What’s on Summer Vacation?...And what’s not?

These groups will continue to meet during the Summer:
Brown Bag Book Club
Men’s Bible Study Breakfast
Community Yoga 

These groups will NOT continue to meet during the Summer:
Women’s Bible Wisdom Bible Study
Living Faith Bible Study 
Tuesday’s Readers
Lectionary Ladies

For more information, go to the Calendar at doers.org. 
Monday, May June 21st
Community Yoga, Beginner: on pause for June
Community Yoga Level 1: 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm
contact Sarah Eck

Wednesday, June 23rd
Communion in The Garden: 5:30 pm
A short communion service in the Memorial Garden.

Thursday, July 1
Men's Bible Study Breakfast, 7:30 - 8:30 a.m.

Brown Bag Book Group, 12:00 - 1:30 pm
contact Linda Owen

For more information about these events, go to the Calendar at doers.org.

This week's eChimes features
  • The Blood of Christ
  • Jesus Wore Sandals
  • Take Jesus with You on Vacation
  • God's Creation Needs Your Help
  • Learn About EFM
  • Communion in the Garden

  • Stephen Ministry
  • Scholarship available
  • Help research our history
  • Subscribe to YouTube
  • St. James's App is back
  • Amazon Smile
  • In Our Prayers this week

The blood of Christ. The cup of salvation. 

Starting this Sunday at the 10 am service, communion will once again include wine. For health reasons, we kindly request that you drink the wine from the cup, not dip (or to speak Episcopalian, intinct) the body. To put it simply, please sip but don’t dip.
Jesus wore sandals.
You can too.
Just a reminder that the new 9 am Sunday morning service in the Memorial Garden is a casual service. Many folks wear comfortable summer clothes, including (just like Jesus) sandals. This 20-minute service includes communion (bread only), a homily and a shorter liturgy than the 10 am service in the sanctuary.  
Come as you are.
Take Jesus with you on vacation. Or anywhere else.

No Vacation Bible School, no problem. With our “Take Out Church” you and your family can find fun and engaging ways to laugh and play together, to praise God, pray, learn God’s word, give thanks, and serve…no matter where you are, including vacation. You can pick up your “Take Out Church” at the Church every Sunday or you can contact Becky Page ([email protected]) and she’ll arrange a pick up for you.
God’s creation needs your help. 

The Diocese of Virginia's Creation Care Task Force is committed to being a sustainable and inclusive network of Episcopalians committed to faithfully uplifting, stewarding and protecting God's Creation. And every member of our Diocese--from teens to our most senior members--are invited to apply to serve. Including you. It is the conviction of the Diocese that this group should represent a depth of diversity in Creation Care experience as well as experiential diversity.
The Task Force will be made up of 15-20 people. Terms will be staggered. Everyone who serves will be appointed by the Bishop.

The deadline for applications has been extended, so there's still time to submit your application to DioceseofVACreationCareHere's the Creation Care Task Force application.
Learn about EfM from the people who’ve been learning from EfM.

EfM is a powerful and life-changing program that also introduces you to classmates who will become friends, ideas that will become beliefs and, if all goes right, a whole new way to look at what it means to have a ministry. The attached video features thoughts from members of this year’s EfM class at St. James’s. Their reflections are honest, heartfelt and loving. 

If you’ve ever considered committing to EfM (or even if you haven’t), this video is worth watching.

If you want to know more, reach out to Jane Dowrick, coordinator, Education for Ministry (EfM) for the Diocese of Virginia at [email protected].
Communion in the Garden
is a special way to spend a Wednesday evening.  

Standing in the shade of four towering Crepe Myrtle trees, more and more people are showing up each Wednesday evening at 5:30 pm for a short but meaningful Eucharistic service in the Memorial Garden. In addition to communion, there’s a reading, a homily, and warm fellowship.

Come join long-time parishioners, young families, teenagers and everyone in between for a few minutes of peace, learning and communion with our Lord. 
Other News
For those times when you need support, Stephen Ministry is eager to help.
Over the last year, nine members of St. James’s trained to become Stephen Ministers. They’re eager to provide caring, encouraging, Christian support for anyone experiencing difficult times, including you.

Difficult times means more than the stress of the pandemic, It can also include things like grieving a loss, being ill or unemployed, or maybe it’s a sadness you just can’t shake. Whatever it is, our Stephen Ministry is here to help.

Find out how to receive free confidential, Christian care by contacting our clergy or our Stephen Ministry Care Receiver Coordinator, Jane Dowrick.
College Scholarship Available for 2021-2022 Academic Year
Application due by July 1st

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 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), and a description of service efforts (e.g. church, community, and school). Only one recipient is allowed per household.

Please submit application letters to John Conrad--Junior Warden, c/o Mary Brown, St. James’s Episcopal Church, 1205 W. Franklin Street, Richmond, VA 23220. Letters may also be submitted electronically to [email protected].

All application letters are due by July 1st. 
You can help us uncover
St. James's rich history. 

Do you have research or writing skills? Are you interested in the racial history of St. James’s and wondering how you can help? Our Racial Justice and Reconciliation Formation Team (RJR) is beginning Part II: Reconstruction & Post-Reconstruction (1865-1900) of our parish history project and would love you to join our ministry.

The work will include combing through records and documents in print and online from your home and/or at libraries and museums. We’ve already uncovered fascinating and revealing information about our history—and we look forward to learning even more with your help.
High schoolers and adult parishioners are welcome. 

Contact Alice Tousignant if you’re interested and/or have questions.
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Subscribing is easy.
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The St. James’s App
is back! 

Want an easy way to watch the Sunday service on your phone? There’s an App for that. Want to read the eChimes, view the calendar or watch past sermons on your tablet? There’s an App for those things too. The St. James’s App has been updated and it’s ready to make your life easier. You can see the bulletins for the services, refer to the book of common prayer, even make a pledge. Click on your preferred button to download our app.
Support St. James’s without it costing you a penny. 

There’s an easy way to support St. James’s while you’re doing something else. When you're shopping on Amazon, go to smile.amazon.com, instead. Once you’re there, designate St. James’s as the program you’re supporting, then a percentage of every purchase you make on Amazon will go the church. Easy-peezy. 

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.

Do you have our App?
You can always find the eChimes at doers.org/eChimes.