What to Expect on a Typical Sunday at St. James
We celebrate a quiet Holy Eucharist using the traditional Rite I language. There is no music during this service. After the 8:00 a.m. service, several parishioners gather at Buehler’s Towne Market for breakfast and conversation.
10:30 a.m. (Academic Year) or 10:00 a.m. (Summer)
We celebrate a modern Holy Eucharist using Rite II language. Music is an integral part of this second service. During the academic year, the St. James choir leads the congregation in song. The hymns are sung cooperatively, with the congregation and the choir joining their voices together in praise. The choir often chants the psalm during this season and soloists regularly perform during the offertory. Over the summer, the choir adjourns and the hymns are sung by the congregation and the psalms are spoken. As a special treat, talented vocal and instrumental musicians from the Ohio Light Opera are invited to perform during the offertory.
Immediately Following the 10:30/10:00 a.m. Service:
Parishioners and visitors are invited to greet our Rector at the back of the church or sit in the pews and listen to our creative and talented organist, Jason Metheney, play a musical postlude. Following the postlude, everyone is welcome to move to St. Nicholas Hall to socialize over coffee, tea, and delicious treats provided by our volunteer coffee hour hosts.
Children are welcome to participate in the service. Families with small children are encouraged to use the soft space at the back of the church where children can move around. We also have a nursery if parents/children prefer this option. For older children, St. James uses a flexible Sunday School model and children are welcome to attend weekly or drop-in from time to time.