Mission Statement

 

We are a forward looking, multi-cultural and inclusive faith community, proclaiming and doing Christ's work of love and justice in the greater New London area and the world.

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Upcoming Events and Activities

 

Our Lenten book reading and discussion will be on the book A Way Other than Our Own, by Walter Bruggeman.  If you would like to buy the book for $11.00, contact Ellen Merrill in the parish office by this Friday, February 15.

There will be a morning presentation on Combatting Addiction this Saturday, February 16, from 8:30 AM to 3 PM at Grace Episcopal Church, 336 South Main Street in Old Saybrook, sponsored by the Faith Behind Bars and New Life Journeys, both networks of the ECCT.  Learn about addiction and how it affects the criminal justice system; the ways of avoiding  becoming co-dependent; and how area churches are involved, and could be further involved, in supporting services.  For further information, please contact Deacon Ellen at 860-374-3537.

This Sunday, February 17, The Rev. Dr. Margaret Bullitt-Jonas, author and Missioner for Creation Care for the Diocese of Western Massachusetts, will preach at both morning services and lead a forum on our ecological crisis after the 10 AM service.

Deacon Ellen has researched a series of resources to accompany activities related to our Season of Racial Reconciliation, Justice and Healing, which can be found on our website's Ministries page or clicking here and scrolling down to this ministry.

The Caring for Creation Committee is looking for volunteers to join them in trying out an online carbon tracking tool being made available by the Diocese of California to Episcopal churches nationwide. It's called SustainIslandHome.org, and it offers a great way to calculate the carbon dioxide emissions from your household and your vehicles, travel and other areas, plus learn easy and challenging ways to reduce them.  This is a way of expressing our love and gratitude for God's creation by become more conscious of the everyday choices we make and start making different ones that have less impact on the planet.   On Feb. 5 the Vestry approved this pilot project.  Volunteers will start using the tracker on March 10, the first Sunday in Lent.  After Lent we'll report back to the Vestry and decide whether to open this initiative to the whole congregation. Many of us are looking for ways to take some positive action to address climate change and reduce our impact on the planet, but maybe don't know where to start or feel it's hopeless.  This tool is one way to regain a sense of hope by empowering ourselves to take positive actions that can make a difference.  If you're interested in volunteering, please see Judy Benson, committee chair, or email her at: moss153@att.net.

Save the Dates:

The next Supper Group outing will be on Friday, February 22 at 6 PM at the Jasmine Thai Restaurant, 470 Bank Street in New London.  Dinner, fun and fellowship, and all are welcome!  Please contact Lori Sarkett by Wednesday, February 20 at 860.287.5500 or at lorisarketthne@gmail.com.

A Centering Prayer Workshop will be held on Saturday, February 23 from 8:30 AM – 10:00 AM in the Hallam Chapel.  Claire Rusowicz will guide us into this practice for a few sessions, co-lead by Nancy Higgins.  Centering prayer is a method of silent prayer that prepares us to receive the gift of experiencing Gods's presence within us.

Mike Dimauro,sports editor for The Day newspaper, will present a forum on Sunday, February 24 after the 10 AM service in the Parish Hall.

The next book for the St. James Book Club is Snow Flower and the Secret Fan by Lisa Lee, which will be discussed on Thursday, February 28 at the La Luna Restaurant at 6 PM.  Copies of the book will be available on reserve at the New London Public Library.  For more information, contact Lori Sarkett at at 860.287.5500 or at lorisarketthne@gmail.com.

You’re invited to spend a Quiet Day with your brother and sister Episcopalians on lovely Enders Island in Mystic on Saturday, March 2, from 8:30am – 3:30pm.  Wendy Claire Barrie (http://www.wendyclairebarrie.com, author of Faith at Home) will lead us through ways of experiencing Lent. The cost is $20; breakfast pastries and lunch included.  Please register at Eventbrite. Please do not let the cost get in your way – speak to Rachel Thomas (860 316-8184) or Fr. Ranjit. 

The Kiwanis Club of New London holds many activities that raise funds for worthy programs that benefit the children and young adults in the New London area, including sports, scouting, mentoring and three, $3,000 scholarships for college-bound students annually. The Club's largest fundraiser is an annual golf tournament to be held on Friday, May 17, and the club needs raffle and auction donations, sponsors, volunteers and, of course golfers. To offer help or to get more information, you can contact the Kiwanis Club here or contact John Russell, St. James parishioner, at 860-912-0417 or email him at johnrussell319@hotmail.com.

 
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If you weren't able to pick up a copy of our Annual Report at church, you can view it on our website by clicking here.  While you're there, check out our interactive Google calendar for current and future St. James events.
 
Good News!  The Sermons of St. James are being recorded and added to our YouTube channel, which you can access by clicking here or just by clicking the red tab labeled "Sermons & Media" on the left hand side of this website main page.  A stream of pictures of life at St. James plays during the sermon for your viewing pleasure!  If you click the "subscribe" button on the YouTube page, you will be notified when new postings are added.
 
Fr. Ranjit's on the tube!!! On the St. James YouTube we have begun archiving Ranjit's appearances on local access TV so that a wider community can enjoy his discussions about God's mission in our neighborhood with local guests. The first three shows can be seen at https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PL5X_fiAxb-aLd31pcc2yihaFvUXSHWi
 
For more information about activities and events later this month, click for The Net hereFor updates, reports or pictures of events as they happen, go to our Facebook page by clicking here or to our Instagram account by clicking here. The monthly Google calendar of events can be seen by clicking here.