The Return of Communion in Both Kinds


With the consistent decline in COVID infection rates in New York City, our Bishop, the Rt. Rev. Andrew Dietsche, has authorized the return and use of wine and the Common Cup at communion. We plan to reintroduce communion from the chalice at all of our services on the Fifth Sunday of Lent, April 3. Please remember that, as has always been the case, receiving only the bread constitutes receiving communion fully, so no one is obligated to receive the wine. We monitor the New York City infection rate daily and will modify our plans and practice if needed as has been the case for the past two years.

The vaccine mandate for everyone 5 years of age and older remains in effect for participation in programs and meetings within the Parish House, as these often take place in more confined spaces and for extended periods of time. Please assist our receptionists by having your proof of vaccination readily available upon entering. We remain mask optional in both the church and the Parish House.

Read the Bishop's full message

The entire St. James’ staff, Church School and mission volunteers are fully vaccinated.

Masks are optional during worship.

We also ask that you maintain social distancing while inside.

Proof of vaccination for everyone over 5 years of age is required to enter the Parish House and to participate in activities.