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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.


Living Word: A year with the Bible

St. James’ is all about Scripture this year!

Of course, as Christians we are always “all about Scripture” (at least we should be!), but this year we are focusing more intentionally on the role the Bible plays in our lives. And we are asking every parishioner to covenant to reading. 

 To frame our reading, reflection, and conversation, we will use a wonderful new book from Forward Movement, The Path: A Journey through the Bible.

The Path is the story of the Bible, excerpted from the New Revised Standard Version (the same translation we use in Church on Sundays) so that it is clear and easy to read. Organized into 24 chapters, we follow the arc of God’s love from Genesis to Revelation. Each chapter includes Scripture citations, helpful sidebars and explanatory notes, reflection questions, and practical applications for the week to come.

There is also a wonderful Family Storybook version, perfect for keeping the whole family on the same page, and an adult coloring book — for fun! 

2017-2018 Reading Schedule.


What can we look forward to?

  • Sunday Morning Forums.
    The Forum on Sunday mornings will be all about the Bible. We’ll gather to talk about these stories and what they mean for our lives. Make a point to participate and see how your relationship with Scripture is affected — every Sunday at 10:30 a.m. Learn more.
  • Sunday Evening Discussion Group. 
    Beginning October 15, we will also offer a Sunday evening discussion group at 4:30 p.m. to discuss the week's reading from The Path. Perfect for parishioners who attend the 6:00 p.m. Candlelight Communion!
  • Divine Reading, new on Tuesday evenings. 
    On Tuesday evenings at 6:30 p.m., beginning Sept. 26, a new group will meet to pray with the Scriptures using the ancient method of “Lectio Divina.” Contact Matt Leaycraft to learn more.

  • Pew Bibles to keep you going. 
    How often have you handled the Bible in your pew? Try stopping into the Church for 20 minutes during the week, or arriving early for worship on Sunday to spend a little time reading holy words in a sacred space.

  • Our first-ever Parish Weekend Away. 
    The theme for our first-ever Parish Weekend Away is “God’s Story, Our Story, Your Story.” Our retreat leader, the Rev. Carlye Hughes, will help set us up to encounter Scripture differently — all year long. Learn more.

  • Retreats and Workshops. 
    Our encounter with Scripture teaches us that we can talk to God in prayer. We’ll explore ways to pray the Bible during our “Lord, Teach Us to Pray” workshop on Sunday, October 22, and on Saturday, November 18, in an exploration of the poet, social activist, and Trappist monk, Thomas Merton. Learn more.

  • Family Storybook-time, every Thursday. 
    Every Thursday at 4:45 p.m., children and their grown-ups enjoy worship, activities, and family supper at St. James’. This year, we’ll use The Path: Family Storybook to discover the great stories of our faith. Contact Vicki Hall to learn more about all of the ways we help to bring up faithful children and families.

  • Healthy competition for the whole family. 
    Our annual Bible Memorization Challenge invites the whole parish to internalize and commit to memory some of the most-loved verses of Scripture. Pick up a Bible Memorization booklet from the Parish House or subscribe to the eNews to keep up with key verses.

  • Weekly reflections, right in your inbox. 
    Our weekly eNews always includes a reflection on upcoming Sunday lessons. But you can also keep up with our reading in The Path by reviewing the week’s assignment and reading more about the selected passage. Don't receive our eNews? Register here. 

Why "live with the Word"?

  • God works on us through the Scriptures.
    “The Word of God is living and active” (Hebrews 4:12), which means that it is alive with the Holy Spirit. We can read the same story again and again and discover something new. And as we read the text, the text reads us, challenging us to grow and shaping us into the people God needs us to be. 

  • Understand how the stories fit together.
    We hear a lot of Scripture in church, but it can be hard to remember how it all ts together. The Path focuses our attention on the over-arching story of God and God’s love for us. 

  • Increase your confidence in engaging with the Bible.
    Reading the Bible can be daunting and intimidating for any number of reasons, but by jumping in together, with great resources, we hope everyone will gain the con dence to engage the Bible for themselves.