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 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 Preist-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   

NOV 23

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

Christmas Pageant
Sunday, December 14
During the 10 a.m. worhsip service in the Church

Pageant Rehearsal 
Following the 10 a.m. worship service

MARK YOUR CALENDARS for Pageant Rehearsals on:
Sunday, December 6 from 9-10:30 a.m.
Sunday, December 7 following the 10 a.m. worship service
Saturday, December 13 from 9 - 10:30 a.m. DRESS REHEARSAL

Santa's Helpers
Join St. James in this long tradition of supporting families in need.
Want to participate? Consider adopting a family this Sunday. See Margo Campbell or Marnie Parrott in Centennial Hall following the worship service for details and to sign up.

If you would prefer to donate to this outreach program, please make checks out to St. James Church, memo: Santa's Helpers and send to: 355 West Maple Road, Birmingham, MI 48009, Attn: Santa's Helpers.

December 13: Food Intake
December 14: Gathering In
December 15: Delivery Day

NOV 26

Morning Holy Eucharist Worship
7 a.m. in the Chapel
Followed by fellowship in the Lounge

Thanksgiving Eve
7 p.m. in the Church

NOV 27+28

Church Offices CLOSED
Have a blessed Thanksgiving!

For pastoral emergencies, contact Chris Gannon at 810.417.1055

NOV 29

Funeral for Randy Kuhn
11a.m. in the Church; Reception to follow in Centennial Hall

NOV 30

Christmas Flower Memorial Contributions
Donation Sundays: November 30, December 7 & 14; following both worship services in Centennial Hall. Deadline: Wednesday, December 17

Pick up a form in Centennial Hall or click here.
Questions? Contact Marianne Ganiard or the Church Office at ext. 0 or churchoffice@stjamesbirmingham.org


 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!


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.

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.