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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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    { Worship With Us }

    8:00 a.m.  |  Holy Eucharist (Chapel)

    9:10 a.m.  |  Holy Eucharist (Church)

    11:15 a.m. | Choral Eucharist

    6:00 p.m.  |  Candlelight Communion

    Mon. - Thur., 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.


Lent, Holy Week & Easter

Season of Lent

Prayer. Almsgiving. Fasting. The weekdays of the Lenten season are traditionally marked by abstinence or self-discipline so as to 'clear room' for reflection on our relationship with Christ. A "rule of life," with focused and intentional patterns of prayer and reflection, self-denial and service to others, is a wonderful way to mark the season.

This year, we invite parishioners to take the 20-1-7 challenge:

20 minutes in prayer or Bible study each day
1 hour in worship each week
7 hours in service to others during the season of Lent 

five marks

5 Marks of Love  |  Daily Reflections 

This Lent, St. James' will join with Episcopalians across the country in exploring the ways in which Christ’s love expresses itself in and through us; in our lives, in our faith communities, and in the world around us. Guided by reflections from the Brothers of the Society of Saint John the Evangelist (SSJE) in Cambridge, Mass., we will explore the "Five Marks of Mission" shared across the Anglican Communion. Together we will explore what it means to be rooted and grounded in God's love, and how God is calling us to share that love in all we do. 

Sign up to receive daily email reflections from the Brothers of SSJE.

Attend the Sunday Forum to learn more about the Five Marks of Mission and how they are lived out in the Church today.

Join one of our small groups to dive deeper and explore in community how God is calling you to respond.


Lenten Retreat at Holy Cross

Friday, March 17 - Sunday, March 19

All parishioners are invited to "go away to a quiet place and pray," just as Jesus often did. Lent is the perfect time to step outside of our usual routines to refocus on our life with God in Christ. Lay Associate Matthew Leaycraft will lead us in a guided retreat at Holy Cross Monastery. We leave the city on Friday afternoon and return on Sunday after celebrating the Third Sunday in Lent together. Contact Matthew to learn more or reserve your space.


Formation for all ages

Lent can be a great time to re-engage with your own growth and exploration, no matter how old you are or where you are in your journey of faith. This spring, adults in the parish have two Sunday morning options: The Forum, focused on what it means to be the Church in this time and place, and Bible Essentials, a Sunday Bible study on the key stories of our faith. 

St. James' is also blessed to have a thriving and growing Church School and Youth Group


Serving Others

Book Drive for Project Cicero.

Help stock the shelves of public school classrooms across our city. Donate new and gently-used books for children and young adults through Project Cicero. More than 1,200 teachers from all over NYC select books at the Project Cicero distribution each year. Hundreds of students, parents, and volunteers volunteer in all aspects of collecting and distributing the books. A wish list can be viewed online; all donations can be left for Vicki Hall's attention at the Reception Desk. Donations accepted through March 9.

Get involved with St. James' mission & outreach ministries.

All year long, St. James' is committed to the work of justice and compassion, serving Christ in our neighbors in need. Our Tuesday Lunch Program, Friday Dinner Program, Shelter Ministry, and work with the children of incarcerated persons rely on the prayers and support of parishioners of all ages. Perhaps this Lent, God is inviting you to consider getting involved in a new way? Contact Associate for Mission Susana Ferrer to learn more.  

Holy Week & Easter 2017

Our Lenten journey, begun on Ash Wednesday, ends here. We remember again the last days of Jesus' life, and celebrate the depth of God's love for us and the power of God to triumph over sin and death through the resurrection of Christ.

The heart of our celebration is called the Triduum, or Sacred Three Days: Maundy Thursday, Good Friday, and Easter. These are days when, unless absolutely impossible, Christians will be in church.

Palm Sunday | April 9


Holy Week begins by recalling Jesus' arrival in Jerusalem amid the adulation of a crowd, but quickly the fickleness of human attachment becomes clear as the crowd turns and Jesus is arrested and crucified. 

8:00 a.m - Liturgy of the Palms & Holy Eucharist. A traditional, spoken Communion service in the Chapel. 

9:10 a.m. - Liturgy of the Palms, Procession & Sung Eucharist with music by the parish choirs of children and adults, brass, and organ.

