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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

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

  • { Getting Here }

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

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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.


Summer at St. James'

Worship  //  Parish-Wide Reading  //  Groups and Classes  // Celebrations

For Children & Youth  //  For Young Adults  //  Serve  //  Save the Date!

Think that the church goes on vacation in the summer? Not at St. James'! While the pace is certainly different, and our Sunday schedule changes a bit, there is still plenty going on during the summer months. Please come join us!

Sunday Worship

From May 28 through September 10, our Sunday worship schedule is as follows:

8:00 a.m. Holy Eucharist 
A quiet service of Holy Communion in the Chapel with homily and no music. 

10:30 a.m. Holy Eucharist 
A traditional celebration of Holy Eucharist in the Church, appropriate for all ages, with sermon, hymns, and choral music offered by the Canterbury Choir. Followed by coffee and fellowship. Childcare and programs for children available all summer!   

6:00 p.m. Candlelight Communion 
A contemplative service of Holy Communion by candlelight in the Church. The service includes Scripture, poetry, a short meditation by the clergy, beautiful instrumental music, and ample time for reflection. A great way to close out the weekend and begin the week centered on God. 

Not in New York on Sunday? Take a picture at church wherever you are and either send it to us, or post it on Instragram using the hashtag #stjamessummersundays.

Daily Prayer

Morning Prayer  |  8:00 a.m., Monday, Tuesday, Thursday
A simple morning service with Psalms, Bible readings and prayers, led by specially trained lay members of the parish. A great way to begin the day!

Evening Prayer  |  6:00 p.m., Monday
A quiet, reflective way to end the day with fellow parishioners in the Chapel. Followed by Centering Prayer for those who would like to stay. 

Holy Eucharist  |  8:00 a.m., Wednesday
At the center of our week is an intimate celebration of Holy Communion in the Chapel. This 30-minute service includes a short homily by one of the clergy. 

Centering Prayer  
Do you long for some moments of stillness and quiet attention to God in your life? Centering Prayer is a meditative form of prayer oriented toward the cultivation of interior silence or "centering." Two Centering Prayer groups meet to support each other in the discipline. Mondays, 6:30 p.m.  |  Wednesday, 12:00 p.m.

Parish-Wide Reading 


Rob Bell. What Is the Bible?

New York Times bestselling author, Rob Bell is one of the leading voices in American Christianity today. His new book, What Is the Bible?: How an ancient library of poems, letters, and stories can transform the way you think and feel about everything (2017) is a wonderful reintroduction to the most read book of all time. Engaging, well researched, funny, and thought provoking, even longtime readers of the Scriptures will find themselves surprised as Bell engages with some of the most difficult passages of Scripture. In the end, Bell's book helps recapture the Good Book’s magic and reaffirm its power and inspiration to shape and inspire our lives today. Purchase your copy online.


Explore other summer book suggestions from St. James' clergy and lay staff.

Groups, Classes, and Retreats

Summer Forums  |  Sundays, 11:45 a.m. - 12:15 p.m.
Grab a cup of coffee in Sunderland Hall after the 10:30 a.m. Eucharist and join us for a special series of summer Adult Education Forums led by the clergy. The year 2017 marks the 500th anniversary of the Protestant Reformation in Europe, and this summer our clergy will help us better understand our heritage as Anglicans.

June 25   The English Reformation, part 2  led by the Rev. Craig Townsend 

July 2      Festive Coffee Hour
July 9      The Reformation at 500: Scripture alone
July 16    The Reformation at 500: Faith alone
July 23    The Reformation at 500: Grace alone 
July 30    Festive Ice Cream Social for the Feast of James the Apostle

Wednesday Bible Study  |  Wednesdays, 8:30 - 9:30 a.m.
This weekly Bible study, which follows the Wednesday 8:00 a.m. Eucharist, continues into June and July. The Rev. Ryan Fleenor will lead the group in exploring "the epistle of grace," St. Paul's Letter to the Romans. The group will take a break in August, and resume on September 13. 

The Wisdom Jesus  |  Thursday evenings, July 13, 20, 27, Aug. 3, 6:30 - 8:00 p.m.
Join Lay Associate Matt Leaycraft in a four session book discussion on The Wisdom Jesus by Episcopal priest, retreat leader, and author, Cynthia Bourgeault. Looking at the gospels from a new perspective, Bourgeault approaches Jesus as a teacher of transformation while offering a variety of contemplative practices to aid in the journey toward a deeper life in Christ. Books can be ordered on Amazon or purchased from Matt. Contact Matt Leaycraft to learn more, register, and receive reading assignments. 

iPhone Evangelism  |  Sunday afternoons, July 23 and August 13
If you have an iPhone in your pocket, you have all the tools you need to tip-toe into the waters of video-making -- you just need the know-how! Join us after the 10:30 a.m. service for a light lunch and afternoon workshop with filmmaker and St. James' Media Producer Andrew Filippone. In "Part One," Andrew will help us to learn how to "get the story" -- using our video functions, training our eyes, and seeing the world in a way that will help us to mine great media. In Part Two, we'll reconvene to learn how to "tell the story," using free editing applications and a few solid production principles. Like what you come away with? At the end of this two-part workshop, we hope to feature our videos at Homecoming and in advance of our Parish Weekend Away! Learn more and plan to join us for what promises to be a fun, informative, and creative experience. NO experience necessary -- just curiosity and a willingness to see where the Spirit leads us. 


