Welcome to the Episcopal Church of St. James!
St. James Church at the heart of Upper Montclair and worshiping in the Episcopal tradition, is an inclusive community focused on faith, family and fellowship.
We seek to:
Collect for the Community
Gracious God, strengthen in us two values that we hold central as a Christian Community. These values are inspired by Jesus' two great commandments. First, we love God or something greater than ourselves with all our hearts and mind, and second we commit to loving our neighbor as we love ourselves. There is no boundary or condition to our love and commitment to God or to our neighbor, no matter who they may be. All are welcome in this place. Amen.
Christmastime at St. James
- Mark your calendars for all of the wonderful yuletide festivities at St. James this Christmas season!
- Sunday, Dec. 3: St. Nicholas visits at the 10:15 service with Advent
Fair & Hanging of the Greens immediately following
- Tuesday, Dec. 5: Tree lighting on the front lawn & visit from Santa
at 5:00 pm; followed by Handel's Messiah at 7:30pm
- Sunday, Dec 10: Lessons & Carols at the 10:15 service, followed by Carols and Hot Chocolate on the Lawn
- Sunday, Dec 19: Christmas Pageant - Adults 8:15, Children 10:15
- Sunday, Dec 24: Christmas Eve Services at 9:00am, 4:00pm, & 9:00pm
- Monday, Dec 25: Christmas Morning Service at 9:00am
- Sunday, Dec 31: Services at 8:15 & 10:15
Holiday Brass Concert Dec. 3
The Cali School of Music at Montclair State University will perform a festive holiday concert at St. James on Sunday, Dec. 3 at 7 pm. They will perform exuberant classics plus traditional and jazzy holiday fare. Admission to this family-friendly event is FREE, but please pre-register here for planning purposes.
Save The Date: St. James Christmas Pageant
The St. James Christmas Pageant will be Sunday, Dec. 17, during the 10:15 service. All St. James youth is invited to participate! There will be one rehearsal at 9 a.m. that morning. Please see Fran for more information.
Remember Your Pledge
We urge you to keep up to date with your financial support of the church. Please speak to Rev. Melissa if you need to change your pledge for any reason. You can fill out a digital pledge card here.
Christmas Gift Drive
We are collecting holiday gifts for infants through high schoolers for our Prison Ministry and Lighthouse Ministry for asylum seekers. Please select a tag from the holiday bulletin board, and bring your gift (in a gift bag, not wrapped) to church no later than Dec. 11. You can find full details and gift ideas here.
Envelopes for Christmas Memorial Flowers can be found at the back of the church.
Coats Delivered To Those In Need
St. Matthew’s Lunchtime Ministry Program in Hoboken extends their gratitude to the St. James community for their generous donation of coats. The coats were delivered to our neighbors in Hoboken experiencing homelessness. “These coats couldn’t have come at a more perfect time,” said Church Council President and Lunchtime Ministry Volunteer Mark Singleton, pictured at left.
The Sky's the Limit thrift store
A thrift store with style! Follow us on Instagram @theofficialskysthelimitthriftshop
- Tuesdays 10-2
- Wednesdays 10-2
- Saturdays 10-5
Free Little Pantry
The Free Little Pantry on front lawn of St. James is accessible 24/7 through a partnership between the Northeast Earth Coalition and St. James. We are hoping that the pantry stays stocked with non-perishable food for those in need. Donations can be brought or sent to the church, or placed directly into the pantry. Especially needed are protein sources (canned chicken, tuna, peanut butter, preferably with a pull-top. Food insecurity is real and we can help.