St. James's Episcopal Church Be Ye Doers of the Word and Not Hearers Only Fri, 04 Dec 2020 15:45:10 +0000 en-US hourly 1 St. James's Episcopal Church 32 32 St. James’s Annual Giving Tree Fri, 20 Nov 2020 18:31:06 +0000

COVID can’t stop Christmas!

Please consider a donation to help make the season bright for our neighbors in the East End. This year we are collecting monetary donations from parishioners which we will use to purchase $100 Visa gift cards. Our partners at Peter Paul Development Center will work closely with clients to assess individual needs and will then distribute the Visa gift cards to families and seniors. Your donation will allow parents to shop for their children and seniors to treat themselves to something special this Christmas season. Please make your donation by December 7th: click here for details

2 ways to contribute*:

Mail a check by 12/7
Payable to: St. James’s
Memo line: Christmas Giving Tree
Mail your check by December 7 to: Nancy Warman
6725 Monitor Road
Richmond, VA 23225
Make a donation online by 12/9
Gift type: Give one time Giving type: OTHER GIFT Memo: Christmas Giving Tree

* Your contributions will be processed through Nancy Warman’s emergency discretionary funds. We will purchase $100 VISA gift cards to deliver to Peter Paul Development Center, and any amount you contribute will be greatly appreciated.

Connecting with Christmas Cards Fri, 20 Nov 2020 18:08:11 +0000

It’s so lovely to receive a Christmas card – and these days it’s rather rare! Would you be willing to write 10 cards to some fellow parishioners? Please call or email Frances Caldwell for information and to volunteer. Wouldn’t this be a lovely Advent practice? And guess what – All ages can participate!
Sponsored by our vestry’s Invite Welcome Connect and Fellowship & Connections ministries.

Dismantling Racism Youth Series (Jan. – Mar. 2021) Fri, 20 Nov 2020 17:54:40 +0000

The Episcopal Church has developed a Christian formation program specifically for youth called Dismantling Racism: A Youth Curriculum. Mary Beth Abplanalp is 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.

St. James’s will offer this 6-session program bi-weekly on Sunday evenings at 6:30 p.m. this winter to any youth in grades 6-12. Students must be accompanied by at least one parent. All sessions will be offered virtually via Zoom. Please note the program builds on previous sessions so if you miss a session, you’ll need to discontinue the course and participate again the next time it is offered, which we hope is at least once annually.

Program Dates: Sundays at 6:30 p.m. on January 10, January 24, February 7, February 21, March 7, and March 21, 2021.
Participation cost: $15 for student workbook
Register online by January 3, 2021 at:

World Pediatric Project Fri, 13 Nov 2020 17:23:41 +0000

As part of our mission to help others, St. James’s is supporting two children from other parts of the world receiving medical services in Richmond. We are assisting the World Pediatric Project (WPP) in a different way during this Covid pandemic. WPP is housing two children at the Doorways. Naveah is three years old and is receiving general surgery. She is here with her mother, Umony, and they are from St. Vincent. Julius is twenty years old and is from St. Lucia. He is here with his father, Julian, for continued treatment for a congenital heart defect. He has been receiving treatment through WPP since he was seven! They need a meal dropped off once a day, and groceries dropped off twice a week. More details and the address is included in the sign up.

Also, a current need for both Julius and his father are slightly used, good condition, clean (1) several pairs of men’s size medium/large pants or joggers/sweatpants, and (2) men’s winter hats and gloves. Clothing items should be dropped at the WPP office: 7201 Glen Forest Drive Suite 304.

We are sharing the duties with other volunteers. Please follow the link below through “” to help. You can also call me or email me directly for more details or to sign up to help: Julie Eckstein

Here is the info for the Sign Up:

We’re using (the leading online SignUp and reminder tool) to organize our upcoming SignUps.

