We at St. James take our participation in God's reconciling mission very seriously.  Listed here are some of the opportunities available to show our commitment to that mission.
Collect for the Poor and the Neglected
Almighty and most merciful God, we remember before you all poor and neglected persons whom it would be easy for us to forget: the homeless and the destitute, the old and the sick, and all who have none to care for them. Help us to heal those who are broken in body or spirit, and to turn their sorrow into joy. Grant this, Father, for the love of your Son, who for our sake became poor, Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen. -BCP p826
This "hidden jewel" is right in your own neighborhood. It is on the North side of the church beside Hallam Chapel... Read More
The work of The Lord's Pantry is divided into two areas: Financial Assistance and Food Staples... Read More
The Covenant Shelter was founded as a compact between St. Mary's Star of The Sea Roman Catholic and St. James Episcopal Churches in 1983. Today, volunteers from both churches still provide regular support for the Shelter by conducting food drives, birthday parties for the children, quilts for the beds, food donations and monetary donations. The Shelter houses up to 14 single men, 3 single women and 5 single-parent families with children and provides meals, case management and other support ... Read More
St Francis House - Third Order Society of St. Francis
Just around the corner from St. James is St. Francis House, "a place for prayer, a house of hospitality, a center for peace and justice ministry."  An affiliate of the Third Order Society of St. Francis, St. Francis House is part retreat house, part library and part incubator of new ideas and programs that address both local basic human needs and national social justice issues.  Members of St. James have served as Board members and as program participants in the ministries developed through St. Francis House, including the Homeless Hospitality Center, New London Community Gardens, and CURE (Comunidad Unida por el Renacimiento de la Educacion/Community United for the Renaissance in Education).
A healthy meal for all
On the first Saturday of every month, 12:00-1:00 pm, St James hosts a community meal, open and free to all who desire. St James, together with several other churches, offer these meals on Saturdays when the New London Community Meal Center is closed. In this way, the homeless, the working poor, families and others can have a healthy meal every day of the week. Typically, we host 100-150 people. Read More
Ecuador Mission Trip

Work together, pray together, laugh together; experience a greater sense of God's mission in the world, and in our lives, together.  For a good number of years a group from St. James and other parishes in the region have been traveling to a small village in the Ecuadorian highlands, just to help those villagers with projects that try to better their lives.  In the process, we've established some life-changing relationships with Ecuadorian friends we never knew we had.


Hats! Mittens! Gloves and Scarves!
It's cold out there!

Sue Chojnacki is heading up our effort this year.  We provide sets for the heads, hands and necks of needy New London school children.  Look for the boxes in the Narthex and Parish Hall.  If you don’t have time to shop, they can do your shopping for you, just give us money and indicate it’s for “hats & mittens.”

In previous years, we delivered about 150 sets to local schools, the Covenant Shelter, and to the Head Start program based at St James.  Many youngsters will be warm this winter thanks to your generosity!

Outreach of The Episcopal Church

Episcopal Relief and Development Fund … is one aspect of Episcopal Church outreach—both in the United States (i.e., post-Hurricane Katrina) and around the world (Jerusalem, the broader Middle East, even Darfur in Sudan).

Your gifts to ERD go directly to support these vital ministries, and are administered by Episcopal or Anglican Bishops who are living in the midst of those troubles. Donations can be made directly to ERD (P.O. Box 12043, Newark NJ 07101), or to St. James, and “memo” it ERD.

St James Quilters

St James Quilters create the beautiful quilts that are provided to each child living at Covenant Shelter.  Do you know how to quilt or want to learn?  Please join our group that meets on the second Thursday of every month at 10:00 AM in the parlor room of Seabury Center. Bring your lunch to stay until 2:00 PM.  There is also the Thames River Quilter (Bee) group that meets the first and third Wednesdays of the month from 10:00 AM to 2:00 PM in the parlor room.  Bring your own lunch!

