• 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.


When We Worship

Root yourself in worship.

Each of our Sunday services has its own "personality" and we are blessed to be able to worship in a variety of ways. Below is a brief description of each service in hopes that you will find one where you will feel comfortable participating fully.

Then check out what's happening Next Sunday.  

8:00 a.m.  |  Holy Eucharist  |  intimate, meditative

This is a quiet, spoken Communion service in the Chapel. It uses the traditional language of Rite I, and includes a short homily. This service lasts approximately 40 minutes.

9:10 a.m.  |  Family Eucharist  |  festive, intergenerational, traditional

This is a family-friendly celebration of Holy Communion, using the contemporary expression of Rite II with preaching that is relevant and engaging. Music is led by our parish choirs of children and adults, and is drawn primarily from the classical tradition, including choral anthems and great hymns. Children and youth take leadership roles throughout as ushers, acolytes and readers. This service usually has the largest attendance of the Sunday services. 

Nursery care (ages 0-2) is available beginning at 9:00 a.m. Children ages 2-6 gather simultaneously downstairs for Toddler & Primary Chapel, led by one of the clergy and Miss Vicki. Once per month, usually the first Sunday, our Primary Class joins us in the Church for Children's Eucharist, which includes prayers by one of the Church School classes and a sermon especially appropriate for our youngest parishioners.

This service usually lasts 60 minutes. Followed by coffee and fellowship, Church School, Bible study, and special Forums for parents and for the parish-at-large.

11:15 a.m.  |  Choral Eucharist  |  reverent, traditional, transcendent

This service of Holy Communion is grounded in ancient traditions of Christian worship, and represents the finest aspects of our Anglican tradition: reverence, beauty, glorious music, and dynamic, relevant preaching. The prayers use the traditional language of Rite I. The music is drawn primarily from the classical tradition, including great congregational hymns and excellent choral music sung by the professional Compostela Choir. As with all our services, children are always welcome and nursery care is available until 1:00 p.m.

This service usually lasts no more than 75 minutes. Preceded by the Adult Forum and Bible study at 10:30 a.m. Followed by coffee and fellowship. 

6:00 p.m.  |  Candlelight Communion  |  timeless, contemplative, centering

An informal, contemplative Communion service to close the day and begin the week. This service includes Scripture, poetry, a short meditation by one of the clergy, beautiful instrumental music, and ample time for reflection. The Church is dark and bathed in candle light, and members of the congregation are invited to get up and light a candle when so moved as a symbol of their prayer. 

This service usually lasts no more than 60 minutes.