Our Sunday services are: Holy Eucharist: 8:00 am, 10:00 am, & 5:00 pm.  Click here for more about our worship.

During inclement weather, Sunday services at St. James are always held. Please come only if you can safely do so!
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Our website is a great way to get to know us and contains a lot of information that does not change very often.  The best way to keep up with us is on Facebook, Twitter and by subscribing to our email list (see our latest email here).  We use social media to keep everyone up to date on the latest happenings, or to share interesting articles that might have some bearing on our faith community.  Also, you can call our Parish Office (860) 443-4989 to subscribe to our printed newsletter (or read it here).  Join us there!




"We believe that Christ is alive and in our midst, especially among our poorest and most vulnerable citizens...."
Having difficulties with this site? Do you have a thought or suggestion? Just click on the link to email the webmaster... click on the picture to read more about The Scriptorium....
The Shrove Tuesday Pancake Dinner scheduled for Tuesday, 2/17 has been cancelled due to weather.

9:30 a.mHoly Eucharist with Imposition of Ashes (Hallam Chapel)

Noon Holy Eucharist with Imposition of Ashes (Church)

7:00 p.mHoly Eucharist with Imposition of Ashes & Choir (Church)


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St James, our patron... his emblem is the scallop shell of a fisherman....

Almighty and everliving God, ruler of all things in heaven and earth, hear our prayers for this parish family. Strengthen the faithful, arouse the careless, and restore the penitent. Grant us all things necessary for our common life, and bring us all to be of one heart and mind within your holy Church; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.-BCP p817

St. James Episcopal Church is a forward-looking urban parish, grounded in the sacramental and liturgical life of The Book of Common Prayer, the Holy Scripture, and the Anglican tradition. We strive to be a faithful community that lives out our baptismal vows. It is the mission of the Church to restore all people to unity with God and each other in Christ.

As lay persons, our ministry is to represent Christ and his Church; to bear witness to him wherever we may be; and, according to the gifts given to us, to carry on Christ's work of reconciliation in the world; and to take our place in the life, worship, and governance of the Church.

It is our duty as Christians to follow Christ; to come together week by week for corporate worship; and to work, pray, and give for the spread of the kingdom of God.

Click picture to open page for St Margaret's Episcopal Church -Gallowgate, Aberdeen, Scotland

St. Margaret’s is a Scottish Episcopal Church in the city centre of Aberdeen. They are in the Diocese of Aberdeen and Orkney which, like St James, is part of the Worldwide Anglican Communion.

Contact Us

76 Federal Street
(at Huntington & Federal)
New London, CT. 06320-6601
(860) 443-4989
(860) 444-1099 (fax)
Our Sunday worship services are at 8:00 am, 10:00 am, and 5:00 pm. Here are some thoughts that may help you if you are planning a visit: Come as you are; we are a very diverse community as we tend to dress in every way. You will see some in blue jeans; others in coats and dresses. Our Parish has families with children, college students, young adults, couples with children who have left home, singles, seniors... everything and every one. We are an inclusive community that is drawn from all over the region. We have life-long Episcopalians, Baptists, Methodists, Roman Catholics, Jews, and unchurched folk. You will fit right in! Read more about accessibility, children, communion... Read More

That's OK... it never starts with belief anyway... it starts with relationships.  When you start a new thing, say painting, you form a relationship with people... maybe you join a class.  Then you start doing... following... getting help from others who know the craft.  It is out of the doing... painting things... that you may find that you start to draw some conclusions about things.  That's the way it works: form a relationship... do things together... beliefs will follow. So come wherever you are on your journey, and we'll start by getting to know one another.  

You don't have to believe in God to be welcome here.  We think you'll find that there are people here with all levels of belief who, nevertheless, find something that resonates at St. James. One of the charisms of The Episcopal Chuch is that we don't park our brains at the door.  Of course, most of us believe in God and in the "good news" of Jesus Christ, but we've gotten to this belief by living it with one another.  We believe that the Holy Spirit will work on you... and probably already is... she's like that. 

If you've never been in a church, we understand your anxiety and will do our best to make you feel comfortable.  

There is another way.... my name is Ron, a pretty regular person, and you can email me at stjamesnlweb@gmail.com.  We can just meet for coffee or something and get to know one another.  You can ask questions, and I'll do my best to answer them. We'll start small...then, when you're ready, come for a visit....

Strange as it seems, you really don't have to do anything special... but you may! Just come and worship and let us get to know one another. You do not have to join the Episcopal Church in a formal way in order to worship, attend classes or participate in activities. You may also donate support for the ministries of the church without becoming a member. Any baptized Christian - adult or child - may receive Holy Communion in an Episcopal Church. Read More

People of St James

Are you "spiritual but not religious"?  We think you will find something at St James that is both deep and compelling: community.  We struggle with it... we don't always get it right, but sometimes, we do.  The Rev. Gary Hall, rector of Christ Church, Cranbrook says it best:

We tend to think our friends and neighbors don’t come here because they’re not interested. It doesn’t occur to us that they stay away because they don’t think we’ll help them attend to the big questions they have to ask.... The people who avoid us do so not because we are too spiritual but because they see us as not spiritual enough.

....I am beginning to see that what I believe to be true about churchgoers is also true about those who spend Sunday with the newspaper. People no longer have to go to church for any reason save an inner compulsion to go there. Those who do show up on Sunday are responding to something God is prompting in them. The corollary is this: those who stay home on Sunday are no less subject to God’s nudgings. They simply don’t believe that we in organized churches have anything deep or compelling to tell them anymore.

Knowing and loving the church (and this church) as I do, I believe we do have something deep and compelling to tell those who live and work and study and play around us. We have to do a better job of letting them know that a liturgically serious, intellectually open, socially committed, pastorally engaged faith community like ours will provide a place to root themselves in the life of faith.... Together we can find a way to be both spiritual and religious.


I think that sums up St James: a liturgically serious, intellectually open, socially committed, pastorally engaged faith community that provides a place for people to root themselves in the life of faith.  Feeling nudged these days?  Come and see....


The Parish Office is located directly off the parking lot behind the Church. Office hours are 8:30-12:30 & 1:30-3:30 Monday through Friday.
Click on the plaque to learn more about the history of St James Parish...

St. James Episcopal Church is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

St. James is also blessed to have six stained glass windows designed by Louis Comfort Tiffany. Read more....

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Music on Whale Oil Row, named for St. James’ historic setting on Huntington Street, is a new program that shares our joy in music with the whole community, featuring musical talent of regional and national prominence.  All concerts are free. Come and enjoy this varied and wonderful music in our historic church!

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