It’s Amelia’s first Sunday. 
Come welcome our new Associate Rector. 
We’re so excited that this Sunday, April 3, is Amelia Arthur’s first Sunday at St. James’s. Come welcome our new Associate Rector and her two children, Winston and Lucy, and hear her very first sermon at St. James’s.

Looking ahead, you’re also invited to a reception for Amelia between the services on
Sunday, April 24. Details to follow.
UPDATE on our mask policy.
Masks continue to be optional for all of our worship services, including the 9 am, 11:15 am and 5 pm services.

Masks are also optional in our Children’s and Youth ministry activities as well. 
We apologize that St. James's App is down.
We are working on getting it back up.
Tuesday, April 5
Tuesday Men’s Bible Study: 7:30 am
Valentine Hall
Contacts: Patrick Strickler, or
Stephen Spraker,

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

Wednesday, April 6
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
Why We need Dante Lenten Series
Topic: The Holy Spirit in Dante's Commedia
With Will Brewbaker 
Meeting ID number: 838 0728 2761 / Passcode: 572867

Thursday, April 7
Men's Bible Study Breakfast: 7:30 am
Valentine Hall
Contact: Drew Lichtenberger,

Brown Bag Book Group: 12 pm
Valentine Hall
Book: The Sum of Us by Heather McGhee
Contact: Linda Owen,

Last 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
  • Palm Sunday Breakfast needs Doers
  • Holy Peeps!! It's time to submit your entries.
  • Palm Sunday Schedule
  • Mark your calendar and register for the Spring Picnic
  • Order Easter Lilies by this Wed.
  • Lent and Holy Week Calendars
  • So much music to fill your soul. And your calendar.
  • Exploring history in your own backyard with the Valentine Museum.
  • Check out St. James's Youth Ministry summer plans
  • Vacation Bible School is coming back, so save the date
  • Episcopal Relief is helping Ukraine. You can help them do more. 
  • Prayers of the People
  • Diocese of Virginia Web site
Until we have Doers, we can’t be chewers. 

WE NEED YOU. The beloved Palm Sunday Breakfast is back this year and we need your help! Any adults and youth in grades 5 thru 12 are welcome to take part in the cooking, serving, and cleaning–even if you don’t have experience with any of those things. 

Breakfast will be served from 8:30-9:30 am in Valentine Hall before the Stuart Circle Palm Sunday Procession. 
Holy Peeps are due this Sunday!!

If it’s nearly Easter, then it must be time for Holy Peeps.
Our Middle Schoolers and High Schoolers have already made theirs, so it’s time for our Children to get in on the fun. 
Whether you make your Peeps diorama here or at home, ALL submissions are due this Sunday, 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.

Did you know there are PEEPS diorama contests across the country? Google PEEPS.

The Special Palm Sunday Schedule

NEXT Sunday is Palm Sunday and The Stuart Circle Procession is back!

Please note the different worship time on Palm Sunday.

8:30 am – Youth Breakfast in Valentine Hall
9:30 am – Stuart Circle Palm Procession
10:30 am – Holy Eucharist Rite II (live streamed)
The St. James’s Event
we’ve all been waiting for. 

The wait is finally over! On Sunday, May 15, St. James’s is coming together as a church family in a H-U-G-E way at our Rock Bottom Spring Picnic. Live Bluegrass music from Oak Lane, fried chicken from Lee’s, grilled burgers and dogs, a Hardywood beer truck, and games. Plus we'll have the Senior Blessing and the Blessing for Rising Middle School students. 

But most importantly, this is a chance for all of us to be together and be ourselves again. No Zoom. No masks. And every reason to be here. To make sure we have all the food we need, we’re asking everyone to register here.

We’ll also be asking for a donation of $5 per person or $15 for a family to be paid on the day of the event.

So mark your calendar. Dig out your favorite shorts. And get ready for the party of the year.
Remember or honor a loved one with Easter Lilies

Place your order by
this Wednesday, April 6

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.
So much music to fill your soul.
And your calendar. 

The St. James’s music calendar is full of beautiful and inspiring events over the next few months.

Each of them will be promoted as they come, but to see them all in one place, click here, then save the dates. And think about inviting friends to join you at each one. 
The Valentine Museum Figures of Freedom Tour. 
Exploring history in our own backyard. 

So much of what shaped America happened right here in Richmond, especially the struggle for freedom. Join St. James'sers and friends as we walk a guided Valentine Museum Figures of Freedom tour on Saturday, April 9 (rain or shine), from 9 to 11 am. 

The tour, which focuses on Shockoe Bottom, begins at the Valentine First Freedom Center, 14 South 14th Street, where there’s on-street parking. The tour cost is $10. There are only a few slots still open.

Please sign up here by Tuesday, April 5. For more details, click here
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, volunteer opportunities, and camps. You can also find registration and payment information.

The deadline for our Florida trip has passed but you can register for all other trips until April 18.

Or watch this video to hear what Katie Ricard, our Director of Youth Ministry, has to say about the terrific plans for this summer


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. 

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. 

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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