Wednesday Nights, starting February 24

In a world where Civil Discourse can be more challenging every day, there are still ways to bridge the gaps that too often divide us.

As part of your journey through Lent, immerse yourself in Make Me an Instrument of Peace: A Guide to Civil Discourse, a free 5-week course designed by the Episcopal Churchand facilitated by our own Rev. Hilary Streeverto help us bridge the divides that keep us from moving forward. Here’s the link to register. If you want to know more, click here.

The Participant’s Guide will be emailed to all who register for our Wed. Night Fellowship series
Fellowship is 6-6:30 pm. Discussion is 6:30 - 7:30 pm
Link to Casual Coffee Chat Zoom 
This week's eChimes features
  • Lenten Lessons
  • Answers to FAQs
  • Our Youth Group is Cooking
  • Merci Beaucoup!
  • The Power of Resilience
  • Sacred Ground
  • Wednesday at St. James's
  • Stewardship
  • The More We Connect
Lenten Lessons
A weekly reflection during Lent from our Clergy

This week’s Lesson is from the Rev. Dr. John McCard

A few years back, as people were leaving Ash Wednesday services, I found myself in a spiritual quandary. How should I greet folks on this Holy Day? Happy Ash Wednesday doesn’t seem quite right. Merry Ash Wednesday isn’t much better. As I struggled to find the right phrase, someone walked up to me and wished me a Humble Ash Wednesday and Lenten Season. Perfect I thought… (click here to read the rest of this story)

Answers to
Frequently Asked Questions
about Worship during the Pandemic

At our Annual Parish Meeting on January 31, 2021, many of you expressed concern about the decisions that have been made about the way we’re worshiping during the pandemic, who makes those decisions, and why. We heard you!

Please take a look at the FAQ sheet and let us know if you have further questions or concerns. 
Our Youth Group
is cooking this Sunday…
but the whole family is invited. 

Bust out your aprons and spatulas, this Sunday’s Youth Group is a special one-time Cooking Class with registered dietician Kristen Maurelli. We’ll be preparing an entirely plant-based menua breakfast drink, a brunch dish and dinner. 

All 6 to 12th gradersand your familiesare invited. You can choose to Cook Along using the ingredients and recipes from this list. Or you can simply Watch Along and let Kristen show you how it’s done. Youth Group is from 9 to 9:45. Here’s where you can find the zoom link. And learn more about Kristen.

“God said, “See, I have given you every plant yielding seed that is upon the face of all the earth, and every tree with seed in its fruit; you shall have them for food.” Genesis 1:29 
Merci Beaucoup!

Our virtual Mardi Gras this past week was unlike any other one we’ve held. But it shared one important quality with every other Mardi Gras at St. James’s--it was a success. We had enthusiastic participation in the parties and the Live auction was non-stop action (kudos to Hynson Marvel for his auctioneering skill).

We don’t have a final tally yet, but we do know that every dollar raised will be cherished and used to further our Missions and Outreach Ministries. If you haven’t donated yet, you can still do so at the Mardi Gras website.

And finally, a profound thanks to Caroline and Hynson Marvel
for taking on this herculean task!
The Power of Resilience

St. James’s recently created a video for CEEPthe largest network of Episcopal organizations. The video looked back at everything we accomplished in 2020. Narrated by the Rev. Dr. John McCard and edited by Annika Cline with help from Weezie Beckley, the video proves that we were indeed doers in 2020 despite the challenges we faced.
You can watch it here. Or find it on our YouTube page. 
Another chance to experience Sacred Ground 

We’re excited to announce that the popular Sacred Ground series will return after Easter for a second wave. Focused on race and grounded in faith, this ten-part film and readings-based series walks you through America’s history of race and racism.

It includes small group meetings that have proven to be incredibly meaningful to the participants (just ask your fellow parishioners who’ve already taken the course).This is part of the St. James’s Racial Justice & Reconciliation offering. Learn more about Sacred Ground | Episcopal Church here.

Registration ends Thurs., March 25. Registered here.
Questions? Contact the Rev. Hilary Streever
Wednesday at St. James’s

You may have noticed that we’ve started sending out emails on Sunday mornings with everything you need to know about the Sunday services and education programs. Well, starting this week, we’ll also be sending out “Wednesday at St. James’s.” It will give you all the facts about our Wednesday programming, including Zoom links. 
We’re closing in on our stewardship goal. 

Thanks to everyone who has pledged to give to St. James’s in 2021--and to everyone who will be giving in the weeks ahead. We’re just over $60,000 from our goal of $1.98 million. That we’re so close to our goal is a testament to the dedication, generosity and faith of our very special congregation.

The more we can connect,
the more we can do.

St. James’s is Always Doing. But unless you’re connected, you won’t fully know all the things we’re doing. There are lots of ways to stay connected to St. James’s, and each one is easy to do. 

Share your Email
Your email is our most direct link to you. Make sure we have the best email for you. Or, if you haven’t shared your email, now’s a great time to do it.
Here’s the link. It will take less than 10 seconds. 

Subscribe to our YouTube Channel
All the videos we produce, including our Sunday services, sermons and announcements, are on our YouTube page. We currently have just over 800 subscribers. Our goal is 1000, which will give us the power to do more streaming of videos.
Just go to, search for St. James’s Episcopal Church in Richmond, then click on the red Subscribe button. 

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When you follow us, our messaging ends up in your feed--so you see the latest news about services, mission, events and everything else happening at the church. 
Remember, we're SJEC1205 on Instagram.
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Make sure to check out the new updates on our App. On the App, You will find tools like giving, streaming, and the bulletins. It is highly recommended to use the app as an alternative to paper bulletins.