March 27, 2024

Saint James the Less Weekly News & Updates

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A Note From Father Rock

Holy Week blessings!

Coming home last week I was greeted with the beautiful sight of our new parking lot. I can honestly say I have never looked at asphalt as a thing of beauty, but I do now. It took a lot of people to make it happen. Thank you! This will last us for decades to come, Thanks Be To God!

And, as promised, they got it in before Holy Week. We paraded in on Sunday for the Triumphal Procession. And pause parading out to go into the week and all that it entails.

As I said Sunday, the Triduum are my favorite services of the year, and of the Triduum, the Easter Vigil is my favorite of all the services of the whole year. We recount our whole salvation history. I hope you plan on being with us all three, but if you have to pick, consider Saturday evening. It is the best.

May your final Lenten days be filled with the Spirit's blessings, and may Easter find you faithful, hopeful, and Spirit-filled.




Wednesday, March 27, 2024

  • 7:30am- Eucharist Rite II (with bagels & coffee to follow)
  • 10:30am- Vinyasa Yoga with Lorie

Thursday, March 28, 2024

  • 7pm- Maundy Thursday Service

Friday, March 29, 2024

  • 7pm- Good Friday Service

Saturday, March 30, 2024

  • 12pm- Holy Saturday Service
  • 7:45pm- Easter Vigil (begins outside)

Sunday, March 31, 2024

  • 8am- Eucharist Rite I Outside
  • 10am- Eucharist Rite II (music)
  • 11am- Easter Egg Hunt

Monday, April 1, 2024

  • Office Closed
  • NO Yoga or Good Grief
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March Calendar

  • 3/28- Maundy Thursday Service 7pm
  • 3/29- Good Friday Service 7pm
  • 3/30-Noon- Holy Saturday Service,
  • 3/30- 7:45pm- Easter Vigil
  • 3/31- Easter Service (8am outside, 10am inside)
  • 3/31- Easter Egg Hunt 11am

We are so grateful to all who made our parking lot resurfacing possible. We are so thankful to Dale Hill for overseeing the entire project. Thank you for your generous donations and patience as we did the work.

Our Altar Guild is INCREDIBLE! They make sure every detail is taken care of each week. These palm arrangements are beautiful! Thank you Altar Guild!

The Expansion of SJTL Youth Group: Discerning, Teaming, and Planning 

We are holding four workshops in April and May to bring together those who want to see what is possible for the next phase of youth group at SJTL. These workshops are open to anyone who wants to spend time together discerning, teaming, and planning. We will meet in Brydon Hall. Bring a note pad or journal to write down and save your thoughts and ideas. For more information, text or call Aleta Meyer at 804-380-7832.

  • Sun April 14, 6-7:30pm — Next Phase Workshop One: What was the role of youth group in my life? In the lives of others? Why does youth group matter now?
  • Sun April 21, 6-7:30pm — Next Phase Workshop Two: How do I feel about getting involved? What nudges and concerns am I hearing? Am I feeling called?
  • Sun May 5, 6-7:30pm — Next Phase Workshop Three: What personal gifts do I bring, and/or want to strengthen, to a next phase of youth group at SJTL? What are our gifts, collectively?
  • Sun May 19, 6-7:30pm — Next Phase Workshop Four: What ideas do we have for our roles and overall plans for a next phase of youth group in 2024-2025?


Lunch and Learn April 21: Growing a Church-Wide Culture of Support for All Children and Youth

Join us for a Lunch and Learn facilitated by Aleta Meyer and Miriam Smith that will (1) raise our awareness about the important roles everyone in the church plays in the lives of children and youth AND (2) build our capacity and muscles for reaching out, paying attention to, and engaging with someone in a different generation or someone that we may not know very well or at all. You Matter. We All Matter.  

8am service moving outside

The 8am Rite I service is moving back outside to the Pavilion. We will hold our 8am Easter Service outside and then continue on April 7. We will remain outside as long as it is over 60 degrees.

Church-wide Luncheon

Mark your calendars for Sunday, April 7th. We will have a delicious catered lunch following the 10am service to send Father Rock off on his Sabbatical. We are so happy for him and wish him a peaceful time away with his family.

Coffee Pot with Rachel Easter 4/14

With God’s help and support from the SJTL congregation, the Cycles of Change project continues in rural Honduras! Dr. Rachel Easter participated in another medical brigade the past February, conducting women’s health classes and distributing menstrual hygiene products. The communities are hungry for more education about sexual health and puberty topics for both boys and girls, and Dr. Easter is committed to ensuring this effort continues. On April 14th , following the 10am service, she will present updates, goals, and ways for SJTL to stay involved.

Challenge Sponsorship St. Jimmy’s Jam

A parishioner has offered a sponsorship challenge of $2,500 for the St. Jimmy’s Jam if it is met or exceeded by another sponsor (individual, family, foundation or business). Prayerfully consider if you can make such a commitment to help spread Christ’s ministry into the community. Pick up the cross and brighten Christ’s light a little more for all to see. Contact Andy Newchok (804-908-0892) or the church office (804-798-6336).

