Amesbury, MA

September Connection

Sunday Service and Annual Church Picnic   

Our Sunday Service on September 8th will be held at Moseley Woods Park at the Pavilion beginning at 10:00am.

Following the service is our Annual Parish Picnic! 
Please bring a side dish, salad, chips, drinks and/or desserts to share. And don't forget chairs or blankets to keep comfortable! There's an awesome playground and walking trails - bring friends and furred friends! 
Please note there will be no 8AM service this day.
14 Spofford Street (at the rotary)
Newburyport, Massachusetts, 01950

Moseley Woods Park
Overlooking the Merrimack River in historic Newburyport, MA, Moseley Woods is a 16-acre public park featuring hiking trails, picnic tables, a playground and a spacious pavilion. A haven for nature lovers, dog walkers and children.
We return to two services on Sunday, September 15th at 8am, Holy Eucharist Rite I and at 10am, Holy Eucharist, Rite II with Choir and Christian Education. On this Sunday, at the 10am service, we will celebrate the Baptism of Mickey Christopher Morrissey, son of Sean and Nicole Morrissey.

Join us on Sunday, September 15th at the 10am service to witness the Baptism of Mickey Christopher Morrissey, son of Sean and Nicole Morrissey and brother of Henry (Hank) Morrissey.
Celebration of Life in Remembrance of Eleanor Yarranton

There will be a Celebration of the Life of Eleanor Yarranton on Saturday, September 28th at 11:00am. Everyone is invited to a gathering at Crave Restaurant following the Celebration.
September Vestry Meeting

St. James' Vestry meets on Wednesday, September 11th at 7pm in Fr. John's office. Parish Members are welcome to come to the meeting to observe.
Women on the Journey

 Women on the Journey meeting scheduled for Saturday, September 28th has been rescheduled to Saturday, October 19th. Further details with be forthcoming.

On September 28th there is a Celebration of Life in Remembrance of Eleanor Yarranton.
Cherub Chapel

It's playful worship time for "the young and restless" and a chance for caregivers to mingle: simple and fun prayers, games, songs, snack, conversations and togetherness!

Little ones and caregivers: join us on 2nd and 4th Tuesdays, 3:30 - 4:15 pm in our Parish Hall. Everyone is invited (no church registration needed); it's free!

Join us when your schedule allows, come play!
Questions? Contact Linda at
Read the latest Christian Education newsletter by clicking here!
September 8, 10am: Join us at Moseley Woods in Newburyport for outdoor worship, an awesome playground, our parish potluck picnic - and take a moment to register children for Godly Play and Weaving God's Promises classes!

Church school registration is open year-round. Fill in a form at church, or download a form here and return it to our office. Happy new school year!

September 15, 9:45am (come a little early to register):
Meet us in the Godly Play classroom for our first class!
Jenn Sanborn, Kimberly Potts, and Linda Davis Siess are teaching, and Kimberly Barker, Terri Basler, and Linda are our doorkeepers this year.
(Would you like to learn more about Godly Play - and consider becoming a teacher, doorkeeper, or helper? You're warmly invited! Drop Linda a note !)

All year long, at the back of the sanctuary, there are always fresh activities and materials for babies and children to use and enjoy, while absorbing the rhythms of the church service. (There's a rocking chair, too!) Come to church, we love to worship with you!
For Youth, Grades 5-up:

We're planning and brainstorming
2019-2020 classes, mission trips,
events, and fun, including:
  • Acolyte Party Training PARTY, September 14, 10am
  • Middle School Retreat, Barbara C Harris Camp (November 15-17)
  • Breakout Room - special event for highschoolers (late fall 2019)
  • Cookie Walk, benefits Our Neighbors' Table! (October 20)
  • City Reach overnight, grades 7+ at (Dec 13, 14)
  • Nightwatch Crossroads at St John the Divine, NYC (spring 2020)
  • EYE20 (Episcopal Youth Event 2020), Washington, DC (July 6-10)
  • "Faith in Action" Las Fronteras Pilgrimage, for grades 9-12 (August)
  • & more - at church, in our communities, and beyond!

AND - we're planning a new time for our Weaving God's Promises classes:
stay tuned (parents/youth, please vote! Email Linda by clicking here .) Remember to register; forms are at church and here - thanks!
It's going to be a great year!

Here's more info about two great Diocesan offerings:
Middle School Retreat at the Barbara C. Harris Camp, November 15-17 . T he weekend features small group workshops, indoor and outdoor games, worship to get everyone moving and thinking, music by a live band, and time to get away from the rush of everyday routines - in order to pay more attention to the Spirit of God in our lives. Scholarship support is available, as is transportation. (Grades 5-9. Registration closes when capacity is reached, or on Nov. 10. Register online here . Or drop Linda a note , if you're interested; we'll coordinate our St James participation!)

High schoolers - are you called to this mission? An organizational meeting for "Faith in Action" Las Fronteras Pilgrimage, August 2020 , is gathering in January. Connect with Linda to learn more and to sign up, or reach out to The Rev. H. Mark Smith (617-482-4826, ext. 215 or ).
P.S. A St Paul's high schooler just returned, would you like to hear from him about his experience? What do you think?

Youth: Count on us to help you with community service hours - plus support for whatever interests and concerns yo u! Email Linda - 24/7!
Our Neighbors' Table

We are collecting non-perishable food for the cooler 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 - they are brought to our altar for a blessing.
For your convenience, we offer electronic giving to make a one-time donation or to make recurring donations. It's easy - 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 also have the option of specifying whether your donation is a general donation, a specific donation, or a donation towards your annual pledge. THANK YOU for your generosity!
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St. James Episcopal Church
120 Main Street, P.O. Box 25
Amesbury, MA 01913
(978) 388-0030