I’m New to St. James

First, thank you! We know visiting for the first time can be daunting and worship in the Episcopal Church can be unfamiliar to some. It takes some courage to attend that first time. Know we are grateful for your presence, whether you are passing through town on vacation, visiting family, or looking for a spiritual home. We trust God will draw near to you as you draw near to God.

Read below for some common Q&A’s on attending St. James

Where can I park?

Most of our parking is behind the church, accessible on North Grove Street. After parking, just walk to the front of the church and enter the double glass doors through the stone breezeway. Some people find parking on North Main Street or adjacent streets as well. On Sundays, additional parking is available next door at Bruce Drysdale Elementary School.

What can I expect in worship?

At St. James, there is something for everyone in a given month, depending on your preferences—including traditional, contemporary, and creative worship opportunities.

Our Sunday morning service at 8:00 am is a spoken Rite I, which means it has no music and uses stately Elizabethan language most associated with the King James version of Scripture. Our 10:15 am service features our choir, organ music, acolytes, and uses contemporary language. Our Sunday evening service at 5:00 pm features Allelu! folk group every second weekend, a monthly contemplative candlelight Eucharist on the third Sunday, and other special services, including a quarterly Celtic Eucharist, twice-yearly Evensong services, and other creative liturgical offerings like our Potluck Eucharist.

Are children welcome? I mean, actually welcome?

If you have a little one, we are working to bring our nursery back following COVID, but your young ones are still welcome! You’ll notice a small children’s area, tucked away in the chapel on the left side of the church with soft toys, books, and a colorful rug and its own door. We know little ones sometimes make noise, and that’s okay! We know infants sometimes get hungry. When they do, please feel free to tend to their needs during worship as you feel comfortable. We also offer a children’s formation for ages 3 to 2nd grade in the Atrium.

Can I receive Communion?

We offer Holy Communion at each service and all who come in faith are welcome to receive the consecrated Bread and Wine. If you do not want to receive the wine, simply cross your arms. You can also participate by receiving only a blessing from one of our priests.

How do I meet people?

First, please fill out our visitor card and drop it in the offering plate. We consider that the greatest offering you can give when you visit with us. Secondly, introduce yourself to the clergy as you leave. We want to get to know you. You will also be welcomed by our greeters and ushers, who can answer any question.

Second, come to Coffee Hour! Immediately after the 10:15 am service, join us for coffee and light refreshments. We want to get to know you. As you get to know us, our Newcomers group will be in touch with multiple ways to learn about St. James and plug into our many ministries and activities.

How do I join and get involved?

Click here to learn more about joining St. James.

Where are the bathrooms?

Conveniently, there is an all-gender bathroom in the Narthex (foyer) of the church. There are also bathrooms just off the Parish Hall.

Do you have a nursery?

We welcome all children to every St. James worship service. We do not offer a staffed nursery at the moment. However, you are invited to use our children’s corner in the Chapel. It is equipped with carpeted areas, soft toys, and children’s books for our youngest parishioners.

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