Our Sunday worship services are at 8:00 am, 10:00 am, and 5:00 pm. Click here or more information about our worship.
Here are some thoughts that may help you if you are planning a visit:
Come as you are; we are a very diverse community and 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!
Our church is accessible:
- Assisted listening devices are available. Please ask an usher at the church entrance to provide one for you.
- We have two large pews that are wheelchair accessible with room for your family as well. One challenge for our neighbors who may have difficulty negotiating stairs is that there are four steps up to the front door of the church. There is a removable ramp available at the bell tower entrance just to the left of the main entrance. We suggest that enter the more modern building at the end of the parking lot (Seabury Center). Just inside the door there is an elevator that will take you one floor up. Enter the Parish Hall which connects right to the main church. On your way home, the parking lot is on the second level of Seabury Center.
- If you cannot come to the altar rail for communion, just let an usher know and they will make sure that it is brought to you in your pew (we have several folk who do this, so don't be reluctant to ask).
- We offer consecrated gluten-free bread at communion... just ask Fr. Michel when he comes to you.
Children of all ages are welcome at our services. Children's bulletins with crayons are available at both the Huntington St and Parish Hall entrances (just ask an usher if you need help). They are also welcome at Sunday School and one of our ushers will be happy to help you get them to the right place. Our Sunday School uses a method called "Godly Play" in which the children play out stories from the Bible using figures... they really enjoy it! (read more about Godly Play here). Children in Sunday School will come back to the service during the offering and the teachers will be there to help them find you.
Worship at St James is said to be “liturgical,” meaning that the congregation follows service forms and prays from texts that don’t change greatly from week to week during a season of the year. This sameness from week to week gives worship a rhythm that becomes comforting and familiar to the worshipers. For the first-time visitor, liturgy may be exhilarating… or confusing (or both!). Services may involve standing, sitting, kneeling, sung or spoken responses, and other participatory elements that may provide a challenge for the first-time visitor. However, liturgical worship can be compared with a dance: once you learn the steps, you come to appreciate the rhythm, and it becomes satisfying to dance, again and again, as the music changes. The service bulletin will guide you and if you get lost, a neighbor will be delighted to help.
All baptized Christians—no matter age or denomination—are welcome to “receive communion.” We invite all baptized people to receive, not because we take the Eucharist lightly, but because we take our baptism so seriously! When the time comes, just follow everyone to the altar rail. The usual way to receive the bread is to place your right hand in your left, and to extend your open palms toward the server. To receive the wine from the chalice, it is helpful if you guide the chalice from the base of it to your lips. If you prefer to dip the wafer into the wine, you may dip it yourself or you may hand it to the chalice bearer to dip into the wine. Or you may choose not to receive the wine. If you do not wish to receive communion, you are still invited to come to the altar rail to receive a blessing from the priest. Please indicate this by folding your arms across your chest.
Please fill out a Welcome Card (hanging in each pew or ask the usher or greeter for one), and join us for fellowship (and coffee!) in the parish hall after the service so that we can get to know you!