Blake’s Path to the Priesthood

This Sunday between the services in Valentine Hall, Blake Singer will share his powerful journey to Ordination with us. Beginning with his call to be a priest through his seminary education and the lengthy ordination process, it should be a fascinating story. He’ll also be discussing what it means to be an ordained minister. 

Blake and his wife Kilpy Singer, who worked in St. James’s Virtual School and, like Blake, is being sponsored by St. James’s, will both be ordained Saturday, June 25 at 10:30 am at Church of the Holy Comforter, 4819 Monument Avenue. 
Nursery Hours
8:30 am - 12:30pm
Children’s Chapel
during the 9 am worship service.
Children’s Chapel continues through the end of the program year (including this Sunday)

Between the Services
Join us for Coffee on the Playground thru May 22.

Tuesday, May 10
Tuesday Men’s Bible Study: 7:30 am
Valentine Hall
A weekly hour of fellowship, discussion and good food.
Contacts: Patrick Strickler, or
Stephen Spraker,

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

Women's Bible Wisdom: 6:30 pm on Zoom
Meets to read and discuss together a biblical book or theme
Contact: Mary Lou Rumble,

Wednesday, May 11
Living Faith Bible Study: 10 am on Zoom
 Study and discussions that help to make
our Christian faith a “living faith” and apply the witness of the Scripture to
our everyday lives. 
Contact: Betse Trice,

Special Wednesday Night Study & Fellowship Series on Zoom: 6pm
Easter People: Faith Practice and Climate Justice 
Join fellow St. James’sers for Bible study, discussion and reflection.
Meeting ID number: 838 0728 2761 / Passcode: 572867

For more information about this week's events, visit
This week's eChimes features
  • Children's Choir and Cherub Choir Recognition
  • Register today for the Spring Picnic
  • Youth Running Club
  • Coffee on the Playground
  • May 15 is Confirmation Sunday
  • Memorial Day Concert - truest way to celebrate the day
  • Juneteenth - a message beyond music
  • Music calendar is full of events
  • Raise your hand if you want to...
  • Vacation Bible School is in June, don't miss out
  • An international student from St. Margaret’s School needs a host.
  • Easter People: Faith Practice and Climate Justice
  • May 22 Creation Care Task Force Forum
  • Young Adults social gatherings this summer
  • Summer Worship Schedule
  • How you can help the people of Ukraine 
  • Prayers of the People
Children's Choir and Cherub Choir Recognition this Sunday.

This Sunday, we’ll be awarding our Children's Choir and Cherub Choir Crosses and Ribbons during the 9 am services. This is always a heartwarming and inspiring service. 
Register today. Gather tomorrow (or May 15, to be exact) 

We’re thrilled by the response to the Spring Picnic so far. Hundreds of St. James’sers have already registered. But we need all of you who plan to come to register now so we’re certain to have enough chicken, burgers and dogs for everyone.

If you want a glimpse of where the picnic will be held, watch this video.

For those of you who don’t know how to get to Rock Bottom, here’s a map.
New Children’s & Youth activities
continue this Sunday
Runner’s Club ​​will meet on the porch of Michaux House at 10:30 am, dressed and ready to run–or walk! We’ll return by 11 am for those attending the 11:15 am service. Anyone needing to change after the 9 am service can use the third floor of Michaux House. Here’s the map of the route we’ll take, leaving Michaux House and going to Monroe Park.   
Coffee on the Playground ​​takes place between the services on Sundays on the playground next to the Memorial Garden. There will be coffee and warm conversation. It’s the perfect family activity before or after worshiping. 
May 15 is Confirmation Sunday

We are honored to welcome The Rt. Rev. Jennifer Brooke-Davidson, Assistant Bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of Virginia, to St. James’s on Sunday, May 15. She'll be here to preside over our Youth confirmations at the 9 am service and the Adult confirmations at the 11:15 am service.

As we do for everyone who comes to St. James’s, we want her to feel warmly welcomed. We look forward to seeing as many of you as possible on this special Sunday.   

Memorial Day is so much more than the unofficial kick off to Summer or another three day weekend. It’s the day we have chosen to remember our fallen soldiers. At St. James’s, we’re celebrating this day of remembrance in a most profound way–with music and words that honor those who have died and those who have served. It starts at 7pm on Memorial Day, so you can make it back from your long weekend in time to attend. 

At the center of our service is John Rutter’s moving and personal Mass of the Children. But the service will also include America the Beautiful, God of our Fathers, and a haunting version of Taps played solo on trumpet.

Our Children’s Choirs as well as other St. James’s Choirs will bring an extra level of beauty and pathos to the already moving music. The performance will also include members of the Richmond Symphony.

