Show of hands. Who’s up for Youth Ministry Weekend?

Youth Ministry Weekend is next Friday, Saturday and Sunday (March 25 - 27) and we need lots of hands to get our work done.

We’ll be cutting and tying mesh bags for Harvest of Hope AND 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.
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We are working on getting it back up, but unfortunately it may not be by Sunday.
Monday, March 21
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 22
Tuesday Men’s Bible Study: 7:30 am
Valentine Hall
Contacts: Patrick Strickler, or
Stephen Spraker,

Women's Bible Wisdom on Zoom: 5 pm
Study of Christian biblical story using
Seamless: Understanding the Bible as One Complete Story, by Angie Smith
Contact:: Mary Lou Rumble,

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

Tuesday Readers: 7 pm
Michaux House - Fagan Parlor
Contact:: Mary Lou Rumble,

Wednesday, March 23
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 Purgatorio: Is Human Perfectibility Possible?
With St. James'ser Anna Evas
Meeting ID number: 838 0728 2761 / Passcode: 572867

Thursday, March 24
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
  • Dylan Mass
  • Palm Sunday Breakfast needs Doers
  • Adult Confirmation Class
  • Adult Learning in Lent
  • Youth Ministry Summer Fun
  • Easter Lilies
  • Spring Picnic at Rock Bottom
  • Vacation Bible School - Save the date
  • Holy Peeps!!
  • Lent - 40 Days to the Cross
  • Adult Learning during Lent
  • Holy Week at St. James's
  • Keeping a Holy Lent
  • Lent is the ideal time for confession
  • The eChimes are on the Web too.
  • How you can help Ukraine
  • Congratulations to Wilson Trice
  • Chair Yoga and Meditation with Mark Cooper
  • Prayers of the People
  • Diocese of Virginia Web site
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.
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. 

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 ( 
St. James’s Youth Ministry has
big plans this summer. 

Whether you’re in 5th grade or preparing for 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.

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.
Let’s Have a Picnic on May 15! 

Spring is coming! And so is the Spring Picnic at Rock Bottom. SAVE THE DATE for an early evening picnic and gathering on Sunday, May 15 from 4 to 7 p.m. We’ll enjoy food, fellowship, music and fun for everyone 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. 


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. 
Holy Peeps!!

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

This Sunday, our High Schoolers will be creating Peeps dioramas, and next Sunday our Middle Schoolers will be doing it. 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.

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).
The eChimes are on
the website too.

Obviously, you know you can find the eChimes in your inbox. But you can also find it at two locations at

If you go to the nav bar at the top of the Home Page, there are links to the eChimes under Connect and About. And not only can you find this week’s eChimes on, but an archive of eChimes going back to May 2020.

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. 
Congratulations to Wilson Trice

Long-time St. James’s member Wilson R. Trice is being recognized by Westminster Canterbury with its highest honor, the 2022 Lettie Pate Whitehead Evans Award. Wilson is being celebrated for his meaningful and longtime commitment to the mission of the Westminster Canterbury Foundation, where he has served as a Trustee and Chair of the Foundation Board and a dedicated volunteer for the Fellowship Program for more than 15 years.

As the announcement of his honor says, “As an exemplary servant leader, Wilson has made a tremendous difference in the lives of many people at Westminster Canterbury and in greater Richmond.”
Chair Yoga and Meditation
with Mark Cooper

You’re invited to a our Lenten Yoga Class: 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 the following Thursdays: March 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 and to receive the zoom link.

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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