It’s even better when you invite a friend.

Stand at the crossroads, and look, and ask for the ancient paths, where the good way lies; and walk in it, and find rest for your souls (Jeremiah 6:16). Prayerfully the good way will be illuminated as we worship in the spirit, using the words of Bob Dylan.

Let’s remind ourselves of who we are and to whom we belong.
Invite a friend and join us at the 9 am service on March 27.
UPDATE on our mask policy.
Masks continue to be optional for all of our worship services, including the 9 am, 11:15 am and 5 pm services.

And starting this Sunday, masks will also be optional in our Children’s and Youth ministry activities as well. 

We apologize that St. James's App is down.
We are working on getting it back up.
Tuesday, March 29
Tuesday Men’s Bible Study: 7:30 am
Valentine Hall
Contacts: Patrick Strickler, or
Stephen Spraker,

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

Wednesday, March 30
Living Faith Bible Study: 10 am
Valentine Hall
 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,

Wednesday Night Study & Fellowship on Zoom: 6pm - 8 pm
Why We need Dante Lenten Series
Topic: Dante's Paradise: The Lure of the Feminine
With St. James'ser Anna Evas
Meeting ID number: 838 0728 2761 / Passcode: 572867

Thursday, March 31
Men's Bible Study Breakfast: 7:30 am
Valentine Hall
Contact: Drew Lichtenberger,

Chair Yoga and Meditation on Zoom: 4 pm
No experience is required.
Contact: Mark Cooper,
if you have questions and to receive the zoom link.

For more information about this week's events, visit
This week's eChimes features
  • Youth Service is this weekend and it's for everyone.
  • Mark your calendar - Spring Picnic at Rock Bottom
  • Our new Associate Rector arrives next Sunday.
  • Adult Confirmation made simpler - attend mini-retreat this Saturday
  • So much music to fill your soul. And your calendar.
  • Palm Sunday Breakfast needs Doers
  • Easter Lilies
  • Holy Peeps!!
  • Lent - 40 Days to the Cross
  • Holy Week at St. James's
  • The Valentine Museum Figures of Freedom Tour
  • Vacation Bible School is coming back, so save the date
  • Thank you Community Yoga leader, Sarah Eck
  • Helping Ukraine
  • Prayers of the People
  • Diocese of Virginia Web site
Youth Ministry Weekend is tomorrow and Sunday. Come make a difference. 
There are two chances this weekend for St. James’s Youth to work on service projects (and earn school service hours!). 
On Saturday and Sunday mornings (we have cancelled Friday night ), we’ll be helping out our friends at Harvest of Hope by cutting and tying mesh bags. We’ll also be folding palm crosses for St. James's Palm Sunday services. A third service project for Fox Elementary may be completed if needs arise. 
On Saturday, our Youth will be joined by Doers Doing in the Community, who will help them with the Harvest of Hope project. So, basically, the entire congregation is invited to lend a hand. 
Food will be provided (Yay!). For the full schedule and more info, go here.
All Youth volunteers are encouraged to register here.

The goal of Harvest of Hope is to educate participants concerning the domestic and global hunger problem; encouraging them to make lifelong commitments to being part of the solution.

Harvest of Hope is a part of the Society of St. Andrews, based in Big Island, VA. You can learn more about them at

The Spring Picnic will be here soon! 

Spring is coming! And so is the Spring Picnic at Rock Bottom. SAVE THE DATE for our early evening picnic and gathering on Sunday, May 15 from 4 to 7 p.m. We’ll enjoy food, fellowship, music, fun, and a few surprises at this beautiful setting on the James River. 

Keep your eye on future eChimes for more information. Registration will be required so we’re sure to have enough food and drink – but all you need to bring is YOU and your picnic blanket or chairs. Don’t miss your chance to join your parish family and celebrate what we love about our church. 

Our new Associate Rector arrives next Sunday.
Next Sunday, April 3, is the Rev. Amelia Arthur’s first Sunday as St. James’s Associate Rector. Come meet Amelia and hear her first sermon at St. James’s.

