Posts by Rev. Kristin Krantz

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The Church Does Not Need Volunteers

by Rev. Kristin Krantz

Over the summer at our Vestry meetings, we began taking a few minutes each month to reflect on a brief article or resource about congregational life.  One that really struck a chord with all of us was an article written by Erin Wathen about volunteering at church. The point she makes, and you can read […]

Celebrating 10 Years on North Main Street

by Rev. Kristin Krantz

This Sunday, as we kick off another program year, we will also be celebrating that 10 years ago St. James’ made the move into this “new” building on North Main Street.  In honor of this anniversary we are asking everyone to bring 10 items for the Mt. Airy NET Food Pantry.  And to mark a […]

Launching the NEW Shell Newsletter

by Rev. Kristin Krantz

I am excited to share that we are in the final stages of planning for the launch of the NEW digital Shell Newsletter.  We stopped our monthly paper newsletter at the end of last year, and have been relying on our This Week at St. James’ Thursday news emails in the interim as we’ve dreamed […]

Prayers and Thanksgivings

by Rev. Kristin Krantz

At the beginning of every Vestry meeting we open with prayer and our norms.  This month we began a new prayer practice, and it’s one I’d like to invite our whole parish family into.  Each month three Vestry members are volunteering to choose one of the prayers from the Prayers & Thanksgivings section at the […]

Go and Do Likewise

by Rev. Kristin Krantz

Greetings from high school camp week at Claggett!  As many of you know, church camp has a special place in my heart which is why I am so thankful the leadership at St. James’ supports my serving as chaplain for a week each summer. This year’s theme is Go and Do Likewise, and throughout the […]

Prayers & Thanksgivings

by Rev. Kristin Krantz

Yet again as news unfolded of tragedy and violence this week, I was at a loss for words to pray with.  It is at times like these that I turn to scripture – and then to books of prayer and poetry.  I have a stash of favorites., but invariably one of the first places I […]

Turning Toward Summer

by Rev. Kristin Krantz

This Sunday we gather for the Feast of Pentecost – the capstone to the Easter season and the day we celebrate the birth-day of the church.  Pentecost is a movable feast, as its date is dependent upon Easter.  This year it falls at the start of June, and is our hinge point into summer worship. […]

Diocesan Convention

by Rev. Kristin Krantz

Tomorrow and Saturday folks from around the diocese will be gathering for our annual convention.  Delegate Blix Winston, and alternate Carla Kaufman, and I will represent St. James’, and partake in this business of the church.  This year Presiding Bishop Michael Curry will be the featured guest, presiding at the opening Eucharist for convention and […]

Let’s Go Fly A Kite!

by Rev. Kristin Krantz

This Sunday, weather permitting, we will have our next Time-Out Together Family Ministry event – let’s go fly a kite!  Everyone in the St. James’ community is invited to bring a picnic lunch and a kite and join us in the field next to the church after the 10:30 am service.  I also hear from […]

A Vision for Our Shared Life & Ministry

by Rev. Kristin Krantz

Over the last year and a half I’ve been listening to the Story and stories of St. James’.  It’s been a continuation of the work that began in conversations as you were calling me to be your next Rector.  Part of the work of that time of transition was to discern the identity of the […]