DOERS doing once again! 

Our amazing and generous Youth spent the last week participating in two meaningful and timely missions, here in Richmond and in western Virginia.

This past weekend, our 5th through 8th graders were on a mini-mission harvesting crops--including blackberries-- with our partner Harvest of Hope. The food they gleaned was donated to local food banks, and with hunger up 40% in Central Virginia, this mission couldn’t be more timely.

Then starting this past Sunday through July 24th, our 9th through 12th graders--and their families--have been working with Hurley Community Development to provide much needed construction and maintenance to homes in Hurley, VA. This area has been extremely hard hit by the pandemic, so our mission here is particularly valuable this year.

A special thanks to Mary Beth for organizing and our mini-mission leaders--Ryon Acey, Colin Monette and Drew Hartley and youth mission leaders - Clare Trow, Carrie Acey, Harry Warner, Susan Thurman and Kilpy Singer.
What’s on Summer Vacation?...And what’s not?

These groups will continue to meet during the Summer:
Brown Bag Book Club
Men’s Bible Study Breakfast
Community Yoga 

These groups will NOT continue to meet during the Summer:
Women’s Bible Wisdom Bible Study
Living Faith Bible Study 
Tuesday’s Readers
Lectionary Ladies

For more information, go to the Calendar at
Monday, July 26th
Community Yoga - Yoga Stability/New to Yoga: 2:30 pm - 3:30 pm
Community Yoga - Vinyasa Flow: 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm
contact Sarah Eck

Wednesday, July 28th
Communion in The Garden: 5:30 pm
A short communion service in the Memorial Garden.

Thursday, July29th
Men’s Bible Study Breakfast 7:30 am - 8:30 am

For more information about these events, go to the Calendar at

This week's eChimes features
  • Join a choir this fall
  • The Video Squad
  • New Pastoral Contact Number
  • Come see why Church in the Garden is so popular
  • Help us say "Hello"
  • Subscribe to YouTube
  • St. James's App.
  • Amazon Smile
  • Celebrating those we've lost
  • In Our Prayers this week
There is Still Time
to Join a Choir this Fall
As you gear up for the Fall and the return to routines, we encourage you to consider adding a choir rehearsal to your schedule. As in all ministries, you receive so much more than you give! Fellowship, companionship, a deepening of your faith and the joy of being a part of the liturgy that’s beloved by so many St. James’s members. You--yes, YOU-- should join us in the choir loft. Everyone is welcome.

Call or email us. 804-355-1779, ext. 323 (Mark) or ext. 324 (Virginia).

  • Cherub Choir (K-2nd grades) – Wednesday, 4:00 p.m.
  • Children’s Choir (3rd-5th grades) – Wednesday, 5:00 p.m.
  • Youth Choir (6th-12th grades) – Sunday, 12:30 p.m.
  • West Gallery Choir (9:00 a.m. service) – Wednesday, 7:00 p.m.
  • Guitar Ensemble (9:00 a.m. service) – Wednesday, 8:30 p.m.
  • Parish Choir (11:15 a.m. service) – Thursday, 7:30 p.m.
You can even join our singing class, which will meet weekly at 6:15 pm on Wednesdays for six weeks starting September 15.
The Video Squad.
Where the cool kids hang out on Sundays. 

Our online services have continued to be valuable and popular with our parish. And as we move into the Fall, we’ll begin to livestream the services from the chapel rather than record services earlier in the week. That’s where you come in! 

We’re seeking committed individuals to join our Video Squad. You’ll get to work with our brand new cameras and state-of-the-art editing equipment to bring St. James’s into the homes--and onto the computers and phones--of St. James’s parishioners everywhere. We’ll train you and even give you easy-to-follow editing instructions. 

Come work behind-the-scenes to raise St. James’s profile. To know more, reach out to Jim Goggins ([email protected] or 804-837-8773) or Jay Sandusky ([email protected]).
Come see why our 9 am service in the Garden is so popular.

Every week, more and more St. Jamesers are attending our casual outdoor service in the garden. Usually about 35 minutes, but still featuring a homily and communion (plus singing!), the service is intimate, joyful and meaningful  

Many folks wear comfortable summer clothes, including (just like Jesus) sandals. Come as you are, we can’t wait to see you.
Do you like to bake and greet?
Help us say "HELLO" every Sunday.

Every Sunday throughout the summer we’ll be setting up a welcome/hello table outside the church where people can touch base and have questions answered about upcoming events, like the Fall Parish Retreat.

If you’d like to volunteer for this welcoming ministry (including baking cookies!) sign up here. No limit. Volunteer as much as you’d like.
Support St. James’s without it costing you a penny. 

There’s an easy way to support St. James’s while you’re doing something else. When you're shopping on Amazon, go to, instead. Once you’re there, designate St. James’s as the program you’re supporting, then a percentage of every purchase you make on Amazon will go the church. Easy-peezy. 
Why Subscribe?

What you'll get:
Easy access to video recordings of recent sermons, services, musical performances, bible studies and more.

What St. James's gets:
Free access to enhanced video capabilities that includes live streaming and more.

Subscribing is easy.
Go to the St. James’s Episcopal Church Richmond page on - find the red "subscribe button" and instantly be one of the 99 who gets us to the finish line.
Want to be paperless? Checkout the St. James’s App.

Want an easy way to watch the Sunday service on your phone? There’s an App for that. Want to read the eChimes, view the calendar or watch past sermons on your tablet? There’s an App for those things too. The St. James’s App has been updated and it’s ready to make your life easier. You can see the bulletins for the services, refer to the book of common prayer, even make a pledge. Click on your preferred button to download our app.

Click here to see the names of those we're remembering in our prayers this week.

We do our best to keep this list current, but if you want your name added or removed, please contact Mary Brown or call her at 804-355-1779, ext. 313.

Do you have our App?
You can always find the eChimes at