November 30, 2022

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A Note From Father Rock

Good morning, friends! For those who love Scotland, blessings on this feast of St. Andrew.

I hope many of you will be able to join us for the consecration of Bishop Elect Mark Stevenson this Saturday at St. Paul's Baptist on Creighton Road. This will be a huge and exciting day in the diocese. 

This Sunday we will have the special opportunity of greeting international guests from our Triangle of Hope partners, The Bishop of Warrington, the Right Reverend Bev Mason (acting Bishop of Liverpool), Father Nana Kessie of Kumasi, Ghana, and our friend, the Rev. Canon Malcolm Rogers of Liverpool (who preached at our Celebration of New Ministry). 

Father Kessie will preach at our 8 and 10 am services. There will be a Q&A with all our guests at 9 am in Brydon Hall. Then Bishop Bev will celebrate at our 10 am service.

Afterward, one of our favorite traditions, the Advent Faire will happen in Brydon. It will be a great day that you will not want to miss. 

And if that were not enough, newly consecrated Bishop Stevenson will be with us Dec. 11 at 10 am. (No 8 am that day, and Q&A will be at 8:30 in Brydon.)

So many things to be thankful for, and I do hope to see you. 




Wednesday, November 30, 2022

  • 7:30am- Eucharist Rite II
  • 10:30am- Yoga Class (all levels) Brydon Hall
  • 12pm- Chair Yoga Brydon Hall

Saturday, December 3, 2022

  • 9am- Group Exercise Class
  • 11am- Bishop Mark Stevenson Ordination

Sunday, December 4, 2022

  • 8am-Eucharist:Rite I
  • 9am-Adult and Children's Sunday School
  • 10am- Eucharist: Rite II (music)
  • 11am- Advent Faire
  • 5pm- Blue Grass Mass
  • 5:45pm- Journey to Adulthood (youth group)

Monday, December 5, 2022

  • 10:30am-Good Grief Group
  • 10:30am-Yoga Class Brydon Hall
  • 7pm-Dream Group
  • 12pm- Chair Yoga
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Pavilion Update

Doesn't it look fantastic?


Blue Grass Mass

We hope you will join us for our Blue Grass Mass this Sunday at 5pm. It is a special time of great music and deepening our faith.

Volunteer Opportunity With The Chenery Committee 


The Chenery Committee needs volunteers to replace members rotating off the committee. The Chenery Fund started when the Chenery family, who owned the triple crown winner Secretariat, left money to SJTL. The committee is responsible for distributing the yearly interest to organizations and individuals who request assistance. Please get in touch with Betsy Snipes at to learn more about the committee.

December Happenings

December 3rd-the Ordination and Consecration of the Rev’d Canon E. Mark Stevenson as XIV Bishop of the Diocese of Virginia, 11:00 a.m. at The Saint Paul’s Baptist Church, 4247 Creighton Road, Henrico, Va.

December 4th  The Rev. Nana Kessie from Kumasi, Ghana is coming to be with us and preach.  We also have the Advent Faire that Sunday, with a light reception. Join us for a Q&A at 9am in Brydon before service. 5pm- Blue Grass Mass


December 11th Bishop Mark Stevenson will be with us for a visit. There will be no 8am service that day.  8:30am- Q&A with the Bishop in Brydon Hall. He meets with those being confirmed at 9:30am. Following the 10am service he will bless many of the new places in our church, followed by a reception for him. Please bring a finger food to share.

December 17th - 10am- Memorial Service for Paul Robb

December 18th- 5pm Contemplative Service

December 24th- 4:30pm- Family Christmas Eve Service, 10:30pm- ChristMass (Organ music begins at 10pm)

December 25th- 10am- Christmas Day Service (no 8am service that day)

January 1st- 10am Lessons & Carols (no 8am service that day)

Advent Faire

We will be holding our annual Advent Faire on December 4th, THIS SUNDAY, after the 10am service. We will have wreath making, connective time in community and light refreshments.

We will have the Santa shop for our children this year. The kids will be able to "shop" for family members privately (no charge) in our little Santa shop and wrap their gift to take home and put under the tree. BUT we need your help with donations. Do you have any sweet trinkets, household items, or ornaments that you can donate? Please bring them to the office or drop them in the Sunday School room. We also need bags and tissue paper to help with wrapping these gifts. Any and all donations are helpful! If you have any questions, please email Miriam

Christmas Flowers

As a way of honoring and remembering loved ones during this season, we offer Christmas flowers that will be in the church on Christmas Day. We will have an insert in the bulletin with the names of the loved ones represented. The cost is $15. I f you would like to remember or honor someone, please complete this form or email Kasey and let her know who you would like to remember.

