April 17, 2024

Saint James the Less Weekly News & Updates

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A Note From Father Bo

It was great to be with you on Sunday and I cannot thank you enough for the warm welcome.  I look forward to continuing the Easter journey with you over the next few weeks.

I have noticed, over the years, that many parishes have a great deal of programing in Lent, but often, after the First Sunday of Easter, fall into the doldrums.  That is too bad because the joyous and forward looking season of Easter is an important part of the church year and merits great programing.

All of this is to say, that as I look at the calendar of St. James the Less, you are definitely NOT in the doldrums!  Great efforts are continuing and new ones are on the horizon.  From Adult and Children’s Sunday School, to the SJTL Youth Group, to the amazing free clinic (I was able to get a tour last week), to the upcoming “Jimmy’s Jam” there is a lot going on.  And this is not to mention the work of the Altar Guild, Choir, Lectors, Eucharistic Ministers, Vestry Greeters, Acolytes, and others who support the entire community in worship. Each of these activities provides a way for us to continue to say, “Alleluia. Christ is risen. The Lord is risen indeed. Alleluia.”

Thank you for the good work you are doing and the witness you are giving.  St. James the Less is a beacon of hope.  


Wednesday, April 17, 2024

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

Thursday, April 18, 2024

  • 6pm- Hand Bell Choir
  • 7pm- Parish Choir

Friday, April 19, 2024

  • 6pm- Family Lego Night

Sunday, April 21, 2024

  • 8am- Eucharist Rite I -MOVED INDOOR DUE TO COLD TEMPS
  • 10am- Eucharist Rite II (music)
  • 11am- Lunch & Learn
  • 5pm- Contemplative Service

Monday, April 22, 2024

  • 10:30am- Good Grief
  • 10:30am- Vinyasa Yoga with Lorie
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April Calendar

  • 4/19- Family Lego Night 6pm
  • 4/20- Supper Club
  • 4/21- Lunch & Learn 11am
  • 4/21- Contemplative Service 5pm
  • 4/28- Youth Night 6-8pm

What a wonderful day in community! It was so good having Father Bo with us. Miriam & Rachel's duet was beautiful. Miriam thoughtfully and lovingly teaches our children every week. Rachel's presentation was informative and engaging. Nancy and Alice had lovely food for folks to eat. Our phenomenal Altar Guild had all things prepared for us for worship. We are so rich in love here at St. James the Less.

8am Service on Sunday Indoor This Week

The 8am service will be moved indoor this week due to colder temperatures. It will be 50 degrees at 8am this Sunday. We want to make sure we are keeping you warm and safe.

Contemplative Service

Please join us for the contemplative service on Sunday, 4/21 at 5pm. Dawn+ will be leading us in this reflective service. We hope you will join us.

Adult Sunday School

You are invited to an Adult Formation study of the Book of Acts, lead by our Seminarian, Dr. Bart Natoli. There are discussions on Sundays between the two services from 9:00-9:45 am in the Parish Hall. The dates are April 14-May 19. You are invited to participate in as many discussions as you’d like, but you are not required to attend all discussions.

The Book of Acts is a foundational piece of Christian scripture because it is the lynchpin between the teachings and life of Jesus and the creation of the Christian Church. It tells the story of the early development of the Jesus movement, a sect of Judaism, into a faith that for the Gentiles, as well. As such, it is not only a key piece of evidence for the early practices and theologies of the nascent church but also a constant invitation for us to reflect upon the role of Christ in our own lives.

Our discussions of the Book of Acts will consist in the study of select passages and the reflection on the role of these passages in our lives. Each week, we will consider a different aspect of the Book of Acts:

April 21: The Rebuilding of the ‘house of David’ (Acts 2:1-5:42)

April 28: First Martyrs and Converts (Acts 6:1-9:31)

May 5: The beginnings of Paul’s mission (Acts 9:32-12:25)

May 12: Creating a Christian Identity (Acts 13:1-21:14)

May 19: Christians and Romans (Acts 21:15-28:31)

Please join us for this blessed study of the Book of Acts. No special materials are needed other than a bible in whatever translation you prefer.

Grace and peace to you,


I have set you to be a light for the Gentiles, so that you may bring salvation to the ends of the earth. -Acts 13:47

Prayer Cloths Ministry

God did extraordinary miracles through Paul, so that when the handkerchiefs or aprons that had touched his skin were brought to the sick, their diseases left them, and the evil spirits came out of them (Acts 19:11-12).[1]

We will be making Prayer Cloths by crochet or knit on the first Sunday's of the month. Our first one will be Sunday, May 5th following the 10am service. Beginners welcome. We will have yarn, needles and patterns. Come for a bit of creative fun and fellowship.

Prayer cloths will be blessed and available for anyone that needs a reminder that they are loved and supported.

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 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.  

Volunteer For St. Jimmy's Jam

Would you like to help volunteer at Jimmy's Jam on May 4th? (or the night before). Sign up HERE to help in whatever time or capacity you are able. It's always fun to work together! We will have live bands, food trucks, drinks and a super fun children's activities. Come help us make this possible for our community!


Sunday Schedule:

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

St. Cecilia's Choir at St. Jimmy's Jam

We would love to have the choir members perform at St. Jimmy's Jam on May 4th. We will meet on April 21st during Sunday School to run a quick practice. We will plan to do the song from Easter with a little Gospel/Bluegrass twist. Mr. Tripp will be accompanying us on banjo for the day of. Please reach out to Miriam to let her know if you are able to join in. We will plan to perform on the day of at the best time for the families. Looking forward to it!


  • 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. (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, Meghann Batten, Dennis Folsom, Court Warfield, Andrea Alexander McCallum, Joy Stevenson, Andy Newchok, Haden Hopkins, Kim Keene, Pam Bowers, Hilda Kelly, Harry Hassell, Holly Rison and family, Bower family, Smith family, Lyde Longaker, Mary Ann Harris, Gini Dryden, Bob & Mary Lou Brown, Kay Kemper, David Bandas, Rone Deas, Diana Timberlake, Kristi Elles, Sharon Street, Pam Gillette, Lillian Espinoza-Gala, Joanne Watkins, Ruth Beaudry, Tom & Fran Burke, Dennis Ray, Dawn Haase & family, Tuck Davis, Bobbie Street, 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, especially Marilyn Garlick. 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.


April 17

Kendra Shifflett

April 18

Betty Tharrington

Val Sutton

Yancey Jones

Kristina Raney

April 19

Bob Brown

Marcia Hill

Ragan Dyer

April 20

Bobbie Street


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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