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

 

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.

The next Supper Group outing will be this 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 this Wednesday, February 20 at 860.287.5500 or at lorisarketthne@gmail.com.

A Centering Prayer Workshop will be held this 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 See, 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. 

“Ashes to Go” on Ash Wednesday, March 6—if you would like to participate with the distribution of ashes, please contact Ellen in the parish office at 860.443.4989 or Grace Barnum at 860.235.8701.
 
Drop In Learning Center fundraiser—You may be wondering how you can help others without breaking the bank, and now here’s your chance! The Drop in Learning Center is collecting gently worn, used and new shoes to raise money for the Summer Enrichment Program. They will be paid by the pound for the shoes which will go directly to micro-entrepreneurs in Haiti and other developing nations to help individuals out of poverty. Further details coming.
 

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.

For the Wednesday adult education sessions during Lent, our book reading is A Way Other Than Our Own by Walter Bruggeman.  The evenings will begin with a Holy Eucharist at 5:15 PM, followed by a potluck supper and a discussion.

 

 
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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.