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Sunday Forums and Short Courses

This fall, our Sunday study sessions for adults include three types of engagement on a schedule that allows you to make easy choices. See the full Study Guide here.

 Short Courses
First Three Sundays of the month, 10:15 to 11:00 a.m., Valentine Hall

Three Sundays a month a variety of conversations will be held, covering a range of topics including prayer, Christian practices, Biblical themes, saints, eco-theology – et cetera, et cetera! Short courses will be one to three Sundays in length.

Adult Forum
One Sunday a Month, 10:15 to 11:00 a.m.,
Valentine Hall

One Sunday a month we gather for a wide variety of programs on topics of Christian concern in today’s world that often feature our partners in mission. This is a chance for us to host speakers and exchange questions and ideas.

Fall 2017 Schedule

September 17 Special Adult Forum: The Rev. Dr. John McCard’s Spiritual Journey

It’s a St. James’s tradition: come to hear our new rector tell the story of his spiritual journey. (Sanctuary)
September 24 Ministry Celebration
Every other year, our parish celebrates the many ministries, missions, and outreach projects here at St. James’s. Come to celebrate and learn more about this important part of discipleship! (Valentine Hall)
October 8 What’s in a Booth? Sukkahs and the Jewish Festival of Sukkot (A Short Course)
Each year, Jews around the world construct sukkahs — temporary booths — to remember their time wandering in the wilderness. This year, our neighbors at Congregation Beth Ahabah are building their sukkah in the parking lot we share! Rabbi Scott Nagel invites us on a guided tour of their sukkah and an explanation of this important holy day. (Michaux House parking lot)
October 15 Walk in Love: Biblical Principles of Giving (A Short Course)
What does the Bible have to say about giving? In what way are Christians called to give? As our annual Stewardship campaign nears its end, the Rev. Dr. John McCard invites us to consider with him the particular characteristics and reasons of Christian giving.(Valentine Hall)
October 22 Essentialism: The Disciplined Pursuit of Less (A Short Course)
This New York Times bestseller by Greg McKeown addresses one of the common sins of our times: being overworked, overstressed, stretched too thin, with little time for ourselves, one other and for God. Surely most of us can relate! Come to this dynamic conversation with the Rev. Dr. Mark Cooper. (Valentine Hall)
October 29 Safe Harbor: Partners in Ministry for Victims of Sexual Abuse & Human Trafficking
Did you know that Richmond is a hot spot for human trafficking? Safe Harbor is a ministry devoted to serving victims of this awful crime in our area, as well as victims of sexual abuse. Come to learn more about their work. (Valentine Hall)
November 5 Nurturing Saints from the Start: Early Childhood Brain Development (A Short Course)
Research now confirms that the earliest years are the most important years for children’s ability to grow the brain. Join the Children’s Center Executive Director Debbie Lickey for this one-part short course on the 3 most important things children need to attain optimal brain growth — and how parents and other significant adults can promote that growth. (Valentine Hall)
November 12 Parenting Forum: Restructuring your Family Priorities(A Short Course)
How do you prioritize the important relationships in your life? Your relationship with Christ? Your children? Your partner? This workshop will explore how to prioritize these relationships to ensure you have time to care for your self, and meet the needs and expectations of the important people in your life. Led by Ashely Soukup, MA, LMFT(Valentine)
November 19 Annual Diocesan Convention Recap and Review (A Short Course)
Did you know that our Annual Diocesan Convention now meets in November and no longer in January? Come to hear our elected delegates report on the business and stories of Convention and how it affects St. James’s. Led by St. James’s Lay Delegates to Diocesan Convention (Valentine Hall)
December 3 Advent Fair for All
It’s the first day of Advent! This season is full of interactive traditions perfect for faith at home. Come to the Advent Fair for All to prepare Advent wreathes with other parishioners or pick up an Advent wreath kit to take home, as well as other traditional Advent activities. (Valentine)
December 10 Alternative Gifts Fair
Looking for some faithful ways to spread the love this holiday season? From donations to partners in ministry to Children’s Center crosses, from pilgrimage trips to mission trips: come for a hot cup of cider and warm fellowship as you peruse gifting options at our Alternative Gifts Fair.(Valentine Hall)
December 17 Music for Advent with Richard Rumble and Friends
This annual St. James’s tradition is a delight for all. Come to listen and sing along!(Valentine Hall)

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