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    { We're Glad You've Visited }

    We welcome you and invite you to enter into a deeper exploration of a community that shares the love of Jesus Christ with each other, our city, and the world. It takes more than a few words to describe a parish, but there are two things we can tell you right away: we are committed to Jesus Christ and from that commitment flows our care for one another and our ministries. In every ministry and program, we at St. James' Church on Madison Avenue at 71st Street invite you to enter more deeply into the life we share in Christ. We hope you will join us.

    The Rev. Brenda G. Husson, Rector

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    { Sundays }

    8:00 a.m.  |  Holy Eucharist (Chapel)

    9:10 a.m.  |  Holy Eucharist (Church)

    11:15 a.m.  |  Choral Eucharist (Church)

    6:00 p.m.  |  Candlelight Communion

    WEEKDAY WORSHIP
    Mon. - Fri., 8:00 a.m.  |  Morning Worship

  • { Getting Here }

    LOCATION: Madison Ave. between 71st and 72nd Streets

    GET DIRECTIONS: Click here to get directions via Google Maps

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    OFFICE PHONE: (212) 774-4200

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    { First Time Families }

    We've found that St. James' mix of rich Anglican tradition and innovative, fun family worship and programming is just the right recipe for helping kids know God's love.

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    When you come to church at St. James', you can expect to find...

    SPACE TO PRAY. Our services include hymns, prayers, and time for silence, as well as Communion and sermons that connect our Scriptures to our lives.

    SPACE TO BE YOURSELF. Worshipers at St. James' come from many different places, backgrounds, and perspectives.

    SPACE TO MAKE CONNECTIONS. Whether it's your first time or your thousandth, there's always an opportunity to get better connected with God and one another. Join us at coffee hour or stop by the Welcome station on your way out. We look forward to meeting you.

Growing in our witness

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A week ago, Craig Townsend, Ryan Fleenor, and I traveled to Charlottesville, Va., for the institution of Will Peyton, our former Associate Rector, as Rector of St. Paul’s Memorial Church. With the service set for late Friday afternoon, we spent the morning at Monticello, Thomas Jefferson’s plantation. With Ryan, a lover of history as well as a graduate of the University of  Virginia (which Jefferson founded), we learned lots. One such fact: every Fourth of July, a large naturalization ceremony for new Americans takes place on the great lawn that opens up behind Jefferson’s beloved home.  

That seemed pretty perfect to me, and not just because Jefferson helped author the Declaration of Independence. Rather, in sight of that lawn are both the beautiful vegetable gardens where Jefferson had a small reading pavilion, and the “street” where many of the enslaved people who built Monticello, planted the vegetables, carried the coal, and cooked the meals lived. Why perfect? Because it provides such a vivid reminder that no community or nation is birthed fully formed, but often struggles with contradictions which future generations must wrestle with and resolve. On that lawn, new citizens can see and hear that truth.  

As we welcome Zack Thompson as Associate Rector and Eva Suarez as our Rockwell Fellow, we welcome them into a community of faith that is also and always growing into its witness to Christ. I am confident they will each find things here that will delight them and equally confident that they will bring gifts and insights that will change us and help us grow in our faith. That is just as it should be, so that together we can see, hear, and understand ever more clearly Jesus’ claim on our lives.  

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