Triangle of Hope Meals

We are so looking forward to hosting the youth and chaperones of Triangle of Hope in Ashland, VA July 24- August 4 at Randolph Macon. While they are here we will need some help supporting them with meals. We have asked other churches and groups from our Diocese as well. Some meals will be dropped off to them at their dorms at Randolph Macon in individually bagged breakfasts/lunches. Some meals will be prepared warm at St. James the Less. If you, your church or a group of friends and family would like to sponsor a meal, please review the available slots HERE and click on the button to sign up. There will be around 50 people (34 youth, 16 adults) 

Please also bring plates, utensils, napkins, cups and drinks with your meal if you can. If you are bringing a "Grab & Go" meal you are welcome to put them in brown bags. Please include the utensils and napkins needed in the bags. 

Thank you! We are so grateful for your support of this community! We couldn't do it without you!

FREE Transportation in Ashland!


Sunday Schedule:

  • Children's Sunday School- Sundays 9am
  • Nursery- Sundays 9am
  • Children's Church- during the 10am service

Children's Supplies -Help us get ready for the annual Easter Egg hunt and Lent preparations. Click the link HERE to see the needs for our youth and children’s programming. Thank you all so much for your continued support!!!


  • Sign up to bring meals for the Clinic Volunteers HERE
  • Help stock our Emergency Food Pantry (outside the clinic)
  • Send in your Pop Tops for McDonald House
  • Bring in Hygiene or laundry items for Peter Paul
  • Donate to ACES- Click HERE for current needs (we have a box in our hallway)
  • Donate to Peter Paul Development Center. (we have a box in our hallway)


Lord, we lift up this nation struggling with itself these days. Encourage us to faithfulness, righteousness, and compassion for all God’s Children. We lift up Justin, Archbishop of Canterbury, Michael, our Presiding Bishop, Mark, Dabney & Gail, our Bishops, Rock+, our priest, and Dawn+, our Deacon. We pray for Bart, our Seminarian, in his formation May they be strengthened and encouraged as the work with us to proclaim your Good News in this world. We pray for Joe, our President, Glenn, our Governor, and Steve, our Mayor, and all our elected officials. Guide them to lead us to the common good. 

We ask your prayers for peace; for goodwill among nations; and for the well-being of all people. Remembering especially Gus Miller, Erin Yagla, Meredith Moon, Meghann Batten, Dennis Folsom, Court Warfield, Andrea Alexander McCallum, Joy Stevenson, Andy Newchok, Rebecca Hottman, Haden Hopkins, Kim Keene, Pam Bowers, Hilda Kelly, Harry Hassell, Joel Blunk, Holly Rison and family, Bower family, Gavin Yonce and family, Smith family, Lyde Longaker, Mary Ann Harris, Michele Parks, Gini Dryden, Bob & Mary Lou Brown, Kay Kemper, David Bandas, Rone Deas, Diana Timberlake, Kristi Elles, Sharon Street, Pam Gillette, Ray Tyson, Lillian Espinoza-Gala, Joanne Watkins, Ruth Beaudry, Tom & Fran Burke, and Margaret Belyea.

We ask your prayers for the poor, the sick, the hungry, the oppressed, and those in prison. We also ask your prayers for those serving in the diplomatic corps, the military, and as missionaries: Larson Flanagan, Kemper Jones, Greg Ericksen, Matthew Thomas, Philip Morison, James Ashley, Ellie Deas, Andrew Brunson, Liam Higgins, and Katherine Murphy. 

We ask your prayers for those who have died. We ask your prayers for those who grieve.  

Our citizens who live in Hanover County, the Board of Supervisors, School Board, and Manager. The print and broadcast media. The churches of metropolitan Richmond: members and clergy. All who live in poverty. All who suffer from mental illness. Our citizens who live in Ashland, Hopewell, Colonial Heights, and Petersburg, the town and city Councils and Managers. All who work in banks and finance; all making financial decisions for greater Richmond. Prisons and jails of metropolitan Richmond: prisoners and staff. All who are unemployed or underemployed. All public servants.

For all those who seek peace in the world and for ourselves, that we may bring about God's Kingdom here on earth. For our enemies, and for those who wish us harm.

Praise God for those in every generation in whom Christ has been honored.

Palm Sunday Homily

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Apologies! A few names were missing from last week's list. They are so loved, we needed to make sure they were celebrated!

March 24

Dick Shirey

Jim Cox

Ann Lawrence

March 26

Margaret Rush

March 27

Betty Moore

Keira Tucker

March 29

Scott Wagner

Sara Waugh

Hayden Massey

March 30

Bill Sanders

March 31

Randy Marshall

Janie Jones

April 1

Pat Jordan

Parke Pleasants

Claire Reagan

April 2

Ted Gillette

Katherine Ellithorpe


Saint James the Less Episcopal Church

125 Beverly Road

Ashland, VA 23005

(804) 798-6336

Staff: (click on the name to email them)

The Rev. Rock Higgins, tssf Rector

The Rev. Deacon Dawn McNamara Deacon

Reggie Long- Organist/Music Director

Miriam Smith- Christian Formation- Children & Youth Director

Kasey Buckland- Parish Administrator

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