A view from the pews.

My family and I were so happy to be able to attend the 9:00 service last Sunday. While we have enjoyed the virtual offerings during COVID, it was so nice to be back in the Sanctuary. It really is a beautiful place and the physical surroundings do add a different level of spirituality and sense of peace to the worship service. I also loved seeing faces (even covered with masks) --- the sense of community and happiness is something worth coming back for! --Tracy Schneider
Monday, May 10th
Community Yoga, Beginner: 2:30 pm - 3:30 pm
Community Yoga, Level 1: 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm
contact Sarah Eck

Tuesday, May 11th
Women’s Bible Wisdom Bible Study: 5:30 – 6:30 pm
To join via Zoom contact: Mary Lou Rumble or Hilary Streever

Wednesday, May 12th
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.

For more details about this week's events, go to does.org/events/
This week's eChimes features
  • Stephen Ministry
  • Creation Care Task Force
  • The Underground Kitchen
  • Uncovering Our History
  • Honoring our 5th graders
  • Save the date
  • Youth Summer Missions
  • Uncovering Our History
  • Sacred Ground
  • Communion in the garden
  • Education for Ministry - EfM
  • Help research our history
An invitation to join Stephen Ministry.
An opportunity to help souls in need.

Our Stephen Ministry program, which provides emotional and spiritual support to individuals in need, recently completed its first round of training Now we’re seeking members for our next training session, which begins in September 2021.  

Stephen Ministers receive 50 hours of training to provide one-on-one support to individuals experiencing difficulties such as illness, divorce, unemployment, and grief. If you like to help those who are hurting and are looking for a meaningful ministry where you can use your spiritual gifts, then we need you to be a part of Stephen Ministry. Along the way, you’ll learn effective caring skills, deepen your faith, and enhance your self-awareness, all while being part of a caring, supportive group of caregivers.  

To find out more about Stephen Ministry, visit https://www.stephenministries.org/. To find out how to apply to become a Stephen Leader, contact Chamie Valentine
God’s creation needs your help. 

The Diocese of Virginia's Creation Care Task Force is committed to being a sustainable and inclusive network of Episcopalians committed to faithfully uplifting, stewarding and protecting God's Creation. And every member of our Diocese--from teens to our most senior members--are invited to apply to serve--including you. It is the conviction of the Diocese that this group should represent a depth of diversity in Creation Care experience as well as experiential diversity.
The Task Force will be made up of 15-20 people. Terms will be staggered. Everyone who serves will be appointed by the Bishop.

Please submit your application to DioceseofVACreationCare by Tues, May 18, 2021.
Feed people. Nourish your soul. 

The Underground Kitchen Community First organization, which was established at the start of the pandemic, still needs volunteers.

As a volunteer, you can package food, deliver food to groups or individuals in need, or work to establish and maintain gardens at either Immanuel Episcopal Church in Hanover or at the Anna Giles Center in Richmond.

A few St. Jamesers have been volunteering, but there’s always a need for more help. To be part of this important ministry, go to the website to learn more and/or sign up: https://ugkcommunityfirst.org
Children & Youth
We’re honoring
our amazing 5th graders on May 16th.
Register by this Sunday.

All of the St. James’s 5th graders and their parents are invited to participate in the 5th Grade Bridge on Sunday, May 16 at 5:00 p.m. in the Memorial Garden. We’ll be honoring the 5th graders they move from Sunday School in the Children’s Ministry to JYF (Junior Youth Fellowship) in the Youth Ministry.

Please RSVP to Becky Page by May 9.
A Save the Date for families of 12th graders:
Senior Blessing
Sunday, May 23, 2021
5:00 to 6:00 p.m.
St. James’s will recognize and bless our graduating high school seniors and their parents with a special milestone liturgy and reception outdoors in the Memorial Garden.
Formal invitation and registration to follow.
Before you make a difference, you have to make a reservation. 
Our Youth Summer Missions programs are a go. 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.
Adult Learning
Uncovering our History  
There are only two sessions left in the current Uncovering our History series, and both classes 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/
Sacred Ground. Awesome opportunity. 

There are still a few spots open in one of the Sacred Ground small groups, which meets every other Wednesday from 3 to 5pm. If you haven’t already heard from fellow parishioners just how life-changing this ministry can be, go to Sacred Ground | Episcopal Church to learn more.

To sign up, please contact the Rev. Hilary Streever. This is a St. James’s Racial Justice & Reconciliation offering.
More opportunities to do and learn
Communion in the Garden has been moved to 5:30

Every Wednesday at 5:30, some special is happening in the Memorial Garden--Communion in the Garden. It’s a chance to receive communion in the Memorial Garden on a weekly basis (bread only). The short service begins at 5:30 using Holy Eucharist Rite 2. Take, eat, this is my body…
ARE YOU SENSING A CALL . . . to learn more about our Christian tradition, to deepen your faith or to discover a meaningful ministry that could transform your life--and the life of others? Education for Ministry – EfM – just may be the answer.

We’re currently enrolling new participants for 2021/22 for this powerful and enriching program. To learn more about EfM, go here.

If you have any questions, contact mentor Jane Dowrick at efmvirginia@gmail.com or 804-334-0117.
You can help us uncover
St. James's rich history. 

Do you have research or writing skills? Are you interested in the racial history of St. James’s and wondering how you can help? Our Racial Justice and Reconciliation Formation Team (RJR) is beginning Part II: Reconstruction & Post-Reconstruction (1865-1900) of our parish history project and would love you to join our ministry.

The work will include combing through records and documents in print and online from your home and/or at libraries and museums. We’ve already uncovered fascinating and revealing information about our history--and we look forward to learning even more with your help.
High schoolers and adult parishioners are welcome. 

Contact Alice Tousignant if you’re interested and/or have questions.
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.