Celebrating our Youth Choir
This Sunday during our on-line services we’ll be recognizing members of our Youth Choir. This group of Middle and High School singers began rehearsing as soon as we received permission to hold outdoor rehearsals last September. They faithfully gathered on the surface parking lot each Sunday afternoon, often enduring winter wind and cold. On Sunday they will sing Rejoice in the Lord by Henry Purcell, accompanied by strings and organ, as well as This is the Day by John Rutter. Let us rejoice in their talent, commitment and faith. Here are our Youth Choir members who are being recognized.
Here’s a lovely sample of their performance.

Monday, May 17th
Community Yoga, Beginner: 2:30 pm - 3:30 pm
Community Yoga, Level 1: 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm
contact Sarah Eck

Wednesday, May 19th
Living Faith Bible Study: 10:00 am - 11:30 am
To join us via Zoom, contact: Betse Trice.
Lectionary Ladies: 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm 
To join us via Zoom, contact: Kitsie Garland.

Communion in The Garden: 5:30 pm
A short communion service in the Memorial Garden – you will receive communion – bread only
Wednesday Night Fellowship: 6:00 pm – 6:30 pm
Wednesday Night Discussion: Topic – Uncovering Our History: 6:30 pm – 7:30 pm
For full details, go here.

Thursday, May 20th
Men’s Bible Study Breakfast: 7:30 am - 9:00 am 
 To join over Zoom, contact: Drew Lichtenberger via email or (804) 396-3002
For more details about this week's events, go to does.org/events/
This week's eChimes features
  • Rising this Sunday
  • Rising next Sunday
  • Youth Summer Missions
  • Vacation Bible School
  • Help us say "Hello"
  • Communion in the garden
  • Parish retreat at Shrine Mont
  • Stephen Ministry is here to help
  • Yoga Mindfulness Class
  • Uncovering Our History
  • Summer Worship Schedule
  • St. James's App. is back
  • Amazon Smile
  • Subscribe to YouTube
  • Remembering the departed
Rising this Sunday! 
Congratulations to our rising 5th graders, who will be participating in their 5th Grade Bridge this Sunday at 5:00 pm in the Memorial Garden. This special ceremony will honor our 5th graders and their families as they move from Sunday School in the Children’s Ministry to JYF (Junior Youth Fellowship) in the Youth Ministry.
Rising next Sunday! 
Just as we’re honoring our rising 5th graders this Sunday, we’ll be recognizing our high school seniors with a Senior Blessing liturgy next Sunday from 5 to 6 pm in the Memorial Garden. High school seniors and your families are invited to come in casual clothes with a mask for a relaxed but important opportunity to thank God for all that has been. All seniors will receive a gift from St. James’s and we’ll offer prayers for your family as you enter a new season of life.
Please RSVP for the Senior Blessing by Wednesday 5/19.
Before you make a difference, you have to make a reservation. 

Our Youth Summer Missions programs still have a few openings. Here are the dates. 

The Mini Mission: Gleaning the fields with Harvest of Hope, July 16-18.

The Appalachian Youth Mission: with Hurley Community Development, July 18 -24. Our days will be filled with physical labor and life-changing work projects, and our evenings will be filled with relaxation, fellowship, worship, education and the strengthening (or beginning) of lifelong friendships. 

Click here to see all the details. Register here.
Help us make Vacation Bible School 2021 the best it can be. 

We’re asking all parents of children age 3 to rising 3rd grade to complete this survey about St. James’s Vacation Bible School.

Your feedback will help us plan a VBS that’s as fun, safe and meaningful as possible. 

If you have questions, please contact Becky Page.
Help us say “Hello!” every Sunday with homemade cookies!

Every Sunday throughout the summer we’ll be setting up a welcome/hello table outside the church where people can touch base and have questions answered about upcoming events, like the Fall Parish Retreat. If you’d like to volunteer for this welcoming ministry (including baking cookies!) sign up here.

No limit. Volunteer as much as you’d like.
Communion in the Garden

For those of you who miss receiving communion or are away on the weekends, now there’s Communion in the Garden—every Wednesday at 5:30 pm—that’s 5:30--in our lovely Memorial Garden. The short service uses Holy Eucharist Rite 2. Hope to see you there.

