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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.

Q&A with Zack


Zack Thompson began his work as Associate Rector on July 1, and he is primarily responsible for parish life, new member incorporation, and pastoral care. Prior to joining the staff at St. James', Zack served as an associate priest and as a rector in Atlanta. Originally from Princeton, New Jersey, Zack earned his M.Div. at Emory University and a Master of Sacred Theology at Sewanee: The University of the South. Zack is married to Amy, an elementary school educator, and they have two sons, Rowan and Ezra. They are all thrilled to be living in the city and worshipping at St. James' Church.


Tell us what you have been doing most recently.

Amy, Rowan, Ezra, and I made the move from Atlanta in the middle of June. We enjoyed a couple of weeks to settle into the apartment and the city as a family, before I started my work at St. James on July 1. Graciously, many of you have asked how the boys (ages 5 and 3) are settling in. I must say, after trips to the zoo, various splash pads, Yankee Stadium, and to the “top of the Rock,” coupled with subway rides, impromptu jazz quartets performing in the Park, and hot dog and ice cream vendors on the streets, the boys are settling in just fine!

Just before my arrival in mid-June, I taught a theology course at Sewanee (also known as University of the South, Sewanee is an Episcopal University with a very strong liberal arts college and a seminary) for students preparing to be priests. I found the teaching to be very enjoyable and very hard work—like many things worth doing!

I noticed that I have been reading a couple of books that have been important to me in the last five years or so. Given that many things are new in our life at the moment it has been grounding to read books that have been formative along the way. In case you are curious, I have been reading Eric Mascall’s Grace and Glory, Rowan Williams’s book on Narnia, and the journals of Alexander Schmemann. I only just started a murder mystery by the English writer (and, I might add, faithful Anglican) P.D. James.

You've spent a week at St. James'? What do you notice so far? What most excites you about coming to serve in this community?

It has been good to celebrate the Eucharist and preach the last couple of Sundays and to enter into the worship life of the parish with you. I have enjoyed meeting you at coffee hour, the forum, and over lemonade on the Avenue after the 6pm Eucharist. On Monday night some sixty men turned up for a BBQ at the rectory! As a New Jersey native, I learned a bit about southern hospitality during my ten year sojourn below the Mason-Dixon Line, but I must say, the welcome we have received has been inspiring.

I have seen you dropping off personal items for the thrift sale and witnessed you preparing a dinner for the poor. All of this is to say that I have seen a lot of faithfulness in a short period of time. I have enjoyed getting to know the staff this week. One of the things I am excited about is working collaboratively with a talented and faithful group of people who share in the goal of fostering discipleship.

Where are you from?

I grew up in Princeton, New Jersey. My father worked in Manhattan and I came to the city frequently (and I have always remained a Yankees fan!). I lived near Princeton University and I used to go for runs on the campus. Growing up I loved the chapel at the University and I was happy to learn of the Ralph Adams Cram link between Princeton’s Chapel and St. James’ Church. My younger brother, Josh, lives in Manhattan with his wife and it is very good to be sharing a city with my kid brother and to be back in this part of the country.

Do you have a favorite Bible verse or story that shapes how you think of ministry?

I can’t say that I have a favorite Bible verse, but what typically comes to mind when asked a question like this is the prologue to St. John’s Gospel (John 1:1-18). This shapes my ministry in the sense that I am sure that my role as a priest in Jesus’ Church is to make him known. As a priest I am called to practice the life that baptism makes possible and to reflect on it and to assist you in living it out. “From his fullness we have all received, grace upon grace,” (John 1:16). God’s life has spilled over into our world in the incarnation, in the person of Jesus Christ, and I want to stay committed to him, to put my trust in him, and to follow him. If I can do that, then his ministry, his life, might be able to come through my ministry and my life. I want to bear witness to the light and to help build you up in the faith that has been handed on to us. “The light shineth in darkness; and the darkness comprehended it not,” (John 1:5 KJV). 


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