St. James's Choir is heading to Gloucester England

Thirty-six St. James's choristers plus Doug Wigner left for Gloucester, England today for a week-long residency at Gloucester Cathedral. Mark and Virginia Whitmire went ahead of the group to make sure everything is in place for their arrival.

This is St. James's Choir's 6th trip abroad. The first trip was in 2003 to Gloucester. You may be thinking - why Gloucester? Gloucester is an important place in the history of Anglican music. Much of the music of Ralph Vaughan Williams and Herbert Howells was composed for Gloucester Cathedral. The Choir will be singing compositions by Herbert Howells as well as William Byrd, Charles Hubart Parry, John Ireland and Arvo Pärt.

While in Gloucester, the Choir (composed of choristers from the Parish Choir and the West Gallery Choir) will begin each day with devotional time led by Doug Wigner. They will also practice before the service every day. St. James's Choir will sing for 8 services - 7 Evensong and Holy Eucharist on Sunday.

We look forward to seeing pictures and hearing about their time at Gloucester.

Our Children's and Youth Ministries have upcoming August events and news to share about the program year. Click here to read the Doings August newsletter.

Thursday, August 10
Thursday Men's Breakfast Bible Study - 7:30 am
Our Bible Study Group continues to welcome St. James’s members and non-members
It meets every other Thursday morning in Valentine Hall for about an hour.
The group enjoys fellowship and relationship-building with each other
and growth in knowledge of scripture and their faith applied to the here and now.
You're welcomed regardless of your current knowledge about the scriptures.
Contact: Matt Harper, 

Saturday, August 12
Young Family Social - 4 to 6pm
Our Young Family Social will be at
the home of Katie and Darryl Ricard (1921 Hanover Avenue).  
The social is for any St. James's family with children living at home.
Everyone is sure to have fun.

Tuesday Men's Bible Study, Young Adults, and Women in Wisdom
are taking a summer break, but will return in the fall.
Peek at the Week is now on the website ( too. So if you need to check in on what’s going on this coming week, click on the Peek at the Week banner (The Week's Events)
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This week's eChimes features
  • Mark your calendar for these August events
  • We're having a baby shower next Sunday
  • Calling all 9th graders for Confirmation
  • There's still time to read the Summer Book Club books
  • St. James's Parish Retreat
  • Prayers of The People
  • See what's happening this summer in one place
  • Diocese of Virginia
Come for fellowship and fun Saturday, August 12

Our August Young Family Social is next Saturday, August 12 from 4-6 pm at the home of Katie and Darryl Ricard (1921 Hanover Avenue). 

St. James’s will provide snacks, water, and juice. Parents are welcome to bring a favorite adult beverage if they wish. These socials are for any St. James's family with children living at home.

The parents have as much fun as the children at our Young Family socials.
Food Truck Parish Dinner
Wednesday, August 30

Come say “so long” to summer on Wednesday, August 30 at our Parish Dinner. the local food trucks will park in the surface lot for families to purchase their dinner and dessert.  

Here's what will be for dinner:
Boka Tako - fusion tacos
Slideways - gourmet sliders and fresh hand-cut fries
Westray’s Ice Cream - naturally handmade here in Richmond
A Favorite St. James's Service
Sunday, August 13

Many of you enjoyed our weekly Jazz Mass before the pandemic. On Sunday, August 13, we will welcome back two musicians who led those services: Anthony Dowd (piano) and Roger Carroll (sax). They will be joined
by cantors Kristen Cox and Trey Sibley.

The musicians and cantors will present music including He’s got the whole world, Come Sunday by Duke Ellington, and hymns played with swing!

You don't want to miss this Sunday service.
Come be a DOER!
Saturday, August 26

We're volunteering at Shalom Farms on Saturday, August 26 from 9:00 am -12:00 pm.

This activity is for all ages. Come be a DOER. Sign up now- we only have 30 spots!

Shalom Farms is a nonprofit that seeks to bring healthy food options to communities in need.

We're having a baby shower
Next Sunday, August 13

Join us on Sunday, August 13 in Valentine Hall after the 10 am service for a shower celebrating Kilpy and Blake.

Their baby girl is due to arrive in the fall, and we’re so excited for them. If you’d like to purchase a gift for baby Singer, here's a link to their registry.

Additionally, if you’d like to donate time or food to the shower, here's a link to our sign-up genius.

Regardless, we hope you’ll join us in wishing these two well as they embark on parenthood.
2023-2024 Confirmation

Calling all ninth graders! Are you interested in Confirmation? The 2023-2024 Confirmation Information packet is now available. Click this link to learn about the process, as well as access our electronic registration form.

There will be a virtual information session for all interested parties on Sunday, August 20 from 7:00-7:30 pm.

For now, save the date for our Confirmation kick off event on Sunday, September 24 from 12:30-2:00 pm.
Summer Book Club

If you are looking for interesting summer-time reading, here's what Blake and Doug are reading.

Blake's Book: On the Road with Saint Augustine by James K.A. Smith
Doug's Book: What Christ Thinks of the Church, An Exposition of Revelation 1-3 by John R. W. Stott,

You still have time to read Blake's choice before he's book discussion on Monday, August 14 at 7:30 pm.

Doug's book discussion will be September.
"In my experience, Smith is a brilliant scholar who manages to present profound theological truths in compelling and easy to understand ways that are relevant to the present moment. In particular, much of his work has centered around bringing Augustine (considered by many to be the most influential theologian of Western Christianity) into the 21st century."
-- Blake
"I attended a lecture by John Stott years ago and he was asked, what would he preach as a new rector and his response was - the church. This small book (only 125 pages) gives us an opportunity to read what Christ thinks of the church based on the first chapters from Revelation. I look forward to hearing your responses during our lively discussion in September."
-- Doug

St. James's Parish Retreat

Thank you to everyone who signed up for this Parish Retreat. Wow - it filled up quickly! And we have parishioners of all ages coming.

We do have a wait list for the retreat. If you're interested in putting your name on the list,

Here are the names of those we're remembering in our prayers this week.

We do our best to keep this list current, but if you want your name added or removed, please email Mary Brown at or call her at 804-355-1779 ext. 313
There's so much happening this summer.
See it all in one place.

We’re making it as easy as possible to know what’s happening this Summer at St. James’s. In addition to clicking on the Summer at St. James’s artwork, you can always go to, where you’ll find the full schedule of summer social and musical events, book clubs and classes, and, of course, worship – all in one place. 
For Diocese of Virginia news and information, visit:
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