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

Holy Week Schedule

  • Maundy Thursday (April 17th):
    • 7:30 PM Holy Eucharist, St. James' Church
  • Good Friday (April 18th):
    • 12 PM Good Friday Liturgy, St. James' Church
    • 7:30 PM Good Friday Liturgy, St. James' Church
  • Holy Saturday (April 19th):
    • 7:30 PM The Great Vigil of Easter, St. James' Church
  • Easter Day (April 20th):
    • 6:30 AM Sunrise Service, Outdoor Worship Space
    • 8 AM Holy Eucharist, St. Mark's Chapel
    • 9 AM Holy Eucharist, St. James' Church
    • 11 AM Holy Eucharist, St. James' Church
Driving Directions (St. James' & St. Mark's)
The Lectionary (External Link)

Recent Newsletters & Bulletins   (more...)

The Shell (Newsletter)
April, 2014 (Adobe PDF Icon, 4mb)

Weekly Bulletins
April 13th, 2014 (Adobe PDF Icon, 68kb)

Vestry Meeting Highlights
February 17th, 2014 (Adobe PDF Icon, 258kb)

Requests & Forms

Lenten Reflection

Reflections on the Days of Lent and Holy Week, written by the People of St. James' Parish.
You can download the 2014 e-book for your Kindle (Mobi File, 275kb) or other e-reader (E-pub File, 186kb). Also, you can access all the previous Lenten Reflections booklets on the Lenten Reflections 2008-2014 page.
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I tell you the truth, I will not drink again of the fruit of the vine until that day when I drink anew in the kingdom of God.
Mark 14:12-25

Jesus shared these words with His twelve disciples during The Last Supper. They broke bread and drank from the cup. Jesus told them, "This is my blood of the covenant, which is poured out for many...I tell you the truth, I will not drink again of the fruit of the vine until I drink it anew in the kingdom of God."

I think Jesus' words were meant to prepare the disciples for His crucifixion. These twelve men had followed Jesus with unshakeable faith. They had heard Him preach and had witnessed Him perform many miracles. I would imagine, no matter how much Jesus may have reassured them that His crucifixion was God's will, it was a painful and difficult thing for them to understand and to accept. I think Jesus' words were meant to prepare them for His death, which He knew was imminent. He may have also hoped His words would comfort the disciples by reassuring them that He was not afraid - that He would have life everlasting in the kingdom of God. Jesus needed the disciples to believe in the kingdom of God, to know that it should not be feared so that they would continue to spread the word of God.

Kathy Dickinson (2008)

Parish Calendar

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Recent Announcements

Maundy Thursday evening will begin in the Parish Hall with fellowship at 6 PM followed by a potluck dinner at 6:30 PM. Everyone is encouraged to bring a covered dish to the potluck. The Maundy Thursday service will begin at 7:30 PM.
Apr 15 2014 01:00

Please bring cut flowers to St. James' Church on Easter! After the 9 AM and 11 AM services, the children and youth will "flower" the cross that will be standing outside of the west door of St. James' Church.
Apr 14 2014 01:00

The Library Committee is sponsoring a day trip to Monticello (Home of Thomas Jefferson), on Tuesday, May 13, leaving our parking lot at 7:30 AM. The cost will be $76.00, which will include lunch, tour ticket, bus and gratuities. We will be stopping for dinner on the way home; you will be on your own. Please contact Lillie Barrett (301-855-7829) for reservations and questions.
Apr 10 2014 01:00

Children through 5th grade are invited to join in the Annual Parish Easter Egg Hunt in the churchyard on Easter Day beginning at 10 AM. Bring your basket and meet in your church school classroom. Come join in the fun!
Apr 10 2014 01:00

Workers will be installing the two columbariums for the St. James' Cemetery on Thursday, April 10th. Several trucks as well as a hydraulic crane will be arriving shortly after 9 AM and will be utilizing the gravel roadway to enter. We ask you to not utilize the gravel roadway or the asphalt roadways near the installation site. Persons not part of the installation crew must keep a safe distance during the operation at all times.
Apr 08 2014 08:31

Please join us for our 2014 Lenten Program, Embracing the Prophets in Contemporary Culture, session #5:

The Grief of Loss as Divine Judgement

6:00 PM Fellowship, 6:30 PM Soup Supper, 7:30 PM Program
Apr 06 2014 01:00

Crosses for Palm Sunday will be made in the Parish Hall kitchen on Saturday, April 12th at 8:30 AM. Everyone is invited to help!
Apr 05 2014 01:00

St James' Parish and Friendship United Methodist Church will be distributing groceries for Easter dinners on Saturday, April 19th. We hope that you will donate a ham (10-12 pounds each), provide donations for groceries and/or help us with packaging and distribution between 7-11 AM on the Saturday before Easter. This is a great opportunity for young families to help local families in need. Please put your ham in a kitchen refrigerator between April 6 and 16. We will gladly accept donations of peeps or chocolate bunnies to include with each family's groceries! If you have questions, please contact Linda Rines at Linda.Rines@comcast.net.
Apr 01 2014 00:00