What should I expect at my first visit? When you arrive for worship you will be warmly welcomed by a greeter and ushers will give you a service bulletin and help you find a place to sit.
How do I know what’s going at St. James'? The front page of the website has links to news and events. The calendar page is the most current page. We have a Facebook page and we send out a E-pistle email every Monday morning. You can sign up for the weekly email by clicking here.
What does a normal Sunday morning look like? During the school year, Sunday morning kicks off with worship at 8 AM. Our second worship service begins at 10 AM. Godly Play®children’s program takes place at 9:45 AM. The children join their parents in the middle of the service. Time for coffee, treats, and fellowship takes place after the service in the Parish Hall. All worship services include prayers, readings from the Bible, a sermon, music and a celebration of Holy Communion (also known as Holy Eucharist or the Lord’s Supper).
Do you have nursery care at St. James'? During the 8 AM service they will be with you in the pew. Directly behind the Godly Play classroom is a nursery for infants.
Where do I park? There is on street parking. We have a small lot behind the church at 1 Terrace Place(look for sign), you may park at City Hall or Savings Bank of Danbury on Chapel Place. There is a gate that opens into our parking lot that will allow you to access the church through the Parish Hall. If it is not during business hours you may park at the Savings Bank of Danbury as well. Do not park in the Elderly Caregivers parking lot as your car may be towed.
Is the church handicap accessible? Yes. You may reach the sanctuary through the ramp door. Through the ramp inside the church you can get to the library, lounge and a handicapped bathroom. To reach the Parish Hall you must go up Terrace Place and enter through the rear parking lot.
Do I need to become a member of Saint James' to participate in worship and other activities? You do not need to be a member to worship at Saint James' or to participate in other programs and activities. However, we encourage you to think and pray about becoming a member and perhaps at some point beginning to live a deeper life of faith and discipleship in this community of faith.
How will I know what to do in the service? In the Episcopal Church, all of our worship is taken from The Book of Common Prayer.. There are BCPs in every pew in Church along with The Hymnal 1982 and Lift Every Voice & Sing (LEVAS) hymnals. Your worship bulletin contains the service and readings and some hymns. If noted the remaining hymns are found in the blue hymnal or the LEVAS hymnals at the ends of your pew. Standing, sitting, or kneeling for various parts of the service is only a matter of custom, and you should feel free to do whichever is most comfortable.
Can I take communion? How does it work? All baptized Christians of any denomination or tradition are welcome to receive Holy Communion at Saint James'. To receive the bread, place one hand over the other, palms up, so that the priest may put a wafer in your palm. If you are going to drink from the chalice, you may consume the wafer immediately. When the chalice comes, you can help the chalice bearer guide it to your mouth by placing your hand on the bottom of the chalice and tilting it or by gently taking it in your hands and guiding it. If you choose to intinct — or dip — the wafer in the wine, you’ll want to hold it until the chalice comes to you.
Am I required to give money at worship? There is no monetary requirement to worship at St. James'. However, most people find that as they move into a deeper relationship with God and become more involved in ministry and community, giving becomes a very natural step in their Christian lives.
Can I meet with a priest? Of course! Our clergy information is located on the clergy page. Additionally, you may a check the box on the blue welcome you receive in the services that indicates you’d like to visit with a priest. The clergy at St. James' feel privileged to meet with you.