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 


Acolyte, Eucharistic Minister, and Lector Service Schedule
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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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.


Readers are those who present Holy Scripture to others in our worship.

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 Junior Choir offers an opportunity for 2nd grade through high school to continue their study of choral singing. They sing in church and in occasional dramatic and music presentations.

Choirs rehearse and participate in worship services September through June.

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 the first Tuesday of each month except December and July. Daughters of the King offers instructional classes for those interested in joining.

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.