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.


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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."

CARING FOR CREATION COMMITTEE
Our stewardship of God's creation extends outward from within ourselves to our immediate environment, to our church and to the greater world beyond.  The Caring for Creation Committee seeks ways we can fulfill our stewardship obligations by generating practical ideas that can be translated into actions, whether on a small scale or well beyond our own community.  This committee will also utilize communications with our sister parishes in the Southeast Region to broaden our efforts.  Look for announcements of meetings and activities on the main page of this website, in weekly parish emails and Facebook postings.
FAITH IN ACTION COMMITTEE
The Faith in Action Committee invites you to join our efforts to regularly in touch with the shut-ins and convalescent members of our parish so that they know we care deeply about them and that they are not forgotten.  Each Sunday we will post the names on a clipboard in the parish hall with contact information for our members who are unable to worship with us.  Please indicate on the accompanying signup sheet if there is a person you'd be willing to visit during the week on a regular basis.  For  additional information contact Fr. Ranjit or Dorothy Sieberg.
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 ... Read More