Meet our new Interim Rector at our
Midsummer Parish Meeting on July 16
On Sunday July 16, everyone is invited to our Midsummer Parish Meeting & Update. This is a chance to meet our new Interim Rector, Rev. Penny A. Nash, ask her questions, and hear how a variety of church ministries are doing as we look ahead to the new program year. The meeting will be in Valentine Hall from 8:45 to 9:45 am. There will also be coffee and refreshments. Here’s a link to her bio.

While we’re saving dates, Sunday, July 9, is the first Sunday that Penny will be preaching. 

If you have a ministry update that you’d like to share with the parish, please send it (a Word doc is sufficient) to and we’ll gladly add it to the booklet we’ll be preparing to share with parishioners. 
Tuesday, July 4

Thursday, July 6
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.
July Book: The Secret Chord by Geraldine Brooks
Contact: Linda Owen,
Looking ahead, here's August Book: The Only Woman in the Room by Marie Benedict

Saturday, July 8
Flying Squirrels Game for All Ages - 6pm
The Diamond
3001 N Arthur Ashe Blvd, Richmond, VA 23230
We'll be sitting in General Admissions above section 205
St. James’s is going to the Flying Squirrels game against the Bowie Baysox at 6:05 pm,
which also features Glow Night and fireworks! 
To purchase your general admission ticket to the game, please click here. 
Contact: Katie Richard,

Women in Fellowship
is taking a summer break, but their next summer social is Thursday, July 20.

Tuesday Men's Bible Study, Young Adults, and Women in Wisdom
are taking a summer break, but will return in the fall.
Peek at the Week is now on the website ( too. So if you need to check in on what’s going on this coming week, click on the Peek at the Week banner (The Week's Events)
on the home page. 
The parish office will be
closed July 3-7, 2023.

For pastoral emergencies,
please call our clergy members’ cell phone numbers:
The Rev. Amelia Arthur, (504) 330-3089
The Rev. Blake Singer, (423) 298-4907
The Rev. Dr. Doug Wigner, (804) 269-2946

The parish office Summer hours are:
Monday - Thursday: 9 am-4 pm
Friday: closed

There will be no Tuesday email next week.
This week's eChimes features
  • Praying for Service members
  • Richmond Squirrels game
  • Summer Calendar
  • Keeping up with St. James'sers
  • Summer Book Club
  • College Scholarship Opportunity
  • Prayers of The People
  • Diocese of Virginia
Praying for St. James's members
serving in the Armed Forces.

St. James’s is resuming our weekly prayers for members of our church who are serving in the Armed Forces. This week we remember: 
David Bhatta
Robby Farmer
Sam Moffatt
William Smith
Mitchell Teefey

If you would like to submit the name of someone for our Military Prayer List, please reach out to Mary Brown at

Join us at a Richmond Squirrels game this coming Saturday. 

After having such a great time last year, St. James’s is going back to see the Flying Squirrels – on Saturday, July 8! The Squirrels take on the Bowie Baysox at 6:05 pm, plus it’s Glow Night and fireworks. Grab a friend and a ticket and meet us there.

You can purchase your General Admission Tickets to the game when you click here. We're sitting in the section above 205.

But don’t wait, the Squirrels are drawing big crowds this year, and we don’t want anyone to get shut out. 
We’re making it as easy as possible to know what’s happening this Summer at St. James’s. In addition to clicking on the Summer at St. James’s artwork above, you can always go to, where you’ll find the full schedule of summer social and musical events, book clubs and classes, and, of course, worship – all in one place. 
The response to our Keeping Up With St. James'sers event has been a little, shall we say, underwhelming -- especially when compared with last summer. But it's not too late to have some fun together. Whether you're traveling, taking a class, making art, hangin' by the pool or something else entirely, your fellow St. James's would love to know about it.

Go here to submit pics and a little info.

Join our Summer Book Club –
read along with the clergy. 

Another way to connect this Summer is the St. James’s Summer Book Club. The clergy have selected three books to read, with a month to read each one. At the end of the month, there will a Zoom meeting led by the clergy member who chose the book where we’ll discuss the month’s book.
The first book is Help, Thanks, Wow by Anne LaMott, which has been selected by Amelia.

On Monday, July 17 at 7:30 pm, Amelia will lead a discussion of the book on a Zoom call (details to follow).
The second book is On the Road With St. Augustine by James K.A. Smith, which has been chosen by Blake.

On Monday, August 14 at 7:30 pm, Blake will lead a discussion of the book on a Zoom call (details to follow).

The final book of the summer is What Christ Thinks of the Church, An Exposition of Revelation 1-3 by John R. W. Stott, which has been chosen by Doug.

On Monday, September 18, at 7:30 pm, Doug will lead a discussion of the book on a Zoom call (details to follow).
The Scott-Taliaferro
College Scholarship
applications are due tomorrow,
July 1

The Scott-Taliaferro College Scholarship was created to provide financial aid for the undergraduate college education of St. James’s members. The scholarship awards are based on need and service to the community.

Funding for the Scott-Taliaferro Scholarship is given through the generosity of Mrs. Thomas Branch Scott, Jr. and Lucy Nelson Taliaferro in memory of their parents and grandparents, and Dr. and Mrs. Richard Michaux.

Here are the application requirements.
  • Applicant must submit a personal letter which includes:
  • the objectives or purposes for pursuing a college education
  • financial need and any other sources of funding
  • a description of family (e.g. number of household members)
  • a description of service efforts (e.g. church, community, and school)
  • All application letters are due by Saturday, July 1
  • Only one recipient is allowed per household.

Please submit application letters to:
Tracy Schneider--Senior Warden
c/o Mary Brown
St. James’s Episcopal Church
1205 W. Franklin Street, Richmond, VA 23220

Letters may also be submitted electronically to

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
For Diocese of Virginia news and information, visit:
You can always find the eChimes at