We are a diverse community of Christians in the Episcopal tradition coming together for worship, fellowship, and community service. Our mission is nothing less than to make a real difference in the world, starting by nurturing each person who comes through our doors. We raise our children to be thoughtful, moral human beings. As adults, we cultivate our minds and our spirits through worship, education, and music. Above all, we make outreach to the wider community and world a priority for all ages.
We’ve put together this booklet to help you learn about our parish. You can read more about becoming a member at the end. We very much hope you’ll consider making St. James your new church home!
“St James the Less has given my life definition and purpose. Becoming part of this community of people who genuinely care for each other, and the world integrated my faith to my daily activities. While my days were a flutter of demands and challenges, I had lost a sense of spiritual purpose. The more my involvement increased at the church, the more centered my life became. It is as if, when joining St James, I became centered by a light which gave meaning and a connection to my life's journey and purpose. All my life choices and activities made sense in a way that has renewed my energy and inspired me to understand what it is to do God's work. My daily routines and personal faith are now integrated.” Pam Heldman, Parishioner
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OUR PHONE APP
Use our phone app to find everything in one place: Sunday bulletins, weekly emails, giving platform (with PayPal, Apple and Google Pay options), calendar and social media feeds. Your personal giving record can also be accessed through the app.
Our website is a valuable source of information about our programs and goings on. You can also pledge, make secure pledge payments, and buy event tickets through our website.
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SUNDAYS AT 9 & 10:30 AM
SUNDAY 9 AM SERVICE
Sunday morning 9 am service is a simple 30-minute service of Holy Communion with piano music. Good for families with little ones or people with other Sunday commitments.
SUNDAY 10:30 AM SERVICE
The 10:30 am service at St. James the Less is our principal service, with choir, organ, hymn singing, sermon and Holy Communion. This vibrant service from our Book of Common Prayer lasts about one hour, and is popular with all ages. Coffee hour takes place after the service.
COFFEE HOUR/ FELLOWSHIP SUNDAYS AT 11:30
Following the principal Sunday service is a gathering in the Parish Hall with light refreshments and coffee. This is a great way to get to know others in the parish. Coffee hour is so important to Episcopalians that it’s sometimes referred to as the “8th Sacrament!”
SUNDAYS AT 5 PM
Our Sunday 5 pm service is a simple, 20-minute service of Evening Prayer from the Episcopal Book of Common Prayer. It’s a contemplative candlelit service, beginning and ending with silence.
CHILDREN DURING CHURCH
Children of all ages are welcome in all our services. We have a “children’s corner” in the main church, where kids can read books, color, play, and still be part of the bigger church service. Children’s noises are absolutely fine--in fact, we love to hear our little ones among us.
WEDNESDAY EUCHARIST AT 9:30 AM
Each Wednesday we gather in the church for a 30-minute Holy Communion with a short homily focusing on the saint of the day. Join us any Wednesday for this quiet, intimate service, which is also live-streamed on our Youtube Channel.
MORNING PRAYER ONLINE EVERY WEEKDAY AT 9:30 AM
Start your mornings with this simple 15-minute service of Morning Prayer on our YouTube Channel. You may make yourself known in the chat or participate anonymously. Includes a short meditation by a member of the clergy or lay leader.
At St. James, we know that spiritual formation begins with our youngest members. Our programming is designed to connect with children of all ages and developmental abilities with the intention of connecting families to the Christian faith.
SUNDAY SCHOOL & RED DOOR EXPLORERS, PreK - 6th Grade
Kids through 4th grade meet between services (9:45-10:15 am on Sundays) to learn Bible stories. 5th and 6th graders meet monthly Sunday evenings for the “Red Door Explorers” program, where they’re introduced to the Episcopal tradition and begin to ask larger questions about their faith. “Red Door” refers to the red doors of Episcopal churches, which symbolize refuge for all who enter.
HOLY COMMUNION CLASSES
In the Episcopal tradition, children can begin receiving Communion as soon as they express desire for it. When they reach 2nd grade, they’re also invited to participate in a class to learn more about Communion. The class lasts five weeks and takes place each spring during Lent.
Confirmation is a reaffirmation of the vows made at our baptism, and typically takes place in 8th grade. We have a two-year confirmation program for both 7th and 8th grades. The grades meet together. Year A is devoted to learning the Bible--the arc of its narrative, the connection of Old Testament and New Testament, and key stories that shape our faith. Year B is devoted to learning about our church’s traditions, sacraments, and history. Confirmation classes take place Sundays 5:30-6:30 pm from fall to spring.