Men's Summer BBQ at Rectory  |  Monday, July 10, 6:30 - 8:00 p.m.
The Rev. Brenda Husson welcomes the men of the parish for a mid-summer BBQ at the Rectory. Enjoy an evening of fellowship together, and meet our two new clergy: Zack Thompson, Associate Rector, and Eva Suarez, Rockwell Fellow. Please RSVP to Rosa Gentile.

Hymn Sing & Potluck Supper  |  Thursday, July 27, 6:00 - 8:00 p.m.
Celebrate the Feast of Saint James the Apostle with a good, old-fashioned Potluck Supper & Hymn Sing. Bring a little food to share and join your fellow parishioners in a fun evening of fellowship and music-making. All are welcome. 

The Feast of Saint James the Apostle  |  Sunday, July 30
We celebrate the feast day of our patron saint, James the Apostle (July 25), with a festive service of Holy Eucharist at 10:30 a.m.  This year, we will have a wonderful guest preacher, the Rt. Rev. Andrew St. John, interim rector of the Church of the Holy Apostles in Chelsea and former assisting bishop in the Diocese of Melbourne, Australia. After worship, we'll gather for a festive ice cream social. Celebrate with us! 

For Children & Youth

Summer Sundays for Children  |  Every Sunday!

  • Ages 0 - 3: Nursery and Toddler care are available during worship all summer.
  • Ages 4+: All are invited to meet in the Primary classroom during the 10:30 a.m. service to engage the Gospel lesson of the day through creative activities, and then join the service upstairs for Holy Communion. Dress is summer casual. Friends are always welcome. 

Explore God's Creation in Central Park  |  June 25, July 2 & 9
Our version of Vacation Bible School, our children spend four Sunday mornings in Central Park --- June 25, July 2, and July 9 --- exploring and celebrating God's creation. Children meet to leave from the Primary Classroom at 9:30 a.m. and return by 12:00 noon. All ages welcome, and friends too! Contact Vicki Hall to learn more.

Teenagers: There are plenty of opportunities for our teenagers to serve in worship as acolytes and ushers, and to volunteer around the parish and in our mission and outreach programs. Contact Chris Harding to learn more.


For Young Adults

Theology & Racial Justice  |  Sunday, July 9, after 10:30 a.m. service
Join young adults for a time of study and conversation about one of the most pressing issues in our day: "Theology and Racial Justice," featuring a video talk by J. Kameron Carter, professor at Duke Divinity School. Contact Chris Harding to learn more.

Progressive Supper  |  Saturday, June 24, 5:00 p.m.
A midsummer evening of fun, food and fellowship for our young adults, beginning with drinks on the roof, and continuing with dinner and a tour of the iconography and symbolism of the Church. Contact Chris Harding to learn more.

Summer Socials  |  Thursdays, July 20, and August 17, 6:30 p.m.
Join our vibrant group of young adults after work for a light meal or refreshments in some of the neighborhoods where we live and work. To learn more, contact Chris Harding.

    • July 20, 6:30-8:30 p.m. at The Archive (36th & Madison)
    • August 17, 6:30-8:30 p.m. at Cooper Hewitt (91st & Fifth Ave.


St. James' is a thriving community with many ministries, and volunteers are indispensable. Volunteers are needed throughout the summer in a number of different capacities, including helping with our meals programs and homeless shelter ministry, baking for Coffee Hour, gardening and other odds-and-ends around the parish. Youth who need community service hours can help with these tasks. Please contact Grace Beacham in the parish office to discuss any of the following opportunities.

Meals Programs
Our meals programs continue serving nearly 100 hungry and homeless guests twice per week through the summer. Contact Associate for Mission Susana Ferrer to learn more about our Tuesday Lunch Program and Friday Dinner Program. 

Homeless Shelter Ministry
Volunteers are always needed for our nightly men's homeless shelter which provides a safe home to 12 men. The summer months are particularly difficult because so many of our regular volunteers travel during this time. To find out how you can become involved, contact Susana Ferrer.


Save the Date!

Homecoming Sunday  |  Sunday, September 10
We begin our program year year together with a festive service of Holy Eucharist at 10:30 a.m., followed by a parish picnic with delicious food and activities for all ages. All are welcome. 

Church School begins!  |  Sunday, September 17
Our fall schedule of services at 8:00, 9:10, 11:15 a.m., and 6:00 p.m. begins, as do our Church School classes at 10:15 a.m. Learn more or register.

Parish Weekend Away  |  October 6 - 8, 2017
Reconnect, reflect, renew at our first-ever parish weekend away. Learn more or register.