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 

 

Inclement Weather Policy: Please note that no matter what the weather is doing there will always be worship services on Sunday. The rest of the week (Monday-Friday) the church will follow the Birmingham School District's school closing schedule. So that means if the schools are closed then all church meetings and gatherings will be cancelled.

 

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 810.620.5402 or josh@stjamesbirmingham.org

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.

        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    

FEB - MAR

The Saintly Smack Down. Lent Madness Returns! 

Based loosely on the NCAA basketball tournament, Lent Madness pits 32 saints against one another in a single-elimination bracket. It is also a wildly popular online devotional designed to help people learn about saints.  Pick up a bracket in Centennial Hall or print one out online at www.lentmadness.org

FEB 27

Girls' Night Out/ St. James Preschool Fundraiser
7 p.m. in Centennial Hall

Enjoy wine and hors d'oeuvres plus shopping from popular vendors like Stella & Dot, thirty one, Pampered Chef, Matilda Jane, Scentsy, Barefoot Books and more! $25 pre-order tickets; $30 at the door.

Contact Shar Wickens for more information. Print pre-order form here.

MAR  1

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

Adult Forum
9:05 - 9:50 a.m.
Lounge
Today- and through Lent- we will be learning about our University of You Class: Introducing Lent with Maggi Dawn. Lent is a holy season of devotion that offers wonderful opportunities for life transformation. Theologian and author Maggi Dawn unpacks the wonder of this season. We invite you to review this video at your convenience and then join us at the 9 a.m. Adult Ed Forum on Sunday mornings in Lent to learn what others think about this season of the church year. Click here to sign up for the online class with Maggi Dawn.

Easter Memorial Flowers
Sundays: March 8, 15 & 22
Following the 8 & 10 a.m. worship services in Centennial Hall.

Deadline: Monday, March 23

Print an order form here. 

MAR 5

Lenten Soup Suppers

Thursdays: 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 are available in Centennial Hall. Questions? Contact  Kathy Stange or Lou Simpson. 

Lenten Educational Offering: Countering Pharaoh

Join us on Thursdays through March 26 at 6 p.m. for soup, conversation and an insightful look at how we might live more faithful lives. 

Old Testament professor, Walter Brueggemann, will be leading our Lenten Study on Thursday nights this year. In this prophetic presentation, he will challenge us to examine closely how we get sucked into the values and desires of our culture, instead of accepting the freedom that God offers. Brueggemann argues that the core paradigm of faith is the journey from slavery to covenant, and it is a journey we experience again and again because Pharaoh has great power to suck us back into slavery over and over again. WARNING: This program may be hazardous to your church, society and the American way of life, and could potentially help restore the meaning of covenant.

Lenten Online Offerings: (See The Spirit newsletter for details)

University of You Class: Introducing Lent with Maggi Dawn. Lent is a holy season of devotion that offers wonderful opportunities for life transformation. Theologian and author Maggi Dawn unpacks the wonder of this season. We invite you to take this class at your convenience and then join us at the 9 a.m. Adult Ed Forum on Sunday mornings in Lent to learn what others think about this season of the church year. Click here to sign up for the online class with Maggi Dawn.

40 Days, 40 Acts of Generosity: 40 Days Of Giving Back, Doing Good And Living Generously Lent is usually about ‘giving stuff up’, isn’t it? Here’s what you can do to participate in the challenge. Click here to sign up to receive the daily challenges by email.  Then be sure to follow St. James on Facebook.

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

SAT

 

Knitters
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!

 

TUE

 

Bell Choir (Rehearsal)
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
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
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.

CLICK HERE FOR DRIVING DIRECTIONS

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