Come make your “Lent in a Bag.” Create a richer Lenten experience. 

This Sunday is the first Sunday of Lent, and we’re starting things off with our Lenten Fair for All Ages. Come to the basement of Michaux House from 10:15 to 11 am for fellowship and to make your own “Lent in a Bag” to practice Lent at home.

There will be materials to practice Lent for all ages: an olive cross, materials to create a sacred space, devotionals and more. The Fair is a chance for St. James'sers young and old to sit and reflect together on how to practice Lent, and get the supplies you need to do so. We’ll also think on and write our Lenten practices to share with each other.
Sunday Choral Evensong
featuring the Saint Singers

Our Choral Evensong this Sunday evening will be sung by The Saints Singers, select voices from St. Catherine’s School (Meghan Stoll, Director) and St. Christopher’s School (Greg Vick, Director/Organist).

This beautiful service will be a wonderful way to end your weekend and prepare for the week ahead. The Reverend Amelia Arthur will be the homilist and our own Randolph Trow will be Cantor.

Music includes Evening Service in D by Herbert Brewer and Like as the hart by Herbert Howells.

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Tuesday, February 28
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 Arthur,

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, March 1
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

Wednesday Night Dinner and Fun-DO-Mentals Class - 5:30 pm, Valentine Hall
Please RSVP for dinner by 12 noon on Monday
And go here for information about the Fun-DO-Mentals Class

Thursday, March 2
Brown Bag Book Group - 12 noon via Zoom
This popular book club meets the first Thursday of each month.
Please contact Linda Owen to join the group and receive the Zoom link.
March book: Braiding Sweetgrass by Robin Kimmerer
Contact: Linda Owen,

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This week's eChimes features
• Thank You!
• More Adult Formation Options starting this Sunday
• Wednesday Night Dinner and Fun-DO-Mentals
• Is this your check?
• Summer Youth Mission Opportunities
• Celebrate Founders Sunday
• Save The Date - Young Family Social
• Remembering the Departed
• Prayers of the People
• Virginia Diocese information
Thanks to everyone who made our Mardi Gras celebration such an overwhelming success. Everyone had a great time, enjoyed amazing food, had fun bidding on our auction items, and helped us raise over $47,000!! Thanks so much to everyone who attended and opened your hearts and wallets for Outreach and Missions. 

We also want to thank every single volunteer who played a part in decorating, cooking, serving the food, pouring the drinks, providing auction items, working the door, selling tickets and the hundred other tasks that brought this great event to life. Special thanks to Mark Shuford for heading up our Mardi Gras effort, and to Laura Shuford for all your work behind-the-scenes. Finally, thanks to Dave Sealey and his Krewe of Cookers, who prepared so much delicious – and authentic – Mardi Gras fare. 

To see more pics from the event, go to our Facebook and Instagram pages. 

Starting this Sunday,
there are two options
for Adult Formation.
"The Power of Community in a Season of Transformation"

We’ll continue with our series, "The Power of Community in a Season of Transformation," where we feature conversations with St. James’s different partner agencies.

This Sunday we’ll be meeting with Deb Lawrence and Ferdi Baruch from ReWork Richmond, which works to accompany its Members on the long walk to living-wage employment (rather than low-paying, entry level jobs) by providing a comprehensive range of personal support and employment sourcing services. 
Lenten Sunday Bible Study: What would you preach?

This Sunday also marks the return of Rev. Dr. Doug’s Lenten Sunday Bible Study: WWYP (What Would You Preach?) The Lenten gospels are transformative, seeking the reader to respond with life changes. We’ll study them and see if you were the preacher, what would you say about them? Texts will be provided, but bring your bible as we cross reference the passages.

We’ll be meeting at 10:15 in Michaux House, Room 205 (second floor).
Wednesday Night Class & Dinner

Our Fun-DO-Mentals class returns this coming Wednesday. This week and next we’ll be focusing on the history of the Episcopal Church. 

Our Wednesday dinner is back too.

We’re working hard to get an accurate idea of how many folks will be coming to our popular Wednesday night dinners so we can have enough food for everyone but not so much that we waste food. Thanks! 

The suggested donation for dinner is $5 per person, with a $20 maximum per family.
We’re trying to figure out
who sent us this check

On December 8, 2022, a generous parishioner sold stock (MFS Massachusetts Trust Fund - MITTX) through Wells Fargo, then sent it to Davenport as a gift to St. James’s. Unfortunately, there’s no name attached to the gift. 

If you instructed Wells Fargo to send us money through Davenport, please email Poconna Thiel at or call her at 804.355.1779 x311 so she can make sure it’s on your gift record. Thank you. 

Interested in
Youth Summer Missions?

You can get information about our summer mission and volunteer opportunities here.

To sign up, complete this form. We hope you'll join us!

We hope you'll join us!

Looking Ahead
Celebrate Founders Sunday
next Sunday, March 5 

Next Sunday, March 5, at both the 9:15 and 11 o'clock services, we will celebrate members of the Whitlock Society who have chosen to support St. James's through a legacy gift. If you are a member of the Whitlock Society, please plan on attending either service so we can honor you for making financial provisions for the future of our parish. 

We will have a brief program and reception at 10:15 during Adult Formation, and we encourage all to attend to celebrate the Doers who contribute to the future of our church and learn more about how you can join them. 
Young Family Social
Save the Date! 

Our next Young Family Social will be Saturday, March 11 from 4 to 6 pm at the home of Billy and Callie DeLancey (4406 Chatwell Road, Midlothian). 

Come for fellowship and fun. St. James’s will provide snacks, water, and juice. Parents are welcome to bring a favorite adult beverage if they wish. These socials are for any St. James family with children living at home.

DOERS Doing March Opportunity

Our March Doers Doing activity focuses on creation care! Join us for a James River clean up at Belle Isle on Saturday, March 25 from 10 am-12 pm. 

We’ll meet in the Belle Isle parking lot (300 Tredegar Street). Cleaning materials will be provided, just wear sneakers and bring water!

Here's the full schedule for
our Sunday Lenten Adult Forum series. 
Adult Forum Schedule for Power of Community in a Season of Transformation Series:

  • 3/5 - Founders Day Reception and Q&A about Legacy gifts
  • 3/12- Peter Paul -- Presenter: Damon Jiggetts; Interviewer: Anne Hurt
  • 3/19 - REAL LIFE -- Presenter: Sarah Scarbrough; Interviewer: Katie Morris
  • 3/26 - ACTS RVA -- Presenter: Billy Poarch; Interviewer: The Rev. Amelia Arthur
Parishioners who passed away recently:

Jane Southall Bowles, died February 17
Jeanne Gunn Lapierre, died February 24

 We commend Jane and Jeanne 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 office.

We do our best to keep this list current, but if you want your name added or removed, please email Veni Davidkova at or call her at 804-355-1779, ext. 315
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