• Welcome to St. James'
  • Worship Times
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  • 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.  |  Family 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

    Mon. - Fri., 5:30 p.m.  |  Evening Prayer

  • { 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.

Parenting faith

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This summer, I was struck by the number of times I was in conversations with parents about kids going off to school, boarding school, or college. The theme: Does my child have the necessary foundation for thriving away from home? Academically and socially, parents felt fairly confident -- but they weren't as sure about spiritual grounding. 

Foundations have to be laid gradually and continuously. We send kids to school before they can read and write and we start working on manners and developing social skills even earlier. Adults model conversation, behaviors, and attitudes we know will influence children. The same is true of their spiritual lives. We want our kids to have faith, and to know God. 

We need to parent for faith. Parents play a significant role in the spiritual lives of their children. What children need most is to see what a real working relationship with God looks like -- up close and in the everyday: when good things happen, and bad. When life is boring and exhilarating. How you live, react, and love is what they see and learn from.  

What do you do on Sunday morning? If you come to church, that demonstrates being a part of a community of faith is a priority. Do they see you pray? Do they know you thank God for them? Do they see you read the Bible and do you read it together as a family? Do they hear you mention that you're praying for someone who's sick or struggling? If you see something beautiful do you thank God for that? If you see someone being kind, do you acknowledge that in your child's presence? It's the small day-to-day things that we do and say that builds a solid foundation.

Rachel Turner writes in It Takes a Church to Raise a Parent: "You are on the front lines of your children's spiritual journeys." Children and Family Ministries and the clergy are here to help you on that journey. We want to know what topics would serve you well if we covered them. Our Sunday Forums, Parenting Forums, Baptism Prep, Thursdays for Families, and Small Groups are here to support you as you live into your calling of raising faithful children. Please take advantage of any of these opportunities that fit into your schedule. I encourage you to be in touch with any questions or ideas you have about ways to help lay the spiritual foundation for our children.

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