Modern Evensong goes all the way back to the traditions and practices of the medieval monastic offices of the Roman church. But it wasn’t until 1549 that they were consolidated and incorporated into the first Book of Common Prayer to feature choral music, readings, prayers, and sometimes a homily. It’s traditionally held at the end of the day, marking the passing of another day of faith. 

As St. James’s Director Music Mark Whitmire says, “To me, there is no better way to bring a lovely day to a close than the service of Evensong. A beautiful church, candles, readings, quiet reflection and beautiful music by choir and organ. It's as good as it gets. I hope you can join us.”
Evensong, this Sunday at 5 pm

This Sunday evening at 5 pm, St. James's will hold one of only two Evensong services we hold each year. Our Parish choir will present music that will be sung at Gloucester Cathedral this August. You will hear gorgeous works by Thomas Tomkins and Herbert Sumsion. Please join us for this musically beautiful and spiritually rich service. For more details, click here.
Celebrate Earth Day with us this Sunday during formation hour.
Earth day is April 22 and on Sunday, April 23, we're celebrating Earth Day during our formation hour.

For Adult Forum, our very own Sharon Wayne will be leading the Adult formation with a Diocesan's Creation Care presentation called “Seeing God in a Different Light” that promises to be inspiring and meaningful. Sharon is on the Diocesan's Creation Care committee and she’ll bring us up to date on their work and progress. Here’s a link to her presentation.

For our intergenerational event, we’re teaming up with the Children’s Center and focusing on creation care with various “Earth Day” projects. Come to Michaux House Basement and learn more. Dress Sunday church casual.
For our youth groups, Youth and their parents are invited to the Catacombs (underneath the Parish House), to finish a project from our MLK Service Retreat. Dress Sunday church casual.
Tuesday, April 24
Tuesday Men's Bible Study - 7:30 am, Valentine Hall
A weekly hour of fellowship, discussion of the bible and good food.
Contact: Patrick Strickler,
     Stephen Spraker,

Women's Bible Wisdom - 4pm, Michaux House Library
There's also an option of participating via Zoom
This Bible study meets twice a month, on 2nd and 4th Tuesdays, to read together
through a biblical book or theme at a time. We explore when and under
what conditions the passages were written.
Contact: the Reverend Amelia

Young Adults - 5:45 pm, location varies
We'll gather for a combination of fellowship, prayer, and Bible or book study.
For more information and/or to get on the GroupMe, contact the Rev. Blake Singer.
Contact: the Reverend Blake Singer,

Wednesday, April 26
Living Faith Bible Study - 10 am via Zoom
This opportunity for fellowship, study and discussions that help to make
our Christian faith a “living faith” and apply the witness of the Scripture
to our everyday lives. Please contact Betsy for the Zoom link.
 Contact: Betsy Trow,

Wednesday Noon Eucharist
in the Chapel

Tour the St. James's Children's Center - 5:00 pm, Gibson Hall Atrium
Come discover all the amazing things happening at SJCC

Wednesday Night Dinner - 5:30 pm, Valentine Hall
Treat yourself to a night out. Enjoy a delicious meal prepared by our food team.

Wednesday Earth Day Service - 6:30pm, Memorial Garden
The Reverend Amelia Arthur will lead a water service.

Thursday, April 27
Women in Fellowship - 7 pm, location varies
The group meets on the 2nd and 4th Thursday of each month at a parishioner's home.
We’ll be following the lectionary, and reading and discussing the upcoming week’s Gospel.
For information about where we'll meet this week, contact Kendal Sibley.
Contact: Kendal Sibley,
This week's eChimes features
  • Children's Center tour
  • Wednesday night Dinners
  • Wednesday night Earth Day service
  • DOERS Doing at Peter Paul this Sunday
  • Calling all heroes! Vacation Bible School is coming.
  • Spring Luncheon
  • Join the LiveStream Team
  • Adult Confirmation
  • Prayers of The People
  • Diocese of Virginia
Special Wednesday Night Events
Children's Center Tour
Wednesday, April 26

We're inviting every St. James’ser to visit the St. James’s Children’s Center this Wednesday to see the amazing work going on there.

During the tour, you’ll learn about the mission and diversity of the Children’s Center, along with their social-emotional curriculum and how their children learn through play. Finally, you’ll learn how this center came to be at St. James’s. After the tour, stay for fellowship at Wednesday night dinner in Valentine Hall!

Wednesday Night Dinner

Come for the fellowship and food. There's nothing better than a meal cooked by our food team. Dinner begins at 5:30 pm in Valentine Hall.

We will put the menu in our Tuesday email and also post it on social media.

The suggested donation is $5 per person, with a $20 maximum per family.

at 6:30 pm

The Reverend Amelia Arthur will be leading a short water service following Wednesday night dinner. This is as a way of remembering your baptism and commemorating Earth Day.

The service will be held in the Memorial Garden at 6:30 pm. All ages are welcomes.
Peter Paul Garden Cleanup
This Sunday, April 23

On Sunday, April 23 from 1:30-3:30 pm come help clean up Peter Paul's gardens and put together new picnic tables.

There's no need to sign up, just show up and have a good time while helping in the community. Be sure to wear clothes you don't mind getting dirty and bring some gloves too.

Peter Paul is located at:
1708 North 22nd Street
Richmond, VA 23223

Peter Paul Development Center's mission is to support the residents of the East End and educate its students, equipping them to serve as positive contributors to their family, community and society.
Calling all heroes.
Vacation Bible School
is coming!

Vacation Bible School is more than a great summer experience for children. It’s the perfect summer opportunity for youth and adults to have an awesome time volunteering too. 

If you’re a parent, now’s the time to sign up your child (or children) for our fun and unforgettable VBS program. If you’re a teen (6-12 grade) or an adult (with or without kids), it’s also a great time to help us make this the best VBS ever – and earn service hours too!

This year’s theme is Hero Hotline: Called Together to Serve God! You can go here to learn more.

Here’s the link to our registration form (for students AND volunteers). Please fill it out and return it to Ashlee Ligon, either in person or by email –

You're invited...

The Legacy Giving Committee is delighted to invite parishioners 70+ (or so) to a special Spring Luncheon in celebration and gratitude for you.

Please join us Sunday, May 7, at 12:15 in Valentine Hall (that’s right after the 11:15 am service).

Please RSVP by April 30 to Ben Ellis at or by calling Ben (804) 355-1779, ext. 365. Thank you!

Adult Confirmation
Sunday, May 21

All adults interested in being confirmed when the bishop visits on Sunday, May 21st, please contact Blake at

We’re looking to grow
our LiveStream Team.

No experience or special skills required. 

We now have a crew of trained people who create the live-streams of our Sunday services and other worship events – but we’d love to have some volunteers to help us make things run even better. 

You don’t need any special skills to join the Video Squad, just enthusiasm and reliability. Over time, you’ll learn how we create our live-streams and you’ll have the satisfaction of being part of an important ministry here at St. James’s. 

If you think you’d like to help out, call Jay Sandusky, Director of Communications, at 804.355.1779, ext 344 or write to him at 
Here are 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 email Mary Brown at or call her at 804-355-1779 ext. 313
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