The name “Bach’s Lunch”, combining the phrase “box lunch” with the name of the famous composer, has been in use for more than forty years. Bach’s Lunch concerts typically are short concerts that take place during lunch hour. Audience members are welcome to bring their lunch and eat during the concert. This year Saints James and Andrew is planning to host six Bach’s Lunch concerts, three in the spring and three in the fall. Admission is free, and light refreshments will be offered. The first concert in the series will be performed by pianist Bruce Griffin on Wednesday, March 29, 2023 at 12:15 P.M. The program will consist of four sonatas by Scarlatti, Beethoven Piano Sonata No. 13, and Sonatine by Maurice Ravel. These concerts are offered with love to our community.
Bruce Griffin A native of Vermont, Mr. Griffin received his formal musical training at the Peabody Conservatory of Music studying with Walter Hautzig and Leon Fleisher. In 1985, Mr. Griffin gave his New York debut at Carnegie Recital Hall. Bernard Holland of the New York Times described Mr. Griffin as “serious and imaginative”, a pianist of “unusual warmth and virtuosity” who exhibited an “exceptional feel for melody’s magnetic pull”. Mr. Griffin has appeared in solo recitals and chamber music programs throughout the country as well as soloist with the Vermont Symphony and Tacoma Symphony Orchestras. Mr. Griffin is a member of the Leschetizky Association in New York and has been a member of the Brattleboro Music Center piano faculty since 1990.
Journey through Holy Week
All services are in-person and live streamed to Facebook.
Palm Sunday—April 2 at 10:00 a.m.
This service recalls Jesus' triumphal entry into Jerusalem through music and Holy Eucharist. Please note this liturgy is different from traditional Palm Sunday liturgies, in that the Passion Gospel is not read until Good Friday.
Holy Monday—April 3 at 7:00 p.m.
This contemplative service of worship in the Taize tradition includes sung and chanted prayer, brief readings, and silence for meditation.
Holy Tuesday—April 4 at 7:00 p.m.
A healing service where the community is invited to gather together to offer healing, hope, and thanksgiving.
Holy Wednesday—April 5 at 7:00 p.m.
Compline, often referred to as bedtime prayers.
Maundy Thursday—April 6 at 7:00 p.m.
This service features music, the ceremony of the foot washing, anointing oil, celebration of the institution of the Eucharist, and the stripping of the altar.
Good Friday - April 7 - any time
Stations of the Cross:
Our church is open daily for folks to take an intentional meditative walk through our new Stations of the Cross focused on overcoming racism. This Lent we are reflecting on our corporate brokenness, particularly with regard to the climate crisis, gun violence, racial injustice, and economic inequality. It is our hope that this walk will inspire prayer and reflection, much like a Stations of the Cross walk.
Good Friday—April 7 at 7:00 p.m.
This service commemorates the crucifixion of Jesus, and includes a reading of the Passion gospel, music, and solemn prayers.
Easter Vigil—April 8 at 7:00 p.m.
This service is the primary celebration of Easter, beginning in darkness. The worship features the kindling of new fire, lighting the Paschal candle, the Exsultet, music, readings from the Hebrew Scriptures, the renewal of our baptismal vows, and the Eucharist.
Easter Sunday—April 9 at 10:00 a.m.
A celebration of Christ’s resurrection with music and Holy Eucharist, followed by an Easter egg hunt on the lawn.
Aaron Mair - April 16
Aaron Mair is a long-term environmental activist and an activist for environmental justice. He currently serves on the Board of the Sierra Club and served as its 57th president from 2015-2017. He is Director of the Forever Adirondacks Campaign of the Adirondack Council which is focused on preserving the Adirondack Park’s wilderness character and supporting the rural communities that surround the Park which encompasses approximately 6 million acres in upper New York State abutting Vermont. In November 2022, he attended the Conference of the Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (COP27) in Egypt. When asked in a Hipcamp Journal interview what was special about being the first African American to be President of the Sierra Club, he said: “Being African American isn’t what’s special. It’s recognizing that all of us regardless of our race or gender need to be and do more for the planet. The Club voted for a hardcore, kickass advocate and activist. They voted for someone who made GE dredge parts of the Hudson River. They voted for someone who took on a government-run garbage incinerator that was poisoning thousands of people, and had it shut down. When people voted for me, they voted for how badass green I am.”
Mair’s personal history of eco-justice activism began in the 1980s when he lead efforts to shut down a five-county solid waste incinerator in Albany, NY, where he and his family lived. Smoke from the incinerator was affecting the health of children in the community causing respiratory problems. The community’s efforts ultimately led to shutting down the incinerator and a $1.6 million settlement to the community. He volunteered in local chapters of the Sierra Club and helped lead the Clean Up the Hudson campaign which resulted in a settlement between the EPA and General Electric to dredge toxic PCB sediments from the upper Hudson River.
This event is part of the monthly Environmental Sunday series organized by the Green Team at the Episcopal Church of Saints James and Andrew. The Green Team is part of the broader movement in the Diocese of Western Massachusetts and the Anglican Communion advocating praying, learning, acting and advocating for creation care, the climate crisis and environmental justice. Please enter the church through the main doors facing Federal Street.
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Meals & More
Join us for Meals and More. We offer a bag lunch at Sunday Sandwiches every Sunday from 12-12:30 p.m., a hot dinner at Second Helpings every Monday. Starting in May, from 4:30-5 p.m. is a seated dinner in the Parish Hall, and from 5-5:30 p.m. hot meals are served to go from parking lot window. We also offer personal care essentials at Whitney's Pantry on the Last Monday of the month from 4:30-5:30 p.m. You can access the to-go window off of St. James' Court next to Saints James and Andrew, 8 Church Street in Greenfield.
St. Andrew's Guild is Reopening!
Are you interested in learning how to sew or knit for FREE? Starting March 15th, every Tuesday from 9 - Noon, St. Andrew's Guild will resume their weekly drop in lessons to learn how to sew or knit. St. Andrew's Guild is reopening in a beautiful new space, the Whiteman Room, at Saints James and Andrew, located at 8 Church St. in Greenfield. Questions? Contact email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org