Remembering the losses of the last year. 
Faure Requiem for the COVID-19 Pandemic, this Sunday from 5-6pm

It’s been one year since we closed our church buildings because of COVID-19. A year where many of us (maybe most of us) have suffered from loss, loneliness and emotional pain. To mark this anniversary, the church will be holding the Faure Requiem this Sunday from 5 to 6pm, presented by the St. James’s Choir
and Orchestra.
The service will also include prayers written by St. James’s parishioners. If you would like to submit a prayer, please email it to Blake Singer or you can offer a live prayer during the chat portion of the service.

Register in advance for this Zoom service.
After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the service.

For tech support, reach out to Michael Smith
Link to Casual Coffee Chat Zoom 
This week's eChimes features
  • Holy Week at St. James's
  • Lenten lesson
  • Stephen Ministry
  • Online services
  • Connect with Our Partners
  • Holy PEEPS!
  • Shrine Mont Summer Camps
  • Adult Formation
  • Ways to Connect
  • Remembering the Departed
Holy Week 2021 Service Schedule
Palm Sunday, March 28
10:00 am - Streamed service with follow-at-home resources

Monday through Wednesday
(April 29 - 31)
5:30 pm - Evening Prayer Service streamed each evening

Maundy Thursday, April 1
7:00 pm - Streamed service

Good Friday, April 2
12:00 noon - Live-streamed service

Easter Sunday, April 4
Holy Eucharist
10:00 am - Streamed service

Consecrated hosts will be available at the Michaux House throughout Holy Week.

Check eChimes and future emails for details about Holy Week.
A weekly reflection during Lent from our clergy.

This week’s Lenten Lesson is from our Lay Chaplain Blake Singer

I remember a meme surfacing on the internet towards the beginning of the pandemic that read, “This is the Lentiest Lent I’ve ever Lented.” Of course, the creator of the meme was pointing out the absurdity of observing Lent during a season when we were forced to give up significantly more than social media, chocolate, or meat. But here we are a year later, after over 500,000 people have died from COVID in our country alone, and we’ve found ourselves in Lent once again.

Over the past few weeks, I’ve started noticing, ..... (click here to read more)
Christ-centered care. One-on-one comfort.

This morning at the 10:00 am service we’ll be commissioning 9 new Stephen Ministers--all of whom have been through a rigorous 50-hour training in high-quality, one-to-one, Christ-centered care.

If you need someone to help you work through a crisis, you can request a Stephen Minister to meet with you weekly to listen, encourage, and set you on the path to healing and wholeness in a confidential setting. Our first group of Stephen Ministers will be ready to meet with care receivers beginning April 1.

To request a Stephen minister, please contact Jane Dowrick ( or Blake Singer. To learn more about Stephen Ministry, visit 
Our online services are worth
a second look. 

If you haven’t worshipped online with us lately, you might not recognize it. More intimate. Easier to followand even sing along with. Better sound quality. And prayers and hymn lyrics right on the screen. It all adds up to an experience that’s more meaningful, more engaging and more enjoyable.

Worship online at, Facebook & YouTube on Sunday at 8:30 am and 10:00 pm.

A twice monthly feature that introduces you to our Outreach partners.

For more than 40 years, Peter Paul Development Center (PPDC) has been committed to its East End neighborhood through education and community oriented programs. And St. James’s has been an enthusiastic partner for years. We’ve supported PPDC’s mission to educate the child, engage the family and empower the community. Even during the pandemic they’ve offered remote pre- and post-school classrooms for kids, virtual hangouts for parents, and a neighborhood food bank, among other essential services.  

If you want to become a supporter, you can learn more at their website. You can also donate or learn about volunteer opportunities from Michael Bledsoe.
Children & Youth

It’s time once again for Holy PEEPS, when St. James’s children and youth create shoebox dioramas of a Bible Story or liturgical actions.

This has been an extremely popular--and super fun--activity for years. And once again we’re asking you to send pictures of your diorama to Weezie Beckley, subject line: HOLY PEEPS.

She will post them on post them on Instagram. Parishioners will vote on Instagram and prizes will be awarded for the most popular dioramas

Go to Holy PEEPS for all the Project/Contest Rules. Can’t wait to see what you’ve created!
Shrine Mont Camps open this summer.

Shrine Mont Camps will be offering both in-person and online camp experiences this Summer. Camp leaders have been hard at work for many months, consulting with medical professionals and other camp professionals across the country to design experiences that will be fun and safe for all. And, building on the success of last summer, Shrine Mont Camps will again offer Light in the Valley, an online camp where campers can make friends, play and worship together from home.
Registration will open March 23 but you can check out camp dates today. SMC is also asking camper families to provide feedback via this survey, which will help inform ongoing plans and preparations for the 2021 summer camps. (For more details, click here.)
Adult Formation
This coming Wednesday at 6:30 pm the 5-part series, Make Me An Instrument of Peace: A Guide to Civil Discourse, continues with part 4, called The Complexities of Policy. Created by the Episcopal Church, this powerful online course is facilitated at St. James’s by our own Rev. Hilary Streever. The Participant’s Guide will be emailed to all who register for our Wed. Night Fellowship series.

While it’s best to complete the entire course, each part is discreet so you can join mid-course and still benefit from it.
Fellowship is 6-6:30 pm. Discussion is 6:30 - 7:30 pm
Please register for each session. Here’s the link to register.

If you want to know more, click here.
And you can also watch the Civil Discourse trailer. 
Make Me an Instrument of Peace is ideal for anyone who wants to take dialog between polarized people or parties seriously.
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 by March 25 here.
Join the new virtual Shrine Mont book club:
“The Virginia House Book Club”

Shrine Mont and the University of Virginia Press have joined together to create the Virginia House Book Club. Each month a UVA Press Book will be selected that focuses on place, people, and ideas that affect all of us.

Book club sessions will be monthly and will focus on one UVA Press Book each month. Each session will be moderated and will allow for questions and discussion in breakout groups. There will be a limit of 100 people per session through an online, no-cost registration form located in the monthly book web page.

For more information--including each month’s book-- and to register, visit 

March book is Journey Down the James—Three Weeks through the Heart of Virginia by Earl Swift. Click here to purchase the book through UVA Press and get a 30% discount by using promo code: 10club30.

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Here are the ways to stay connected with everything happening at St. James’s. 

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Remembering the Departed
We commend the recently deceased to God’s love.

Beryl Choi (died 3/2/2021)

Rita Porterfield (died 3/8/2021)

If you would like information on how to reach out to the loved ones of the deceased, please do not hesitate to contact the church offices.
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