The blood of Christ, the cup of salvation  

We're now offering wine at our Communion service. We strongly request that you drink from the chalice and not dip (or intinct) the body. All scientific evidence makes it clear that drinking from the cup is safer than dipping the wafer. 
Monday, December 20th
Community Yoga on Zoom:
Yoga for Mobility & Stability: 2:30 pm (suitable for beginners)
Vinyasa Yoga: 4 pm
For Zoom link and more info, contact: Sarah Eck,

Tuesday, December 21st
Tuesday Men’s Bible Study on Zoom: 7:30 am
Contact: Patrick Patrick Strickler, or

Education for Ministry (EfM) on Zoom: 6 pm
Contact: Jane Dowrick,

Wednesday, December 22nd
Living Faith Bible Study: 10 am
Contact: Betse Trice,

Friday, December 24th - Christmas Eve
4:00 pm – Festival Eucharist (live-streamed)
6:00 pm – Festival Eucharist
10:30 pm – Choral Prelude: Handel’s Messiah (live-streamed)
11:00 pm – Festival Eucharist (live-streamed)

Saturday, December 25th - Christmas Day
10:00 am – Holy Eucharist Rite II

Sunday, December 26th
10: 00 am – Lessons & Carols (live-streamed)

The parish office is closed Friday, December 24th through Sunday, January 2nd and
will reopen at 9:00 a.m. on Monday, January 3rd.

For more information about this week's events, visit
This week's eChimes features
  • 10 am Sunday worship services
  • Advent & Christmas schedule
  • Enrich someone's Christmas. Invite them to St. James's.
  • We need your magnolia branches
  • Become a Small Group leader
  • Winter/Spring Adult Learning
  • 5pm worship service is returning.
  • Snowfest winter retreat is back!
  • Be a front desk volunteer at the church
  • Prayers of the People
Please note that our service schedule will be changed between now and Christmas weekend. Instead of two Sunday services on the 19th and 26th, there will be one 10 am service. Likewise, on Christmas Day there will be one service at 10 am. In addition there will be no outdoor service at 11:30 am until Sunday, January 2nd.
Here’s our Advent & Christmas schedule… all in one place. Click the image to see everything that’s happening.
Think back to how you discovered
St. James’s.

As we move through Advent toward Christmas, it’s the perfect time to invite friends or family to meet us, worship with us, and add an extra layer of meaning to the season.
After all, our Church will be more beautiful than usual, ringing with familiar music, and filled with smiling faces. What better time could there be to bring someone to a service?
We’ve sent out a postcard to everyone in the parish with our Advent & Christmas schedule. Please post it in plain sight or–better yet!–give it to a friend or family member so they can join you at St. James’s during this special season. 
We need your magnolia branches. 

The altar guild needs magnolia to decorate the church windows for Christmas services. Please bring your magnolia branches to the church on Wed. Dec. 22nd.

Please call Lucy Meade (804-200-1372) with questions or to let her know you have some to give. She would prefer you call but you can also email her at
We’re looking for Small Group leaders.

Our Sunday Small Groups have been a popular and meaningful Adult Learning program this fall. Participants have found the topics and the small group setting to be engaging and compelling. As we look ahead to the winter and spring, we’re looking for folks to host or lead a Small group. 
For more information, reach out to Hilary at

To sign up, go here.
The Winter/Spring Adult Learning schedule is out!

You can click here to see the amazing range of opportunities to deepen your faith, strengthen friendships, and see your life and world in a whole new way. From Sunday Small groups to Wednesday Night Gatherings and everything in between, there’s so much to see and learn. Click here. 

The 5pm Worship Service

The 5 o’clock service (now called The Table) will return January 23rd.
Stayed tuned for more details.
A Winter Retreat
for 6th-12th graders

First come, first served! Registration closes January 24, 2022. Click here for all the details.
Be A Front Desk Volunteer

If you’re looking for a way to serve St. James’s, may we suggest volunteering to be a receptionist in the church office. You’ll answer the phone, greet and direct visitors, sign for packages, and generally be a warm and welcoming face. For more information about volunteering, contact Gina Young at (804)335-1779 ext. 315 or Thank you!

Click here to see 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 contact Mary Brown or call her at 804-355-1779, ext. 313.

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