April 26, 2022

Our Weekly News & Updates
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Good morning, friends,


We are slowly transitioning back to mostly normal. One of the changes we made for online services was to move our weekly email from Wednesdays to Tuesdays so that we could include the bulletin for Wednesday mornings in our email. In the flow of our week, as we are doing a hybrid (online and in-person model), it is becoming harder and harder to get the emails out Tuesday mornings. So, with us no longer needing to publish the Wednesday bulletin we are going back to our original Wednesday emails. We just wanted to give you a heads up that next week will be different.


For those of you who joined us for Mark Longaker's memorial service, thank you! The family was so appreciative of your presence and the fond remembrances you shared. It was a beautiful day and service.


We have some fun things coming soon. We are starting on our new church directory. Please read up on that below. Photos will be taken June 15-18, with the possibility of sending in photos if needed. It will provide an updated resource that we will be able to have on paper and electronically through a smartphone app! 


This Saturday we have our Flying Squirrels game with reserved seating. Please follow the link and get your tickets for that. We would love to have a good bunch out for that.


Lastly, our end of the program year picnic after church is May 22, which is always a fun time. Hope you will plan on being with us then as we gather and celebrate this year. We will also be announcing soon our summer movie festival agenda, with family and grown-up movies scattered throughout the summer.


Blessings as we continue in the Easter season!



Wednesday, April 27, 2022

  • 7:30am-Eucharist Rite II

Thursday, April 28, 2022

  • 6pm- Choir Rehearsal
  • 7pm- Hand Bell Rehearsal

Saturday, April 30, 2022

  • 6pm- Flying Squirrels game

Sunday, May 1, 2022

  • 8am- Eucharist: Rite I Service
  • 8:45am-Adult Sunday school (Brydon Hall)
  • 9am-Children's Virtual Sunday school
  • 10am- Eucharist: Rite II (music & Children's Church)

Monday, May 2, 2022

  • 10:30am- Grief Group
  • 7pm- Dream Group
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Please join us for our next Contemplative Service this Sunday, May 1st, at 5pm. We will be holding an Order of Worship for the Evening with music. We hope you will join us for this meditative and rich time.

Our next virtual Book Club will begin on Thursday, April 28th at 10am. We are officially switching to Thursdays. It seemed that day worked best for the most people.

The link to join the meeting is here
If you would like to call in, dial 1 301 715 8592 and enter Meeting ID: 821 8112 3575, Passcode: 298264

The book is Inspired, by Rachel Held Evans. You can purchase the book on Amazon HERE.  You can also get it on Hoopla through the library (ebook & audiobook).  Please let us know if we can purchase it for you or you need any assistance.  
Our schedule will be as follows: (please read chapters prior to group)
  • April 28- Introduction & Chapter 1
  • May 5- Chapter 2
  • May 12- Chapter 3
  • May 19- Chapter 4
  • May 26- Chapter 5
  • June 2- Chapter 6
  • June 9- Chapter 7
  • June 16- Chapter 8
Saint James the Less is going to the Richmond Squirrels game for Faith Night on Saturday, April 30th at 6pm. We have reserved seats on the field level to sit together as a group. Click HERE to purchase your tickets. We hope you can join us for this fun event! Maybe even....buy me some peanuts and cracker jacks!


We are so excited! We are putting together a new Church Directory. It will even come with an app for your phone so that you can locate people's contact information while you are on the go. Our dates to have your pictures taken are June 15-18. Just for participating you will receive a complimentary 8x10 portrait and a copy of the church directory. You will view your images right away and have the chance to purchase family portraits for your own memories and to give as gifts.

Please click HERE to sign up for a date and time. Click on "Photography Appointment Scheduling Login." Enter church code va139, and the church password is photos. We look forward to seeing you beautiful faces on the pages of our directory!


Youth Group Sunday 6- 7:30pm

Journey to Adulthood has been such a special time for youth to come and build fellowship, relationships and deepen their faith. If you would like to come, please do! A meal is served followed by fun and inspirational activities and discussions.

