Bring your Q's. We’ll try to bring the A's.
This Sunday–right after the 10 am service in Valentine Hall—we’re having a parish-wide Q&A session. 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.

We know that many of you have meaningful questions about the church–and we’re eager to hear what’s on your mind. Please make every effort to attend, so we can all be together to discuss the direction and priorities here at St. James’s. To help John and the others be better prepared, you can submit questions in advance here.

If you can't attend, the event will also be recorded and played starting Sunday afternoon on our youtube page.
This week's eChimes features
  • The Summer Fellowship & Service Events
  • Mark your calendar for Flying Squirrels baseball game
  • August 19-20 "Good-bye to summer" Youth weekend
  • Come participate in "Keeping up with St. James's"
  • New additions to the Staff Reading Picks
  • The Inklings Conference
  • Prayers of the People
Summer Fellowship & Service Events
Fun for All Ages !
Thursday, July 21
Picnic and Play

5:30-7:00pm at Cheswick Park, 1700 Cheswick Ave, Henrico (across from Henrico Doctor’s Hospital)

Bring the kids and a picnic to the Cheswick Park. This is a great way for parents and their kids to get to know other St. James's families and discover one of our area parks. There's a playground as well as several trails.
Saturday, July 23
Family Service Opportunity

Families are invited to come to Valentine Hall from 9am - 11am.
  • Our children will be making baptism banners
  • Our Youth will be making food bags that we’ll be giving to Harvest of Hope to be used for future gleaning projects. Harvest of Hope is one of the Youth Ministry mission partners.

Both projects are fun and easy.
All Doers are welcome! 
Thursday, August 18
Flying Squirrels Baseball Game

Save the date–August 18– for Family Night at a Richmond Squirrels game. It’s Faith Night at the ballpark, plus there's a fireworks display after the game.

Keep watching the eChimes for more details.
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!
2022 Parish Retreat: Save the Date

The 2022 Parish Retreat is the weekend of October 21 thru 23 at Shrine Mont. Please save the dates. 

But just as important is keeping your eye open in mid August, because that’s when registration will begin. And, like last year, we expect the slots to fill up quickly. 

All the info will be in future eChimes, but you can also reach out to Rev. Amelia Arthur with questions at
Keeping Up with St. James'sers this summer

It's been so much fun receiving parishioner's summer photos for " Keeping Up with St. James'sers" and posting them on our Instagram and Facebook pages. It's a great way to stay in touch this summer.

It's only July and there's still plenty of time for you to send us your summer photos. Your pictures can be anything from a big family trip to an afternoon of gardening, a walk around RVA, or even pictures of your pets - anything is possible.

So come on, upload your pics (you can definitely send more than one) and tell us a little about what you’re up:
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. Here are the latest additions to the list.

To see the full Staff Picks list, go here.

Happy reading, y’all!
  • Cassandra Speaks: When Women Are The Storytellers, The Human Story Changes by Elizabeth Lesser – Ashlee Ligon

  • Wild Things: The Art of Nurturing Boys (A Practical and Encouraging Guide to Christian Parenting) by Stephen James and David Thomas – Ashlee Ligon
  • God’s Dream by Desmond Tutu – Ashlee Ligon (for children)

  • Blueberries for Sal by Robert McCloskey – Ashlee Ligon (for children) 
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.

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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