• 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.


Serve in Worship

Soren Kierkegaard, the 19th century Danish philosopher, liked to say that if worship is a drama, then God alone is the audience. Of course, sometimes the congregation feels like the audience--with the clergy, choir, and acolytes putting on a show. But we are all meant to be actors in this play because liturgy is something we offer to God together. (The Greek word leitourgia actually means “work of the people.”) This means the most important role to play on any given Sunday is that of an active member of the congregation.

For worship to flow smoothly, however, we rely on the efforts of a large number of volunteers. There are many essential leadership roles for  active lay members of the parish.


Acolytes lead processions as crucifers, torchbearers or banner bearers, and assist the clergy at the Altar. Children and youth fill these roles at the 9:10 a.m. service (contact Vicki Hall); older youth and adults serve at 11:15 a.m. (contact Ryan Fleenor).

Altar Guild 

Members of the Altar Guild are responsible for preparing the Church for worship. They care for the linens, hangings and other fixtures in the sanctuary. If you are interested in joining, contact parishioner Missy Condo. Learn more. 


St. Augustine famously said that those who sing pray twice, and at St. James' music is an integral part of our worship. Choirs lead our 9:10 and 11:15 a.m. Sunday worship services. The Canterbury Choir at 9:10 is comprised primarily of volunteers, while the Compostela Choir at 11:15 is comprised of auditioned professionals and volunteers, Learn more.


"Welcome one another, therefore, just as Christ has welcomed you" (Romans 15:7). Greeters are on-hand before and after our worship services to welcome and answer any questions a guest might have. Contact Ryan Fleenor.

Healing Prayer ministers

Healing Prayer ministers are trained to offer confidential prayers for healing or thanksgiving after our 9:10, 11:15 a.m., and 6:00 p.m. services. Contact the Rev. Zack Thompson.

Lay reader/chalice bearers

Lay reader/chalice bearers assist with the celebration of the Eucharist by reading Scripture and serving the chalice at the altar rail for each of our Sunday services, as well as for holy days. After a training program, they are licensed by the Bishop. Contact Ryan Fleenor or, for children who are interested in reading at the 9:10 service, contact Vicki Hall.


Ushers are on-hand to greet members of the congregation as they arrive, give out service leaflets, and make everyone feel welcome and comfortable. Youth in grades 8-12 serve as ushers at the 9:10 a.m. service; contact Ryan Fleenor. Adults serve at 11:15 a.m.; contact Rosa Gentile.