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
churchoffice@stjamesbirmingham.org

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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.

 

        Upcoming Special Events    

NOW

The St. James Preschool is expanding! Starting September 8 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.

For more information on the St. James Preschool, contact Shar Wickens, Preschool Director, at preschool@stjamesbirmingham.org or 248.644.0820, ext. 7103.

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

AUG  31

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

Adult Forum
Will not meet today-- Have a safe Labor Day weekend!

SEP 1

Church Office CLOSED
Have a safe Labor Day!

For pastoral emergencies- please contact Chris Gannon at (810)417-1055.

SEP 5

St. James Preschool Meet-and-Greet
9 a.m. - Noon
Meet in Centennial Hall and then tour the Preschool classrooms to meet the Preschool staff and teachers.

For more information on the St. James Preschool, contact Shar Wickens, Preschool Director, at preschool@stjamesbirmingham.org or 248.644.0820, ext. 7103.

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

SEP 7

Rally Sunday-- Welcome back to church!

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

Blessing of the Backpacks
During the 10 a.m. worship service
We encourage all of our students- young and old- to bring their backpacks to church to receive a blessing for the students, their backpacks and all their endeavors in this new school year.

Adult Forum
9:05 a.m. in the Lounge
The Bible on Broadway featuring our own amazing singers: Jeannie Bourget, Sue McDonald, Dennis Rivard, and Marc Meyers singing music from the Broadway stage but with a biblical bent.

Rite 13/ J2A
9 a.m. in the Youth Room

Junior Choir Rehearsal
11:30 a.m. in the Choir Room

SEP 8

First Day of Preschool
Have a GREAT day!

For more information on the St. James Preschool, contact Shar Wickens, Preschool Director, at preschool@stjamesbirmingham.org or 248.644.0820, ext. 7103.

SEP 10

Bible Study
Starts Wednesday, September 10
Meets every Wednesday
Noon - 1 p.m. in the Lounge
Open to everyone in the community. Bring your lunch and enjoy this weekly bible study lead by Pastor Chris Gannon.

Wednesday Community Dinners
Starts Wednesday, September 10
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. Donations are always welcome.

SEP 11

St. James Bridge Group
Starts Thursday, September 11
Meets every second Thursday of the month
1 p.m. in the Lounge

Open to everyone who loves to play bridge! Questions? Contact Rachel Herbst or Virginia Johnston.

SEP 13

What is St. James?? Discussion Group
Meets every second Thursday of the month
9 - 11:30 a.m. in Centennial Hall

The St. James Evangelism Ministry Team is pleased to begin the process of reinventing a new statement of purpose for our parish. This promises to be a fun exercise involving lively discussion about you and St. James. People of all ages, levels of experience with St. James and those with different skills and interests are always welcome.

Sign up in Centennial Hall or contact the churchoffice@stjamesbirmingham.org or call the Church Office at 248.644.0820, ext. 0 to say you will be there.

SEP 14

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

Adult Forum
9:05 a.m. in the Lounge
Overview of University of You. Come learn how to use this online school for Adult Christian Education.

Rite 13/ J2A
9 a.m. in the Youth Room

Junior Choir Rehearsal
11:30 a.m. in the Choir Room

SEP 17

St. Catherine's Guild
Starts Wednesday, September 17
1 p.m. in the Lounge
A warm invitation to all St. James' women to join us for fellowship at this new day and time. Questions? Contact Gillian Catchpole or Lena Nealley.

Wednesday Community Dinner & Program
7 - 8 p.m. in Centennial Hall
This year, our friends at BASCC (Birmingham Area Senior Community Center) will provide a program to St. James once a month to enrich our Wednesday Community Dinner fellowship.

Program: JFK Assassination presented by Craig Ciccone, renowned historian and lecturer.

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!

SEP 20

St. James Preschool Open House & Ice Cream Social
Noon - 3 p.m. in Centennial Hall and the St. James' on-site parking lot

All are welcome to come by and meet the St. James Preschool Staff and other Preschool families. Bring a friend or family of friends and enjoy fun, fellowship and ice cream!

SEP 21

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

Adult Forum
9:05 a.m. in the Lounge
Quilting: Stories in Fabric lead by Paddy Jones. Come join in on an exploration of the inspiration and design process behind some of Paddy's quilts and fabric wall hangings.

Rite 13/ J2A
9 a.m. in the Youth Room

Junior Choir Rehearsal
11:30 a.m. in the Choir Room

G.A.P. (God's Awesome People) Youth Group
Starts Sunday, September 21
1 - 3 p.m. in the Youth Room
Middle School and High School youth meet on the 1st and 3rd Sundays of the month.

We will begin the program year with a special celebration in the Upper Rooms (that's the three rooms on the 3rd floor of the church). Come check us out! There will be food, games and amazing activities to inspire. Questions? Contact Chris Gannon at chris@stjamesbirmingham.org

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

SAT

Knitters
9 - 11 a.m. in the 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 

St. James Book Club
Starts Saturday, September 13
Every Second Saturday of the month
11:30 a.m. in the Lounge 
Everyone is welcome to join. Bring a lunch and get ready for some fun!

TUE

Bell Choir (Rehearsal)
Starts Tuesday, September 9
6:30 p.m., Church
Contact the Music Director, Glenn Burdette, at ext. 7206 or music@stjamesbirmingham.org, for more information.  

WED

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


Bible Study 
Starts Wednesday, September 10
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
Starts Wednesday, September 10
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. Donations are always welcome.


Senior Choir (Rehearsal)
Starts Wednesday, September 10
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
landmarks.

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.

 

 

ST. JAMES EPISCOPAL CHURCH
355 West Maple Road, Birmingham, MI 48009
WHERE TO PARK

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.

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