Register today. Gather tomorrow (or May 15, to be exact) 

We’re thrilled by the response to the Spring Picnic so far. Hundreds of St. James’sers have already registered. But we need all of you who plan to come to register soon so we’re certain to have enough chicken, burgers and dogs for everyone.

If you want a glimpse of where the picnic will be held, watch this video

For those of you who don’t know how to get to Rock Bottom, here’s a map

After you've done all that, get ready to grab your family, grab a blanket, maybe grab a frisbee--then make May 15th a Sunday we'll all remember for a long time.
Nursery Hours
8:30 am - 12:30pm
Children’s Chapel
during the 9 am worship service.
We were wrong last week, sorry. Children’s Chapel continues through the end of the program year (except May 8) 

Between the Services
Join us for Coffee on the Playground thru May 22.

Tuesday, May 3
Tuesday Men’s Bible Study: 7:30 am
Valentine Hall
A weekly hour of fellowship, discussion and good food.
Contacts: Patrick Strickler, or
Stephen Spraker,

Education for Ministry (EfM) on Zoom: 6 pm
Contact: Jane Dowrick,

Wednesday, May 4
Living Faith Bible Study: 10 am
Valentine Hall
 Study and discussions that help to make
our Christian faith a “living faith” and apply the witness of the Scripture to
our everyday lives. 
Contact: Betse Trice,

Special Wednesday Night Study & Fellowship Series on Zoom: 6pm
Easter People: Faith Practice and Climate Justice 
Join fellow St. James’sers for Bible study, discussion and reflection.
Meeting ID number: 838 0728 2761 / Passcode: 572867

Thursday, May 5th
Men's Bible Study Breakfast: 7:30 am
Valentine Hall
Group reads and discusses the Lectionary Readings for the upcoming Sunday.
It’s a great way to learn the scriptures while enjoying fellowship.
Contact: Drew Lichtenberger,

Brown Bag Book Group: 12 pm
Valentine Hall
 Read and discuss both fiction and non-fiction selections
May's Book is The Book of Lost Friends by Lisa Wingate
Contact: Linda Owen,

For more information about this week's events, visit
This week's eChimes features
  • Amelia's Spiritual Journey
  • Youth Running Club
  • Coffee on the Playground
  • A Thank You
  • Earn service hours
  • Vacation Bible School registration
  • Memorial Day Concert
  • Juneteenth - a message beyond music
  • Music calendar is full of events
  • Easter People: Faith Practice and Climate Justice
  • Bishop's visit on May 15
  • Summer Worship Schedule
  • How you can help the people of Ukraine 
  • Parishioners who have died recently
  • Prayers of the People
Amelia Shares Her Spiritual Journey this Sunday.

The Amelia Welcome Tour continues this Sunday (May 1) when she shares her own faith journey with us between the services in Parkinson Room. This promises to be an inspiring and revealing event. 

NEXT Sunday (May 8), Blake will share his fascinating journey to Ordination with us in Valentine Hall. Mark your calendar for both events. 
New Children’s & Youth activities
kick off this Sunday
Runner’s Club ​​will meet on the porch of Michaux House at 10:30 am, dressed and ready to run–or walk! We’ll return by 11 am for those attending the 11:15 am service. Anyone needing to change after the 9 am service can use the third floor of Michaux House. Here’s the map of the route we’ll take, leaving Michaux House and going to Monroe Park.   
Coffee on the Playground ​​takes place between the services on Sundays, wait for it, on the playground. There will be coffee and warm conversation. It’s the perfect family activity before or after worshiping. 
Saying Thank You to our young DOERS and the volunteers who help them.

This Sunday at the 9 AM service, we’ll be recognizing the volunteers who serve the children's ministry and our youth ministry. Then at 11:15 AM service we’ll be recognizing our youth choir and awarding ribbons. There are few things that warm the heart more than saying Thank You–and we’ll be showing a lot of gratitude this Sunday. You’ll thank yourself for coming. 
Earn service hours.
Do something amazing.
Make memories you won’t forget. 

Calling all 5th-12th graders! Looking for a way to earn some service hours over the summer, while also having an experience you’ll remember forever?

Take a look at our mission trips or volunteer at Vacation Bible School!

