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.


        Upcoming Special Events   

OCT 18

Labyrinth Walk
Stewardship Theme: Walking the Way
11  a.m. at Nativity Episcopal Church (21220 W 14 Mile Rd, Bloomfield Hills)

We will leave from the church together at that time, or plan to meet us at the individual site about 15 minutes later. Every labyrinth walk will vary from previous ones you have experienced.  We invite you to walk and meditate on the gifts God has granted you and our community of faith.  When you return from your walk on this ancient path, we pray that you will be ready to make a pledge commitment reflecting your faith.

OCT 19

Adult Forum
9:05 a.m. in the Centennial Hall

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
1 - 3 p.m. in the Youth Room
Middle School and High School youth meet on the 1st and 3rd Sundays of the month.

Come check us out! We will help set up for the Phantom Phun Phest and Chili Dinner.
Questions? Contact Chris Gannon at chris@stjamesbirmingham.org

Phantom Phun Phest & Chili Dinner
5 p.m. Chili Dinner with all the fixings!
6 p.m. Movie: Phantom of the Opera
7 p.m. Costume contest

* Please consider bringing a pair of NEW socks to donate to our SOCKtober outreach.

You are invited to a gathering of ghosts and goblins around the boiling cauldron of food and fun followed by the 1924 silent film Phantom of the Opera starring Lon Chaney with organ accompaniment by Glenn Burdette. There will be a special dinner, a masked ball and costume contest, so be sure to come in your best costume or mask. 
Questions? Contact the Church Office at 248.644.0820; ext. 0.

OCT 22

St. Catherine & St. Martha's Guild Gathering
1  p.m. in the Lounge

All women are welcome for an afternoon of reflection, fellowship and refreshment. Questions? Contact Gillian Catchpole.

OCT 26

St. Catherine & St. Martha's Guild Bake Sale
Following both worship services in Centennial Hall

Adult Forum
9:05 a.m. in the Centennial Hall

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

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

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


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
November 8: Me Before You by Jojo Moyes
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!


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.

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.

Wednesday Community Dinner
October 29; November 5 & 19
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.