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
 
“The Way of Love” basket of gratitude began on Thanksgiving Day and ends on the Fourth Sunday of Advent.    Let’s reach out and provide support for our neighbors attending the Lord’s Pantry.   Please bring any of the following items to church each Sunday during season of Advent and place them in the manger: deodorant, soap, shampoo, toothpaste, toothbrushes, dental floss, lip balm, lotion, feminine hygiene products, disposable razors, shaving cream, toilet paper and kleenex. These items cannot be purchased with food stamps.

The latest edition of the Southeast Region e-newsletter BRIDGE has articles about two of our parishioners and their ministries. Eleanor Godfrey is profiled in her work managing The Lord's Pantry, and Chuck Sharp writes about his recent mission work in the Sonoran Desert of southern Arizona. Both are wonderful stories of living God's word! Read about them here.
 
Wednesday Evening Christian Formation during Advent is on Wednesday evenings in the parlor.  Worship is at 5:30 PM in the Hallam Chapel. Bring your own dinner to Hallam Lounge at 6 PM. Class begins at 6:15 PM. "Watching and Waiting" is the theme during the month, with accompanying reflective readings.
 
The Caring for Creation committee will be meeting at 5:30 PM on Thursday, December 12 in the parlor.  Newcomers welcome!  For information, contact Judy Benson at moss153@att.net.
 
The Anglican Singers will present a Lessons & Carols Service at 5 PM on Sunday, December 15. Click here to see a listing of the service offerings.  On December 21, this singing group will also give it annual Christmas Concert at the historic St. Paul's Episcopal Church in Westbrook at 4:30 PM.
 
Christmas Wish List for our Adopted Families - Check out our giving tree full of ornaments in the church, with requests for wrapped Christmas gifts.  Gifts are due back to the church on Sunday, December 15.  Don't like to shop? Gift cards or financial donations are gladly accted for our shopping elves!
 
Socks for the Homeless Hospitality Center Shelter - We are requesting donations of new white socks for the HHC guests.  Our goal is to "gift" each guest with three pair of socks.  If socks are wrapped, please note on the outside of the package the size and gender.  Please deliver the socks to the Church by Sunday, December 15.
 
Join Rachel Thomas, SE Region Missionary, as Joe Smith, Museum Assistant, offers a tour of the Tantaquidgeon Indian Museum, including the “Our Story” exhibit of 400 years of Wampanoag History and the nearby Mohegan Congregational Church.  December 17, at 10 AM, 1 Church Lane, Rt. 32, Uncasville.   Please let Rachel know if you are going to be able to come:  rthomas@episcopalct.org.
 
The St. James Book Club will meet on Thursday, December 19 at 6 PM at the home of Sue Chojnacki, 175 Niantic River Road, Waterford.  The book Carnegie's Maid by Marie Benedict will be discussed.

Bolly X Dance Fitness Class is being held on Saturday, December 21 from 9:30 – 10:30 AM in the Parish Hall. Susheela Varkey, Fr. Ranjit’s cousin is the instructor. $10 suggested donation to St. James Church. 
 
New London Arts Gathering for children ages 7-17 is on Saturday, December 21 from 12:30 – 6:00 PM in the parish hall. Event includes dance workshops, toy drive, family movies, prizes and food. $15 per person.

 
The St. James Supper Group will have its December gathering on New Year's Eve (Tuesday, December 31) at 6 PM at the Steak Loft Restaurant, 27 Coogan Boulevard in Old Mystic Village. For additional info please contact Lori Sarkett at 860 287 5500.
 
St. James welcomes gifts for altar greens, sanctuary candles, and bread and wine during Advent.  An altar greens donation is $45; sanctuary candle $5; and communion wine or communion wafers, $10.  You may donate as a memorial or thank offering.  Contact the parish office or an altar guild member for more information.
 
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Sermons are recorded and can be found by clicking the "Sermons and Media" red button on the left side of this webpage or by clicking here.
 
On the St. James YouTube we have been 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.