December 7, 2022

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A Note From Father Rock

Friends, good morning!

What a glorious time last weekend with our international guests! Many thanks to Bishop Bev, Malcolm+, and Nana Kessie+!

This Sunday is our Episcopal visit and it will be a glorious day. I met with Bishop Stevenson Tuesday and he is excited to be with us! We will close the service with a parade of blessings that the weather will hopefully permit.

It will be quite the Sunday. I hope you will make it a priority to be here and stand with our many confirmands!




Wednesday, December 7, 2022

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

Saturday, December 10, 2022

  • 9am- Group Exercise Class

Sunday, December 11, 2022

  • 8:30am-Bishop Q&A
  • 10am- Eucharist: Rite II (music)
  • 11am- Bishop Reception
  • 5:45pm- Journey to Adulthood (youth group)

Monday, December 12, 2022

  • 10:30am-Good Grief Group
  • 10:30am-Yoga Class Brydon Hall
  • 7pm-Dream Group
  • 12pm- Chair Yoga
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WOW! What a weekend! We were able to be part of some INCREDIBLE moments. From Bishop E. Mark Stevenson's consecration, to hosting Bishops and Priests from the Triangle of Hope, Advent Faire and hosting Forever Young. What life is in our walls! Thanks be to God!


December Happenings

December 11th Bishop Mark Stevenson will be with us for a visit. There will be no 8am service.  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) No nursery at either service

December 25th- 10am- Christmas Day Service (no 8am service, nursery, or Children's Church)

January 1st- 10am Lessons & Carols (no 8am service, nursery or Children's Church)

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 THIS SUNDAY,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. This is the last J2A of 2022. We hope you can join us!

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.

Empowering Neighbors

Our friends at First Baptist Ashland and Shiloh Baptist have formed a 501(c)3 non-profit corporation by the name of Empowering Neighbors, Inc. to develop programs and services to assist our neighbors in the Ashland-Hanover community. Their first venture is to partner with United Way of Greater Richmond and Petersburg to operate an IRS-sponsored free income tax preparation service for low to moderate income households. This site will operate at Shiloh Baptist Church starting in late January and run through mid-April of 2023. If you have an interest in leaning more about this volunteer opportunity, please contact Britt Glisson at or 804-852-0507. Not all volunteer positions require tax knowledge, but there are some training requirements for all positions. 


  • 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, Bill Mercier, Shirley Miller, Jonathan Smith, Aubrey Fletcher, Rebecca Hottman, Lyde Longaker, Ken Sehlhorst, Haden Hopkins, Betty Kelley, Charles Bridges, 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.


December 7

Chris Belyea

December 8

Faith Boyle

December 9

Alex Brown

December 11

Erik Rison

Billy Rison

Samuel Truitt

December 13

Cara Wehman

Laura Crigger


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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