The 9:10 a.m. service begins in Central Park, near the 72nd Street entrance at Fifth Avenue.

11:15 a.m. - Liturgy of the Palms & Choral Eucharist with music by the professional St. James' Compostela Choir, brass, and organ.  

6:00 p.m. - Liturgy of the Palms & Candlelight Communion. A timeless, contemplative service in the Church to close the day and begin the week. 

Holy Monday & Holy Tuesday | April 10-11


Holy Eucharist, 8:00 a.m.
Simple, quiet services of Holy Eucharist in the Chapel to mark the first days of Holy Week.  

Holy Wednesday | April 12


Holy Eucharist, 8:00 a.m.
A simple, quiet service of Holy Eucharist on "Spy Wednesday," the day we remember the betrayal of Judas.  

Service of Tenebrae, 7:00 p.m.
From the Latin for "shadows." At this service, lights are gradually dimmed and darkness descends amid readings from the Passion, chanted psalms, and sacred music. The light of a single candle remains, calling us to remember our faith that the light of Christ will not be extinguished forever. 

Maundy Thursday | April 13


Children's Service, 4:45 p.m.
A simple service of Footwashing and Holy Communion to remember Jesus' Last Supper.

Agape Supper, 6:00 p.m.
Join us for a simple supper of Moroccan lamb stew with couscous, salad and fruit in Coburn Hall.

Holy Eucharist, 7:00 p.m.
Maundy Thursday celebrates the final meal that Jesus shared with his disciples, during which he washed the feet of his disciples and instituted the Eucharist. We will wash one another's feet, share Holy Communion, and then watch as the Altar is stripped bare.   

Night Watch, 8:30 p.m.
Following the service, the Church remains open all night. A silent vigil of prayer and meditation is kept through the night, remembering Christ’s agony in the Garden of Gethsemane and keeping watch with him. Each hour is introduced with responses and special prayers. Please consider signing for one hour slot. Security is provided. All are welcome. 

Good Friday | April 14


Liturgy for Good Friday, 8:00 a.m.
In the morning service, we hear the story of Christ's arrest, trial, and crucifixion and offer our prayers at the foot of the cross.

Three Hour Devotion, 12:00 - 3:00 p.m. 
The day of Christ's death is the most solemn in the church year. At noon, we mark the three hours that Christ hung on the cross. The Rector offers meditations on the Passion, interspersed with prayers and music.   

Children's Services, 4:00 & 5:30 p.m.
The last week of Jesus' life is enacted by staff and parishioners so that children might develop their own grasp of the power of this story. The two services are identical. 

Easter Vigil | April 15


Liturgy for Holy Saturday, 9:00 a.m.
A quiet, reflective prayer service in the Columbarium as we recall the day Jesus's body lay in the tomb of Joseph of Arimathea. No Eucharist is celebrated on this day.

Great Vigil & First Eucharist of Easter, 7:00 p.m.
For Christians, this is the holiest night of the year. Our celebration begins in the dark, with the kindling of the Easter fire as we process into a darkened church to recount, by candlelight, stories of God's loving-kindness and plan for salvation. Then we celebrate the Sacrament of Baptism, the Church is filled with light, bells are rung, and we continue with our first, festive celebration of Holy Communion for Easter. 

Easter Day | April 16


Every Sunday is an Easter celebration, for every Sunday celebrates Christ's resurrection. Easter Day thus expresses the very center of our faith: Jesus appears, risen from the dead, and joy and wonder of his followers is matched by the joy and wonder of our worship this day. 

8:00 a.m - Easter Eucharist. A traditional, spoken Communion service in the Chapel. 

9:10 a.m. - Festive Easter Eucharist with music offered by choirs of children and adults, brass, and organ. Sermon by the Rev. Brenda Husson, Rector.  Easter Egg Hunt follows!

11:15 a.m. - Festive Easter Eucharist with music offered by the professional St. James' Compostela Choir, brass, and organ. Sermon by the Rev. Brenda Husson, Rector. 

6:00 p.m. - Candlelight Communion on Easter evening. Followed by a Simple Supper.

No tickets are necessary, though it is advisable to come early for seats at our 9:10 and 11:15 a.m. services.