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
  • 11 AM Holy Eucharist, St. James' Church
  • 5:30 PM Holy Eucharist, St. James' Church
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This Sunday's Readings:
Revelation 7:9-17 and Psalm 34:1-10, 22 * 1 John 3:1-3 * Matthew 5:1-12

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28th Annual Advent Messiah Sing-Along

Sunday, November 30th

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 30th, at 4 PM 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.

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Recent Announcements

The Outreach Committee will coordinate distribution of Holiday meals on Saturday, November 22nd (Thanksgiving baskets) and again on December 20th (Christmas baskets) from 7-11 AM. This is a great family service opportunity!

Please contact Linda Rines at Linda.Rines@comcast.net if you can help! Donations of frozen turkeys are needed as well as cash contributions to purchase the other food items for the baskets. Thanks for supporting this St. James' Parish ministry and helping to provide holiday meals to those members of our community in need.
Oct 20 2014 01:00

Thanks to the generosity of our sponsors, our Messiah Sing-Along is fully funded for both fall and spring. All donations at these events will go to the Salvation Army (fall) and the Community Assistance Fund (spring). The fall Messiah Sing-Along will be held on Sunday, November 30th.
Oct 19 2014 01:00

The youth in the J2A class would like to provide a ministry of service to parishioners in need of a little help on a project at home. If you are in need of a little assistance, please contact one of the J2A mentors, Sted Wolf at cwolf@usgbc.org, Linda Dinges at ldinges@mtb.com, or Norma Dorsey at ndorsey53@gmail.com for more information.
Oct 17 2014 01:00

Children of all ages, young and old (hint: adults), are invited to dress up and enjoy fellowship in St. James' Parish Hall. Preschoolers through 5th graders will enjoy dinner at 6 PM, followed by fun and games beginning at 7 PM. All parishioners are invited to bring their cars to the parking lot for the Trunk or Treat. Decorate your trunks with your favorite All Hallows' Eve decorations and pass out treats to our young people who will visit each car starting at 7 PM.

For more information or to sign up, please contact Dawn Campbell+ at dawncampbell@stjameslothian.com.
Oct 10 2014 01:00

The 2015 Annual Parish Celebration will be held in January. At that time, three members will be rotating off the Vestry and will be replaced with new parishioners.

Two Leadership Workshops have been scheduled in order to provide information to parishioners who might be interested in learning more about what it is like to serve in a leadership position on the Vestry. The workshops will be held on Saturday, November 22 (10 AM - noon) and Monday, November 24 (7-9 PM) in the Choir Room.

Please give prayerful thought to a call to serve. For additional information, or to register for one of the workshops. please contact the Rector at ticknor@stjameslothian.com.
Oct 08 2014 01:00