This Christmas Eve our beautiful sanctuary adorned by exquisite flowers and illumined by glowing candles — will be fully captured by a professional film crew for an unforgettable worship experience. The church will ring with the sound your favorite carols:
“O come, all ye faithful,” “Angels we have heard on high,” Hark! the herald angels,”
“Away in a manger” and “Silent night,” sung by candlelight on the steps of the church.
The service will be streamed at 4 pm and 8 pm on Facebook and www.doers.org,
and available thereafter on YouTube. 
 
A beautiful at-home Christmas Eve liturgy will also be available on the church website (doers.org/christmas-eve-at-home/) for use in your home or by your House Church group during the twelve-day season of Christmas. 
Now Is The Time To Give
Your Gift Helps us Build Christ's Kingdom here on Earth
As you know, St. James’s is a big church serving a magnificent spectrum of people of all ages throughout Richmond and beyond, and your gift no matter what size allows us to expand our network of loving support. We’re also here for each other in ways big and small,
which means your annual giving commitment also has a real impact on the lives of everyone
in the church, including yours.

As you can see by the chart, we are behind in our gift commitments for 2021.
It’s far more important to make a gift of any size than to not respond to this invitation to give. Thank you in advance for making an annual gift commitment for 2021 by clicking on doers.org/give or by calling Suzanne Hall at 355-1779 x335 to make your pledge. You may also text Doers to 77977.
Celebrating The Season

We Are Opening Up The Sanctuary
This Sunday!

For everyone who misses being in our gorgeous sanctuary, this Sunday you’ll get an early Christmas present. The sanctuary has been decorated for Christmas and you’re invited to drop by from 1:30 to 4, say hello to the clergy and fellow parishioners, say a prayer or two, and take in all the beauty of the season. You can even pick up your communion wafers for the Christmas Eve service.

Ushers will be on hand to register attendees,
take temperatures, and monitor masks and social distancing.
No signing up or Zoom link required!
Let Us Share The Bread
at Christmas

From Monday, December 21st through Wednesday, December 23rd, we’re providing communion wafers for our online Christmas Eve services. All the wafers are blessed and prepackaged (two per container).

Just come to the porch of Michaux House between 9 am and 5 pm and take the wafers you need. You don’t need a reservation or any other arrangement.
Mary, Joseph and the Baby Jesus
need Room in the Inn!
Will you host them for one night during the 12 days of Christmas, starting Christmas Eve? The wise men are also on their way, and they’re planning to arrive at the end of the 12 days on January 6 (Epiphany). The creche figures will be provided by the church and delivered to the first hosts.
Hosts or ‘innkeepers’ will share the fun with a photo of their guests on our social media accounts.

Learn more and sign up now to host the Holy Family or the wise men here.

Sponsored by the Invite Welcome Connect ministry. 
This might be
your Favorite Christmas Video of 2020
Featuring photos and footage that go all the way back to 2002, our brand new Christmas Pageant video will bring a smile to your face and maybe a tear to your eye.

Travel back to see our children grow from little sheep to Mary and Joseph. You’ll hear Luke’s story plus many of your favorite Christmas hymns, performed by our children over the years.
Go here to watch. Password: pageant
But Wait, There's More ...
Church Virtual School
Virtual school is closed. But it reopens January 4th and you can join in. 

Get a glimpse of how amazing this program is by clicking here.
Dismantling Racism: A Youth Curriculum
January - March 2021
The Episcopal Church has developed a Christian formation program specifically for youth called Dismantling Racism: A Youth Curriculum.

Our very own Mary Beth Abplanalp is now certified to teach this 6-session curriculum designed to help middle and high school youth and their parents have conversations about race, become allies, and build relationships to address systemic racism in their context. The goal is to help youth connect their faith with racial healing in our communities.

The sign-up deadline is January 3rd. Get all the details and register here.
The Church will be closed, but you can still reach us. 

The parish office is closed December 24 —January 1, 2021 reopening at 9 a.m. on January 4th.
For pastoral emergencies, please call the clergy on their cell phones.
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

Do you have our App?
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.