Worship Times

Sundays in the Church
8:00 a.m. - Holy Eucharist

10:00 a.m. - Holy Eucharist
with Choir and Church School.

Coffee, tea and refreshments are
served in Centennial Hall (lower level)
after both services.

Staffed Nursery (Chester Street entrance)
opens at 9:15 a.m.

Wednesdays in the Chapel
7:00 a.m. - Holy Eucharist 


Contact Information

St. James Episcopal Church
355 West Maple Road
Birmingham, MI 48009

Phone: 248.644.0820
Fax: 248.644.4405

Church Office Hours: M-F; 9 a.m. - 4 p.m.

For pastoral emergencies, contact
The Reverend Josh Hoover at 810.620.5402


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        A Warm Welcome to St. James Church

At each hour of the day, the bells of St. James ring out across the city of Birmingham, with a reminder not only of the time but God’s eternal love. We are grateful that our church is located downtown, and strive to bring the heart of Christ into the heart of the city and surrounding communities by faithful proclamation of the Gospel, the life of prayer and service to the poor, and the joy of Christian fellowship.
This website has been constructed to give a quick snapshot into our life, and we hope it serves as an introduction to who we are, what we believe and ways to connect with our parish family. As you read through its pages, you’ll find material about prayer, worship, fellowship and service, all of which are meant to help you explore developing a deeper spiritual life. We are a community of believers and seekers that cares for one another, and welcomes newcomers with grace.

If something here inspires further exploration, we hope you will take the next step and contact us or visit us next Sunday for worship. Please contact us at: churchoffice@stjamesbirmingham.org.

        The Reverend Joshua  A. Hoover 
        Begins His Ministry at St. James

The St. James Vestry is extremely happy to announce that The Reverend Joshua A. Hoover has accepted the call to serve St. James Episcopal Church, Birmingham, and is appointed Priest-in-Charge by The Right Reverend Wendell N. Gibbs, Jr.

Josh Hoover comes to us from St. Jude’s Episcopal Church in Fenton, Michigan, where he has served as Rector for nine years. Josh is a 2002 graduate of Virginia Theological Seminary with a Master of Divinity. He is a 1994 Cum Laude graduate of Alfred University with a Bachelor of Arts.

Josh, his wife Allie, and their three children, William, Julia and Timothy are looking forward to joining our St. James family and moving to the Birmingham area.

Josh launched his ministry with St. James on Sunday, January 4 serving as celebrant at worship services.

The parishioners of St. James joyfully anticipate the participation of Josh, Allie and their children in our parish life.

        Upcoming Special Events    

APR  16

Spirited Conversations: New Fellowship Gathering
Starting April 16
7 p.m. Every Thursday at the Michigan Beer Growler Company
Contact the church office for details. churchoffice@stjamesbirmingham.org

APR  18

Nightwatch: Detroit
Overnight Retreat at the Cathedral in Detroit
Contact Pastor Chris for details. chris@stjamesbirmingham.org

APR  19

Holy Eucharist
8 & 10 a.m.

Adult Forum
9:05 - 9:45 a.m. in the Lounge

G.A.P. (God's Awesome People) Youth Group
1 - 3 p.m. in the Breakfast Room/ Kitchen

Kroger Rewards
Need help enrolling or re-enrolling in your Kroger Rewards program? Volunteer- Ted MacKinnon will be available in Centennial Hall to help.

Oakland Choral Society Concert
3 p.m. in the Church
Featuring the beautiful Requiem setting by John Rutter and Leonard Bernstein's Chichester Psalms. Tickets $20 at (248) 391-0184 or online at: www.oaklandchoralsociety.org

APR  26

St. James Choral Concert
4 p.m. in the Church
Reception to follow in Centennial Hall
Featuring The Wisdom of Ecclesiastes, incorporating choral works, old and new, based on and interspersed with texts from the books of Ecclesiastes, Proverbs, Song of Solomon, and Wisdom of Solomon. Free will offering. Questions? Contact Glenn Burdette, Music Director at music@stjamesbirmingham.org


9 - 11 a.m.

St. James Book Club
May 9
11 a.m.


Bell Choir (Rehearsal)
6:30 p.m.
Glenn Burdette, Director of Music Ministries 


Early Morning Worship
7 a.m. 
Followed by fellowship in the Lounge

Bible Study 
Noon - 1 p.m. 

Senior Choir (Rehearsal)
7:15 p.m.
Choir Room 
Glenn Burdette, Director of Music Ministries 


Spirited Conversations
7 p.m. 
Michigan Beer Growler Company
Fr. Josh josh@stjamesbirmingham.org or Pastor Chris chris@stjamesbirmingham.org

        The Heart of Birmingham

   The Heart of Birmingham is both where we are and who we are. St. James
is truly at the center of the action, surrounded by shops, parks and restaurants.
Ours is a church bordered by walkways, not freeways. We are Birmingham’s
in-town church. We have been on the corner of Maple and Chester since 1921.
We are proud to be one of our area’s most recognized and revered spiritual

For many, St. James is the heart of Birmingham in other ways, as well. We offer a
spiritual home for our neighbors, young and old, and for residents and newcomers
from all economic backgrounds. We welcome with open arms people of every
denomination, race and persuasion. We offer the sacrament of Holy Communion
to all who have been baptized in the Christian faith, Episcopalians and
non-Episcopalians alike.

St. James is a community of active, aware, involved and inspired people of faith who can simultaneously embrace the traditional and the contemporary.

The best way to really understand what we mean by the heart of Birmingham is to
experience St. James yourself. Come pray with us, sing with us, laugh with us,
learn with us, care with us.

There is a steady pulse beating in the center of Birmingham…and it is St. James.



355 West Maple Road, Birmingham, MI 48009

It’s easy and convenient to park for Sunday services. Parking is free on Sundays at City of Birmingham parking decks and metered spaces. The Chester Street parking deck is located just across the street from St. James on the west side of the building. Street parking can be made on Maple, Chester and Martin streets - all adjacent to St. James. The handicapped entrance to St. James is located on Martin Street, the street south of the building. Handicapped parking is available under the overhang at the St. James Martin Street entrance. The Chester Street parking deck has handicapped spaces located next to the elevators.