This week's eChimes features
  • Holy Week at St. James's
  • Another Open House
  • The future on in-person worship
  • Church Offices
  • It's Spring! Let's run outside
  • Bible Scavenger Hunt
  • Adult Formation
  • The History of St. James's
  • Invite • Welcome • Connect
  • Shrine Mont will be open in 2021 Season
  • Ways to Connect
Holy Week 2021 Service Schedule
Saturday, April 3
At-home Easter Vigil with online liturgy (click here for resources)
Easter Sunday. April 4 Holy Eucharist
In-person, indoor services
7:30 am
9:00 am with Flowering of the Cross
11:15 am with Flowering of the Cross
1:00 pm 

All in-person services are SOLD OUT. You must be pre-registered to attend. 
(Doors open 30 minutes before service)

Easter Sunday. April 4 Holy Eucharist
online service
10:00 am--streamed Easter service with communion
(Professionally shot and beautifully-produced service) 

Easter Open House
2:30 to 4:30 pm—Open House in the Sanctuary, including communion

The Easter Bunny will make an appearance in the Memorial Garden
after the 9:00 am and 11:15 am services.

All streamed services will be broadcast on, Facebook & YouTube
(If you can’t view your desired video on, please go to Facebook or YouTube)

Another Open House in the Sanctuary on April 11

On Sunday, April 11th, we’ll be offering another Easter Open House from 9:00 am to 11:00 am. While you’re here, you can receive communion at the altar, spend time in prayer or reflection, and enjoy the beauty of our sanctuary.

Registration will be available after Easter, so be checking you email for information. 

On April 11, we’ll also be offering a special diocesan broadcast from our bishops at 10:00 am, which you can find on our regular platforms --, Facebook & YouTube

The future of in-person worship
Your staff and clergy will be developing a worship schedule moving forward. Please understand that the renewed rise in COVID cases could mean we’ll once again NOT be able to hold indoor, in-person services. We’ll provide more information on Monday, April 12th, on our various offerings as we celebrate the fifty days of the Easter season.

Church offices closed Monday - April 5
and Tuesday - April 6

Alleluia! Your staff and clergy are getting a couple of days off.
If you can have a pastoral emergency, here are the clergy’s phone numbers: 

Rev. Dr. John McCard, (404) 408-8241 
Rev. Hilary Streever, (276) 451-8809
Rev. Dr. Robert Friend, (804) 310-5713
Lay Chaplain Blake Singer, (423) 298-4907
Fun Run Fun Run Fun Run
It’s Spring. Let’s run outside! 

The weather’s improving, the outdoors are beckoning, and now, St. James’s has a Youth Ministry Running Club. So lace up your shoes, find your favorite t-shirt and head to Byrd Park. 

 Created for every level--walkers, joggers, runners--we’ll meet every Sunday at 10 am in Byrd Park from April 11 through May 23. And while this is a Youth activity, your friends and family of all ages are invited to join in. We’ll meet at the 2.5 mile loop around Byrd Park (which you can shorten). You can park at Dogwood Dell parking lot, next to Barker Field parking.  

A few safety rules: Masks on once you get out of your car. But you can remove your mask while running socially distanced. 

Youth will also need a Universal Permission Form completed for 2020-2021 school year. 

Questions? Call/text/email Darryl Ricard at or (857) 421-8956.
WARNING: There will be running and laughter. 

Our 2nd & 3rd graders and our 4th & 5th graders will be gathering on Zoom on Sunday, April 11, for an at home Biblical Scavenger Hunt. 

Links to Zoom meetings will be sent directly to parents on Friday, April 9.
Adult Formation
Civil Discourse series extended for more in-depth discussions. 

Make Me an Instrument of Peace: A Guide to Civil Discourse has sparked so much meaningful discussion that we’ve decided to double a few sessions from one week to two. 

That means this Wednesday’s meeting, Sacred Space for Debate with Marcus Halley, will be Part II of Section 5. In this session, which is facilitated by our own Rev. Hilary Streever, the Rev. Marcus Halley will discuss how to use civil discourse to work through partisan divisions in our personal lives and especially within our congregations.

Fellowship is 6-6:30 pm. Discussion is 6:30 - 7:30 pm
Please register for each session. Here’s the link to register.
The History of St. James’s From
the Very Beginning.

No matter how much you know about St. James’s, you’re about to learn a whole lot more. Every Wednesday evening from April 14 through May 5, we’ll see the history of St. James’s through the lens of race in our series: Uncovering Our History. Chapter 1 will cover the years 1830-1865. 

Under the leadership of the Racial Justice & Reconciliation Ministry, a team of St. James’s parishioners has undertaken the research. In addition, well-known historians of antebellum Richmond and the Episcopal Church, Dr. Gregg Kimball and Dr. Ed Bond, respectively, will provide us with the larger historical landscape and context.

Look for the link to this series in next week’s eChimes. Click here to see the full schedule. 
New Sacred Ground classes return in mid-April.

Sacred Ground is a groundbreaking film-and-reading-based series focused on race and grounded in faith. Part of what makes it so rewarding and, frankly, life-changing are the small group meetings where members walk through America’s history while weaving in threads of their own family story, economic class, and political and regional history.
Please watch this video and hear directly from St. James’sers who have taken the course explain how powerful it was for them.

Register for Sacred Ground here.
Even more news
Invite • Welcome • Connect
wants to connect with you. 

Invite • Welcome • Connect is a transforming ministry that is coming to St. James’s. It will inform and enliven everything we do moving forward--from the way we welcome new parishioners into our church to the way each of us connects to each other and our meaningful personal ministries. This isn’t a program, it’s a mindset--a point of view that’s woven into everything we do.

We’ll be launching focus groups about IWC on April 18th in our House Churches. If you’re not in a House Church but wish to help St. James’s become more intentional in our practices of evangelism, hospitality, and connectedness rooted in the gospel directive to “To and make disciples of all nations”, contact Blake Singer.
Shrine Mont will be open for
2021 season!

There are seventeen programs from Yoga to Writing to Summer Camp for Grown Ups. All are featured on their webpage and ready for you to register.

The Shrine Mont Camps will return in July with five different sessions for youth ages eight to seventeen. There will also be four family camp weekends in July and August. Registration is open.

The Shenandoah Valley Music Festival will host concerts during 4 weekends.

We learned a lot about how to keep you and our staff safe and we will continue those practices in 2021 as long as we need to. Many of our church retreats are scaling back their numbers for the spring, which gives you the opportunity to bring your family up for some much needed time away.
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