Quilter quiltQuilt - Thanksgiving

New Region Missionaries Announced 
The Episcopal Church of Connecticut has organized the diocese into six regions (replacing the former deanery organizations).  For the Southeastern Connecticut region, which consists of sixteen parishes, our missionary is the Rev. Rachel Thomas. 
Southeast Region: The Rev. Rachel Thomas 

Rev. Thomas' statement:  I am honored to be serving as the SE Region missionary.  I love this region.  I know God's mission is too big for any one of us, and have found great joy in sharing it with others. I want to share with you the "4 C's" that are at the heart of what I am doing as a Region Missionary:

I am a Catalyst: sharing ideas and hopefully sparking our common imagination as we engage together in God's mission of reconcilliation.  I am on the lookout for those who are Catalysts on the local level, so that I can encourage them and share their ideas in the Region.

I Convene:  hosting and gathering Episcopalians and anyone else who may have a perspective or resource to share.  Who would you like to "bring to the table" to build on an existing ministry?  Let's get together and pray and talk and imagine what God might do next.

I Connect:  parishioners sharing interest in building networks around a particular focus of ministry; parishes with others in the Region engaged in God's work of reconcilliation (even if they don't call it that); all of us wiht the wider Church as a part of ECCT.

I expand our Capabilities to be disciples and apostles of Jesus: as we pray together, and seek to discern Jesus' voice amidst all of the other voices in this world, and then experiment together with ways of carrying forth God's love into our neighborhoods.

St. James has had a pivotal and vibrant role in New London.  You have lived out each of these 4 C's in your care for each other and those around you in New London (and beyond).  As God has now called us to walk together, I know you will have much to offer to our common life.  I look forward to this next step learning from each other as we proclaim Jesus' good news that "the kingdom of God has come near."

Alcoholics Anonymous
Click the link below for the Official Alcoholics Anonymous Website...
Alcoholics Anonymous meets at various times in the Seabury Center at St. James.  Check our monthly calendar for days and times.
Our St. James Website

Our website is a very public extension of our outreach mission. More and more, people depend on the web as a major source of information. Our presence here not only broadcasts our "sense of the parish", it also educates the public about Christ and our mission in Christ. It should not surprise us to find that some people will be called to worship at St James by this part of our outreach. Further, some homeless and working poor (and those who support them) are remarkably resourceful about the web, and may find out about parish missions through our presence there. Your thoughts and suggestions are important... we want to convey to the world the right sense of who we are, what we do, and what we believe.

Some of you will find that our website enhances your spirituality. For a few of our less mobile parishioners, it may be the only way they can worship. The resources on the web for study and prayer are enormous, and so a portion of content is intended to help you find them. There are prayers and meditations so that as you browse, you can pray. There are also links to prayer sites and deeper discussions about our ministries.

Finally, the website is another of several ways for us to communicate with one another about parish activities. Its important to realize that the web is not the only way, and that it will never replace newsletters and bulletins. In some ways, the website is more limiting than the mail since there is privacy information that we would not want to post on the web (phone numbers and addresses for example). Again, we need your suggestions in this area.

There is more work still to do to make our site all that it can be. If you have suggestions or content that you would like to add, please contact the webmaster at stjamesnlweb@gmail.com. He is happy to help. Particularly if you have responsibility for one of our ministries, he will work with you to get an article about that mission onto our pages. If you don't want to write it yourself, he can do that for you after a short interview.

ST. AGNES’ Eve - Ah, bitter chill it was!
The owl, for all his feathers, was a-cold;
The hare limp’d trembling through the frozen grass,
And silent was the flock in woolly fold:
Numb were the webmasters’s fingers, while he loaded
His content, and while his frosted breath,
Like pious incense from a censer old,
Seem’d taking flight for heaven, without a death,
Past the sweet Virgin’s picture, while his prayer he saith....

With deep apologies to John Keats for lifting a little of his prose here and there....