What to expect
Like all of the Episcopal Parishes of Schuyler County, Saint James' is an inviting place of worship for the Christian believer. With that said, we welcome all persons, wherever they are in their spiritual journey to join us. Whether you are someone who is exploring the Christian faith or a committed believer in search of a new home, you will find a warm group of people at Saint James' willing to walk with you every step of the way.
As well as being a church that grounds itself in the Bible and continued prayer, Saint James' Church is a musical Church with a choir. The singing in the Church is accompanied by a real, working Pipe Organ. We are also a liturgical Church, following the 1979 Book of Common Prayer and we celebrate Holy Communion every week. All baptized persons, regardless of denomination, are encouraged to partake in the Lord's Supper.
Our way of worship may or may not be familiar to you but in any case, you'll get the hang of it rather quickly. And as always, if you ever have any questions about anything, do not hesitate to ask!
What to wear?
Understandably, someone visiting a new church doesn't want to show up without knowing what the "social norm" is in regards to dress.
Here at Saint James', we have members who like to dress up for church but we also have members who dress more casually. The choice is yours to make. Wear what you feel comfortable wearing.
More about the Church
Saint James' worships in the Anglican tradition. That is, it stems from the early church days originating in England and Great Britain. Today, we worship in a fashion that is Protestant, yet Catholic. The Episcopal Church and indeed the entire Anglican communion, cannot be directly compared to any specific Protestant church nor the Church of Rome because it is unique in its own right.
We place our focus on our Lord Jesus Christ, remembering always that he sacrificed himself so that we may be saved. We strive to spread the Gospel in a thoughtful and meaningful manner so that we can bring the Good News to all people.
We uphold the Historic Creeds such as the Nicene Creed which affirms our faith in God the Holy Trinity. We emphasize the need for Baptism and celebration of the Lord's Supper.
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