As is our custom, names of veterans past and present will be printed in the program–and each veteran in attendance receives a rose. You can add a name by emailing Mark Whitmire at

Click here for all the information.

And here to see the video of Mark describing the event.  

Keep an eye on the eChimes over the next few weeks as we look at the musical selections that will be performed at this service.
A celebration of freedom.
A message beyond music. 

Juneteenth (or Sunday, June 19th) will be truly celebrated here at St. James’s with a spectacular Freedom Day Organ Recital featuring renowned organist Dr. Carl Haywood playing music he composed just for the occasion. The Norfolk State and St. James’s Choirs will also be singing spirituals, including Lift Every Voice and We Shall Overcome. And it’s all followed by a reception in Valentine Hall.

This FREE event begins at 5 pm. There’s more information to come. But for now, save the date–and invite a friend. 
Our music calendar is full. 
Make sure the events are on
 your calendar too.

While we’re promoting our Memorial Day and Juneteenth events, the St. James’s music calendar is full of other beautiful and inspiring events over the next few months.

Each of them will be promoted as they come, but to see them all in one place, click here, then save the dates.

And think about inviting friends to join you at each one.
Raise Your Hand If You Want To….

Earn service hours.
Make memories you won’t forget. 

Calling all 5th-12th graders! Looking for a way to earn some service hours over the summer, while also having an experience you’ll remember forever?

Take a look at our mission trips or volunteer at Vacation Bible School!

For more information on VBS, our middle school mini mission (July 22-24), or our high school mission (July 24-30), go here.
Vacation Bible School is in June.
You’ll want to register now. 

Why should you register now? Because VBS openings fill up fast.

This Summer, VBS will be held daily from 9 am to noon, Monday, June 27, thru Thursday, June 30. It’s for children ages 3 (must be potty trained) through rising 3rd grade. 

The cost is $40 per child, with a maximum cost of $100 per family   
Also a great opportunity for teens to volunteer.

We also want to invite all teens (rising 6th thru 12th graders) to volunteer to assist us with VBS. It’s incredibly rewarding and earns you service hours. 
An international student from 
 St. Margaret’s School needs a host.

St. James’s recently received a request from St. Margaret’s School in Tappahannock. A student named Amina, who arrived in America just last month, needs a family (or families) in the Richmond area to host her during school holidays and summer break. 
Amina is an 18-year-old girl but will be in 11th grade next year. It is believed that until recently she has been in a refugee camp in Pakistan without her parents. But by the grace of God, and her own powerful will, she made it here.

It would be ideal for her to be placed with a family with a girl or girls. And arrangements could be made for several families to help host her over the summer. Below are the vacation and summer dates she will need to be hosted:
St. Margaret’s summer break begins on June 3 and the girls return to school on August 15.
Next school year’s breaks are:
Nov. 19 - 27, 2022
Dec. 21 – Jan. 8, 2023
March 4 – 19, 2023
If you’re interested or have questions, reach out to Elizabeth Hanson from St. Margaret’s School at
Easter People: Faith Practice and Climate Justice
Wednesdays, April 27 – May 25
6-7pm, via Zoom

Join us as we follow the Episcopal Church curriculum on climate justice, for Bible study, discussion and reflection to learn more about climate change, about how God is calling us to be stewards of God's creation, and to discuss what resurrection and healing for the planet and people might look like. Then come to our Sunday Adult Forum on Rogation Sunday, May 22, to learn more about our diocesan Creation Care Task Force. (see more below)

To see the full schedule, go here.

You can register here in advance for this series, and you will receive a confirmation email containing Zoom information about joining the meeting.

For more information contact the Host Coordinator: Jane Dowrick,
Creation Care Task Force

On Sunday, May 22, (which is Rogation Sunday), join Stacey Remick-Simkins and Sharon Wayne between the services in Valentine Hall for a review of our diocese’s Creation Care Task Force current projects.

This will include the working group’s Resolution R-6 amendment calling on our diocese to acknowledge a Climate Emergency and commit to achieve net zero greenhouse emissions by 2045, which will be submitted as a working addendum document at the 228th Convention.
Staying connected this summer. 

Our College and Young Adult Small Group will be meeting up informally throughout the summer for social gatherings. If you are or know of a college student or young adult that would be interested, contact Blake Singer at to be added to the list.
Summer Worship Schedule
begins May 29 

Beginning May 29th we’ll return to our popular Summer Schedule:

9 am – Church in the Garden
10 am – Service in the Sanctuary
Episcopal Relief is helping Ukraine.
You can help them do more. 

Ukraine desperately needs our help and you can make a difference by donating to Episcopal Relief & Development. The Episcopal organization is hard at work bringing assistance and support to the people of Ukraine.

Click here to make a direct gift to help Ukrainian families and citizens. 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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