• Welcome to St. James'
  • Worship Times
  • Directions/Map
  • 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.

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Education for Ministry

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  • How are your beliefs manifest in the way you live?

  • What does it mean to be a Christian today?

Seek answers through study, reflection, and community.

Every Christian is called to ministry at baptism. But "ministry" can -- and does -- mean something different for every Christian. Education for Ministry (EfM) is a unique four-year distance-learning certificate program created by Sewanee School of Theology at the University of the South. In its 40 years, EfM has led thousands of Christians across the country and around the world more deeply into their baptismal identities -- some have been helped to discern calls to further study and ordained ministry, but most have been enriched and empowered to minister confidently and effectively in their day-to-day lives. 

What can I expect from EfM?

  • A safe, confidential space to ask questions, share doubts, and identify, reflect on, and share significant events in your faith life
  • A deeper knowledge and understanding of Scripture, Church history, and Christian theology and spirituality
  • An ability to reflect theologically on culture, current events, and personal experience, as well as on the Christian tradition and your own beliefs
  • A transformed understanding of your relationship to God, the church, and our culture at large (at least, that's the hope!)
  • An evolving sense of personal call and theology

What will be expected of me?

  • An open heart and open mind
  • Sincere seeking and honest inquiry
  • A good-faith commitment to the life and work of the group, including weekly meetings (2.5 hours), 2-3 retreats, and regular independent reading and reflection (about 2-4 hours per week)

What else do I need to know?

  • EfM is a four-year program, one year at a time. It is not necessary to commit to the full four years of study when you join, (although it is our hope that you will!). New members must begin at Year One, however. If you are exploring EfM for continuing education or in preparation for the diaconate, certain attendance requirements do apply.
  • EfM is a 36-week program. New Yorkers are busy, we get that! For the health of the group, we hope you will prioritize EfM and try to attend at least 30 sessions. Please speak with the co-mentors if you have concerns about your schedule and we'll help you determine whether EfM will be a good fit for you. 
  • EfM is a program of Sewanee School of Theology. The program is designed and administered by Sewanee. Sewanee trains and accredits mentors, and develops and designs materials and curriculum. There is a $350 annual tuition to cover the costs of materials and administration (scholarships are available to those for whom the fee poses a barrier). Members may transfer between groups (which exist in more than 90 dioceses throughout the US) should they relocate.
  • EfM is not "Bible Study." Although Years One and Two take students deeply into Scripture (and indeed, all four years are steeped in the Word), members must be prepared to engage their hearts as well as their minds. Reflection and personal application is the ultimate aim of the program. 

EfM returns to St. James' this September - don't miss out!

Interested parishioners and non-parishioners are invited to contact the Rev. Ryan Fleenor.

Learn more about EFM online.

 

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