We welcome you to St. James Parish, the Episcopal Church in Preston, Connecticut.
Our Sunday services are virtual only at this time, and they are centered on the celebration of Holy Eucharist. An organist and musicians from the community bring to life traditional Anglican music. Our members live locally, in surrounding towns, and beyond. The importance of breaking bread together as a community is most evident in our Fish and Chips Lenten dinners, but also in monthly gatherings. We are an open and affirming congregation that is dedicated to following Jesus by being a light and source of grace and healing. Join us!
287th Annual Meeting
St. James will hold its 287th Annual Meeting on Sunday, January 31, immediately following our 9 am worship service. Due to COVID we meet virtually only. You will be able to participate via Zoom by video and phone at home. An email will be sent out with the link.
One-Year Bible Challenge
Join Rev. Kim in reading the Bible in one year. The Bible Challenge website provides an easy way to read the Bible every day. On the website, https://thebiblechallenge.org/, you will be able to read the daily readings, which take about twenty minutes. Also, there is an audio version of the text that you can listen to on your computer, tablet or your smart phone! The website also has daily devotionals and a Bible study guide. Check out the website, and if you want, let me know you are going to try to do the challenge. Even if you find yourself unable to make it a daily practice, it is a great resource and you can jump in any time.
Calling those interested in "Sacred Ground"
Are you interested in having a discussion about racism and faith as a region? Sacred Ground is a film- and reading-based 10-week course put together by the Episcopal Church to explore different dimensions of race and faith and the call to become beloved community. Participants will be expected to watch approximately 90 minutes of film before each class as well as read approximately 35 pages before each class. Materials will be provided to you in advance. We would also ask that you commit to attend each session. Sessions will be facilitated by Kelli Ray Gibson, who, until recently, was ECCT’s Racial Justice Resource Coordinator, and The Rev. Rachel Thomas. If you’re interested, please contact Rachel by Tuesday, January 12 so that you’ll have time to prepare for the first class. Classes will be over Zoom for now; class size is limited to 20 people. At this point our plan is to meet the following Sundays from 6:30 - 8:30 PM: 1/24, 2/7, 2/21, 3/7, 3/21, 4/11, 4/25, 5/2, 5/16, and 5/30. You may find out more about the Sacred Ground series here: https://episcopalchurch.org/sacred-ground
Our Response to the COVID-19 Pandemic:
Help us in supporting St. Vincent de Paul Place in Norwich (https://www.svdpp.org). A current list of their needs is to-go containers, tuna, soup, pasta, pasta sauce, hot dogs, cereal, maple syrup, pancake mix (just add water), baby diapers (size 4, 5 and 6), baby wipes, razors, and men's boxers size L and XL.
Forward Day by Day booklets available
The Forward Day by Day booklets are available in our church lobbies. Please take one for your daily devotion. Or if you prefer, a copy can be mailed to you. Contact the church office at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 860-889-0150.