What to Expect

If you have never been to St. James or to an Episcopal Church then this page is for you!

Click here for our location and click here for important directives & protocols in a Return to Worship & Church Activities related to the COVID-19 pandemic.


We promise to do our very best to welcome you - but we are not perfect and it's challenging right now! Greeters and ushers are on hand to answer questions and direct you, but please be aware that they may now meet and greet you with a bow and smile or peace sign, rather than a handshake - in respect for new physical distancing guidelines and realities. However - we are glad you are here!


As you turn onto our campus - at the intersections of Bolton Avenue, Murray and Albert Streets, please note that there is ample street parking around the church, at the old "Payless" store on Bolton Avenue (Bolton Ave. & Albert Street), in the lot next to the Youth Building (Albert Street & 16th Avenue), or in the the school's parking lot between 16th & 17th Avenues. 


The worship of God is why we gather. We do this through singing hymns, the reading and interpretation of scripture (a sermon), prayers for one another and the world, and especially in the Eucharist.

  • There are many ways to describe Eucharist: some call it Mass while others may refer to the Lord’s Supper or Communion. Regardless of the word used or your tradition, the Eucharist is our thanksgiving for what God has done for us in the person of Jesus and every time we gather we remember that night Jesus spent with his disciples before his death. All baptized persons are welcome to join us for communion, no matter your denominational (church) affiliation.

  • Don’t feel like you have to do what others are doing during the service in terms of standing, kneeling, or making the sign of the cross. There is no right or wrong thing to do. Be yourself.

  • Some kneel during certain portions of the service as an act of reverence, while others stand in acclamation that in Jesus, God considers us worthy to stand before Him.

  • Others make the sign of the cross in certain parts of the service. Making the sign of the cross is a way of expressing bodily the love of Jesus on the Cross for us.

  • Again, there is no right or wrong thing to do.


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