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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.


Summer at St. James'

Worship  //  Groups and Classes  // Celebrations

For Children & Youth  //  For Young Adults  //  Serve  //  Save the Date!

Think that the church goes on vacation in the summer? Not at St. James'! While the pace is certainly different, and our Sunday schedule changes a bit, there is still plenty going on during the summer months. Please come join us!

Sunday Worship

From May 27 through September 9, our Sunday worship schedule is as follows:

8:00 a.m. Holy Eucharist 
A quiet service of Holy Communion in the Chapel with homily and no music. 

10:30 a.m. Holy Eucharist 
A traditional celebration of Holy Eucharist in the Church, appropriate for all ages, with sermon, hymns, and choral music offered by the Canterbury Choir. Followed by coffee and fellowship. Childcare and programs for children available all summer!   

6:00 p.m. Candlelight Communion 
A contemplative service of Holy Communion by candlelight in the Church. The service includes Scripture, poetry, a short meditation by the clergy, beautiful instrumental music, and ample time for reflection. A great way to close out the weekend and begin the week centered on God. 

Not in New York on Sunday? Take a picture at church wherever you are and either send it to us, or post it on Instragram using the hashtag #stjamessummersundays.


Daily Prayer

Morning Prayer  |  8:00 a.m., Monday, Tuesday, Thursday
A simple morning service with Psalms, Bible readings and prayers, led by specially trained lay members of the parish. This 20-minutes service is a great way to begin the day!

Holy Eucharist  |  8:00 a.m., Wednesday
At the center of our week is an intimate celebration of Holy Communion in the Chapel. This 30-minute service includes a short homily by one of the clergy. 

Evening Prayer  |  6:00 p.m., Monday, Tuesday
A quiet, reflective way to end the day with fellow parishioners in the Chapel. 

Centering Prayer  |  Mondays, 6:30p.m., Wednesdays & Thursdays, 12:00 p.m. 
Do you long for some moments of stillness and quiet attention to God in your life? Centering Prayer is a meditative form of prayer oriented toward the cultivation of interior silence or "centering." Three Centering Prayer groups meet for 30 minutes to support each other in the discipline.


Groups, Classes, and Retreats

Summer Forums  |  Sundays, 11:45 a.m. - 12:15 p.m.
Grab a cup of coffee in Sunderland Hall after the 10:30 a.m. Eucharist and join us for a special series of summer Adult Education Forums led by the clergy. This summer, St. James’ is all about stories, in particular, the stories we tell about God’s presence and power in our lives. Our summer forums will explore the great spiritual autobiographies among our summer book suggestions. No need to have read ahead-- just plan to come and be inspired about how these great writers might inspire our own reflection and storytelling.  

June 3     What is a spiritual autobiography?
June 10   The Apostle Paul
June 17   Augustine of Hippo
June 24   Teresa of Avila 

July 1      Dorothy Day
July 8      C.S. Lewis
July 15    Thomas Merton
July 22    The Contemporary Scene 
July 29    Festive Ice Cream Social for the Feast of James the Apostle

Tell Your Own Story: Two Workshops  |  June 18 & July 16, 6:30 p.m.
Telling your own story can be a powerful and transformative spiritual practice. But it can also be intimidating!  Where do I start? What do I include? How do I talk about these things? This summer, as part of our Sharing Our Stories series, St. James' will offer two writing workshops to help you do just that. On Monday, June 18, we will get creative ideas about how to best approach telling our own story. On July 16, we will gather to share ideas, workshop drafts, and to support one another as we share the stories of our faith.

Wednesday Bible Study  |  Wednesdays, 8:30 - 9:30 a.m.
This weekly Bible study, which follows the Wednesday 8:00 a.m. Eucharist, continues into June, led by the Rev. Ryan Fleenor. The group will take a break in July and August, and resume on September 12.  



