This Sunday between the services, everyone is invited to join our Family Outreach Project. It’s a great chance for you–or you and your family–to do valuable work for one of St. James’s most cherished partners, the St. James’s Children’s Center.

Come be a DOER Doing. Here are the great things we have planned....
  • Building a Little Free Library by the playground
  • Creating treat bags and posters for teachers of the Children’s Center to show some love
  • Cleaning up the Children’s Center outdoors space behind Michaux House
  • Sorting books for the Children’s Center

We will meet on the steps of Michaux House. To give us a clearer idea of how many people we can expect, please register here

For more info, please contact:
Ashlee Ligon, Interim Director of Children’s Ministry ( or
Katie Ricard, Interim Director of Youth Ministry (
Masks are optional.

Mask are optional for all of our worship services, including the 9 am, 11:15 am and 5 pm services.
While masks will be optional in the sanctuary, the children’s ministry and youth ministry will continue to require masks for all children, youth, and volunteers.
Monday, March 7
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, March 8
Tuesday Men’s Bible Study: 7:30 am
Valentine Hall
Contacts: Patrick Strickler, or
Stephen Spraker,

Women's Bible Wisdom on Zoom: 5pm

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

Wednesday, March 9
Living Faith Bible Study: 10 am
Valentine Hall
Contact: Betse Trice,

Wednesday Night Study & Fellowship on Zoom: 6pm - 8 pm
Why We need Dante Lenten Series
Topic: Introduction with the Rt. Rev. Porter Taylor
Meeting ID number: 838 0728 2761 / Passcode: 572867

Thursday, March 10
Men's Bible Study Breakfast: 7:30 am
Valentine Hall
Contact: Drew Lichtenberger, 

For more information about this week's events, visit

This week's eChimes features
  • The Journey of Lent
  • 40 Days to the Cross - Lenten Calendar
  • Keeping a Holy Lent
  • Lent is the ideal time for confession
  • Chair Yoga and Meditation with Mark Cooper
  • Join the Diocesan task force - lead by The Rev. Dr. J. Lee Hill, Jr.
  • See Adult Confirmation in a different way
  • Why you need Dante - Wednesday night Lenten series
  • The eChimes is empty without your giving.
  • Don't miss St. James's Youth Ministry Summer Plans
  • Are you interested in "Freedom Road" Pilgrimage
  • Temporary part-time position at Parish House
  • Becoming Beloved Community research assistant position
  • DOERS Doing: New month, New opportunity
  • Dylan Mass - mark your calendar
  • Diocese of Virginia Web site
  • Prayers of the People
The Journey of Lent

As we begin our journey through Lent, spend a few minutes with Blake seeing it in a fresh and powerful way. Click on the image to watch the video.
If you need to know anything about what’s going on in Lent at St. James’s, go to

The main banner is a link to the overall schedule. You can also scroll down to Latest News where you will find squares about specific Lent happenings. 
Are you looking for more resources for your Lenten journey? Here are a few thoughts and suggestions on having a Lenten Discipline. Click here.

You can also find this information on the home page of under the latest news.
LENT is the ideal time for confession.

If there is a burden you're carrying that you’d like to lay at the foot of the cross, Reconciliation of a Penitent (or, private confession and absolution) is always available from any member of the clergy, and is particularly appropriate during Lent.

To arrange a time, please reach out to the clergy member of your choice or contact Mary Brown (, 355-1779, ext. 313).
Chair Yoga and Meditation
with Mark Cooper

You’re invited to a new Yoga Class: Lenten Chair Yoga & Meditation Series being led by Dr. Mark Cooper. This 45-minute class–which only requires a chair and a Zoom connection– will meet on Monday, March 17, 24, 31 and April 7 at 4PM.

Mark, a 500-hour certified yoga instructor and 40+year meditation practitioner, came to meditation from his experience with yoga, says, "The last pose, savasana, is a resting pose and is where meditation can begin."  
No prior experience is required. 

Please contact Mark at if you have questions or would like a zoom link.
Join the Diocesan Task Force
being led by the Rev. Dr. J. Lee Hill, Jr. 

If you feel strongly about the work of reparation being considered by The Diocese of Virginia, there’s a place where your voice can be heard, The R-10a Task Force. R-10a is the resolution to begin the work of reparation in the diocese.

Dr. Hill spoke at length about the resolution during last Sunday’s Adult Forum (February 27).
You can find the FAQ document that gives meaningful insights and perspective on the Resolution. 

Here's the nomination application for those interested in serving on the Diocesan R-10a Task Force. 

And if you missed last Sunday’s Adult Forum, you can watch it here on YouTube.
See Adult Confirmation
in a New Way.

Adult confirmation is a simple thing–it’s your chance to confirm your Baptismal covenant. But it’s really so much more than that.

