Worship is the very core of our life as Episcopalians. It’s how we come together as a congregation and experience God’s place and power in our lives. Our regular weekend services are from the 1979 Book of Common Prayer.
Saturday, 5:00 p.m. – A casual service using Rite II Eucharist held in the St. George Chapel without music
Sunday, 7:30 a.m. – Rite I Eucharist held in the church without music
Sunday, 9:00 a.m. – Rite II Eucharist with St. James Choir 1st & 3rd Sunday of each month and Allelu! our contemporary music group the 2nd and 4th Sunday of each month; children's chapel during the service
Sunday, 11:15 a.m. – Rite II Eucharist with the St. James Choir 2nd & 4th Sunday with a cantor the 1st & 3rd Sunday
Each of the weekday services is unique, offering worship and prayers to our diverse community. Our weekday services are from the 1979 Book of Common Prayer. They are held in the St George Chapel. All weekday services are without music.
Monday Noon – Noonday Prayer and Eucharist
Wednesday Noon – Eucharist and Healing Service
Thursday 7:00 a.m.- Eucharist
Thursday 10:00 a.m.- School For Little Folks Chapel
“Holy Baptism is full initiation by water and the Holy Spirit into Christ’s body, the Church. The bond which God establishes in Baptism is indissoluble.” (The Book of Common Prayer, page 298) We delight in bringing babies, children, and adults into the faith of Jesus Christ through baptism. Normally, baptisms are celebrated on the days appointed in the Book of Common Prayer, and those are during the Great Vigil of Easter, Pentecost Sunday, All Saints’ Day or Sunday, and the Feast of the Baptism of our Lord (the First Sunday after the Epiphany. Another time for baptisms is during the Bishop’s yearly visit. When necessary, we arrange for baptisms at other times. If you are considering a baptism, please contact the rector, the Reverend Dr. Joel G. Hafer.
Christian marriage is a solemn and public covenant between two people in the presence of God. God is well pleased when two people who love each other decide to marry. Marriage is an ongoing symbol of God’s love for the Church, and it is not to be entered into lightly or unadvisedly. If you desire to be married at St. James, please speak to the rector, the Reverend Dr. Joel G. Hafer. Weddings at St. James are reserved for members of the parish or close relatives of parish members. All weddings must adhere to St. James Wedding Customary, the Book of Common Prayer, the Constitutions and Canons of the Episcopal Church, and the laws of the State of North Carolina. We wish you great joy in your new life together, and we pray that God will richly bless you.
“The death of a member of the Church should be reported as soon as possible to, and arrangements for the funeral should be made in consultation with, the Minister of the Congregation.” (The Book of Common Prayer, page 468) We believe that Christians are properly buried from the church, and the Burial Rite should be held at a time when the congregation is able to attend. Please inform any of the parish clergy if someone is dying or has died, so that we can minister to them and their family. It is the norm that the clergy of St. James are the officiants at all funerals. It is customary that the celebration of the Holy Eucharist be a part of the Burial of the Dead. St. James also offers Stephen Ministers for those who are grieving, and you can speak to any of the clergy to arrange for that ministry to assist you in your time of sorrow.