February 1, 2023

Saint James the Less Weekly News & Updates

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A Note From Father Rock

Good morning, friends,


A quick reminder that we resume our Bluegrass Mass this Sunday at 5 p.m. and do hope that you will join us. Tripp Hudgins and friends will be leading the singing. We missed January because it was the 1st, but we are back at it for the spring.


Last week I was meeting with a friend from the Third Order Franciscans, and she mentioned a prayer from the Northumbria Community. I had never heard it before, but it really touched me. (Source)  


When you no longer know how to be,

may the Father take you on your deeper journey.

When you no longer know what to do,

may the Spirit reveal to you your fitting task.

When all feels lost or foreign

may you know your home in Christ.


On the path that is before you,

may you have companions for the journey,

may you find Christ in the stranger

and may you know the love and blessing of God.


Having a home base, internally or externally, as we go down life's roads is so important. When we named our daughter Sojourner (traveler), we gave her the middle name Abbey so she would always have a home on the journey.


One of the greatest strengths of being in a faith community is that we are not going it alone. I have been so comforted to see old faces returning along with so many new ones. It does my heart good to see both when I look out on Sundays. Know that that homebase, that abbey, is imperative as the Spirit reveals your "fitting task."


My friends in Liverpool who are Liverpool Football Club fans always remind me of their slogan, "You'll Never Walk Alone." For all of us at St. James the Less, may that always be true and said of us. Hope you are having a great week!




Wednesday, February 1, 2023

  • 7:30am- Eucharist Rite II & breakfast to follow
  • 10:30am-Vinyasa Yoga
  • Noon- Chair Yoga

Thursday, February 2, 2023

  • 6pm- Handbell Choir
  • 7pm- Parish Choir

Sunday, February 5, 2023

  • 8am- Eucharist Rite I (no music)
  • 9am- Sunday School (children & adult)
  • 10am- Eucharist: Rite II (music)
  • 5:45pm- Journey to Adulthood

Monday, February 6, 2023

  • 10:30am- Vinyasa Yoga (for all fitness levels)
  • 10:30am- Good Grief group
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What a wonderful weekend in the life of Saint James the Less! Rachel Easter gave an important talk on the ministries that Chenery has helped her continue across the world.

Our Pavilion continues to get more incredible every week! We are looking forward to using this in the spring!

Also, our Altar Guild outdoes themselves every week with the gorgeous arrangements they make.

Hospitality Guild

We are so grateful to our beloved Nancy Chamlee & Alice Cobb for stepping up to be the co-chairs of our Hospitality Guild. If you would like to be added to our list of folks who volunteers to help with Hospitality, please let us know. They will do such a wonderful job of bringing us together in creative and fun ways!

Altar Flower Sign Up

If you would like to honor a loved one by signing up for Altar Flowers for a particular week, you are welcome to sign up on the bulletin board or email us. Your loved one's name and dedication will be listed in our weekly bulletin. The cost is $35.

Bring a Meal for the Youth

The Journey to Adulthood (J2A) regional youth group here at Saint James The Less needs your help. We are looking for volunteers to provide one meal for 15-20 people. We would love for you to help serve our youth and share a meal with us! The doors will open at 5:30pm in Brydon hall and someone will be there to help you set up. We ask that you provide a meal that includes a main course, dessert and drinks. Some ideas include pasta casserole, pizza, salad with grilled chicken, hot dogs or burgers, etc. The possibilities are endless! If you would like to sign up, click HERE.

Please help us in our endeavor to create a community poised to give back and appreciate the gifts of people all around them. Thank you! 

Fall Line Farm

Many of you may know that Fall Line Farm uses our facility on Thursday evenings as a place people can pick up orders they've placed with local farmers and artisans. You can checkout their website HERE. Fall Line Farms and Local Roots is a non-profit online farmers market in Richmond, Virginia and the surrounding counties. They are a producers' co-op of small family farms and local businesses providing fresh local food year round to our members.

They have offered us a free 3-month promo code to Fall Line Farms and Local Roots. The code is "LocalFood2023". Please make sure you check them out!