“Together Again in the Mountains.”

We’re thrilled to announce that the Fall Parish Retreat--called “Together Again in the Mountains”--will be October 22-24 at Shrine Mont. But here’s the date you really need to remember: Registration starts June 1.

So check your calendar, then prepare to be part of this amazing St. James’s tradition, which will definitely be more like retreats of old again. There will be lots of activities (“Pickleball, anyone?), time to slow down, and plenty of chances to reconnect with family, friends, and our Lord. 

The cost for two nights of lodging and six meals is $285 families (or two adults) and $185 for singles. (Kids are always free.) After all we’ve been through over the last year, this promises to be a retreat with way more treats than usual. 
We live in challenging times.
Stephen Ministry is here to help.
This has been a tough year, and having someone to listen helps. While we were busy social-distancing, hunkering down and feeling anxious, nine members of St. James’s were training to provide fellow parishioners with caring, encouraging, Christian support.

If you or someone you know is currently experiencing the stress of the pandemic, grieving, chronically ill, unemployed, or needs support, Stephen Ministry can help.

Find out how to receive free confidential, Christian care by contacting our clergy or our Stephen Ministry Care Receiver Coordinator, Jane Dowrick,
Come discover the joys of Mindfulness.

On Monday, May 24, at 4 pm our regular yoga practice will be replaced by a Mindfulness class led by Fraser Davis, a fellow St. James’s member and a certified mindfulness meditation teacher. Read Fraser's bio here.

Mindfulness is an ancient practice that modern science has proven leads to more calm, clarity, resilience and improved communications skills. Mark your calendar and feel free to invite friends who are interested. 

Any questions, please contact, Sarah Eck.
Uncovering our History  
This is the last session in the current Uncovering our History series, and will focus on Henry Louis Gates, Jr.’s recent PBS special, The Black Church. The series is available for streaming at https://www.pbs.org/weta/black-church/ 

You only have to register in advance once for this entire series. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining all the meetings. Registration

If you would like to watch the videos of our other Uncovering Our History discussions, go to https://doers.org/racial-justice-reconciliation-ministry/
Our summer worship schedule starts June 6. 
As things get closer to being normal again, so too is our Summer worship schedule. Here is the schedule
As we’ve done in the past summers, our main service will be at 10:00 am.
Holy Eucharist Rite II offered in the sanctuary with limited music, masks, and online registration (for contact tracing purposes). 
In addition, there will be a shorter, more casual service at 9:00 am in the Memorial garden. It will include a Holy Eucharist, but this service requires no registration. Relaxed and done by 9:30 am. 
We’ll also continue with Holy Eucharist in the Memorial Garden on Wednesday at 5:30 pm
This schedule will continue through Labor Day weekend. 
The St. James’s App
is back! 

Want an easy way to watch the Sunday service on your phone? There’s an App for that. Want to read the eChimes, view the calendar or watch past sermons on your tablet? There’s an App for those things too. The St. James’s App has been updated and it’s ready to make your life easier. You can see the bulletins for the services, refer to the book of common prayer, even make a pledge. Click on your preferred button to download our app.
Support St. James’s without it costing you a penny. 

There’s an easy way to support St. James’s while you’re doing something else. Whenever you shop on Amazon, go to smile.amazon.com, instead. Once you’re there, designate St. James’s as the program you’re supporting, then a percentage of every purchase you make on Amazon will go the church. Easy-peezy. 
Subscribing is easy.

Go to the St. James’s Episcopal Church Richmond page on YouTube.com. You’ll see a red subscribe button. Click on it and you’re done.
Remembering the departed

We commend the recently deceased to
God’s love.

Sunny Adams (4/14/2021)
Alice Rebecca Monroe Adams (5/7/2021)
Frances B. Fitzgerald (5/10/2021)

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 office.
Do you have our App?
You can always find the eChimes at doers.org/eChimes.
Make sure to check out the new updates on our App. On the App, you will find tools like giving, streaming, and the bulletins. It is highly recommended to use the app as an alternative to paper bulletins.