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.


Acolyte, Eucharistic Minister, and Lector Service Schedule
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

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Acolyte Guild

Acolytes are youth and adults who serve at the altar during worship. They light the candles, lead processions carrying the cross and torches, help prepare the Table (altar) for Holy Communion and assist the priest during the service. Acolytes make a commitment to serve and to work cooperatively with other worship leaders.

Altar Guild

The Altar Guild is responsible for preparing the altars of the church and chapel for all services. This includes the ordering of floral arrangements and the care of the linens, frontals, silver and other altar appointments. The Altar Guild serves under the direction of the Rector.

Eucharistic Ministers

Eucharistic ministers participate in the service by reading lessons, the Prayers of the People and assisting the Rector in serving Communion. Parishioners serving as Eucharistic Ministers receive training to prepare them for this commitment.

Eucharistic Visitors

Eucharist visitors are trained ministers who bring the Eucharist to the homes of parishioners unable to attend church. To request a visit for you or a family member, call the church office at 248-644-0820.


Lectors are readers of the non-gospel Scripture lessons at Sunday worship services.

Music and Choir

Music plays an important role in the life of St. James.

  • The Senior Choir provides music for weekly services, Evensongs and special liturgies during Advent/Christmas and Holy Week. Wednesday rehearsal,
    7:15-9:15 p.m.

  • The St. James Ringers, our bell choir, performs for many services throughout the year. Tuesday rehearsal, 6:30-8:00 p.m.

  • The Primary Choir is a training choir for Kindergarten through 2nd grade children who learn to work together as a group and to understand music basics. They sing in church from time to time and in occasional dramatic and music presentations.

  • The Junior Choir offers an opportunity for 3rd to 9th graders to continue their study of choral singing. They sing in church and in occasional dramatic and music presentations.

Order of the Daughters of the King

The Daughters of the King are an international order for women who are communicants of the Episcopal Church. They are dedicated to living a Rule of Prayer and Rule of Service to their neighbors. Parishioners can look to Daughters of the King members for love and help in times of need or loneliness.

The St. James Elizabeth chapter meets monthly and offers instructional classes for those interested in joining.

Church School Teachers

Our teachers lead the youth from age 3 through high school on Sunday mornings with the interactive Seasons of the Spirit curriculum. They offer an atmosphere and experience to our youth, teaching, nurturing and helping them develop as individuals and as a Christian community to understand their faith. Training is provided by the church staff.

Ushers and Greeters

On Sunday, ushers greet people as they enter church, direct visitors and distribute the weekly worship programs. They assist with the Offertory and present the bread and wine to be blessed. During the Sacrament, they direct the congregants to the altar for Communion and assist communicants with special needs.

Greeters are the first people worshipers see when they enter the church on Sunday. They give a warm welcome to parishioners and visitors and give directions to those looking for Sunday School or other locations. 

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.