• Welcome to St. James'
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  • For Children & Youth
  • What to Expect
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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

    MAP FOR EMAILING OR PRINTING: Click here for more map options

    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.

Practicing the Presence

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For years now, Vicki Hall (our intrepid and fabulous Director of Children's and Family Ministries) has taken children to Central Park over several Sundays each summer. Our version of Vacation Bible School, the kids are there to explore God’s creation together. And explore they do! As you might expect, the things that capture their imaginations change week by week. Sometimes it’s the fish in the lake; other days, it’s the flowers. Or the birds. Or the clouds. One day, the group even came across a mother turtle laying her eggs. The crowd was divided on that one between disgust and pure wonder. But whatever it is, our children are learning one of the most essential spiritual lessons of all: to slow down enough to pay attention to what it is, and to where God is in it.

Brother Lawrence (1611-1691) was famous for trying to live every moment with an awareness of God’s presence. Working in the kitchen of his monastery in Paris, he came to understand that he was as close to God among the banging pots and pans as he was on his knees in prayer. In every moment, God was right there, intimately with him, as close to him as his very breath. Such awareness didn’t come overnight; it required an intentionality, a practice, a habit of trying to notice God in the midst of daily tasks — hence the title of the book which collected his sayings, The Practice of the Presence of God.

Our kids and Brother Lawrence have a lot to teach us about slowing down and paying greater attention. For whether we are aware of it or not, God is right here — in every moment and throughout every season of life — with a love that passes understanding, a grace that is beyond all measure, and a dream for how the world yet might be that is meant to capture every imagination. 

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