Here’s how it works in 3 easy steps:

1) Click this link to see our SignUp on
2) Review the options listed and choose the spot(s) you like.
3) Sign up! It’s Easy – you will NOT need to register an account or keep a password on


House Churches in Advent Thu, 12 Nov 2020 18:47:29 +0000

Join one of our Pilot House Churches!

During Advent, we are experimenting with an ancient form of worship that is new to us at St. James’s: House Churches! We are looking for liturgically-adventurous participants for one of the following:
1. Family House Church– A family can gather together weekly in their home to worship, pray, and light the Advent Candle.
2. Zoom House Church- A group will meet on Sunday evenings on Zoom to worship, pray, and light their individual Advent Candles. Friends and Neighbors welcome!

If you’re interested in any form of House Church, sign up using this Google Form. It’s our hope that in their various forms, these House Churches will provide a space for more connection with one another, rich engagement with the traditions of Advent, and an opportunity to invite friends and neighbors into our worship. For questions or more information, reach out to Hilary Streever ( or Blake Singer (

Family Service Project – Gleaning November 7 Tue, 20 Oct 2020 03:38:28 +0000 As part of our Families for Food outreach efforts, you and your children of all ages are invited to harvest crops Saturday morning, November 7 from 8:00-11:30 AM in the Northern Neck of VA (exact located TBD). We are partnering again with Harvest of Hope to glean the fields. If you are interested in participating, sign up online using this Gleaning Registration Form Gleaning is the act of collecting leftover crops from farmers’ fields after they have been commercially harvested or on fields where it is not economically profitable to harvest. It is a Christian practice described in multiple places in the Old Testament. Safety precautions and social distancing will be in effect during the entire event. You need to bring work gloves, plenty of water and snacks, and wear a face covering. At least one parent must accompany children and youth. Questions? Contact Drew Hartley at Detailed instructions and farm address will be emailed to you after you register.

Mary Harrison Video Sat, 17 Oct 2020 00:44:33 +0000
Judy Philpott Video Sat, 10 Oct 2020 02:38:36 +0000
Harry Moore Video Fri, 02 Oct 2020 14:37:58 +0000
Mark Cooper Video Fri, 25 Sep 2020 22:29:20 +0000
Hear own Fontaine Williamson and the Market at 25th’s Shaaron Atkins-Comfort, assistant store director, share their thoughts on the project. Fri, 11 Sep 2020 23:40:07 +0000
Wednesday Night Fellowship & Study Sat, 05 Sep 2020 01:26:29 +0000 St. Francis of Assisi Fri, 04 Sep 2020 22:55:16 +0000 Who was St. Francis of Assisi? 

Saint Francis of Assisi was a Catholic friar who gave up a life of wealth to live a life of poverty. He established the Franciscan Order of friars and the women’s Order of the Poor Ladies. He is known as the patron saint of animal and the natural environment, and it has become customary for churches to hold ceremonies blessing animals on or near his feast day of 4 October.

Saint Francis of Assisi by Jusepe de Ribera

As Francis lived his life of poverty and preached to people about the life of Jesus Christ, people began to follow him. He had one basic rule which was “To follow the teachings of our Lord Jesus Christ and to walk in his footsteps”.

Love for Nature
Francis was known for his love of nature and animals. There are many stories about Saint Francis and his preaching to animals. It is said that one day he was talking to some birds when they began to sing together. Then they flew into the sky and formed the sign of a cross.

St. Francis Prayer of Peace 

Lord, make me an instrument of your peace
Where there is hatred, let me sow love
Where there is injury, pardon
Where there is doubt, faith
Where there is despair, hope
Where there is darkness, light
And where there is sadness, joy

O Divine Master, grant that I may
Not so much seek to be consoled as to console
To be understood, as to understand
To be loved, as to love
For it is in giving that we receive
And it’s in pardoning that we are pardoned
And it’s in dying that we are born to Eternal Life

Rock Bottom – In Person, Outdoor Service Tue, 01 Sep 2020 16:08:15 +0000 10:00 A.M. Sunday Service Sun, 30 Aug 2020 01:45:35 +0000