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
The Reverend Josh Hoover at ext. 7222 or josh@stjamesbirmingham.org

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 
        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   

JAN 31

Souper Bowl of Caring - Service Day
Contact Pastor Chris Gannon if you are interested in making a difference. chris@stjamesbirmingham.org or ext. 7203.


Souper Bowl of Caring
Special collection taken during both the 8 & 10 a.m. services

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

G.A.P. (God's Awesome People) Youth Fellowship Gatherings
1 - 3 p.m.
Youth Room

Mark your calendar for the 1st and 3rd Sundays of each month for fellowship, fun, prayer and food

Shrove Tuesday Family Pancake Supper
Tuesday, February 17
5-7 p.m.
Centennial Hall

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St. Catherine's & St. Martha's Guild Bake Sale
Following the 8 & 10 a.m. services in Centennial Hall. Questions? Please contact Gillian Catchpole.

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

Boy Scout Sunday
Those involved in Scouting are invited to wear their uniform and be recognized during the 8 & 10 a.m. services. To participate- please contact Chris Gannon at ext. 7103 or chris@stjamesbirmingham.org.

South Oakland Shelter (S.O.S)
Sign up today to help at the First Baptist Church in Birmingham. Sign up sheets in Centennial Hall, contact churchoffice@stjamesbirmingham or contact Deric or Pam Righter to say you (and a friend) can lend a hand.

Birmingham Youth Assistance (BYA) Kid's Dog Show
1-3 p.m.
Berkshire Middle School
For more information: www.birminghamyouthassistance.org/kids-dog-show-2014

FEB 17

Shrove Tuesday Family Pancake Supper
5-7 p.m.
Centennial Hall

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FEB 26

Lenten Soup Suppers & Programs

Thursdays During Lent: February 26, March 5, 12, 19 & 26.
6-7 p.m.
Centennial Hall

As in the past, the Lenten Series includes supper.  We gather to share a simple meal of soup, salad, bread and cookies. Members of the parish contribute the soup and cookies. There are also several other ways to help with the suppers. Sign-up sheets will be available in Centennial Hall. Questions? Contact  Kathy Stange or Lou Simpson. 

 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
February 14: The Color of Justice by  Ace Collins
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!




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

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.

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.  


        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.