Worship Times

Special Worship Service Schedule:
Christmas Eve at 5 & 10 p.m.
Christmas Day at 10 a.m.

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 
(Will not gather on December 24 & 31)

Contact Information

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

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

For pastoral emergencies, contact Pastor Chris Gannon at ext. 7203

Phone: 248-644-0820
Fax: 248-644-4405

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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
        Appointed Priest-in-Charge

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 will be starting at St. James on January 1, 2015 after he has served his St. Jude’s parish through the Christmas season.

The parishioners of St. James look forward to giving Josh, Allie and their children a warm welcome and we joyfully anticipate their participation in our parish life.


        Upcoming Special Events   

DEC 21

Adult Forum
9:05 a.m. in the Lounge
Topic: History of Advent

G.A.P. Youth Group
1 - 3 p.m. in the Youth Room
Plan to join in on the gift exchange (wrapped gift worth $10) followed by caroling in the community. Contact Pastor Chris if you have questions. Chris@stjamesbirmingham.org

St. James Caroling
3 p.m.

Meet at the Church to then go out into the community to carol. Please contact the Church Office to let us know if you know of a parishioner that would like to have a visit. All we need is their name, address and a contact number. churchoffice@stjamesbirmingham.org or ext. 0.

DEC 24

Christmas Eve Services
5 & 10 p.m. in the Church.
Please join us at 9:30 p.m. for a music prelude.

Church Office hours 9 a.m. - 1 p.m.

DEC 25

Christmas Day
10 a.m. service in the Church

Church Offices CLOSED
For pastoral emergencies, please call Pastor Chris at 810.417.1055

DEC 26

Betty Lippard's Funeral
11 a.m. in the Chapel

Church Offices CLOSED
For pastoral emergencies, please call Pastor Chris at 810.417.1055

DEC 27

Jim Green's Funeral
1 p.m. in the Church
Reception to follow in Centennial Hall

DEC 31

JAN 1+2

Church Offices CLOSED
For pastoral emergencies, please call Pastor Chris at 810.417.1055


Welcome to the Hoover Family!

The Reverend Josh Hoover

The parishioners of St. James are blessed by the acceptance of The Reverend Joshua Hoover’s call to become our new Priest-in-Charge. Josh’s first Sunday will be Sunday, January 4, 2015. Please plan to join us for a welcome reception for Josh, wife- Allie and their children- William, Julia and Timothy following the 10 a.m. service in Centennial Hall.

 Visit our SPECIAL EVENTS page for more information on The Adventures of FLAT JESUS.  


9 - 11 a.m. in the Lounge
Every Saturday
Everyone is invited to join the Knitters. Drop in when you can. Beginner knitters are especially welcome! For more information, please contact the Church Office at ext. 7200 or churchoffice@stjamesbirmingam.org 

St. James Book Club
December 13: In the Company of Cheerful Ladies by Alexander McCall Smith
Every Second Saturday of the month
11:00 a.m. in the Lounge 
Everyone is welcome to join. Bring a lunch and get ready for some fun!

Senior Choir (Rehearsal)
7:15 p.m., Choir Room
Contact the Music Director, Glenn Burdette, at ext. 7206 or music@stjamesbirmingham.org, for more information.     


Bell Choir (Rehearsal)
6:30 p.m., Church
Contact the Music Director, Glenn Burdette, at ext. 7206 or music@stjamesbirmingham.org, for more information.  


Early Morning Worship
Join Rev. Bob Hart at 7 a.m. every Wednesday in the Chapel for holy Eucharist followed by fellowship in the Lounge.

Please note that we will not gather on Wednesdays: December 24 & 31.

Bible Study 
Join Pastor Chris Gannon from 12/noon to 1 p.m. every Wednesday in the Lounge for a look at the lectionary readings for the upcoming Sunday.

Please note that we will not gather on Wednesdays: November 26, December 24 & 31.

Wednesday Community Dinner
December 3 & 17
6-7:30 p.m., Centennial Hall
Reservations for dinner are required by Monday at Noon.  Meals are $10.00. Contact the Church Office at 248.644.0820, ext. 0 or churchoffice@stjamesbirmingham.org to say you and a friend (or two) are coming!

Please note that this important ministry of hospitality is generously subsidized by the church. Donations are always welcome.

        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.