Special alert from St. James's
Lent's Special Events
Lenten Retreat "Mindfulness Meditation" March 9, 9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Registration deadline March 4, TODAY.
Join the Rev. Dr. Mark Cooper for a day of quiet mindfulness meditation. Learn what mindfulness meditation is and its benefits to the whole self - mind, body and spirit - then practice sitting in silence together and reflecting on what arises in the silence. Cost: $25 (check payable to St. James's Church), includes snacks and lunch. To register, contact Anita Lisk (355-1779, ext. 313). Contact: Mark Cooper (703-980-0130).
Adult Confirmation Class, 10:15 a.m. starting March 10
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This year, our confirmation class has a new model based on the early church's practice of teaching new members during Lent in preparation for Easter. Each Sunday a clergy-led short course on "Episcopal Church 101" (see below, open to all parishioners) will discuss a basic Christian or Episcopal topic. Participants desiring confirmation, reception, or reaffirmation of baptismal vows also will meet Wednesday evenings in small groups facilitated by lay leaders for discussion, Bible study, and prayer. Click here to register by March 6.
Lenten Sunday Series: Episcopal Church 101
church steeple through fall trees
Valentine Hall, 10:15 a.m.
March 10 "Introduction to the Anglican Tradition" 
with the Rev. Dr. John McCard
March 17 "God Said What? Episcopalians and the Holy Word"
with the Rev. Dr. Mark Cooper
March 24 "Beyond Henry VIII and his Wives: A Brief History of the Episcopal Church"
with the Rev. Dr. Bob Friend
March 31 "Outward & Visible Signs of Inward & Spiritual Grace: Sacraments"
with the Rev. Hilary Streever
April 7 "Worship, Prayer, the BCP and Spiritual Leaders in the Anglican Tradition"
with the Rev. Dr. John McCard
Baptism Orientation, March 20, 6:45 p.m.
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Are you considering baptism for yourself or your child? Are you expecting a child and thinking about baptism? Our clergy, staff, and Baptism Guides warmly invite you to our one-hour baptism orientation designed to answer important questions in preparation for this joyful sacrament. We address both theological and practical questions like: "What does God do at baptism?" "Who should I ask to be a godparent for my child?" and "How do I sign up my child or myself to be baptized at St. James's?" Offered twice a year. Register by March 19 here. Contact: Hilary Streever, 355-1779 ext. 317.
Interfaith Dialogue and Concert with Beth Ahabah, March 24, 3:30 p.m.
Yizkor Requiem INterfaith Dialogue
3:30 p.m.: Pre-Concert Talk with Composer and Clergy; 4:00 p.m.: Concert
Congregation Beth Ahabah and St. James's are excited to partner with the Richmond Choral Society as they present Yizkor Requiem composed by Thomas Beveridge as a liturgical and musical conversation between Judaism and Christianity. This concert will bring a chorus and orchestra into the historic sanctuary at Congregation Beth Ahabah.
Newcomers Class, March 27, 6:45 p.m.
Interested in joining St. James's? Attend two back-to-back sessions - one Wednesday evening followed by one Sunday morning - for fellowship, worship, and basics about life & membership at St. James's. Part 1 is 6:45 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. starting in the Chapel; Part 2 is 10:15 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., starting in the Gibson Hall Atrium and including worship at the 11:15 a.m. service. Childcare is available in our nursery. Click here to register. Contact: John McCard, 355-1779, ext. 318.
Wednesday Dinner and Study Series
March 13, 20, 27 and April 3 and 10,
Dinner @ 6:00 p.m., Study @ 6:45 p.m.
Many Christians wonder: how can I live out my faith in the community or the public square? Certainly the answer is unique to each Christian. We will hear from five agencies how they have heard the Good News and translated it into action in our community by caring for our neighbors. 

March 13 "The History of Poverty in Richmond"
Dr. John Moeser, a member of Second Presbyterian Church and local expert on the history of Richmond's urban design, tells the history of "the least of these" in our own community to answer the question, "What is Faith-Based Civic Engagement?" 

March 20 "Repairers of the Breach: The Bus Rapid Transit Project"
The Rev. Nelson Reveley and Ross Catrow explain why and how faith communities across Richmond have come together to support the GRTC's Bus Rapid Transit project.

March 27 "Resettling Refugees" 
Church World Services began immediately following World War II to help the hungry and those in need. John Baumann, Director, Virginia Refugee and Immigration Program, will speak about their work today helping refugees find new homes in our community.

April 3 "Climate Change and Care for the Environment" 
The Rev. Weston Matthews, Rector of Grace Episcopal Church, the Plains, works for the Presiding Bishop's Office on matters of faith and climate change. Come learn why his faith motivates him to serve creation and those most vulnerable to climate change, and how this work is unfolding.

April 10 "Health Care for All"
Kim Bobo, Executive Director of the Virginia Interfaith Center for Public Policy, brings together leaders and communities from many faith communities across the commonwealth to address a variety of social and human rights issues. Currently, their major project is working with the Virginia legislation to provide healthcare for all citizens. Bobo was selected for the 2012 Pacem in Terris Peace and Freedom Award, an award shared with the likes of Dorothy Day, Martin Luther King Jr., Mother Teresa, and Archbishop Desmond Tutu.
Worship Services
March 6, Ash Wednesday
Noon, 7:00 p.m.
Ash Wednesday Liturgy with imposition of ashes

March 10, 17, 24, 31, April 7
7:45 a.m.
Holy Eucharist, Rite I
9:00 a.m. Holy Eucharist, Rite II and Children's Chapel
11:15 a.m. Holy Eucharist, Rite I (3/10, 3/17, 3/31, 4/7)
Morning Prayer, Rite I (3/24)
5:30 p.m. Jazz Mass (3/10)

March 13, 20, 27, April 3, 10
5:30 p.m.
Chapel Eucharist

April 14 Palm Sunday
7:45 a.m.
Holy Eucharist, Rite I
8:30 a.m. Pancake Breakfast by Youth Ministry
9:30 a.m. Stuart Circle Parish Procession
10:30 a.m. Holy Eucharist, Rite II and reading of the Passion Gospel

April 15, 16, 17
5:30 p.m. Holy Eucharist, Rite II

April 18 Maundy Thursday
7:00 p.m. Holy Eucharist, Rite II and Foot Washing

April 19 Good Friday
Noon and 7:00 p.m. Good Friday Liturgy

April 21 Easter Sunday
7:30 a.m. (note time!)
Holy Eucharist, Rite I
9:00 a.m. Festival Holy Eucharist, Rite II
11:15 a.m. Festival Holy Eucharist, Rite II
Be Ye Doers of the Word and Not Hearers Only