About St. James
The St. James Episcopal Church family invites you to worship, learn and join in fellowship with us.
Whether you are in the initial stages of searching for a church, a newcomer to our worship services, or you are seeking deeper spiritual growth, there are opportunities for you and your family at St. James.
What you will find at St. James
We are a church embracing adults and children of all ages as active members. We think of ourselves as a “right-sized” parish – not too small to support a spectrum of activities and not so large that we lose the personal, spiritual and fellowship connection.
One of the many strengths of St. James is our sound financial position. We own our own building, free and clear, and have a well-established record of responsible fiscal management. We enjoy the solid stewardship commitment of our parishioners.
Where St. James is located
We are a true in-town church with a proud history of nearly 120 years, and located in the heart of Birmingham. People who work here often tell us that our church bells are a part of the ambience of the city.
Birmingham is a thriving suburban community located close to major thoroughfares with restaurants, parks, library and shops within walking distance. In fact, our city has been named as one of the "Top-20 Most Walkable Communities" in the country.
You will find us on the corner of Maple Road (15 Mile) and Chester Street with convenient on-street parking and two-hour free parking in the Chester Street deck during the week and all day on Sunday.
What helps make St. James unique
Much has changed since the formation of St. James in 1894. Throughout, however, there has been one constant – we are blessed by a wonderful parish community. We respect each other as well as genuinely enjoy one another’s company. We care about and are committed to our community and extended parish family.
What’s new at St. James
We are embarking on an exciting journey. Father Fred Elwood, who led the St. James ministry for nearly a decade, has recently retired. We have planned a thorough search process for selecting a new rector to lead St. James into the next decade and beyond. We expect that the search will go into at least early 2012 to complete. In the meantime, we are committed to strong spiritual leadership during the interim. We have selected as transitional rector, the Reverend Bob Hart, an experienced and caring minister whose spiritual guidance will play an integral role in shaping our successful transitional period.
As we embark on the next exciting phase of our shared spiritual journey, we are confident and optimistic about what the future holds for our parish family. We are ready to embrace change. We are willing and eager to try new things, while not losing sight of our roots. We welcome the ideas and input of those who may be new. If you are looking for a parish home that you can truly regard as your own then now is a perfect time to experience St. James.
Come visit us at St. James
We invite you to learn more about St. James. We know that you may have questions. So, please, send us an email or call the office. Our staff and Vestry will be happy to provide answers to your questions, arrange for a church tour, or welcome you in person at a Sunday service. I can be reached care of firstname.lastname@example.org.
There is only so much that can be communicated about our church in the written word. In order to fully understand and appreciate all that the spirit of St. James may hold for you and your family, you need experience us in person – and you are warmly invited to do so!
Peace be with you,
Michael B. Stewart