricultural event that focused on the harvesting of first crops. Josephus, a first-century Jewish historian, also used the word "Pentecost" to refer to the 50th day after the first day of Passover.

In the New Testament, "Pentecost" refers to the coming of the Spirit shortly after Jesus' death, resurrection, and ascension. Christians came to understand the meaning of Pentecost in terms of the gift of the Advocate. Whitsunday is the term for "White Sunday." It is associated with the white robes of baptism which were worn by the newly baptized at the Pentecost service. The liturgical color for the Feast of Pentecost is red. 
Father, Son and Holy Spirit
Sunday, June 16th

There will be two services on Trinity Sunday: 8am and 10am.
Trinity Sunday is the Feast that celebrates "the one and equal glory" of God Father, Son and Holy Spirit, "in Trinity of Persons and in Unity of Being." It is celebrated on the first Sunday after Pentecost. Trinity Sunday is one of the seven principal feasts
of the church year.
Congratulations to Nick Bennett, Andrew Dawe and Elena Sanborn
on their graduation from High School!

Summer Worship Schedule

Services will continue at 8am and 10am in June and July. We will move to one service at 9am beginning August 4 th to September 1 st .
A St. James Outreach Initiative
Saturday, June 22 nd
The St. James Outreach Initiative with Habitat for Humanity is happening in a few weeks. We need to know how many folks will be volunteering for this initiative. Please contact the office by June 8th if you plan on helping. Office e-mail is or call 978-388-0030.

Registration/orientation begins at 8:15am, work starts at 8:35am to noon. Lunch 12pm to 1pm. Resume work at 1:30, clean up at 3:30.

·      Bring snacks and water with you.
·      Be prepared to work outdoors, as we will be working outdoors
·      Be prepared to work rain or shine.
·      Bring a hat and work gloves if you have them.
·      Wear boots or sneakers – no-open toed sandals or shoes.
·      Safety equipment and tools will be provided, as well as training for tasks you do.

Although Habitat for Humanity builds homes, please be aware that tasks can change and/or be limited due to weather or the stage of the construction. At times, the required work may be unskilled - but necessary. Volunteers between the age of 16-18 must be accompanied by an adult (21+ years old). No one under the age of 16 is allowed on the active build-site. 

If you have additional questions, please email or give us a call at 978-388-0030!
Youth: Count on us to help you with community service hours
plus support for whatever interests and concerns yo u. Email Linda Davis Siess

  • Breakout Room Event coming soon - watch for our Doodle Poll!
  • Habitat for Humanity: 6/22 event support - lunch-making & fundraising
  • Nightwatch Crossroads NYC long-range planning
  • DC Mission Trip long-range planning
  • & whatever else: let's brainstorm!

Here's Linda, at our St James table at Amesbury High School's "Seize Your Summer" event - would you like a free worry stone or some candy? Youth especially liked the labyrinth.
Cherub Church
 Join us on 2nd and 4th Tuesdays,
3:30 - 4:15 pm in the Parish Hall

It's worship time for "the young and restless"
and their caregivers: simple and fun prayers,
games, songs, snack, and togetherness!

Join us when your schedule allows, come play!
Questions? Contact Linda at

Here's what our children and youth
have been up to - and what's ahead!

Just received: a YouTube video of the marvelous PB & J youth event in Boston on 4/27 with Presiding Bishop Michael Curry! Watch and listen to our diocese's young people posing hard questions, and our Presiding Bishop's thoughtful replies: here's a link !

May brought our final Godly Play and Weaving God's Promises classes for the season - we thank our dedicated teachers and doorkeepers! On May 19, we recognized their excellent work with gifts and applause. Students and graduates also received presents and acclamation - we're so proud of them!

On summer Sundays , children of all ages are invited to join Linda Davis Siess and helpers in the Parish Hall for activities during the first half of the service (we'll return to the sanctuary in time for Communion). During June, we'll be working on a banner for Habitat for Humanity's August 6 fundraiser at Flatbread (we were specially invited to do that!), which fits in nicely with St James' adult (16+) participation in the June 22 build.

And every Sunday , at the back of the sanctuary, there are always fresh activities and materials for children to use and enjoy in their pew, while absorbing the rhythms of the church service. (There's a rocking chair, too!)

Also - check this out!