Battle of the Pies - J2A Christmas Party

The youth group will be having a battle of the pies on December 11th during their Christmas party! Youth are invited to bring one pie of their choice any flavor, any crust! Compete to take home the cake (or pie)! All are welcome to join in! For more information, please email Miriam

Memorial for Paul Robb

We will gather to celebrate the life of Paul Robb on Saturday, December 17th at 10am. There will be a brief reception to follow. He is a beloved member of this community and we are so grateful for his life.

Rule of Life Class

We have moved our Rule of Life class to January (10th, 17th, 24th). The class will be on Tuesdays in person at 10am. We hope this schedule works for you and you can join us.


  • Sign up to bring meals for the Clinic Volunteers HERE
  • Help stock our Emergency Food Pantry (outside the clinic)
  • Send in your Pop Tops for McDonald House
  • Bring in Hygiene or laundry items for Peter Paul
  • Donate to ACES (see below)

Pantry: Personal care items (soap, toothpaste, shampoo, lotion, deodorant, toilet paper, etc.), Cleaning products (laundry soap, dish soap, etc.)

Adult Clothing: Men's boxers and boxer briefs (all sizes), Men's shoes (all sizes), Men's underwear, Men's jeans, Men's extra large winter clothing (sizes 2x, 3x, 4x), Women's underwear (all sizes)

Children's Clothing: Girl's & Boys underwear (sizes 8 and 16), Large kid's socks, Pajamas, & Diapers

ACES is open on both Mondays and Wednesday from 8:30-11:30am. Thank you for your continued support!


Lord, we lift up this nation struggling with itself these days, reeling from this pandemic and its repercussions. Encourage us to faithfulness, righteousness, and compassion for all God’s Children. We lift up Justin, Archbishop of Canterbury, Michael, our Presiding Bishop, Susan, our Bishop, the Bishop Elect, The Rev. Canon Mark Stevenson and family, Rock+, our priest, and Dawn+, our Deacon. May they be strengthened and encouraged as the work with us to proclaim your Good News in this world. We pray for Joe, our President, Glenn, our Governor, and Steve, our Mayor, and all our elected officials. Guide them to lead us to the common good. 

We ask your prayers for peace; for goodwill among nations; and for the well-being of all people. Remembering especially Gus Miller, Erin Yagla, Meredith Moon, Meghann Batten, Michael Fox, Bill Blakemore, Dennis Folsom, Debra Bernard, Smith family, Court Warfield, Andrea Alexander McCallum, Tom Ficklin, Janet Taylor, Jessica and family, Joy Stevenson, David Turner, Kim Keene, Brad Rose, Wendy Vaughan, Sara Reece, Richard Rennolds, Andy Newchok, Jim Smith, Joe Beane, Pam Bowers, Bettilee, Iana Mason, Diane Wood, Bill Mercier, Shirley Miller, Jonathan Smith, Aubrey Fletcher, Rebecca Hottman, Lyde Longaker, Ken Sehlhorst, Haden Hopkins, Betty Kelley, and Allison Provencher.

We ask your prayers for the poor, the sick, the hungry, the oppressed, and those in prison. We also ask your prayers for those serving in the diplomatic corps, the military, and as missionaries: Kemper Jones, Greg Ericksen, Matthew Thomas, Philip Morison, James Ashley, Andrew Brunson, Jordan Fox, and Katherine Murphy. 

We ask your prayers for those who have died, especially Paul Robb. We ask your prayers for those who grieve.  

We pray for governments and governing bodies of Metropolitan Richmond: For the Mayor and City Council of Richmond, the City Administrator, and all city employees.

For all those who seek peace in the world and for ourselves, that we may bring about God's Kingdom here on earth. For our enemies, and for those who wish us harm.

Praise God for those in every generation in whom Christ has been honored.

This Past Week's Homily

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Saint James the Less Episcopal Church

125 Beverly Road

Ashland, VA 23005

(804) 798-6336


The Rev. Rock Higgins, tssf Rector

The Rev. Deacon Dawn McNamara Deacon

Reggie Long- Organist/Music Director

Miriam Smith- Christian Formation- Children & Youth Director

Kasey Buckland- Parish Administrator

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