• Welcome to St. James'
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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.

Unearthing Takes Hard Work

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I’ve always loved dirt. Whether gardening in Grandma’s fertile California backyard, dishing up red-clay Alabama “mud-pies” with my sister, or slide-tackling on a soggy New York soccer field—there’s nothing like digging into the earth! Maybe that’s why I couldn’t resist joining the Megiddo Expedition as volunteer archaeologist. But I never anticipated the amazing volume of soil I would haul around by the barrow-full that sweltering summer. Nor had I imagined how close I’d be with my trusty trowel by the end of those excavation weeks.

Scrape after blessed scrape. Flecks of sand and rock flying everywhere. Dust in every orifice. Whenever supervisors came to examine progress in the dig square to which I was assigned, I welcomed the opportunity to stretch sore wrists while awaiting instructions: “good, now take it down another quarter inch.” We all ached for a hoe or pickax but such implements easily could shatter intact vessels or floor mosaics. So trowel we did, scraping for hours with blistered hands.

Spiritual life can feel similarly assiduous. Unearthing takes hard work. Some things must be revealed… others, jettisoned. At times we want God to break out heavy-duty tools, speeding along the undertaking. But the process itself can be freeing, as truth comes to light. Perfect love already has swept away the pain of the past. Relentless, Love transforms us all, gently removing every last impediment (including sediment!) until we, too, discover what God celebrates—we are all beloved children, priceless and redeemed, the apples of God’s eye.

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