"Church Ladies" Night Out at the Rectory  |  Thursday, June 14, 6:00 - 8:00 p.m.
The Rev. Brenda Husson welcomes the women of the parish for an evening of summer fellowship at the Rectory. With a chance to quiz the clergy! All are welcome. 

Men's BBQ at the Rectory  |  Tuesday, July 17, 6:00 - 8:00 p.m.
Don't miss the second-annual men's summer BBQ at the Rectory. Enjoy an evening of fellowship together. All are welcome.

Hymn Sing & Potluck Supper  |  Wednesday, July 25, 6:00 - 8:00 p.m.
Celebrate the Feast of Saint James the Apostle with a good, old-fashioned Potluck Supper & Hymn Sing. Bring a little food to share and join your fellow parishioners in a fun evening of fellowship and music-making. All are welcome. 

The Feast of Saint James the Apostle  |  Sunday, July 29
We celebrate the feast day of our patron saint, James the Apostle (July 25), with a festive service of Holy Eucharist at 10:30 a.m. After worship, we'll gather for a festive ice cream social. Celebrate with us! 


For Children & Youth

Summer Sundays for Children  |  Every Sunday!

  • Ages 0 - 3: Nursery and Toddler care are available during worship all summer.
  • Ages 4+: All are invited to meet in the Primary classroom during the 10:30 a.m. service to engage the Gospel lesson of the day through creative activities, and then join the service upstairs for Holy Communion. Dress is summer casual. Friends are always welcome. 

Explore God's Creation in Central Park  |  June 17 & 24, July 1 & 8
Our version of Vacation Bible School, our children spend four Sunday mornings in Central Park exploring and celebrating God's creation. Children meet to leave from the Primary Classroom at 9:30 a.m. and return by 12:00 noon. All ages welcome, and friends too! Contact Vicki Hall to learn more.

Teenagers: There are plenty of opportunities for our teenagers to serve in worship as acolytes and ushers, and to volunteer around the parish and in our mission and outreach programs. Contact Ryan Fleenor to learn more.


For Young Adults

Summer Retreat: Praying with Scripture  |  June 2-3, 2018
Join young adults for a time of rest and reflection at the beautiful Trinity Retreat Center in Connecticut. The group will leave Saturday and return Sunday. Do you wish you could pray more? Curious about how a deeper knowledge of the Bible might change your life of prayer? Explore these questions with your fellow young adults. Learn more!

Summer Socials  |  TBD
Join our vibrant group of young adults after work for a light meal or refreshments in some of the neighborhoods where we live and work. 



St. James' is a thriving community with many ministries, and volunteers are indispensable. Volunteers are needed throughout the summer in a number of different capacities.

Serving around St. James'
Have an interest in baking for Coffee Hour, gardening, or other odds-and-ends around the parish? Interested in joining one of the candle teams that setup for the 6:00 p.m. Candlelight Communion service?  Contact Grace Beacham to learn more.

Meals Programs
Our meals programs continue serving nearly 100 hungry and homeless guests twice per week through the summer. Contact Associate for Mission Susana Ferrer to learn more about our Tuesday Lunch Program and Friday Dinner Program. 

Homeless Shelter Ministry
Volunteers are always needed for our nightly men's homeless shelter which provides a safe home to 12 men. The summer months are particularly difficult because many of our regular volunteers travel during this time. To find out how you can become involved, contact Susana Ferrer.


Save the Date!

Homecoming Sunday  |  Sunday, September 9
We begin our program year year together with a festive service of Holy Eucharist at 10:30 a.m., followed by a parish picnic with delicious food and activities for all ages. All are welcome. 

Church School begins!  |  Sunday, September 16
Our fall schedule of services at 8:00, 9:10, 11:15 a.m., and 6:00 p.m. begins, as do our Church School classes at 10:15 a.m. Learn more or register.

Parish Weekend Away  |  October 5 - 7, 2018
Reconnect, reflect, renew at our annual parish weekend away. Learn more or register.