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Be Ye Doers of the Word and Not Hearers Only

Many of the spaces within our West Franklin Street campus have special meaning for parishioners and visitors. The articles below come from a series published quarterly in our Chimes magazine that goes to all parishioners. We hope it will help every visitor on our website find the places that might have meaning in their own spiritual journey. For information on our church, please email Donna Horizon.

Michaux House Parlors

You walk past them every Sunday on your way to coffee hour or for a Wednesday night dinner or for a celebration in Valentine Hall. You may even stop and sit to reflect on the day or just have a…

Parish House

Most days, the Parish House is a center of buzzing activity.  There is a steady flow of people and visitors with constant interaction with the staff and clergy.

Michaux House Kitchen

We’ve just experienced a glorious Feast, The Taste of St. James’s is next week, and before you blink, Mardi Gras will be here. Between all of these “major” events,

The Chimes

Next time you find yourself next to the exterior of the sanctuary, take a look at how precisely and tightly the bricks still fit together, and how truly straight and clear-cut the dimensions and angles of the walls remain after…

The Pews

We understand that visitors and newcomers may be a bit lost during the service. Don’t worry, you are in good company.


In many ways, the Sacristy is central to our worship service. Each Saturday, the faithful Altar Guild scurries around the Sanctuary from their hub, the Sacristy. 

Sanctuary Nave

Majestic If I could pick one word to describe our Nave/Sanctuary, it would be majestic. 

Valentine Hall

When we moved into Michaux House several years ago, we were greeted by a beautiful gathering space, fittingly named Valentine Hall in honor of Henry and Peggy Valentine. 

Memorial Garden

One of the most sacred spaces at St. James’s is the Memorial Garden.  Sometimes, we casually walk through it, not even thinking about the significance of the space.

Choir Room

Propter chorum (for the good of the choir) Drive down West Franklin St. past St. James’s on Wednesday or Thursday night. You’ll see lights burning brightly on the 2nd floor of Gibson Hall — the choir room.

The Chapel

Have you been in the Chapel for a service?  An evening prayer?  A wedding?  Eucharist?  If the answer is ‘Yes’, you understand the closeness of community when seated or when gathered at the Altar rail. 

The Narthex

The entry way to the church is called the narthex, a word that comes from the Greek for “small case.” Originally the enclosed vestibule or porch to a basilica, where penitents and catechumans stood during a service.

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