September 21, 2022

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Good morning, friends!

Our services are beginning to be more and more full as we continue to get things back to "normal." I want to thank all those who made last weekend so special. Our community supported the Hughes family for Wiley Hughes' memorial service on Saturday. On Sunday, many supported our welcome of our new deacon, the Rev. Deacon Dawn Sykes McNamara on her first Sunday with us. We so appreciate the love and care you shared during both of these events.

This coming Sunday, September 25 at 5 p.m., we have our rescheduled Contemplative Service. Our beloved Paul and Joanne Robb have put together a beautiful service for quiet reflection. Part of the service will be a time of healing prayer for those interested. I am thankful for the Robb's faithful service for years, and now as parishioners. I hope you will join us for this special time.

If you have not signed up for our Shrine Mont retreat, we are in the final days to do so. We need to finalize numbers before we head up. Please reach out by the end of this week to Kasey.( is always a relaxing and rewarding time, and we look forward to unveiling our theme for the coming year. 

Blessings, and we look forward to your being with us Sunday!



Wednesday, September 21, 2022

  • 7:30am-Eucharist Rite II
  • Breakfast following

Thursday, September 22, 2022

  • 10am- Book Club on Zoom

Saturday, September 24, 2022

  • 9am- Group Exercise Class

Sunday, September 25, 2022

  • 8am- Eucharist: Rite I Service
  • 9am-Sunday School for adults & children
  • 10am- Eucharist: Rite II (music)
  • 5pm-Contemplative Service
  • 5:45pm-J2A Youth Group

Monday, September 26, 2022

  • 10:30am-Grief Group
  • 7pm-Dream Group
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Thank you to all our awesome volunteers for making things so special!


Contemplative Service

Please join us on Sunday evening at 5pm for a Contemplative Service led by Paul & Joanne Robb, celebrating the Feast of St. Michael and All Angels.  This will be a reflective time to deepen your faith. We hope you will join us.

J2A- Youth Group Service Night

Please join us for our first Service Night in Youth Group this Sunday at 5:45pm! 

At the end of each month, we will be completing a service project for an organization in our area that our youth group members would like to be more involved with. Bring a friend or come for the first time! It's a night to connect, give back and have fun! This month we will be working with local pet organizations to bake, create, and make care packages for homeless/rescued animals in our area. 

Blue Grass Mass & Blessing of The Animals

Please join us on Sunday, October 2nd at 5pm for Blue Grass Mass and our annual Blessing of the Animals. The hope is to hold the serive outdoors. Invite your furry and feathered friends to join you for some awesome music and worship. 

Triangle of Hope

Recruitment has started for the Triangle of Hope experience, welcoming new Pilgrims. If you know of a youth who might be interested, please complete THIS form.  If you would like to learn more, you can check out their website. 

Confirmation Classes

Would you or someone you know be interested in learning more about getting confirmed?  This class teaches the fundamentals, by Father Rock, about what it is to be an Episcopalian.  Email us if you would like to be part of this 4-5 week class. We will work out a convenient time amongst the participants to do it this fall. It's a wonderful time to meet new people and learn about our faith. 


As we start the new program year, we are looking for folks to help with a few things.  If you are interested, reach out the coordinator below.  Thank you so much!


We have the nursery open again this fall. Sunday School for the kids starts at 9am and then Children’s Church during part of the 10am service.


On Sundays, we offer youth group with a family dinner at 5:45pm. Please complete the registration form found here. We look forward to seeing you soon!

Supply List

If you would like to participate in the ministry by donating supplies from our Amazon wish list, please click the link and know we are grateful. It’s your support that makes this happen!

Children's Registration

Please be sure to register your children through this link. This will help us with planning and weekly activities. 

If you would like to volunteer to help with the youth, email Miriam. 


We are thrilled to announce that we are taking our Parish Retreat to Shrine Mont on October 14-16, 2022. It is a restorative time for yourself and your family. It is also chocked full of community and faith building. We hope you can join us. There are multiple ways you can let us know you are planning on coming. You can fill out this online form HERE. You can call Kasey and have her sign you up at 804-798-6336. You can also sign up on the bulletin board in the hallway. 

The cost is $75 for children (ages 4-12), $90 for teens (13-18), and $175 for adults (18 +). If you would like to complete a Chenery grant request to help with the cost of your trip, please complete THIS form. We don’t want cost to hinder anyone from this awesome experience.

Father Rock will be holding another book club at Shrine Mont this year. We will be reading the #1 New York Times Bestseller The Stranger in the Lifeboat, by Mitch Albom. Please read the book ahead of coming and join us for a discussion Sunday morning.

If you would like to purchase the book on Amazon, click HERE. If you would like us to help with purchasing the book, please let us know. We are happy to help!


  • 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: Canned beef stew (smaller cans), Canned fruit, Canned mixed vegetables, Canned baked beans, Canned soup (all except cream based), Boxed potatoes (smaller containers preferred), Bagged rice (smaller bags preferred), Spaghetti/Pasta sauce (cans or jars), Laundry detergent (smaller size containers preferred), Shampoo (with or without conditioner)

Adult Clothing: Men’s boxers or boxer briefs (all sizes), Men’s undershirts (all sizes), Men’s athletic socks (all sizes), Men’s athletic shoes (all sizes), Women’s underwear (all sizes), Women’s bras (cup size D and larger/band size 36 and larger), Men’s and Women’s fall and winter clothes (any size)

Children's Clothing: Boy’s shoes (all sizes), Boy’s and Girl’s fall and winter clothes (sizes 12 and larger preferred), Boy’s and Girl’s pajamas (sizes 12 and larger preferred)

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, Paul, and Jennifer, our Bishops, 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, Paul Robb, Debra Bernard, Smith family, Jeff Lawrence,  Court Warfield, Andrea Alexander McCallum, Tom Ficklin, Janet Taylor, Bower family, Jessica and family, Joy Stevenson, David Turner, Kim Keene, Brad Rose, Wendy Vaughan, Sara Reece, Richard Rennolds, Andy Newchok, Jim Smith, May & family, Joe Beane, Bettilee, Iana Mason, Sally Temple 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. 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.


Proper 20

September 18, 2022


September 21

Lyde Longaker

September 22

Bob Flanagan

September 23

Jenny Bruce

Kasey Buckland

Alex Gillette

September 25

Paul Wehman

Aliya Cobb

September 27

Curt Williams

Will Reed


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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