June 19, 2024

Saint James the Less Weekly News & Updates

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A Note From Father Bo

Time marches on and we find ourselves deep into the summer. Often this is a time of year when folks take vacations or visit family. This is reflected in Sunday attendance oftentimes. At the very same time, the life and work of St. James the Less continues to be vital and vibrant.

In addition to mid-week and Sunday worship (made possible by a large number of volunteers and enhanced by your presence), pastoral care abounds as members care for one another, as people participate in the grief support group and as prayers shawls are knitted. The work of the Free Clinic continues its outreach to underserved populations. Food donations for the hungry of Hanover County are being collected. Painters are being recruited to help keep the facilities fresh and welcoming.

In terms of fun and renewal, it is now time to sign up for the annual retreat at Shrine Mont, even as we look forward to going to a Flying Squirrels game and to family Lego night. There is much to do and to celebrate.

I began these remarks by noting that summer traditionally is a time for trips out of town. I think it is also true, that in the summer, whether we are on a trip or at home, we enjoy the outdoors…even when it is very hot! But relaxing times on the porch at home, or in the mountains or at the beach are rejuvenating. In that spirit I will leave you with this prayer from the Prayer Book (page 814).

O heavenly Father, who hast filled the world with beauty: Open our eyes to behold thy gracious hand in all thy works; that, rejoicing in thy whole creation, we may learn to serve thee with gladness; for the sake of him through whom all things were made, thy Son Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen. 


Wednesday, June 19, 2024

  • 7:30am- Morning Prayer (with bagels & coffee to follow)
  • 10:30am- Vinyasa Yoga with Lorie (in the pavilion)

Sunday, June 23, 2024

  • 8am- Eucharist Rite I -outside in Pavilion
  • 10am- Eucharist Rite II (music)

Monday, June 24, 2024

  • 10:30am- Good Grief
  • 10:30am- Vinyasa Yoga with Lorie (in the pavilion)
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June Calendar

  • 6/19- Juneteenth- Office Closed
  • 6/30- 11am Elevated Coffee Hour for Bo+

July Calendar

  • 7/4- Independence Day- Office Closed
  • 7/25- 5:30pm- Family Lego Night

We are SO incredibly grateful for all our volunteers! Our Hospitality Guild and Altar Guild worked so hard this weekend to make it special for the Hopkins family celebration of Lee's life. Our community is filled with love and support of each other. Thank you to all who make it possible!

Limited Office Hours June 24-28

The week of June 24-28, we will have no office hours. Kasey, our Parish Administrator, will be on vacation with her family. Volunteers will come by and prepare bulletins and check voice messages once daily in her absence. She will not have access to her email.

If you have an emergency, please reach out to our Deacon Dawn McNamara (804-356-6803 by phone or text) or, Head Warden, Bob Hughes ( 804-874-3580).

June 30th- Gratitude for Bo+

Sunday, June 30th, following the 10am service, we will have an "elevated" Coffee Hour in honor and gratitude of The Rev. Bo Millner. He has helped us through the first part of Rock's+ sabbatical so beautifully. We hope you will join us in saying "thank you." Please bring a side dish or finger food to share. We look forward to this time together.

Prayer Shawl Ministry

Prayer Shawls are such a beautiful way to show someone care and support during a difficult time. We are hoping to collect a small supply of them in the office that we could distribute them as needs arise. Please fill out the information HERE or let the office know that you are interested in making prayer shawls for our ministry. We truly appreciate your dedication to such a special ministry for our community. HERE is a link to a few simple patterns for prayer shawls if you would like to learn more.

Painters Needed

We have a few projects around the property that we could use some help with. If you have some free time and would be willing to help us paint some railing and our stage in the pavilion, please let us know. We are hoping to do it in the next month, once we have volunteers. We have all the supplies and give directions, you just show up.

Shrine Mont Planning Committee

Would you like to help plan some of the fun activities we do at Shrine Mont for our Parish retreat? We would love your input and help. We are looking for a few individuals with ideas and energy to share. Please email Kasey or call the office if you'd like to be on the team. We are looking forward to a wonderful weekend!

Coffee Hour Clean Up Team

Our lovely Hospitality Team sets out such a beautiful spread of food and drink for us every week following services so we can spend time building relationships. If you would be interested in helping be part of the clean up team, let us know. You can email Kasey or reach out to Nancy Chamlee.

Family Lego Night

Please join us for food, fun and prizes! We will have Family Lego Night on July 21st at 5:30pm. All ages are welcome! We will have a little kids building area as well as space for our children and youth. There will be competitions with chances to win prizes (and bragging rights). Please use the link below to make sure we have enough food and legos :) See you all then!!


Flying Squirrels Game

Join St. James the Less Episcopal Church for Faith Night at The Diamond on August 8th at 6:35pm! First pitch is at 6:35pm, but make sure to arrive early for pre-game player testimonials and faith-based bands on the main stage! Post-game fireworks too! Tickets will be available for purchase until the day before, HERE. The SJtL family will be seated together. We hope you can join us!

Shrine Mont Annual Retreat

We are thrilled to announce that we are taking our annual Parish Retreat to Shrine Mont on October 4-6, 2024. It is always such a restorative time of community and faith building. We hope you can join us! Please complete the form HERE or sign up in the hallway to let us know you are interested. 

The cost is $55 for children (ages 4-12), $70 for teens (13-18), and $155 for adults (18 +). If you would like to complete a Chenery grant request to help with the cost of your trip, please let the office know and we can get you a copy of the application, 804-798-6336. We don’t want cost to hinder anyone from this awesome experience. All are wanted and welcome!


We will not have Sunday school, nursery or Children's church through the summer, starting this Sunday. We will be back with normal schedule in the fall. We hope you will bring your children into church. We welcome all!

Summer Programming

With the program year over, we look forward to family friendly events that will keep us connected through the summer. Please make plans to join us.

  • July 21st- Family Lego Night- 5:30pm- Pizza and Ice Cream 
  • August 8th- Flying Squirrels game 6:35pm (ticket information above)


  • 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, Bo+, our supply priest. 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, Bower family, Smith family, Lyde Longaker, Mary Ann Harris, Gini Dryden, Bob & Mary Lou Brown, David Bandas, Rone Deas, Diana Timberlake, Kristi Elles, Pam Gillette, Joanne Watkins, Ruth Beaudry, Tom & Fran Burke, Dennis Ray, Dawn Haase & family, Kimette Cannady, Traci Smith, Jerry & Carolyn Peart, John Wagner, Alicia Wood, Lisa Capen, Heather Grande & family, Jenny Bruce, Pat Jordan, Esther Gilman, and Lee Chambers.

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 Lee Hopkins and Quincy "Tuck" Davis. 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.


June 20

Sergio Sergi

Lindsey Conley

Samara John

Charlotte Cook

June 21

Bob Ellithorpe

Molly Belyea

June 24

Anne McDougall

Ana Bajcsi

June 25

Mary Anne Harris

Mary Waugh

Stephanie Parks


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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