May 1, 2024

Saint James the Less Weekly News & Updates

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A Note From Father Bo

It has been said that a generation or two ago, people came to church looking for God and found community in the bargain.  Nowadays, it is more likely that people are looking for community first and when they join a congregation, they experience a connection to God in the bargain. 

I do think that the need for meaningful community is tremendously important and a significant factor of life in the 21st century.  All of which is to say that the upcoming Jimmy’s Jam on Saturday is a great chance to share the SJTL community with the wider community.  SJTL is a gracious, welcoming and fun-loving group of people.  All of that will be on offer this Saturday.

If you have not already, please reach out to your friends outside of the church community and invite them to come with you. There will be great activities for children, lots of music and delicious food.  You can invite people the “old fashioned way” or you can invite them through the event Facebook page.

Thank you for your support of this great event.


Wednesday, May 1, 2024

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

Thursday, May 2, 2024

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

Saturday, May 4, 2024

  • 11:30am-5- Jimmy's Jam

Sunday, May 5, 2024

  • 8am- Eucharist Rite I -MOVED INDOOR DUE TO COLD TEMPS
  • 10am- Eucharist Rite II (music)
  • 11am- Prayer Cloth Ministry

Monday, May 6, 2024

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

  • 5/4- Jimmy's Jam
  • 5/5 -Prayer Cloth Ministry
  • 5/12- Mother’s Day 
  • 5/18- Supper Club
  • 5/19- End of Program Year
  • 5/19- Contemplative service-Evensong 5pm
  • 5/27-Memorial Day- Office Closed

What a beautiful community we are in! Thank you to all the volunteers seen and unseen. We are so grateful!

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.

A Note from Deacon Dawn

Greetings from Shrine Mont! Thank you for this time of refreshment, relaxation and spending time with friends and colleagues in the Diocese of Virginia!

When I was preaching Sunday, I was thinking about vineyards. A friend, and fellow deacon, and I enjoyed the beginning of our retreat by making time for conversation and renewal, all as we looked out on the vineyard.

We are all workers in a vast vineyard. Sunday, I had the joy of spending time with a beautiful multi-denominational youth group. The subject was homelessness. I shared stories of spending time on the streets receiving and giving. We made 25 bags filled with things that most of us take for granted, toothpaste, soap, tissue, and toilet paper. At the end of the evening, we stood and shared what surprised us. Lip balm, sunscreen and toilet paper were most often mentioned. The simplest of things became gifts of love. Small reminders that all are loved and are worthy, workers in the vineyard bearing the fruit of God’s mercy and caring for all.

May this week be filled with giving and receiving as you see God in all around you.



Do you have a senior in high school or college that will be graduating this year? We'd love to help celebrate and include them in our newsletter and our Graduate Sunday. Please let us know and we will include their name, photo, graduating school and future plans. We look forward to celebrating with you.


Please join us as the choir presents Evensong on Sunday, May 19th at 5pm. Reggie has designed a beautiful program. 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:

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.

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!

Sight & Sound Theatre

Independence Christian in Ashland, friends of St. James the Less, are going to Sight and Sound theatre in Lancaster, Pennsylvania to see Daniel June 21-22. They have extend the invitation to our community. If you are interested in going, reach out to the office or check the board for more information in the hallway.


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!

Summer Programming

As we prepare to close down the Program year on May 19th. We look forward to family friendly events that will keep us connected through the summer.

  • June 9th- Mario Kart Night- 6:30pm- Popcorn and Treats 
  • July 21st- Family Lego Night- 5:30pm- Pizza and Ice Cream 
  • August 8th- Flying Squirrels game (more information to come)

Vacation Bible School

This year we will not be offering VBS, however we have compiled a list of local churches offering VBS. Below are the links. Hope this helps!

Ashland Area:

St. Ann's Church- June 9th - June 15th

Slash Christian Church - July 22nd- July 26th

Gwathmey Baptist Church - July 15th - July 19th

Richmond Area:

St. Stephen's Episcopal - July 29th - August 1

Reveille UMC - July 15th - July 18th

Third Church - June 10th - June 14th 

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 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?

Join us to celebrate an awesome program year following the 10am service on Sunday, May 19th! We will enjoy fellowship and popsicles.


  • 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, Bower family, Smith family, Lyde Longaker, Mary Ann Harris, Gini Dryden, Bob & Mary Lou Brown, David Bandas, Rone Deas, Diana Timberlake, Kristi Elles, Sharon Street, Pam Gillette, Joanne Watkins, Ruth Beaudry, Tom & Fran Burke, Dennis Ray, Dawn Haase & family, Tuck Davis, Kimette Cannady, Bobbie Street, Traci Smith, Jerry & Carolyn Peart, John Wagner, Patty Smith, 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 Holly Rison. 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.


May 1

Cathy Bach-McElroy

Missy Roberts

May 2

Tim Markwood

May 3

Bob McDougall

Charlie Yonce

May 4

Deborah Leggott

May 5

Jessica Hill

Melissa Hill


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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