Monday, May June 21st
Community Yoga, Beginner: on pause for June
Community Yoga Level 1: 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm
contact Sarah Eck

Wednesday, June 23rd
Communion in The Garden: 5:30 pm
A short communion service in the Memorial Garden.
What’s on Summer Vacation?...And what’s not?

These groups will continue to meet during the Summer:
Brown Bag Book Club
Men’s Bible Study Breakfast
Community Yoga 

These groups will NOT continue to meet during the Summer:
Women’s Bible Wisdom Bible Study
Living Faith Bible Study 
Tuesday’s Readers
Lectionary Ladies

For more information, go to the Calendar at 
This week's eChimes features
  • Learn about EfM
  • Share the word of God
  • Communion in The Garden
  • Help us say "Hello" on Sunday mornings
  • Baptisms in the Church
  • Join the Parish Retreat Wait List
  • Stephen Ministry
  • Help research our history
  • Celebrate Juneteenth
  • St. James's App is back
  • Amazon Smile
  • Subscribe to YouTube
  • In Our Prayers this week
Learn about EfM
from the people who’ve been learning from EfM.

EfM is a powerful and life-changing program that also introduces you to classmates who will become friends, ideas that will become beliefs and, if all goes right, a whole new way to look at what it means to have a ministry. The attached video features thoughts from members of this year’s EfM class at St. James’s. Their reflections are honest, heartfelt and loving. 

If you’ve ever considered committing to EfM (or even if you haven’t), this video is worth watching.

If you want to know more, reach out to Jane Dowrick, coordinator, Education for Ministry (EfM) for the Diocese of Virginia at [email protected].
Raise your voice.
Share the word of God. 

Now that we’re having Sunday services again in our lovely sanctuary, we find ourselves in need of more volunteer lectors (especially over the summer season). So for all of you not-so-shy folks out there, please consider the joys of leading the congregation in the reading of the lessons. 

If you’re interested, please contact Mary Brown, Executive Assistant to the Clergy, via email at [email protected] or via telephone at 804-355-1779, ext. 313. Thanks so much!
Communion in the Garden
is a special way to spend a Wednesday evening.  

Standing in the shade of four towering Crepe Myrtle trees, more and more people are showing up each Wednesday evening at 5:30 pm for a short but meaningful Eucharistic service in the Memorial Garden. In addition to communion, there’s a reading, a homily, and warm fellowship.

Come join long-time parishioners, young families, teenagers and everyone in between for a few minutes of peace, learning and communion with our Lord. 
Calling all friendly cookie bakers!
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 life at
St. James's.

If you’d like to volunteer for this welcoming ministry (even if you don't bake cookies!) sign up here. No limit. Volunteer as much as you’d like.
Baptisms in the church
are also coming back. 

We’re very excited to announce that, based on the new Diocesan protocols--and the reopening of the sanctuary--baptisms will once again be offered as part of our worship services on Sunday mornings in August, October, and November. 

Please contact Becky Page at [email protected] or a member of the clergy for more information about scheduling your child’s baptism.
WOW! The Fall Parish Retreat, scheduled for October 22-24 at Shrine Mont, is completely booked up. Thanks to everyone who signed up so quickly. This may be the fastest we’ve ever sold out a Parish Retreat. 

If you registered, expect to get information about the event in the near future. 

If you would like to join the wait list, click here.
Other News
For those times when you need support, Stephen Ministry is eager to help.
Over the last year, nine members of St. James’s trained to become Stephen Ministers. They’re eager to provide caring, encouraging, Christian support for anyone experiencing difficult times, including you.

Difficult times means more than the stress of the pandemic, It can also include things like grieving a loss, being ill or unemployed, or maybe it’s a sadness you just can’t shake. Whatever it is, our Stephen Ministry is here to help.

Find out how to receive free confidential, Christian care by contacting our clergy or our Stephen Ministry Care Receiver Coordinator, Jane Dowrick.
College Scholarship Available for 2021-2022 Academic Year
Application due by July 1st

Funding for the Scott-Taliaferro Scholarship is given through the generosity of Mrs. Thomas Branch Scott, Jr. and Lucy Nelson Taliaferro in memory of their parents and grandparents, and Dr. and Mrs. Richard Michaux.
The Scott-Taliaferro Scholarship was created to provide financial aid for the undergraduate college education of St. James’s members. The scholarship awards are based on need and service to the community.

Applicants must submit a personal letter which includes the objectives or purposes for pursuing a college education, financial need and any other sources of funding, a description of family (e.g. number of household members), and a description of service efforts (e.g. church, community, and school). Only one recipient is allowed per household.

Please submit application letters to John Conrad--Junior Warden, c/o Mary Brown, St. James’s Episcopal Church, 1205 W. Franklin Street, Richmond, VA 23220. Letters may also be submitted electronically to [email protected].

All application letters are due by July 1st. 
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.
Celebrate Juneteenth
at St. John’s and St. Peter's
this Saturday.

Juneteenth is the oldest nationally celebrated commemoration of the ending of slavery in the United States. Dating back to 1865, it was on June 19th that the Union soldiers, led by Major General Gordon Granger, landed at Galveston, Texas, with news that the war had ended and that the enslaved were now free.
Of course, this was years after the Emancipation Proclamation had legally freed them.

This holiday is now recognized in 47 states, including Virginia, and now as a federal holiday. Two of our sister churches here in Richmond-- St. John's Episcopal Church and The Pro Cathedral of St. Peter's --will be celebrating the day tomorrow. Click here for information. 
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. When you're shopping on Amazon, go to, 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. 
Why Subscribe?

What you'll get:
Easy access to video recordings of recent sermons, services, musical performances, bible studies and more.

What St. James's gets:
Free access to enhanced video capabilities that includes live streaming and more.

Subscribing is easy.
Go to the St. James’s Episcopal Church Richmond page on - find the red "subscribe button" and instantly be one of the 99 who gets us to the finish line.

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.

Do you have our App?
You can always find the eChimes at