Blue Grass Mass

Please join us for Blue Grass Mass on Sunday at 5pm for some creative and beautiful worship. Tripp Hudgins will be leading us into a toe tapping space of praise. We hope you can come!

Untold Stories

A powerful and engaging community event on Sunday, February 5th from 4pm-6pm at Patrick Henry High School. Local residents share their own personal experiences with race, community, segregation, and history in our community during the 1940s, 1950s, and 1960s. Storytellers for 2023, the program’s ninth year, will be Rebecca Doggett Bray, Mary Jane Ghee, Trisha Leonard Higgins, Matt "Moto" Lewis, Ollie Lewis, and Steve Trivett. Plus, special guests Jamelle Wilson and Anthony Keitt.

The program will conclude with the Community Gospel Chorus under the direction of Tyler Spurlock. The oral history program is ideal for adults and children of middle and high school age. Free, accessible, and open to the public. To learn more, click HERE.

Shrove Tuesday

On Tuesday, February 21st we are hosting our annual Shrove Tuesday meal, aka Pancake Day. It is a day that we feast before we fast heading into Lenten season. Dinner will be served from 5:30pm-7pm. We hope you will join us for this fun time in community. If you would like to sign up to volunteer, please do so HERE. We could really use your help and would be grateful!

Next Book Club Coming Soon!

Please join us for our next Book Club on Tuesdays at 10am on Zoom, starting February 7th. We will be reading the book Mere Christianity by C.S. Lewis. You can purchase the book from Amazon HERE . Hanover Library systems have it available for free in multiple different forms. You can reserve your copy with them HERE. If you are not on our Book Club email list already and would like to receive messages, please let us know. We would love for you to join us!

In the classic Mere Christianity, C.S. Lewis, the most important writer of the 20th century, explores the common ground upon which all of those of Christian faith stand together. Bringing together Lewis’ legendary broadcast talks during World War Two from his three previous books The Case for ChristianityChristian Behavior, and Beyond PersonalityMere Christianity provides an unequaled opportunity for believers and nonbelievers alike to hear this powerful apologetic for the Christian faith.


  • 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)


Beef stew

Pork & beans

Canned fruit

Personal care items (soap, toothpaste, shampoo, lotion, deodorant, toilet paper, etc.)

Cleaning products (laundry soap, dish soap, etc.)

Adult Clothing:

Men's athletic shoes (all sizes)

Men's work boots (all sizes)

Men's jeans (waist sizes 30 - 38)

Men's and Women's plus size sleepwear

Women's bras (band 36 and above; cup D and above)

Women's underwear (sizes 8 and larger/XL and larger)

Children's Clothing:

Boy's and Girl's shoes (larger sizes - kids 5, 6, and 7)

Boy's and Girl's larger size winter clothes (sizes 12 - 18)

Boy's and Girl's larger size pajamas (sizes 10 - 18)

Diapers (size 4, size 6 and size 7)... They do not need pull-ups.

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, Mark, our Bishop, 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, Janet Taylor, Jessica and family, Joy Stevenson, Kim Keene, Brad Rose, Wendy Vaughan, Sara Reece, Andy Newchok, Pam Bowers, Bettilee, Iana Mason, Bill Mercier, Jonathan Smith, Rebecca Hottman, Lyde Longaker, Haden Hopkins, Charles Bridges, Hilda Kelly, Lee & Susan Chambers, Michele Murphy, James Crump, Sr., Ginny Tilton, Tre’ Michael, Brennan McFarlane,Tim Easter, Marie Bohrer, Melanie Fischer, Frank Buckingham, Jim Segneri, Barbara Brzozowski, Richard Grosse, Bob Hughes, 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: Larson Flangan, 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 Edna Henning. 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 Weeks Homily

January 29, 2023

Fourth Sunday After Epiphany


February 2

Hank Hunter

Teddy Cook

February 3

Kimette Cannady

Rebecca Batten

February 5

Margaret Belyea

Hayes Jones

February 6

Tim Yagla

Kalani Jones


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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