Our Children & Youth programs
are kicking off this Sunday!

Our Children and Youth programs are back in full force–and you can see exactly what we have planned this Sunday between the services. 

  • The Kick Off Meeting for our Youth will be at 10:15 in the Sanctuary.
  • While the Children’s Ministry Open House will be on the third floor of Michaux House.

Stop by and discover how interesting and engaging our plans are – and see where you fit in. 
You can also keep up with our active and varied Children and Youth programs by reading the monthly C&Y newsletter, Doings. Here’s the link for the September issue.

To have the newsletter sent directly to your email, reach out to Katie Ricard at youth@doers.org

Read below for details about our Youth Fall programming, plus links to register. 
Join us this Sunday, September 18, for Adult Fellowship in Michaux House from 10 to 11am. Adult programs start next week, but this week we hope you'll join us for food, drink, and fellowship in Valentine Hall, the Library, or the parlors as we connect and reconnect with each other. Contact the Rev. Amelia Arthur with questions.

This week's eChimes features
  • New Program Year Kick Off Schedule
  • Register for Confirmation
  • Sunday School and Youth Group
  • Several ways Youth can participate in worship services
  • The Celebration
  • St. James's Name Tags
  • Adult Formation Kick-Off
  • Wednesday Noon Eucharist
  • Staff News
  • Walking the Richmond Slave Trail
  • Prayers of the People

Registration for Confirmation is open. 
Kick off meeting is September 25.  

Confirmation is one of the most meaningful and fascinating parts of a young person's life --especially here at St. James's, where our confirmation program has become a mode for other churches around the country.
You can find the Confirmation Family Packet (which gives you all the confirmation details) AND the 9th grader Confirmation registration here.

Our kick-off meeting will be Sunday, September 25 from 12:30-2:30 pm. We’ll begin with lunch church and then have our information meeting. 
Registration is open for
Sunday School & Youth Group! 

To register, please click here.

We will kick off our program year on September 18th with an open house and informational meeting.

The first classes will begin on September 25th. 
Sunday School and Youth Group are from 10:15-11:00 am each Sunday. 

To find out more information about our program offerings, go here.
Would you like a leadership role in our worship services?

Are you a rising fifth through twelfth grader? If so, please complete this form to receive more information about being a lector, acolyte or an usher. 

We’ll be hold our training on Sunday, September 25 from 1:30-2:30 pm in the Sanctuary.

By the way, you don’t have to be just one, you can participate in as many ways as you like.

The Celebration: A Feast of Goodwill & Connection is an evening of fine dining, entertainment, music, open wine and beer bar, and countless opportunities to connect and reconnect. And we can’t wait to see you at this very special event. 

To register, go here. And while The Celebration is free, we’re asking for those who can to make a voluntary donation of $10 per person, which you can do at the time you register.  

Get your very own St. James’s
Name Tag to have and keep.

The days of throwaway peel ‘n stick name tags will soon be behind us. The church will now happily make a permanent name tag for you, complete with a plastic holder that has your choice of a magnet attacher or a pin/clip.

Just go to this registration page, answer two questions, and your new name tag will be waiting for you in the Narthex (the church entrance) the following Sunday.
Adult Forum Kicks Off Next Sunday. 
Come feel “The Power of Community.”
The theme of our upcoming Adult Formation program year is "The Power of Community." Join us at 10:15 am on Sunday, September 25 (that's next Sunday), in Valentine Hall as we kick off the series discussing that very topic. The series will feature Mike Maruca, Head of School at the Anna Julia Cooper School in Richmond, and founding director of Sacred Heart Center in Richmond and, for ten years, the Middle School Head of The Steward School.

Mike will be with us to talk about “The Power of Community” through the lens of education as he tells stories about his life and his work. 

Please contact the Rev. Amelia Arthur aarthur@doers.org with questions.

A new worship tradition has begun here at St. James’s with our noon Eucharist service. Moving forward, we’ll celebrate Rite II every Wednesday at 12 pm in the Chapel. It’s the perfect way to find a sense of peace, fellowship and nearness to God in the middle of a busy day in the center of a hectic week.

We look forward to seeing you in the Chapel at noon. Blessings.

Welcoming three new staff members,
saying goodbye to one. 
Grace Davis Barrett is coming on board as our new Director of Stewardship. Grace is currently the Director of Development at World Pediatric Project, where she’s been the last three years. Beyond that, she boasts an enviable background in nonprofit fundraising, having been with Sportable, Habitat for Humanity, and Make a Wish Foundation. 
She’s an alumna of St. Catherine’s and Sewanee. And she’s a lifelong Episcopalian. In fact, her mom is the Interim Rector of St. Mark's on Arthur Ashe Boulevard. She and her husband, Ted, were just married in June. Grace will begin at St. James’s on Monday, September 26. 
John Herrera will be our next Facilities Manager. He comes to us from the Diocese of Virginia, where he has been Mayo House’s sexton for the past nearly seven years. Prior to that he was with St. Thomas and Emmanuel Brook Hill churches. A native of Spain, John and his family came to the United States about 12 years ago as a construction manager for a Spanish company. He received a BS in Business Administration and an engineering degree in Spain. He will start with us October 3rd.
Veni Davidkova joined St. James’ in August 2022 as our Parish Administrator, after working in the corporate world for more than 16 years and in the insurance industry for 13 years. Originally from Sofia, Bulgaria, where she worked as a radio and TV journalist, Veni moved to Richmond 24 years ago. She holds an MS in Linguism and another one in Journalism and Mass Communications. In just a few short weeks, she's made herself an indispensable member of our office staff.
Annika Cline, who has served as video producer, livestreamer, and graphic designer here at St. James’s will be leaving to become Director of Marketing at St. Joseph’s Villas. Annika started here during the pandemic as the videographer for our online services. In a short time, she took on more responsibilities while becoming an essential member of our staff. We will miss her and wish her the best of luck.  

On Saturday, October 1 at 9 am, join us as we walk the historic and moving Slave Trail, led by the Rev. Ben Campbell, social justice advocate and author of Richmond’s Unhealed History. The 2.1 mile walk follows the route taken by enslaved people destined  for the slave market, starting in Manchester and ending at Lumpkin’s Jail. Afterward we’ll gather for a brown bag lunch at St. James’s to discuss what we’ve just experienced.

Space is limited. Please RSVP to Melinda Davis at mdavis81@gmail.com as soon as possible.

Walking the Richmond Slave Trail together.

Here are 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.
For Diocese of Virginia news and information, visit: https://www.thediocese.net/

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