It’s an amazing opportunity to learn more about The Episcopal Church, about St. James’s, and, most importantly, about your own relationship with God. It’s also a chance to connect with people going through the same journey as you–people with the same questions and the same spiritual aspirations. This year during Lent, we’re offering a very special Adult Confirmation, unlike anything we’ve done in the past.

All people seeking confirmation, adult baptism, reception into the Episcopal Church or reaffirmation of your baptismal vows will attend:
  • The Story of Everything on Sunday mornings and House Churches on Wednesday evenings for prayer, study, reflection, and fellowship.

This format allows you to learn so much about what we believe as Episcopalians and to explore in a small group setting your own beliefs. It promises to be fascinating and revealing. 

For the full schedule and registration, please click here.  
Wednesday Night Study and Fellowship Lenten Series: Why You Need Dante
March 9 – April 6, 6:00 – 7:00 p.m. on Zoom

Our Wednesday Night Zoom Gathering, which starts this Wednesday, March 9, is an introduction to the Divine Comedy. 

The poem begins with being lost in a dark wood and ends in heaven. The poem reminds us of many essentials to our journey, such as the consequences of sin; the eternal love of God; the need to keep moving towards paradise; the importance of love of another person; and the aid of companions on The Way. Perhaps most importantly, it reminds us that we must never lose hope and that the one event in our lives can save our souls. Seems like the perfect message to focus on during Lent. The Rt. Rev. Porter Taylor and St. James’ser Anna Evas, Christian poets themselves, will guide us faithfully through this essential of Christian literature.

This Wednesday class will be taught by The Rt. Rev. Porter Taylor, who served as the sixth bishop of the Diocese of Western North Carolina from 2004 too 2016, and has been teaching at Wake Forest University Divinity School for the last three years. Here’s a link to his bio.

Go here and scroll down the page to register and to see the full schedule.

You only need to register once here. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting. This link will be emailed each Wednesday to all registered attendees.
The eChimes is
empty without your giving. 

As you read through this edition of the eChimes and see the many Lenten offerings and other studies, presentations and activities provided by our church – we hope you’ll truly understand that it is all of us giving and doing together that makes each and every moment at the church possible. Together and with God’s grace we will thrive and grow to bring the light of the Gospel to our community and world.
Everything you do and give matters greatly. If you have not yet made your Annual Giving Pledge for 2022, we hope you will prayerfully consider doing so today.

Or scan to pledge
St. James’s Youth Ministry has
big plans this summer. 

Whether you’re in 5th grade or college, St. James’s has amazing opportunities for you this Summer.

Click here to see the big plans we have for you, including missions and pilgrimages near and far (including Florida), volunteer opportunities, and camps. You can also find registration and payment information.

Or watch this video to hear what Katie Ricard, our Director of Youth Ministry, has to say about the terrific plans for this summer.
Are you interested in a
“Freedom Road” pilgrimage?

The Becoming Beloved Community (BBC) team is planning several one-day pilgrimages for this Spring and Fall in the Richmond area. And we are starting to plan for a weeklong pilgrimage in 2023 to sites on the “Freedom Road,” including Atlanta, Birmingham, Montgomery, and Memphis.

We hope to partner with another church for this amazing faith journey. But first we’d like to get an idea of how many St. James'sers might be interested. If you think you might be, please contact Melinda Davis, chair of the BBC Steering Committee, at

And keep watching the eChimes for specifics about upcoming mini-pilgrimages.
We’re looking to fill this seat at the Parish House

St. James’s is looking for a temporary paid part-time Administrative Assistant, with an opportunity to become a permanent employee. 

You’ll never be bored with these responsibilities: 
  • Greet visitors on the phone and in person
  • Assist with print and copy jobs
  • Help with creating and drafting MicroSoft Office documents
  • Proofreading

We can also confidently say you’ll be working with a great bunch of people who love their jobs and are great to work with. If you’re interested–or know someone who’s interested–contact Michael Smith at 
Becoming Beloved Community has a paid position for a research assistant.

The St. James’s BBC History Team is looking for volunteers and a paid part-time research assistant to help with research at the Virginia Museum of History and Culture. We are working on Part III – 1900 to 1960: Jim Crow and Massive Resistance. 

If you’re interested in volunteering or would like more information, please contact Alice Tousignant at

 If you know someone who might be interested in a paid part-time research assistant position, you can review the job description here.
New month, New Opportunity
to join our Doers Doing. 

This month we’re switching things up a bit partnering with our Youth on a project for Harvest of Hope.

All the details are right here, plus ways you get involved on your own with our three regular partners: CARITAS, Peter Paul, and Real Life.
Dylan Mass
Sunday, March 27 at 9 am

The language we use to describe God and to articulate our beliefs clouds our eyes, closes our ears and numbs our hearts. Dylan wrote, “the more you live a certain way, the less it feels like freedom,” and life certainly validates those words – routines shackle us. This is the motivation behind the Dylan Mass – a new vocabulary in the sanctuary, both musically and lyrically, for the age-old truths for which we hunger.

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. 

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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