St. James' Parish is as diverse as our 300+ years of history. We draw from the Annapolis area and as far south as Calvert County. We have over 325 families and individuals. At the same time we are striving to, in some ways, remain a parish where everyone feels connected and a part of a vibrant Christian Community. Our parish emphasizes "Remembering the Past, Living our faith, and Worshipping into the Future". In the midst of the Eucharist each Sunday, we clearly proclaim "This is not our table, it is the Lord's, and everyone is Welcome". The Eucharist is extended to young and older, for we are all God's children. We are Sisters and Brothers in Christ and as such it is essential that we relate to each other as a family.

Worship Schedule


  • 8 AM Holy Eucharist, St. Mark's Chapel
  • 9 AM Holy Eucharist, St. James' Church
  • 10 AM Church School Classes
  • 11 AM Holy Eucharist, St. James' Church
  • 5:30 PM Holy Eucharist, St. James' Church

Thanksgiving Schedule

  • 10 AM Holy Eucharist, St. James' Church
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This Sunday's Readings:
December 6, 2015: Second Sunday of Advent (Year C)
Baruch 5:1-9 or Malachi 3:1-4 * Luke 1:68-79 * Philippians 1:3-11 * Luke 3:1-6

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29th Annual Advent Messiah Sing-Along

Sunday, November 29th

The people of St. James' Parish and the greater community will open the season of preparation for Christmas on the first Sunday of Advent, November 29th, at 4PM by singing the Christmas portion of Handel's "Messiah" in St. James' Church. Michael S. Ryan, Music Director, St. James' Parish, will direct the come-as-you-are chorus and guest soloists with a chamber ensemble, organ and trumpet. Those who do not wish to sing are welcome to just come and enjoy the program!

A candlelight reception hosted by the Women of St. James' Parish will follow in the parish hall. Singers are asked to bring a score and a snack or dessert. Some scores will be available for loan or for purchase at $10. A free will offering will benefit the Salvation Army.

For more information please contact our Musical Director, Michael Ryan - mryansings@verizon.net. Everything that people donate at these events goes entirely to the Salvation Army for their outreach ministries.

What St. James' Means To Me

“Safe Haven - a place to feel secure, happy, peaceful and fellowship. The sense of community brings the feeling of "Home" and serenity.”

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Salvation Army Stockings - Return by December 6th!
Thanks to everyone who is filling a Salvation Army Stocking this season! These stockings benefit local area children who are in need.

Please remember, do not wrap the items (they will just have to be unwrapped before they can be given to the children). And don't forget to label your stocking (or bag!) so we know for whom it is intended (boy, age 6-8 years; girl, age 10-12 years, etc.). Also, please remember that stockings must be returned to the church no later than Sunday, December 6th (they are taken to the Salvation Army shortly after that date).

Thanks to your generosity, these stockings make a huge difference in the lives of many, many children! For additional information, please contact Nola Meyers at noreme@verizon.net.
Nov 25 2015 02:00

Community Assistance Fund - October Activity
In the month of October, St. James' was able to help ten families with fuel, electricity, rent and medical bills in the amount of $1,930. One woman in particular had special needs. She was living in her car, in need of heart surgery, only it couldn't be done until her medical bills were paid and she had a permanent place in which to recover. We were able to pay her medical bills and working with the Community Action Agency, we have found an apartment for her making it possible for her to have her life-changing surgery. The generosity of our Parishioners makes this kind of heartwarming outcome possible.
Nov 21 2015 02:00

Making Advent Wreaths, November 29th
November 29th is the first Sunday of Advent. After the 9AM service adults and children are invited to gather in the parish hall for a joint coffee hour and Advent Wreath making. We invite multi-generational families to gather as we make our very own Advent Wreaths to use at home, counting down the Sundays until Christmas. We will provide the wreath making materials and candles but enthusiastically welcome donations of greenery (holly, fir, spruce, pine, etc.). A suggested donation of $5 will go to help offset the cost of candles. For additional information please contact Devon Snodgrass at devon.e.snodgrass@gmail.com.
Nov 15 2015 02:00

Salvation Army Stockings
Salvation Army Stockings are NOW available. Please take one (or two) to fill to help our local children in need this Christmas. The stockings make a huge impact in their lives. A Christmas box has been placed in the foyer (between the Offices and the Education Building). Please place your stocking in the box. If you have over flow (or can't locate a stocking) please place in a grocery bag and place in the box. Thank you again for supporting the Salvation Army of Annapolis. For more information, please contact Nola Meyers at noreme@verizon.net
Nov 01 2015 02:00