Tell us what you think about
The Children’s Ministry.
As St. James’s looks to hire a new director to manage our Children’s Ministry, we want to get an idea of what you think about it--what you’d change, what you wouldn’t change, and what we need to add. Not only will that information help us improve the program, it will also help hire just the right person to manage it.  
To that end, we’re holding a series of Listening Sessions next Tuesday (October 12th), and Wednesday (October 13th) with Ministry Architects, a firm that helps churches assess their ministries, then helps them design ways to improve them, and even helps them find the best person to hire. Then on Thursday, October 14th (2pm-3pm) via Zoom, Ministry Architects will share their assessment findings during a report presentation.
Look at the attached schedule to see the session that best fits your schedule and then RSVP there too.
If you can’t attend, you can still give us feedback online here.
However you choose to participate, thank you in advance for giving us an honest assessment of how we’re doing. It will go a long way to making sure we’re doing what’s best for the children at St. James’s.
Please note that there is nursery care during both of our Tuesday in-person sessions and Chick-fil-A for the kids at the 6 pm session.

We are thrilled to announce that Ashlee Ligon will serve as our interim director of children’s ministry effective immediately. She may be new to this role, but she is hardly new to St. James’s. Ashlee is a long-time parishioner and active lay leader. She and her husband, Grey, have two boys, William and Henry. Ashlee will be coordinating Sunday School, baptisms, and children’s ministry offerings on a part-time basis while we conduct a search for our next full-time director. Ashlee can be reached at

Celebrate Becky Page
Sunday, October 17th, 10:15 am - 11:00 am
St. James's Memorial Garden
Sunday Small Groups--
intimate, varied, fascinating, 
And they start this Sunday. 

Instead of a large lecture series, this October and November Adult Learning will be done in small groups hosted by lay leaders. There are five different classes to choose from each and every Sunday, covering a wide range of fascinating and provocative topics. In order to insure that each class doesn’t exceed the limit of 8 to 12 people, we’re asking folks to register here by this Thursday.

To read in-depth descriptions of the topics, click here or on the Small Group Adult Learning brochure picture.
Doing doesn't change.
How we do it has.

As Doers of the Word, St. James’s has always found so many ways to be active in our community…and beyond. Over the last few months, we’ve taken a hard look at how we harness our resources—giving, missions and outreach—and have made some changes.
Today we want to share with you how our Outreach—called Doers Doing in the Community—has evolved. Starting now, we will have three outreach partners, CARITAS, REAL LIFE and Peter Paul. And each month we will heighten our attention and generosity toward one of our partners, while still providing everyday opportunities at all three organizations.
Our October partner is REAL LIFE, which “serves individuals who have been impacted by incarceration, homelessness, or substance use disorder by giving them an opportunity to overcome their personal and community barriers that hinder their pathway to a Thriving Life” 

Between now and October 13th, you’re invited to bring linens to the church--either to the Narthex on Sundays or to the Parish House Mondays thru Thursdays, 9 to 4. You can also volunteer to help set up the new house by putting together bunk beds and setting up the kitchens. Sign up here
As for the everyday opportunities to be a Doer doing, click here to see what you can at CARITAS, Peter Paul and REAL LIFE. 
Welcome The Rev. Doug Wigner
to St. James’s

The Rev. Doug Wigner has joined St. James’s church as a Clergy Associate. He will be leading the Sunday Bible Study at 10:15 am, which is focusing on The Gospel According to Luke. He will also be serving at other services. 

Doug was born in Baltimore, MD, and grew up in the Northern Neck. He graduated from VA Tech, served four years in the Army in Germany, Vietnam, and Ft. Meade, MD before entering Virginia Theological Seminary where he earned his MDiv in 1972 and his DMin in 2007. He has served churches in Virginia, Connecticut and is the Rector Emeritus of St. Paul’s Episcopal Church in Lynchburg, VA. He was a senior trainer with the Church Development Institute and serves on the Board of Trustees of VTS.

He and his wife Nancy serve as Diocesan Parish Discernment Facilitators. Doug has two sons and two grandchildren who live in Richmond. He’s a life-long birder, loves to garden and fish.
The St. James’s Podcast is here

St. James’s has launched a podcast called Be Ye Hearers, which will feature sermons from the St. James’s clergy. Over time, we may add other content, but for now we’ve observed that parishioners really want to hear the sermons, even when you can’t view or attend the service. So go to where ever you find your favorite podcasts and search for Be Ye Hearers. So go to Spotify, Amazon Music and Apple Podcasts and search for Be Ye Hearers.
Happy listening! 

People loved Sacred Ground.
So we brought it back. 

The powerful Sacred Ground series we held in the Spring was extremely popular, so we’ve brought it back this Fall. It’s a powerful 10-part film and readings-based series on race, grounded in faith. The series is especially designed to help white people talk about a very challenging subject--racism. Our small, lay-led groups will meet once or twice a month and together we’ll walk through chapters of America’s history of race and racism. 

Sacred Ground – Begins in October
A curriculum designed by the Episcopal Church’s ministry for Becoming Beloved Community, Sacred Ground is a powerful ten-part film and readings-based dialogue series on race, grounded in faith. This series is especially designed to help white people talk about racism with other white people. You are invited to join one of our small, lay-facilitated groups, which meet once or twice a month. Each small group walks together through chapters of America’s history of race and racism, while weaving in threads of family story, economic class, and political and regional identity. Learn more at,, and

Register for a Sacred Ground small group at
Contact: the Rev. Hilary Streever, or (804)355-1779, ext. 319