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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

    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

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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.


The Eucharist

This fall, St. James’ is focused clearly on worship, particularly the Eucharist. 

Since the earliest days of the church, Christians have gathered on Sunday to celebrate the Eucharist. Following Jesus’ command ("Do this in remembrance of me") it is the most basic action of Christian discipleship. Sometimes it is so familiar that we do it without engaging deeply with what's really going on. And yet we know that the Eucharist has a unique power to shape our spiritual lives. Research shows that participating in the Eucharist is a key catalyst for spiritual growth for Episcopalians. The more we engage with the Eucharist and seek a deeper understanding of it, the further we move along the continuum of spiritual growth toward a life centered in Christ.

As a parish, St. James' is committed to twin goals this year: gathering weekly to encounter Christ in the Eucharist, and engaging daily with God in prayer and Bible reading. To support us in achieving those goals, we have planned a number of wonderful opportunities to dive deeply into the whys and hows of Christian worship this fall. We hope you will join us.


The Forum   |  Sundays, 10:30-11:00am

The Eucharist: who, what, when, where, why, how.

 At the Last Supper, Jesus commanded his disciples to “do this in remembrance of me.” Christians have gathered weekly ever since to do just that. This 5-week series will explore the history, theology, Biblical roots and spiritual power of the Holy Eucharist.

Oct 14. Who & What, part 1

The Revs. Ryan Fleenor and Eva Suarez kick off our 5-week series on the Eucharist with an in-depth look at the meal that started it all: Jesus’ last supper with his disciples, and the command to “do this in remembrance of me.” 

Oct 21. Who & What, part 2

The Rev. Zack Thompson continues our 5-week series on the Eucharist with a dive into what our 1979 Prayer Book teaches about the Eucharist: what it is, who’s involved, and why it matters. 

Oct 28. When

The Rev. Brenda Husson continues our 5-week series on the Eucharist with part 3, “when.” Come explore how we might benefit from a recommitment to the spiritual practice of sabbath keeping.  

Nov 4. Where 

The Rev. Eva Suarez continues our 5-week series on the Eucharist with part 4, “where.” Come explore the idea of sacred space, both in the biblical tradition and in our own lives. 

Nov 11. Why & How 

The Rev. Ryan Fleenor concludes our 5-week series on the Eucharist with an exploration of “why” and “how.” Why, ultimately, do we participate in the Eucharist, and how is God at work in our lives through it? 


Retreats, Workshops & Bible Studies

Wednesday Bible Study  begins September 12 · 8:30 - 9:30 a.m.

As the parish explores the Eucharist more deeply this fall, the clergy-led Wednesday morning Bible study will dive into two New Testament letters on the subject: Paul’s First Letter to the Corinthians and the Letter to the Hebrews. Get your day started right with a cup of coffee and great conversation about the Scriptures. All are welcome.

Sunday Afternoon Bible Study: Sunday Gospel, Sunday Times  begins September 16 · 4:30 - 5:30 p.m.

This weekly, clergy-led Bible study on Sunday evenings dives deeply into the week’s Scripture readings and connects them to contemporary issues and events. Think of it as an extended, interactive sermon. No need to prepare; questions, doubts, confusions welcome.

Parenting Forum: Worshiping as a Family  Sunday. September 30 · 10:15 - 11:00 a.m.

Led by the Rev. Zack Thompson and Vicki Hall, our first Parenting Forum of the year will share ideas and strategies to help families worship together in church and at home.

“Lord, Teach us to Pray” Workshop  Sunday, October 21 · 1:00 - 3:00 p.m.

The Book of Common Prayer is one of Anglicanism’s great contributions to the Christian spiritual tradition. Come experience how the Prayer Book can be a rich and resourceful guide for your own daily spiritual practice. Led by the Rev. Zack Thompson and Matthew Leaycraft, Lay Associate. Lunch provided; $10 suggested donation.

Rediscovering the Treasures  Tuesday, October 23 · 6:30 - 8:00 p.m.

Curious about why we do what we do in worship? Want an up-close look at “the things” we use for church and the symbolism of the sacred space we worship in? Join the Revs. Brenda Husson & Ryan Fleenor for this special after-hours tour of the church and clergy and altar guild sacristies. Our evening will begin with a light supper and end with dessert and compline. Space forthe rst 20 to register. RSVP to Rosa Gentile.

Quiet Day: Be Known in the Breaking of the Bread  Saturday, November 17 · 9:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.

Most celebrations of the Eucharist are over in an hour, but the depth of meaning in the words we pray and gestures we make can take far longer to unpack. Give yourself time to explore what it means, and how Jesus is present to us. The day will end with a meditative, instructed Eucharist. Led by the Rev. Ryan Fleenor and Matthew Leaycraft, Lay Associate. Breakfast andlunch provided; $20 suggested donation. RSVP to Matthew Leaycraft.


For those who would like to explore further, consider this list of suggested readings.

Interested in learning more?  Contact the Rev. Ryan Fleenor.