Introducing Summer Socials
9 chances for adults to socialize this Summer. 

Given the popularity of the Young Family Socials, we wanted to provide an opportunity for parishioners who don’t fall into the “young family” category to also gather informally in small groups in homes throughout the summer.

Summer Socials will consist of either a dinner or cocktails as indicated in the signup.
Select 1 date/location that works for you, and then your host will be in touch with additional details. Sign up here.

Contact Lisa de Wolff if you have any questions.

Young Family Socials will continue to gather in the summer months (keep your eyes on the eChimes).
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. Doug will select the third book of the Summer Book Club series, which we’ll share with you in a future eChimes. 
Saturday, June 17
A reception honoring & celebrating John McCard
Valentine Hall from 11 am to 1 pm. Remarks at 12:15.

Wednesday, June 21
Welcome Summer Recital and Supper
Supper - 5:30 pm in Valentine Hall
Recital - 7 pm in the Sanctuary
St. James's Choir: A Gloucester Prelude

Supper will be home cooked and sure to delight.
Please RSVP here by 6 pm on Monday to give us some idea of how many people to expect.

Thursday, June 22
Women in Fellowship Social - 7 pm
Our Women in Fellowship Bible study group is getting together for a Social
at Mary Beth Abplanalp's house (8346 W. Weyburn Road)

Tuesday Men's Bible Study, Young Adults, Women in Wisdom and Lectionary Ladies
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. 
This week's eChimes features
  • Reception for John McCard
  • New Summer Socials
  • New Summer Book Club - read along with the clergy
  • Save The Date for Midsummer Parish Meeting
  • Don't miss out - get your tickets for the Flying Squirrels game
  • An easy way to know what's going on this summer at St. James's
  • This Wednesday's Summer Recital and Supper
  • College Scholarship Opportunity
  • Prayers of The People
  • Diocese of Virginia
We’re honoring & celebrating John
this Saturday.

The reception to honor and celebrate the ministry of John McCard here at St. James’s is this Saturday, June 17, from 11am to 1pm in Valentine Hall--with remarks at 12:15.

Enjoy catered food and drinks, a cake, and take the opportunity to thank John for his contributions to the St. James’s community.

There is no RSVP necessary and everyone is welcome. If you wish to give John a card or gift, you're invited to bring it to the reception.

On Sunday July 16, everyone is invited to our Midsummer Parish Meeting & Update. This is a chance to ask questions and hear what 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. 

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’re preparing to share with parishioners. 
Have fun! Go nuts!
Don’t wait. 
Join us at a Richmond Squirrels game in July. 

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.

As we get closer to the game, we’ll send out more information on where we’ll be sitting.

You can purchase your General Admission Tickets to the game when you click hereBut don’t wait, the Squirrels are drawing big crowds this year, and we don’t want anyone to get shut out. The Squirrels attract fans from not just the Richmond area, but a 45 mile radius.
There's so much happening this summer.
See it all in one place.

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. 
Our Welcome Summer Recital and Supper series
continues this Wednesday, June 21

Our lovely summer tradition -- Welcome Summer Recital Series -- plus Supper wraps up this Wednesday. Before the performance at 7 pm, we're having a delicious casual supper.
So before you’re inspired and moved by St. James's choir's amazing singing voices, come enjoy a home cooked dinner with friends. In addition to being a delight for St. James’sers, the recital and supper is also a great opportunity to introduce friends to our church or to meet someone who've never met.

Cost for dinner is $5 per person. Please RSVP here by 6 pm on Monday to give us some idea of how many people to expect.

Here's the musical lineup for this coming Wednesday. Go here for more details.
  • June 21 --  St. James’s Choir: A Gloucester Prelude
           Music to be sung during the choir’s residency at Gloucester Cathedral, August 7-13, 2023
The Scott-Taliaferro
College Scholarship
for 2023-2024 Academic Year

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