Calling all heroes.
Vacation Bible School is coming!
Register now.

Vacation Bible School is more than a great summer experience for children. It’s the perfect summer opportunity for youth and adults to have an awesome time volunteering too. 

Parents, now’s the time to sign up your child (or children) for our fun and unforgettable VBS program.

If you’re a teen (6-12 grade) or an adult (with or without kids), help us make this the best VBS ever. It's not to early to sign up.
  • Teens can earn service hours.
  • To make volunteering easier for families, we will offer nursery for siblings under 3 each day of VBS

This year’s theme is Hero Hotline: Called Together to Serve God! You can go here to learn more.

Here’s the link to our registration form (for students AND volunteers). Please fill it out and return it to Ashlee Ligon, either in person or by email –

To learn what's happening with our Children's and Youth Ministries in May and this Summer, click here to read the Doings May newsletter.
Special Spring Luncheon

The Legacy Giving Committee is delighted to invite parishioners 70+ (or so) to a special Spring Luncheon in celebration and gratitude for you.

Please join us this Sunday, May 7, at 12:15 in Valentine Hall (that’s right after the 11:15 am service).

The Westminster Canterbury Van will pickup residents at the normal time for church AND will bring residents back to Westminster Canterbury after the luncheon.
Tuesday, May 9
Tuesday Men's Bible Study - 7:30 am, Valentine Hall
A weekly hour of fellowship, discussion of the bible, and good food.
Contact: Patrick Strickler,
     Stephen Spraker,

Women's Bible Wisdom - 4pm, Michaux House Library
There's also an option of participating via Zoom
This Bible study meets twice a month, on the 2nd and 4th Tuesdays, to read together
through a biblical book or theme at a time. We explore when and under
what conditions the passages were written.
Contact: the Reverend Amelia

Young Adults - 5:45 pm, location varies
We'll gather for a combination of fellowship, prayer, and Bible or book study.
For more information and/or to get on the GroupMe, contact the Rev. Blake Singer.
Contact: the Reverend Blake Singer,

Wednesday, May 10
Living Faith Bible Study - 10 am via Zoom
This opportunity for fellowship, study, and discussions that help to make
our Christian faith a “living faith” and apply the witness of the Scripture
to our everyday lives. Please contact Betsy for the Zoom link.
 Contact: Betsy Trow,

Wednesday Noon Eucharist
in the Chapel

Wednesday Night Dinner - 5:30 pm, Valentine Hall
Treat yourself to a night out. Enjoy a delicious meal prepared by our food team.

Thursday, May 11
St. James's Children's Center Teacher Appreciation Luncheon
Hosted by the Children's and Youth Ministries.
If you would like to volunteer or contribute to the luncheon, please sign-up here.
If you have any questions reach out to Katie Ricard.
Contact: Katie Ricard,

Women in Fellowship - 7 pm, location varies
The group meets on the 2nd and 4th Thursday of each month at a parishioner's home.
We’ll be following the lectionary, and reading and discussing the upcoming week’s Gospel.
For information about where we'll meet this week, contact Kendal Sibley.
Contact: Kendal Sibley,
Laura Strickler,

Saturday, May 13
Young Family Social - 4 to 6pm
Our young family social will be at
the home of Corrine and Pierce Lamberson (6733 Stuart Avenue).
The social is for any St. James's family with children living at home.
Everyone is sure to have fun.
You can also find Peek-at-the-Week at
This week's eChimes features
  • Next Young Family Social
  • Children Center Teacher Appreciation Lunch
  • Summer Worship Schedule
  • Adult Confirmation is May 21
  • High School Senior Blessing

  • Only two Wednesday Night Dinners left
  • Join the LiveStream Team
  • Prayers of The People
  • Those who have died
  • Diocese of Virginia

May Young Family Social

Our next Young Family Social will be Saturday, May 13 from 4-6 pm at the home of Corrine and Pierce Lamberson (6733 Stuart Avenue). 
Everyone is sure to have fun!

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.

Be a part of
SJCC Teacher Appreciation Lunch

Children and Youth Ministry are putting on a teacher appreciation lunch for the St. James's Children Center teachers on Thursday, May 11 at 12:30pm.

If you’d like to help or contribute, use this sign up to contribute. 

We’re excited to shower them with some love during Teacher Appreciation Week.  
Beginning on the Sunday of Memorial Day Weekend (May 28)
we’ll be switching to our Summer Worship Schedule.

If it looks familiar, that’s because it’s the Summer schedule we had prior to the pandemic – worship at 8 am and 10 am, with fellowship between the services but with more of the outdoor options y’all love so much. We look forward to worshiping and gathering with you
all Summer long. 
Adult Confirmation
Sunday, May 21

All adults interested in being confirmed when the bishop visits on Sunday, May 21st, please contact Blake at
Senior Blessing
Sunday, May 21

All high school seniors are invited to the Senior Blessing on Sunday, May 21, during the 9 am service. If you plan to attend, please RSVP to Katie at

Wednesday Night Dinner.
Only two left!

We only have two Wednesday Night Dinners left! There's nothing better than a meal cooked by our food team. Dinner begins at 5:30 pm in Valentine Hall.

We will put the menu in our Tuesday email and also post it on social media.

The suggested donation is $5 per person, with a $20 maximum per family. Try and find a better deal than that!
We’re looking to grow
our LiveStream Team.

No experience or special skills required. 

We now have a crew of trained people who create the live-streams of our Sunday services and other worship events – but we’d love to have some volunteers to help us make things run even better. 

You don’t need any special skills to join the Video Squad, just enthusiasm and reliability. Over time, you’ll learn how we create our live-streams and you’ll have the satisfaction of being part of an important ministry here at St. James’s. 

If you think you’d like to help out, call Jay Sandusky, Director of Communications, at
804-355-1779, ext 344 or write to him at
Parishioner who passed away recently:
G. Gilmer Minor III (d. 5/3/2023)

We commend Gil to God’s love.

If you would like information on how to reach out to the loved ones of the deceased, please do not hesitate to contact the church offices.

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

For Diocese of Virginia news and information, visit:
You can always find the eChimes at