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

Phone: 248.644.0820
Fax: 248.644.4405

Church Office Hours: M-F; 9 a.m. - 4 p.m.

For pastoral emergencies, contact
The Reverend Josh Hoover at 810.620.5402



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Now thank we all our God

For more than a century, the people of St. James have shown the love of Christ to the people of Birmingham and surrounding communities through its ministries of music, supporting a strong choral program and actively participating in the singing of hymns and service music. Today we continue to lift up our voices with saints from “all times and all places” in music of many times, places, and styles.

With heart

Just as St. James is the "Heart of Birmingham," music helps that heart to thrive. Lessons and Carols services of serene beauty, traditional yet innovative programs such as a community Messiah Sing, the Boar's Head Festival, a jubilant audio-visual presentation of the Alfred Burt family carols, and special Christmas pageants are regularly staged and enjoyed by young and old alike. 

The warm glow and aural and visual wonders of the Candlelight Christmas Eve services have made St. James known in Birmingham as “The Christmas Church.” Be part of the experience this year!

And hands

Our handbell choir, the St. James Ringers, performs for many services during the year and for occasional outside concerts, ringing a five-octave set of Whitechapel bells, and a three-octave set of Schulmerich hand chimes. The group rehearses on Tuesday evenings, 6:30-8:00 p.m. St. James and the city of Birmingham are also blessed with the sounds of a 35-bell cast bronze Petit and Fritsen carillon.

And voices

Our Senior Choir provides music for weekly services, occasional evensongs, and special liturgies during Advent/Christmas and Holy Week, supported by a 58-rank Austin pipe organ and a Steinway B grand piano. They also present special programs for the larger community, which have included hymn festivals, choral concerts, and major works such as Bernstein’s Chichester Psalms, Lauridsen’s Lux Aeterna, Handel’s Israel in Egypt, Elijah and St. Paul by Mendelssohn, The Crucifixion by Stainer, Bach cantatas, Pergolesi’s Stabat Mater, and several beloved Requiem settings. The Senior Choir rehearses on Wednesdays, 7:15-9:15 p.m.

The Junior Choir includes singers from 2nd grade to high school. This group continues its study of choral singing and music reading, sings in church, and offers occasional dramatic presentations and musicals. Rehearsal is on Sundays after church services, approximately 11:30 a.m. - 12:15 pm. in the Choir Room. 

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.