6 Summer Fun 1/2 Days, 2 locations: Explore the world God has made!
9:00-noon, vegan snack, cost = donation (K - grade 4)

Week 1: July 8, 9, 10 , at St Paul's, Newburyport, focuses on planets & stars;
Week 2: July 15, 16, 17 , at St James, is all about plants, animals & the sea!
Click here to let Linda know if you're interested, or register now -
youngsters from both parishes are invited to both churches,
to enjoy these two weeks of low-key, praise-filled fun!

June Vestry Meeting

St. James' Vestry will meet on June 12th (the second Wednesday) at 7:00pm in Fr. John's office. All are welcome to come and observe our Vestry in action.
Spring Clean-Up

Our annual Spring Cleaning is coming up!
Date and time to be announced as soon as possible!

We have several projects to complete as well as keep our Church and grounds spruced up after a great year of ministry. Any time you can donate will be greatly appreciated. This is also a great time for fellowship and fun!
Women on the Journey

Women on the Journey will be on hiatus until September. Our next gathering will be on Saturday, September 28, 2019 (the 4th Saturday) at 9:30am. Please save the date!

During the summer if you are inclined to read, here are some wonderful suggestions by our group. Please read one and at the September meeting we will share how the book(s) we read have touched us. If you didn't have time to read a book please join us and be inspired by the books that were read.

May you all have a blessed, safe and happy Summer. 

  • The Book of Forgiving: The Fourfold Path for Healing Ourselves and Our World by Desmond Tutu and Mpho Tutu.
  • The Active Life: A Spirituality of Work, Creativity and Caring by Parker J. Palmer.
  • Accidental Saints: Finding God in all the Wrong People by Nadia Bolz-Weber (includes a lot of profanity, nonetheless, worth reading) 
  • Tattoos on the Heart by Catholic priest Greg Boyle
  • Books by Michelle McClain-Walters
  • The Ester Anointing – Becoming A Woman of Prayer, Courage and Influence
  • The Deborah Anointing – Embracing the Call to be a Woman of Wisdom and Discernment
  • The Ruth Anointing – Becoming A Woman of Faith, Virtue, and Destiny
  • The Anna Anointing – Become a Woman of Boldness, Power and Strength
  • Books by Liz Curtis Higgs
  • The Women of Easter – Encounter the Savior with Mary of Bethany, Mary of Nazareth and Mary Magdalene
  • The Women of Christmas – Experience the Season Afresh with Elizabeth, Mary and Anna
  • Books by Anne Lamott
  • Books by Francine Rivers are historical fiction books, yet biblically based.
  • The Lineage of Grace
  • The Mark of the Lion

Kim Potts, Paulette Nolan and Heidi Tessmer  
Garden and Lawn Care
Our gardens are blooming and the lawn is growing! Beginning in June through the end of September, we hope you can help in our grounds ministry. To keep St. James property looking beautiful, we ask if you can volunteer one day a week with lawn and garden care. Can we count on you? This is also great opportunity for children to earn volunteer credits as needed for school. 
If you are able to help a day or two during the summer months with gardening or lawn care or both, please contact us at or call the office at 978-388-0030.


How will you and your friends spend summer?

How about:

hiking, boating, campfires,
swimming, learning, archery,
arts & crafts, worship,
challenge course, dance, theater,
music, camping, and so much more!
Registration is open for Summer Camp at Barbara C. Harris Camp & Conference Center.

And be sure to check out the revamped programs for senior campers--Leadership Base; Sports Base, and Outdoor Base.
Remember that the sooner you register, the more likely you will get the schedule you want! Scholarship support is available. 

To register or see more information, visit the website at
Our Neighbors' Table

We are collecting non-perishable foods and drinks for the summer months ahead for Our Neighbors' Table. Personal items are always needed also. Items may be left in the basket at the back of the church.
For your convenience, we offer electronic giving to make a one-time donation or to have recurring donations. It's easy - just click the donate button below and donate through a credit card (via PayPal) or through your own PayPal account. You will be directed to the PayPal website to complete the donation, then back to the St. James' website. You will also have the option of specifying whether your donation is a general donation, a specific donation or a donation towards your annual pledge. It's that simple!
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St. James Episcopal Church
120 Main Street, P.O. Box 25
Amesbury, MA 01913
(978) 388-0030