There will also be a welcome reception for her between the services on Sunday, April 24. Please check the eChimes for details.
This Saturday - March 26
We’ve made Adult Confirmation classes easier to attend.

We discovered that asking people to attend two classes a week–The Story of Everything on Sundays and House Churches on Wednesdays–was asking a bit much. So instead of the House Church model, we’ll be having a mini-retreat on Saturday, March 26th from 9am --1pm in the Parkinson Room that will cover everything that would have been covered in the House Churches. Lunch will be provided. John and Blake will both help facilitate the group. Attending The Story of Everything is still part of the path to confirmation. 

Because of this change in scheduling, it’s not too late to sign up for adult confirmation or to just learn more about the Episcopal Church and discern if confirmation is right for you.
Contact Blake if you’re interested ( 
Amazing music to fill your soul.
And your calendar. 

While we’re all excited about this Sunday’s Dylan Mass (for good reason), the music calendar is full of 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. 
Before we can be chewers,
we need to find some Doers. 

Palm Sunday Breakfast is a marvelous St. James’s tradition that we’ve brought back this year. But we need your help! All adults and youth in grades 5 thru 12 are invited to take part in the cooking, serving, and cleaning. 

Breakfast will be served from 8:30-9:30 am in Valentine Hall before the Stuart Circle Palm Sunday Procession. 

Remember or honor a loved one with Easter Lilies
St. James’s is filled with beautiful lilies on Easter Sunday. If you would like to contribute a lily as a memorial for or in thanksgiving of a loved one, please contact:

Gina Young at or Mary Brown at 804-355-1779, ext. 313.

Put in your order no later than Wednesday, April 6, please, with the name(s) as you would like them to appear in the bulletin. 

Please send a check for $25 (clearly marked for a lily) and the name of the honoree to:
St. James’s Episcopal Church, 1205 W. Franklin St., Richmond, VA 23220.

Lilies will be delivered to the sick and home-bound after Easter services.
Holy Peeps!!

One of our more charming Easter traditions is back. The Peeps! 

This Sunday, our Middle Schoolers will be creating Peeps dioramas (last Sunday our High Schoolers made theirs).Then on April 3, our 5th graders are having a workshop where they’ll be making Peeps. 

Whether you make your Peeps diorama here or at home, ALL of our children and youth are invited to submit entries on April 3. 

On Palm Sunday, April 10, the congregation will see all the entries and vote on their faves. The winners will be announced between the services in Michaux House.

The Valentine Museum Figures of Freedom Tour. 
Exploring history in our own backyard. 

So much of what shaped America happened right here in Richmond, especially the struggle for freedom. Join St. James'sers and friends as we walk a guided Valentine Museum Figures of Freedom tour on Saturday, April 9 (rain or shine), from 9 to 11 am. 

The tour, which focuses on Shockoe Bottom, begins at the Valentine First Freedom Center, 14 South 14th Street, where there’s on-street parking. The tour cost is $10.

Please sign up here by April 5. For more details, click here


Vacation Bible will be June 27 thru 30 for children 3 years old to rising Third Graders. Keep watching the eChimes for details. But in the meantime, mark your calendars for this great Summer tradition. 

Thank You, Sarah Eck,
for St. James's Community Yoga.

These are Sarah's words about what Community Yoga has meant to her during the pandemic.

"Thank you so very much for your support, encouragement and faithfully coming to Community Yoga each week. You've allowed me to grow as a teacher, grow in my practice and grow in my love for yoga over these last eighteen months since we started. I hope our zoom practice has been of service during the pandemic. I will miss seeing you each week in our on-line community. Please do keep in touch and I hope to actually see you in-person one day soon."

 Namaste, Sarah

Episcopal Relief is helping Ukraine.
You can help them do more. 

We know a lot of you are looking for a way to make a difference in Ukraine. Episcopal Relief & Development is already hard at work bringing assistance and support.

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

For Diocese of Virginia news and information, visit:

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