Shrove Tuesday & Untalent Show: We will gather for our annual Shrove Tuesday Pancake Supper on Tuesday, February 28 from 5-6 p.m. in the Parish Hall. The cost is $7 adult, $4 for children under 12. While we dine on pancakes, we will also welcome an "UnTalent Show" where you can share some unknown or untalent that you have. Share your kermit the frog voice, your juggling skills, or your ability to recite the Declaration of Independence (or anything skills you are willing to share!) Either email Rev. Heather or indicate on the sign up sheet, if you are willing to participate in the Untalent Show, and Rev. Heather will put you in the lineup! Join the Shrove Tuesday Pancake Supper Event on Facebook and sign up outside the chapel.
Ash Wednesday at Saint James: We will begin our observance of a holy Lent with Ash Wednesday services on March 1 at 9 a.m. in All Saints Chapel at Saint James, and 7 p.m. in our Winter Sanctuary in the Parish hall. You are invited to wear your ashes, to claim repentance, grace and deep relationship with God for the challenges of your daily life. Located on the corners of Federal and Church Streets at 8 Church Street, Greenfield. For more information: (413) 773-3925 or www.saintjamesgreenfield.org
Church takes Ash Wednesday to the Streets: On Ash Wednesday, March 1st, Saint James Episcopal Church will be offering “Ashes to Go,” a new approach to a centuries-old Christian tradition, from 11 a.m.-1 p.m near the corner of Church and Federal Streets in front of Saint James. During that same time period, we will also be walking around downtown and offering the imposition of ashes to anyone that would like to receive them. New this year will be an additional "Ashes to Go" being offered from 3-4 p.m. in front of the church. Saint James Church is part of a new nationwide movement that has clergy and lay people visiting transit stops, street corners, coffee shops, and college campuses to mark the foreheads of interested passers-by with ashes and invite them to repent of past wrongdoing and seek forgiveness and renewal. In the Christian tradition, Ash Wednesday marks the start of the holy season of Lent, a time for reflection and repentance in preparation for the celebration of Easter. For centuries, Christians have received a cross of ashes on the face at the beginning of that season as a reminder of mortal failings and an invitation to receive God’s forgiveness. In Greenfield, Saint James is offering Ashes to Go for the third time. Last year, ashes were received with gratitude by folks who have lost their connection to a church, or have never participated before, as well as some folks who could not make it to their home church due to work obligations. Rev. Heather Blais said, "We are doing Ashes to Go again because we want to bring the traditions of our faith out from beyond our church walls into the crossroads of people's daily lives. I hope those who come will leave with a sense of God's forgiveness and abundant love." Contact Rev. Heather Blais,firstname.lastname@example.org and (413) 773-3925 or more information.