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

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

For pastoral emergencies, contact Fr. Chris at 248.631.4704

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.


        The Reverend
        Christopher T. Cunningham,

Whether you are seeking a spiritual home, are interested in a special sacrament such as baptism or marriage or have a question about worship at St. James, we welcome your inquiries and would be happy to talk with you.

Father Chris may be contacted at St. James by calling 248.644.0820, ext. 7222 (office); 248.631.4704 (cellular) or frchris@stjamesbirmingham.org.    

Upcoming Special Events  


The St. James Preschool is expanding! Starting in September we will offer:

  • Early Bird program from 7-9 a.m.
  • Traditional Morning Preschool from 9 - 11:30 a.m.
  • “Lunch Bunch” program for those who want to stay until 12:30 p.m.
  • Afternoon Preschool program from 11:30 a.m. - 2 p.m.
  • Extended Day program from 2 - 6 p.m.

Contact Shar Wickens, Preschool Director, at ext. 7103 or  preschool@stjamesbirmingham.org 

Don't forget to ask about our Church Member discount!

JULY 28 -31

All Week at All Saints Church in Pontiac



Holy Eucharist 
8 & 10 a.m. in the Church

Adult Forum
Join us Every Sunday
9:05 a.m. - 9:45 a.m. in the Lounge
Topic: "Geology, Cosmology & Biblical Chronology"

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


9 - 11 a.m., Lounge
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  


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


Early Morning Worship 7 a.m., Church; followed by coffee and fellowship in the Lounge.

Bible Study 
Is now on Summer Holiday
Please join Pastor Chris Gannon from 12 noon to 1 p.m. in the Lounge on Wednesdays. The bible study will start up again on Wednesday, September 10th.

Wednesday Community Dinner  Is now on Summer Holiday. Join us for our Summer Picnic Series (see above July 9 & 16)
6-7:30 p.m., Centennial Hall. Reservations for dinner are required by Monday at Noon.  Meals are $8.00. 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.

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

        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.