Get an inside look at our organ this Sunday.
This Sunday after the 10 am service, our guest organist Casey Dunaway will offer a guided tour of the inside of our beautiful C.B. Fisk organ, one of the most magnificent church organs in the country.

Anyone wishing to see the interior of this impressive instrument should meet Casey on the balcony after the service.
This week's eChimes features
  • The Rector's Q&A on July 17
  • Remembering our 12th Bishop Peter Lee
  • A Note from the Clergy
  • Send us your pictures for "Keeping up with St. James's"
  • Update on our summer Service and Fellowship Events
  • New: August 19-20 "Good-bye to summer"
  • Staff Summer Reading Picks
  • Help make St. James's a warmer place
  • Use a Name Tag to make everyone feel more welcomed
  • Prayers of the People
On Sunday July 17th—right after the 10 am service in Valentine Hall—we’re bringing back the Rector’s Forum. John and other church leaders will be available to answer any questions you have about the church as we look ahead to the new program year.
To help John be better prepared, you can submit questions in advance here.

We value your questions and comments, so please make plans to be at this important event. 
Giving thanks for the life of The Rt. Rev. Peter Lee, longtime Bishop of Virginia.
The Rt. Reverend Bishop Peter James Lee, 12th Bishop of the Diocese of Virginia, passed away in Chapel Hill, North Carolina, on July 2, 2022. He was 84. Bishop Lee served for 25 years as Bishop of Virginia, from 1984 to 2009. 

During his tenure as Bishop, Peter Lee ordained more than 200 people to the priesthood; helped to strengthen the Church Schools in the Diocese of Virginia; oversaw major capital improvements to the two diocesan conference centers, Roslyn in Richmond and Shrine Mont in Orkney Springs; developed a partner relationship with the Diocese of Christ the King in South Africa; and established a program to give financial assistance to diocesan youth to make mission trips. 

To read more about his distinguished career with the church, go here.

The funeral for the Rt. Rev. Peter James Lee is schedule for next Friday, July 15, at 2 p.m. at the Chapel of the Cross, 304 E Franklin St, in Chapel Hill, NC.

A Note from the Clergy

As we again find ourselves a nation in the midst of division and troubling times we wanted to send a note to remind you that each of us is here for you. Should you want a listening ear, someone to talk to, or someone to pray with you as you process the events of the last few weeks, months, or years, know that our first and most important job is to walk with you as you journey. Whatever you think or feel about any of the issues that currently divide our nation we are here to be with you and to love you, so please reach out and know that we will meet you where you are.

All of us continue to pray for each of you every day, and we pray that in the midst of such divided times we might all remember that as a church community we are more united than divided, and that we are called together by our God who loves each and every one of us unconditionally.

We hope to hear from you, now or whenever you may need the care and space we can provide.

In Christ,

John, Amelia, Blake, Doug

Keeping Up with St. James'sers this summer

We know lots of you will be doing awesome things this Summer. So we came up with a fun way to stay in touch. We call it “Keeping Up with St. James’sers”.

And as you can see from the sample pictures here, we’ll publish photos of whatever you’re doing on our Instagram and Facebook pages.

It could be anything from a big family trip to an afternoon of gardening, a walk around RVA, pictures of your pets - anything is possible.

We’ve created a form on our website – – where you can download your pics (you can definitely send more than one) and tell us a little about what you’re up to. 

So have fun. And remember, “Pics or it didn’t happen.” 
Save the date for
our summer Fellowship & Service events!

Update: July 21- Picnic and Play, 5:30-7:00pm at Cheswick Park, 1700 Cheswick Ave, Henrico (across from Henrico Doctor’s Hospital)

July 23- Family Service Opportunity at St. James’s in Valentine Hall, 9-11am

August 18- Night out at the Flying Squirrels, 6:35pm

All ages are welcome!
New: August 19-20
"Good-bye to summer"

We’re planning to say, “good-bye to summer” with one last service opportunity for our youth in grades 6-12.

Come to our Youth Service Lock-in from August 19th-August 20th at St. James’s! We’ll meet at 5pm on August 19th, have dinner, and go to the Goochland Drive-In Movie Theater. The next morning, we’ll wake up, have breakfast, and engage in a service activity until 3pm!

To sign up, go here. Hope you’ll join us for fellowship, service, and fun!
Summer is a great time to catch up on reading. If you’re looking for some ideas of what to read next, the St. James’s staff has a list of books you might consider. Happy reading, y’all!

To see the full Summer Reading list, go here.
  • We Were the Lucky Ones by Georgia Hunter – Donna Ellis
  • Saving Jesus from the Church: How to Stop Worshiping Christ and Start Following Jesus by Robin R. Meyers – Jay Sandusky
  • The War of the Roses: The Fall of the Plantagenets and the Rise of the Tudors by Dan Jones – John McCard
  • Explorers of the Nile: The Triumph and Tragedy of Great Victorian Adventures by Tim Jeal – John McCard
  • 1912: The Year the World Discovered Antarctica by Chris Turner – John McCard
  • Honor​​​ by Thirty Umrigar – Katie Ricard
  • Nobody Will Tell You This But Me by Bess Kalb – Katie Ricard
  • This Woven Kingdom by Tahereh Mafi – Katie Ricard
  • The Devil's Half Acre by Kristen Green – Katie Ricard
  • Walking on Water: Reflections on Faith and Art by Madeleine L'Engle – Virginia Whitmire
  • A Crazy, Holy Grace: The Healing Power of Pain and Memory by Frederich BuechnerVirginia Whitmire
  • East of Eden by John Steinbeck – Blake Singer
  • Diving into The Wheel of Time series by Robert Jordan – Blake Singer
  • Pastor: The Theology and Practice of Ordained Ministry by Will Willimon – Annika Cline
  • Kingdom of Ash by Sarah J Maas – Annika Cline
  • Beach Read by Emily Henry – Annika Cline
  • Dune by Frank Herbert – Annika Cline
  • A good girl's guide to murder by Holly Jackson – Annika Cline
  • Bach: Music in the Castle of Heaven by John Elliot Gardiner – Mark Whitmire 
  • A People’s History of the United States by Howard Zinn – Mark Whitmire
  • Lincoln Highway by Amor Towles – Winnie Canup
  • Hey White Girl by Judith Bice – Winnie Canup
The Inklings Conference, being held September 22-24 at Nashota House in Delafield, WI, is a unique and fascinating opportunity to explore the creative imaginations of C.S. Lewis, J.R.R. Tolkien, and Dorothy Sayers. And to make it even more interesting, one of the featured speakers will be our very own John McCard.

Nashota House's lakeside campus is the ideal location for this 3-day immersion into three of our most brilliant thinkers, which includes a public viewing of Tolkien manuscripts at nearby Marquette University.

To learn more about The Inklings Conference, go here. If have any interest in attending, please reach out to John ( and he'll happily advise you on making arrangements.

Help make St. James’s a warmer place.  

Our Sunday Services can use your special brand of warmth. Greeters play an essential role at St. James’s, especially when it comes to making newcomers feel welcome and comfortable. There are openings right now.

If you are interested in joining this wonderful ministry, please contact Marisa Trible at
Your name here.

We understand the importance of name tags, so moving forward you’ll find pens and name tags in the Narthex to use on Sundays. 

We’re also in the process of creating permanent name tags that you can order and keep. We’ll have more details as we finalize our plans, But in the meantime, please use the disposable ones in the Narthex. 

It’s a great way to help everyone feel more welcome.

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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