For more information on VBS, our middle school mini mission (July 22-24), or our high school mission (July 24-30), go here.
Vacation Bible School is in June.
You’ll want to register now. 

Vacation Bible School is about two months away, but the time to register is now. Why? Because the openings fill up fast. 

VBS will be held daily from 9 am to noon, Monday, June 27, thru Thursday, June 30. It’s for children ages 3 (must be potty trained) through rising 3rd grade. 

The cost is $40 per child, with a maximum cost of $100 per family   
Also a great opportunity for teens to volunteer.

We also want to invite all teens (rising 6th thru 12th graders) to volunteer to assist us with VBS. It’s incredibly rewarding and earns you service hours. 
Memorial Day Concert Mass of the Children ( by John Rutter)
Monday, May 30 at 7 pm in the St. James’s sanctuary 

One of the great traditions at St. James’s is to remember our veterans on Memorial Day. This year’s Memorial Concert Mass of the Children promises to be especially moving, as we’ll be including our Children’s Choirs as well as other St. James’s Choirs to bring an extra level of beauty and pathos to the already moving music. The performance will also include members of the Richmond Symphony.

As is our custom, names of veterans past and present will be printed in the program.
You can add a name by emailing

Click here for all the information.  
A celebration of freedom.
A message beyond music. 

Juneteenth (or Sunday, June 19th) will be truly celebrated here at St. James’s with a spectacular Freedom Day Organ Recital featuring renowned organist Dr. Carl Haywood playing music he composed just for the occasion. The Norfolk State and St. James’s Choirs will also be singing spirituals, including Lift Every Voice and We Shall Overcome. And it’s all followed by a reception in Valentine Hall. 

There’s more information to come. But for now, save the date–and invite a friend.
Our music calendar is full. 
Make sure the events are on
 your calendar too.

While we’re promoting our Memorial Day and Juneteenth events, the St. James’s music calendar is full of other beautiful and inspiring events over the next few months.

Each of them will be promoted as they come, but to see them all in one place, click here, then save the dates.

And think about inviting friends to join you at each one.
Easter People: Faith Practice and Climate Justice
Wednesdays, April 27 – May 25
6-7pm, via Zoom

Join us as we follow the Episcopal Church curriculum on climate justice, for Bible study, discussion and reflection to learn more about climate change, about how God is calling us to be stewards of God's creation, and to discuss what resurrection and healing for the planet and people might look like. Then come to our Sunday Adult Forum on Rogation Sunday, May 22, to learn more about our diocesan Creation Care Task Force. 

To see the full schedule, go here.

You can register here in advance for this series, and you will receive a confirmation email containing Zoom information about joining the meeting.

For more information contact the Host Coordinator: Jane Dowrick,
Welcome the Bishop
to St. James’s on May 15. 

We are honored to welcome the Rt. Rev. Susan Goff, Bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of Virginia, to St. James’s on Sunday, May 15. Bishop Goff will be here to preside over our Youth confirmations at the 9 am service and the Adult confirmations at the 11:15 am service.

As we do for everyone who comes to St. James’s, we want the Bishop to feel warmly welcomed. We look forward to seeing as many of you as possible on this special Sunday.   
Summer Worship Schedule
begins May 29 

Beginning May 29th we’ll return to our popular Summer Schedule:

9 am – Church in the Garden
10 am – Service in the Sanctuary
Episcopal Relief is helping Ukraine.
You can help them do more. 

Ukraine desperately needs our help and you can make a difference by donating to Episcopal Relief & Development. The Episcopal organization is hard at work bringing assistance and support to the people of Ukraine.

Click here to make a direct gift to help Ukrainian families and citizens. Thank you. 
Parishioners who have died recently:
Barbara Catlett (died 4/27/2022)
Elizabeth Hanson Forsyth (died 4/17/2022)
We commend Barbara and Beth to God’s love.

If you would like information on how to reach out to the loved ones of the deceased, please do not hesitate to contact the church offices at 804-355-1779.

Click here to see the names of those we're remembering in our prayers this week.

We do our best to keep this list current, but if you want your name added or removed, please contact Mary Brown or call her at 804-355-1779, ext. 313.
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