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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.


Advent & Christmas 2017

O come, let us adore him.


Twelve Days of Celebration

"Do not be afraid; for see, I am bringing you good news of great joy for all the people: to you is born this day in the city of David a Savior, who is the Messiah, the Lord."
      - Luke 2:10-11

In a city that’s always changing, Christmas is the surprise that stays the same – a season that calls us back to familiar traditions and draws us into new celebrations. We hope you will join us to celebrate the timeless story of God’s love and presence with us, never changing yet always offering something new.


December 3, 10, 17, 24  |  8:00, 9:10, 11:15 a.m. and 6:00 p.m.

Observance Advent at one of our four Sunday services, emphasizing the themes of waiting and watching for the coming of Christ. Learn more. We will observe the Fourth Sunday of Advent on December 24 with Holy Eucharist at 8:00 a.m. before beginning our Christmas Eve celebrations at 3:00 p.m. (below).


Christmas Eve

Sunday, December 24

  • 3:00 p.m. | Children's Eucharist 
    A joyous, 45-minute service of Holy Communion especially appropriate for our youngest parishioners and their families, with the Christmas story in tableau and favorite seasonal hymns and carols.
  • 5:00 p.m. | Lessons & Carols  
    A traditional service of Scripture readings and Christmas carols, based on the Festival of Lessons and Carols at King's College, Cambridge, with a homily from the Rev. Brenda G. Husson, Rector. Begins with a choral prelude at 4:30 p.m.
  • 10:30 p.m. | Festal Eucharist 
    Our version of "Midnight Mass," this is a beautiful and transcendent celebration of Holy Communion by candlelight, including all your favorite carols. Begins with a 30-minute prelude of choral music at 10:00 p.m.  The Rev. Brenda G. Husson, Rector, preaches and celebrates.

Christmas Day

Monday, December 25

  • 10:30 a.m. | Festal Eucharist  
    A joyful service of Holy Eucharist to celebrate the Nativity of Our Lord, Christmas Day. Traditional Christmas hymns and carols are sung throughout the service by the choir and congregation. 

The First Sunday after Christmas Day

Sunday, December 31

  • 10:30 a.m. | Holy Eucharist  
    A traditional celebration of Holy Communion with sermon, hymns, and music led by the Canterbury Choir. All are welcome. 
  • 6:00 p.m. | Candlelight Communion 
    An informal, contemplative Communion service that includes Scripture, poetry, beautiful instrumental music, and ample time for reflection.  

The Holy Name of Our Lord Jesus Christ

Monday, January 1, 2018

  • 12:00 p.m. | Holy Eucharist  
    A quiet celebration of Holy Communion in the Chancel to celebrate the Feast of the Holy Name.

The Epiphany of Our Lord Jesus Christ

Friday, January 5, 2018

  • 6:00 p.m. | Epiphany Lessons & Carols
    We conclude the Twelve Days of Christmas with a special, candlelit service of Lessons & Carols for The Epiphany of Our Lord Jesus Christ, also known as Three Kings Day. Remembering the visit of the Magi to the Holy Family, we celebrate Jesus revealed as the Christ, the Messiah. Followed by a festive reception including tradition King Cakes. All are welcome.



Anticipation. Preparation. Expectation. 

Celebrate this holy season of Advent with friends old and new and prepare for the joys of Christmas! Contact Grace Beacham for more information about any of these activities.



Thursday, Nov. 30  |  3:30 - 6:30 p.m.

Our first festive event of the Advent/Christmas season is a creative evening for ALL ages in Coburn Hall. We supply the makings for your wreath, including beautifully fresh greens, a straw frame, red berries, and an Advent candle set. Small children need supervision at this event. Seasonal music sets the mood. $25 reserves your wreath. Supper is served in Coburn Hall at 5:00 p.m. (or upstairs in Sunderland Hall at 6:15 p.m., before the Advent Quiet Evening).


Thursday, Nov. 30  |  7:00 p.m.

The prophet Isaiah proclaims: “The people who have walked in darkness have seen a great light.” In Advent, our souls wait in the lengthening nights as we prepare our hearts for the Light of Christ to be kindled anew within us. Spend an evening at St. James' in reflection and prayer at the start of this holy season, including meditations led by the Rt. Rev. Mary Glasspool, Assistant Bishop of New York. The evening will end with everyone gathering for a candlelit service of Sung Compline in the church.

The schedule is as follows:
3:30 - 6:30 p.m. Advent Wreath Making (Coburn Hall)
6:15 - 7:00 p.m. Supper (Sunderland Hall)
7:00 - 8:15 p.m. Advent Quiet Evening (Church)
8:15 - 8:30 p.m. Sung Compline (Church) 

CHRISTMAS BOUTIQUE: Shop to help those in need

Sunday, Dec. 3  |  8:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.

A longtime tradition, the Christmas Boutique is a fun day of holiday shopping for parishioners and their guests. Drop by and visit one of our many unique vendors. Shop children's clothing, homemade candy, jewelry, holiday gifts, cashmere wraps, and much more. We also have the ever-popular Vintage Christmas area. Bring your Christmas list and tell your friends. 

Through the work of the St. James' Grants Committee, 20% of all Christmas Boutique vendor sales are passed onto community-based organizations and charities throughout the five boroughs.  You'll feel twice as good knowing that you have crossed gifts off your list while helping those less fortunate.


Donations accepted through Tuesday, Dec. 12

Share the Joy of the season with children of incarcerated parents by contributing to our Share the Joy gift drive. In partnership with the Osborn Association, St. James' is proud to collect gift cards, toys, games, electronic goods, and other gifts for children who will not be able to spend the season with their parents. Help these children spend a happy Christmas and donate generously to Share the Joy.


Tuesday, Dec. 12  |  5:30 p.m.

Join St. James' music director Davis Wortman for some old-fashioned caroling on Madison Avenue. Parishioners and friends, young and old, assemble on the front steps of St. James' to sing traditional songs that celebrate the season for passers-by. Don't know the words? No problem! Song sheets will be provided. After 30 minutes of caroling, we warm up inside with fellowship over hot chocolate, apple cider, wine, appetizers, and Christmas treats. Please come join us for one of the most festive nights of the season!


Friday, Dec. 15 - Sunday, Dec. 17

Pause for centering silence, prayer, and reflection in the sacred, scenic, and nourishing space of Holy Cross Monastery during what can otherwise be a hectic and bustling season. Holy Cross is Benedictine monastery in the Episcopal tradition, located in the Hudson Valley. We leave the city on Friday afternoon and return on Sunday after celebrating the Third Sunday of Advent together. 

Lay Associate Matthew Leaycraft, M.Div., will lead the group in a guided reflection, set in the context of the Daily Office in the Monastery Chapel. 

The cost is $250, and financial assistance is available. Contact Matthew Leaycraft to learn more or reserve your space.


Sunday, Dec. 17  |  4:00 p.m. 

A true St. James' tradition! All children ages 4 and older are invited to participate. Our pageant is an "En promenade"-style production where the audience will experience the journey of Joseph and Mary and the birth of the baby Jesus in new and surprising ways. The Children's Choirs provide musical leadership throughout. Two Saturday rehearsals are expected. Contact Vicki Hall or Chris Harding to learn more.