At St. James’s, we’re celebrating Memorial Day in a most profound way–with music and words that honor those who have died and those who have served. We’ve even scheduled it to start at 7pm on Memorial Day, so you can make it back from your long weekend in time to attend.
Go to to learn more about this very special day at St. James’s. 

Click here to see the video of Mark describing the event.  
Leading up to the Memorial Day Concert, we’re giving a little background about one of the songs in the program.

Here are a few words about our centerpiece musical selection, Mass of the Children from its composer John Rutter:

I had always wanted to write a work combining children’s choir with adult performers, not only because I find the sound of children’s voices irresistible but also because I wanted to repay a debt. As a boy soprano in my school choir I had been thrilled whenever our choir took part in adult works with children’s choir parts, such as the Mahler Third Symphony and the Britten War Requiem, and years later I remembered this experience and wanted to write something that would give children a similar opportunity to perform alongside adult professionals.”

Tuesday, May 31
Tuesday Men’s Bible Study: 7:30 am
Valentine Hall
A weekly hour of fellowship, discussion and good food.
Contacts: Patrick Strickler, or
Stephen Spraker,

Wednesday, June 1
Living Faith Bible Study: 10 am on Zoom
 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,

Thursday, June 2
Men's Bible Study Breakfast: 7:30am
Valentine Hall
Group reads and discusses the Lectionary Readings for the upcoming Sunday.
It’s a great way to learn the scriptures while enjoying fellowship.

Brown Bag Book Group: 12 pm
Valentine Hall
 Read and discuss both fiction and non-fiction selections
June's Book is The Address, by Fiona Davis
contact Linda Owen,

The parish house will be closed on Monday, May 30.
For pastoral emergencies, here's how to reach our clergy.
The Rev. Dr. John McCard, (404) 408-8241
The Rev. Amelia Arthur, (504)330-3089
The Rev. Dr. Doug Wigner, (804)269-2946
Lay Chaplain Blake Singer, (423) 298-4907 

For more information about this week's events, visit
This week's eChimes features
  • Juneteenth - a message beyond music
  • Food Volunteers Needed for Juneteenth
  • Coming your way via the USPS - Anglican Digest featuring St. James's
  • June VBS Food Truck Party - don't miss out
  • Summer Music, Service and Fellowship
  • The search for the XIV Bishop of Virginia
  • Young Adults social staying connected this summer.
  • Scholarship opportunity for St. James'sers
  • Prayers of the People
A celebration of freedom.
A message beyond music. 

Juneteenth (or Sunday, June 19th), ​​also known as Jubilee Day, Emancipation Day, and Freedom Day, has been celebrated since 1865. Last year it became a federal holiday in the United States commemorating the emancipation of enslaved African-Americans

This year, the holiday will be celebrated right here at St. James’s with a spectacular Freedom Day Organ Recital featuring renowned organist Dr. Carl Haywood playing organ masterpieces as well as spirituals for the organ.

The Norfolk State and St. James’s Choirs will also be on hand, singing spirituals, including Great Day, Didn’t My Lord Deliver Daniel, and Rise, Shine for the Light is A’coming. And it’s all followed by a reception in Valentine Hall. 

This FREE event begins at 5 pm, and it should be a rousing and inspiring evening–made all the more powerful by a church filled to the rafters with revelers. Invite everyone you know. And let’s celebrate the power of freedom.
for Juneteenth

Our Juneteenth Celebration is followed by a reception and we’re seeking volunteers to assist with everything from preparing the food to serving and cleaning up. St. James’s has a legendary reputation for putting out impressive spreads–and we need as many of you as possible as we expect a large turnout to our Juneteenth event, including people from outside our parish. Go here to learn more or go directly to Sign Up Genius.
St. James’s is proud to be featured in the new edition of The Anglican Digest. 
Since 1958, the mission of The Anglican Digest has been to “to reflect the words and work of the faithful throughout the Anglican Communion.” As you can see, we are the featured church in their new issue, including a history of St. James’s, many photos, and a lovely article penned by our John McCard.

A copy of The Summer 2022 Anglican Digest should be in your mailbox soon (not your inbox, your actual mailbox) – so be on the lookout for it – and enjoy the lovely coverage we received. 
To learn more about The Anglican Digest, go to their website:
Learning in the most fun way that everything comes from God. 

This summer’s Vacation Bible School (June 27-30) is the perfect way for children to “get on a roll with God” as a parade of Food Trucks rolls into their neighborhood for the summer's biggest party!

Built around the line from the Lord’s Prayer, "Give us this day our daily bread," the activities will be a reminder that everything we have comes from God — and that it's by turning to God in prayer that all of our daily needs are met.

The deadline to register is Wednesday, June 15. Space is limited so don't wait.
Also a great opportunity for teens to volunteer.
We also want to invite all teens (rising 6th thru 12th graders) to volunteer to assist us with VBS. It’s incredibly rewarding and earns you service hours. Go here for more details.

If you have any questions, please contact Ashley Ligon at
Summer Music, Service and Fellowship
In addition to the Memorial Day and Juneteenth music events, we have lots of music for you to enjoy during June. Each of them will be promoted as we get closer to the event date. You can also find our Summer Music schedule here.

Be sure to mark your calendar and come join us.

If you would like to know more about our music program, contact:
Dr. Mark A. Whitmire, Director of Music,
Virginia Ewing Whitmire, Organist and Choir Director,
We’re not slowing down for summer at St. James. Join the Family Ministry team at our fellowship and service events this summer. All ages are welcome!

You'll need to sign-up for Shalom Farms Family Service Opportunity, 9am-12pm,. Sign up here!
We (as in the Diocese of Virginia) are in the process of making a decision that could have a major impact on our church for the next 10 or 15 years–the selection of our new Bishop.

If you have thoughts about the candidates, here are the St. James’s delegates to the June 4th Convention, each of whom has a vote:
Tracy Schneider, Senior Warden (
Harry Warner, Junior Warden (
Michael Whitlow (
Wilson Craigie (
Jennifer Pollard (

Staying connected this summer. 

Our College and Young Adult Small Group will be meeting up informally throughout the summer for social gatherings. If you are or know of a college student or young adult that would be interested, contact Blake Singer at to be added to the list.
Scott-Taliaferro Scholarship

Funding for the Scott-Taliaferro Scholarship is given through the generosity of Mrs. Thomas Branch Scott, Jr. and Lucy Nelson Taliaferro in memory of their parents and grandparents, and Dr. and Mrs. Richard Michaux.
The Scott-Taliaferro Scholarship was created to provide financial aid for the undergraduate college education of St. James’s members. The scholarship awards are based on need and service to the community.

Applicants must submit the following:
  • a personal letter which includes the objectives or purposes for pursuing a college education, financial need and any other sources of funding,
  • a description of family (e.g. number of household members)
  • a description of service efforts (e.g. church, community, and school)

Only one recipient is allowed per household. Please submit application letters to:
Tracy Schneider--Senior Warden
c/o Mary Brown
St. James’s Episcopal Church
1205 W. Franklin Street
Richmond, VA 23220.

Letters may also be submitted electronically to
All application letters are due by July 1st.

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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