Mission Statement

 

We are a forward looking, multi-cultural and inclusive faith community, proclaiming and doing Christ's work of love and justice in the greater New London area and the world.

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Upcoming Events and Activities
 
Due to the unpredictability of Sunday's weather, we are following forecasts closely. While we want to see our St. James family, we ask our parishioners to use their best judgment on whether it is safe to travel to church. Please be careful first and foremost.
 
The 35th Annual Ecumenical Service honoring Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. will be held at St. James this Sunday, January 20 at 3 PM. The service is a part of the work of the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Scholarship Trust Fund.
 
Please come to join the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Annual March on Monday, January 21. The march will begin at 10 AM in downtown New London, starting in front of City Hall at 181 State St. and ending at Shiloh Baptist Church. You are invited to gather at 9:40 AM in our church parking lot and then walk as a group to the march starting point. Dress warmly!
 

Because of the difficult situation for Coast Guard families during the federal government shutdown, donations of non-perishable food items and toiletries can be brought to Leamy Hall on the Coast Guard Academy campus, daily through Thursday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.  Our own Lord's Pantry is also supplying families with food provisions, and checks can be sent to our parish office, made out to St. James Church and with "Lord's Pantry - Shutdown" in the memo line.

A bilingual Eucharist is held each Wednesday at 6 PM in Hallam Chapel.
 
The Rt. Rev. Ian T. Douglas and the Rt. Rev. Laura J. Ahrens have released a letter to the Episcopal Church of Connecticut announcing the two-year Season of Racial Healing, Justice and Reconciliation.  The letter can be accessed here.
 
 
This is the time of year when St. James begins our collection for the Covenant ShelterWe collect coffee, tea, hot chocolate, sugar and sugar substitute, non dairy creamer, and juice boxes for the children residing with their parents at the Shelter.  Your donations may be brought to church any Sunday, or during the week you may bring them to the parish office during office hours.  Please mark your donations "Covenant Shelter."
 
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St. James Book Group meets Thursday, January 24, 6:00 PM at La Luna Restaurant (Holiday Inn), New London. The book this month is Blessings by Anna Quindlen.  The New London library does not have copies of this book at this time, but the book may be found at other area libraries or at the Book Barn in Niantic or at thriftbooks.com.

St. James Supper Group meets Friday, January 25, 6:00 PM at the Flanders Fish Market & Restaurant, 22 Chesterfield Road , Lyme.  This is a great way to enjoy fellowship and a meal.  Rides available and encouraged.  Please contact Lori Sarkett at 860.701.0481 or Ellen at the parish office 860.443.4989 by Tuesday, January 22.  We hope you can join us!

There will be a morning presentation on Combatting Addiction on Saturday, February 16, from 8:30 AM to 3 PM at Grace Episcopal Church, 336 South Main Street in Old Saybrook, sponsored by the Faith Behind Bars and New Life Journeys, both networks of the ECCT.  Learn about addiction and how it affects the criminal justice system; the ways of avoiding  becoming co-dependent; and how area churches are involved, and could be further involved, in supporting services.  For further information, please contact Deacon Ellen at 860-374-3537.

You’re invited to spend a Quiet Day with your brother and sister Episcopalians on lovely Enders Island in Mystic on Saturday, March 2, from 8:30am – 3:30pm.  Wendy Claire Barrie (http://www.wendyclairebarrie.com, author of Faith at Home) will lead us through ways of experiencing Lent. The cost is $20; breakfast pastries and lunch included.  Please register at Eventbrite. Please do not let the cost get in your way – speak to Rachel Thomas (860 316-8184) or Fr. Ranjit. 

 
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Good News!  The Sermons of St. James are being recorded and added to our YouTube channel, which you can access by clicking here or just by clicking the red tab labeled "Sermons & Media" on the left hand side of this website main page.  A stream of pictures of life at St. James plays during the sermon for your viewing pleasure!  If you click the "subscribe" button on the YouTube page, you will be notified when new postings are added.
 
Fr. Ranjit's on the tube!!! On the St. James YouTube we have begun archiving Ranjit's appearances on local access TV so that a wider community can enjoy his discussions about God's mission in our neighborhood with local guests. The first three shows can be seen at https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PL5X_fiAxb-aLd31pcc2yihaFvUXSHWi
 
For more information about activities and events later this month, click for The Net hereFor updates, reports or pictures of events as they happen, go to our Facebook page by clicking here or to our Instagram account by clicking here. The monthly Google calendar of events can be seen by clicking here.