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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        St. James History

Grover Cleveland was United States President and Hazen S. Pingree was mayor of Detroit when a group of interested people met in 1894 and drew up articles of agreement for a church to be called St. James Mission in Birmingham. By the following year in 1895, a ground breaking and dedication of a new building, the Stone Church, took place with The Reverend Charles A. Cary serving as the first rector of St. James.

Through the 1890’s and early 1900’s and weathering changes in status, St. James became an independent parish in 1911. The location at the corner of West Maple and Chester has seen many changes to the church building including additions in 1949, a fire in 1953, a new church in 1955, additions in 1958 and interior renovations commemorating our 100th anniversary in 1995; a century of commitment to a life of Christian faith, caring and fellowship.

Enhancing our presence in the Birmingham community, a carillon was installed in 1965. The bells are part of the life of our St. James parish and are heard and enjoyed by downtown workers, residents and visitors.

With an interest in the greater community, the Community House of Birmingham, a gathering place for a variety of civic and educational activities, was started in 1923 by St. James. Mission churches, St. Anne’s of Walled Lake and St. David’s of Southfield, were sponsored by St. James. In addition, our parish also initiated the planning and building of St. Anne’s Mead retirement home in Southfield.

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.