• Welcome to St. James'
  • Worship Times
  • Directions/Map
  • 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

    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.


Education for Children & Youth

Christian faith is a journey that takes a lifetime...

Children's Education and Formation 

One purpose of children’s ministry is to build a “library” of hymns, songs, scripture, and prayers -- the "classics" as well as those created specifically for children, even those whose words are rich and mysterious, and which kids (or their parents!) may not entirely understand.

Children who have heard and experienced Bible stories, who know our hymns, have been present at the Eucharist and have heard the words at Baptism, will have the building blocks on which to discuss, when they are older, the matters of faith and life. The language and practice of our faith is becoming a part of them.

We know our rich Christian tradition is the best mental food for our children's eager brains; we offer as much as possible so they can grow up with a ready-made library from which to draw.


Youth @ St. James'

Does St. James' have a Youth Group?
Yes! We encourage 7th-12th graders to find ways of making the church their own. We want our teenagers to know that they belong to the church and that the church belongs to them. Friends are always welcome! If you are a newcomer, we can't wait to meet you! Youth Group meets every Sunday from 10:15 until 11:00 a.m. to tackle the intersection of faith and life in a community where all are known, supported, and loved.

How are teenagers formed and informed at St. James'?
Youth can usher, acolyte, sing, and read at every 9:10 a.m. service (during the academic year). Service and special opportunities abound for both traditional and creative involvement:

  • On the last Sunday of the month, the Middle and High School Youth Groups gather in the Kitchen for a "John 21 Breakfast," where they prepare and eat their favorite foods together. 

  • On the second Friday of each month during the academic year (September - May) the Youth Group hosts the Friday Dinner Program, for which they prepare and serve a meal for 90 homeless and low-income guests. 

  • Throughout the year, Middle and High School students participate in special events including activities at the church and trips out of town, the annual Christmas Pageant and Good Friday Children's service, and more.

What about Confirmation?
In 8th grade, Church School students prepare for Confirmation. The Rite of Confirmation is described in the Book of Common Prayer as “the mature reaffirmation of baptismal vows.” Confirmation is an opportunity to explore one's identity as a Christian through education classes, leadership in worship, regular service, and relationships in community. In late April or early May, the Bishop visits St. James' and confirms those students (and adults) who wish to re-affirm their Christian faith.