St. James is planning a summer filled with rest, relaxation, fellowship, fun and formation together in community.  There are core groups of people already planning to attend each of these events, and you are welcome to join them!  

Check back periodically as more events will definitely be added as they are scheduled.  And if you have an idea for an event, talk to Elsa about it.


Sunday, May 27 - Movie at the Colonial - “RBG” 

Meet friends from St. James at 1:50 in the Colonial Theatre's lobby to watch this well-reviewed movie at 2pm (run time 97 minutes).  If you’re free, join us at the Coop afterward for a snack and to discuss the movie.

    Questions?  Contact Jaclyn


Tuesday, June 26 - Apple Hill Summer Concert

6pm for dinner, 6:45 pre-concert talk, 7:30 concert.  For $15 enjoy their buffet dinner or bring your own picnic.  There are picnic tables there, but some people bring blankets for the grass or lawn chairs.  Reservations are required for the dinner - call 847-3371.  Reserved seating for the concert ($30 for adults or $15 for students) can be purchased online at   There also may be unreserved barn seating available that night for $15, or if not, you can listen from outside on the lawn.

    Questions?  Contact Linda


Saturday, July 7 - Prayers on the Water: an afternoon of spiritual kayaking - 3pm.

There are 7 kayaks available, or bring your own. Consider bringing your journal/camera/sketchbook.  Participants will gather for some prayer and inspiration and then be sent out onto the water to contemplate God in nature. We'll conclude with discussion and prayer. If you’d like to stay afterward for a potluck BBQ, bring something for the grill for yourself and a side dish or dessert to share.  Buns, condiments, chips and beverages will be provided. Event takes place at Island Pond in Stoddard.

Please RSVP to Elsa


Sunday, July 15 - Old Fashioned Hymn Sing after church

Gather around the piano to sing some of your favorites!  You're also welcome to bring your favorite hymnal to share a particular favorite that may not be in our own.

Questions?  Contact Theresa


Sunday, July 22 - Feast of St. James - Outdoor Sunday Service and Church Picnic at Ashuelot Park - 9am

Please bring a lawn chair, sun protection, bug repellant and your own picnic as well as any sports equipment, games, musical instruments or other fun things you’d like to bring to the party. We're celebrating our usual Eucharist service for the Feast of St. James outside this year, weather permitting! (note - there is no service in our building on July 22 unless we are rained out.) 

Questions or want to help?  Contact Elsa


Tuesday, July 24 - Orchard Hill Pizza Night in East Alstead - 5pm. 

This weekly event benefits a different local non-profit each week and all the profits are given away. Start time is 5 PM, but they suggest you get there early, as the crowd fills in fast. For $9 they provide a crust, sauce, cheese and access to their pizza night picking garden plus paper plates and cups for water. You bring your own favorite toppings, silverware if you want and a picnic blanket / lawn chair. BYOB

    Questions and to arrange carpooling - contact Caity


Saturday, August 18 - Goose Pond Prayer Walk  - 10 - noon 

We will start at the Goose Pond Parking Lot and walk the Goose Pond loop with stops for prayer, readings, music, art.  Quiet reflection time will be included, as well as time to connect with others.  Bring a journal or sketch pad if you’d like.  After a reflective walk together, an optional time of communion will be offered at the dam.

    Questions?  Contact Derek


Saturday, August 25 - Salad and Dessert Potluck

Gather at the McVoy-Ackerman's Keene residence on August 25 from 5 - 7, with Bocce (and any other yard games folks care to bring).

Please RSVP with Joy