We hope you can join us for the rest of the schedule:

  • May 1
Lent Offering Box
During Lent many of you have been working on the things in The Lenten Family Bags. One of them was decorating a Lent Offering Box that you've been putting coins in. Please bring your box on Sunday, April 24th to Children's Church. We can't wait to see how you've decorated it and to count the money for a wonderful cause.

"We rise by lifting others." -Robert Ingersoll
Meals for the Clinic Volunteers

As many of you know, Saint James the Less Free Clinic meets every Wednesday evening. It is staffed by some INCREDIBLE volunteers who care in remarkable ways for our community. We have the opportunity to provide meals for them. If you would like to bring food over for 8-10 people before clinic starts on a Wednesday evening, click HERE to choose your date. More information is listed on the website. We are grateful for your willingness!
Emergency Food Pantry

Right outside our Saint James the Less Free Clinic we have a food pantry. It is available 24/7 and used a great deal as immediate needs come up. Please donate non-perishables to this. It would be an incredible blessing to our community.
ACES is in need of the following items:

Pantry: Spaghetti sauce, Beef stew, Canned carrots, Cold cereal (healthy brands), Oatmeal, Laundry detergent (smaller containers), Queen size sheets

Adult Clothing: Women’s bras (C and larger cup; 38 and larger band), Men’s athletic shoes (sizes 10 and larger), Men’s undershirts (sizes L, XL, and 2X), Men’s boxers and briefs (sizes L, XL, and 2X), Men’s jeans (all sizes)

Children's Clothing: Boy’s clothing (sizes 16 and 18), Girl’s clothing (sizes 16 and 18), Boy’s underwear (sizes 8 and larger), Girl’s underwear (sizes 8 and larger)

*They are now looking for spring and summer items.

ACES is open on both Mondays and Wednesday from 8:30-1130am. Thank you for your continued support!
Peter Paul is currently in need of the following items. If you are able to give you are welcome to put them in the box in the hallway.

Hygiene items- bar soap, body wash, lotion, deodorant, toothpaste, chapstick, Vaseline, sanitary products.

Laundry items- Detergent pods, rolls of quarters, dryer sheets.

We are still collecting Pop Tops for Ronald McDonald house. Hang on to them or bring them by when you can. This is a valuable resource that goes to help families with children in the hospital here in Richmond.

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, Jennifer, and Porter our Bishops, Rock+ and Becky+, our priests. 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, Chambers Cromwell, Dennis Folsom, Carter, Paul Robb, Debra Bernard, Smith family, Alex Gillette, Pam Gillette, Sally Budd, Sarah Chamblee & family, Jeff Lawrence,  May and family, Melanie Fischer, Court Warfield, Meredith Roemer, Jane Howard, Amanda and family, The Rev. Susannah Metz, Carol Martin, Pam Bowers, Gene England Simons, Mayers family, Rose & Mike Brown, Wendy Vaughan, Andrea Alexander McCallum, Matt & Megan Goff, the Diocesan Search Committee for our new Bishop and the Slate of Candidates for the process.

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 Madge Carter and Mark Longaker.

We ask your prayers for those who grieve.  

We pray for health care in Metropolitan Richmond: For clinics, medical personnel, and all institutions that serve persons who are uninsured or underinsured. For a national health care system that promotes and encourages health, wellness, and well being for all people.

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.


Second Week of Easter

April 24, 2022

Easter Homilies

Maundy Thursday

April 14, 2022

Good Friday

April 15, 2022

Holy Saturday

April 16, 2022

Easter Vigil

April 16, 2022


April 17, 2022


April 28

Danielle Stockbridge

April 29

Doris Hassell

Karla Batten

Cindy Fawsett

May 1

Cathy Bach-McElroy

Missy Roberts

May 2

Tim Markwood


Saint James the Less Episcopal Church

125 Beverly Road

Ashland, VA 23005

(804) 798-6336


The Rev. Rock Higgins, tssf Rector

The Rev. Becky McDaniel- Assistant Priest

Reggie Long- Organist/Music Director

Miriam Smith- Christian Formation- Children & Youth Director

Kasey Buckland- Parish Administrator

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