JUNIOR AND SENIOR YOUTH GROUPS
6-8th grades and 9-12th meet for dinner and fellowship in their respective youth groups on the first Sunday of every month. See more detail on the website at the Children & Families tab.
Families gather periodically throughout the year, usually Friday nights, for dinner, fun, and games. All ages and generations are welcome to family nights.
ST. JAMES FORDHAM & SCARSDALE FOOD PANTRY
Twice a month a team of parishioners helps pack and distribute food in our partnership with St. James Episcopal Church in the Fordham neighborhood of the Bronx.
ST. BART’S/ST. JAMES SOUP KITCHEN
We also collaborate with St. Bart’s Episcopal Church in White Plains to prepare and serve a hot meal about 6x/year to people in the White Plains area.
Midnight Run is an outreach to the homeless in New York City that provides food, clothes, and basic necessities. We make near-monthly runs, and everyone is encouraged to contribute or participate as able. This is a particularly popular event with our junior and senior youth.
The Samaritans is a group of parishioners who assist the priest in helping people within the parish with everything from getting rides to the doctor to buying groceries. Some Samaritans also take Communion to the homebound on behalf of Mother Storm. If you know someone in need of help, please contact Mo. Storm directly at firstname.lastname@example.org
Our Outreach Committee engages the parish in projects in the wider community both through financial and hands on help. Each winter, this committee organizes our most popular event of the year, our Mardi Gras party. Most recently, that event raised nearly $50,000 for outreach! Contact email@example.com
MUSIC AND ARTS FOR CHILDREN
Our music and arts program for ages K and up is a great way to introduce kids to music theory, reading music scores, the basics of drama and more. Led by our organist and choir director Matthew Lewis, this program meets Thursdays 3:30-4:15 and is open to all, members and non-members alike.
Make singing a part of your life, and join a community of fellow music lovers. The Adult Choir sings weekly at the 10:30 am worship service, and rehearses Thursdays nights, 7-9 pm. All welcome, members and non-members! Contact firstname.lastname@example.org
BIBLE MARATHON GROUP SUNDAYS AT 9:45 AM
Our Bible Marathon Group is reading through the entire Bible, cover-to-cover. Anyone is welcome to drop in any time. Regular updates on the reading schedule, in addition to resources to guide you in your reading, are posted in the weekly emails.
RACIAL JUSTICE & RECONCILIATION TASK FORCE
Since July 2020, a group of parishioners has been meeting every other month to learn about racial inequities in our community and country, and strategize ways to help create a just environment for all. Anyone is welcome to join. Meetings are regularly posted in the Thursday email.
BIBLE STUDY WEDNESDAYS AT 10:00 AM
Each Wednesday morning about 15 parishioners meet in the Isom Room for Bible Study. We usually read and study the texts for the upcoming Sunday, with occasional breaks to study a particular book or story in more depth. All are welcome to attend whenever you're able. Led by Mother Storm. Contact: email@example.com
St. James hosts periodic book groups, as well as a monthly Rector's Book Group. Recent books read include Flannery O'Connor's Prayer Journal, Evicted: Poverty and Profit in the American City, On Living, Auden the Psalms and Me, and many more. Groups are announced as they form, and all are welcome to take part. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org
Every two to three years we offer parish pilgrimages. Our next pilgrimage to the Holy Land is in July 2023.
We would love to welcome you as a new member of our parish! The first step is to reach out to the office and let our Office Manager you’d like to become a member. She will enter you into our computer system so that you begin receiving all the regular parish mailings (both electronically and by post).
Mother Storm teaches regular newcomer classes, which you will receive an email about shortly after contacting the office. She also hosts receptions for newcomers at the rectory on a regular basis. You will be invited to one of those, as well.
The official definition of a member of the Episcopal Church is someone who worships regularly and financially supports the church. Episcopal Churches support themselves financially, and pledging provides the largest piece of our annual operating income. You can make your annual pledge through our website, and pay it in installments throughout the year. Shortly after submitting your pledge, you will receive a note of acknowledgement and a thank you note from the Rector.
Every January we hold a canonically required Annual Meeting at which all members of the parish are invited to vote in our new slate of vestry candidates. The vestry is a group of 9 elected parishioners who oversee the operations of the church. By electing representatives, all members of an Episcopal Church help govern and guide it. We hope you’ll be one of them!
Visit www.stjamesscarsdale.org & www.facebook.com/stjamesscarsdale
The Rev. Astrid Storm, Rector email@example.com
Dr. Matthew Lewis, Organist and Director of Music firstname.lastname@example.org
Ms. Carol Burns, Director of Operations and Finance email@example.com
We would love to hear from you!