St. James’ Episcopal Church currently offers five weekly worship services:
- Sunday morning, 8 am: A quiet service, without music, guided by the Book of Common Prayer, allowing for reflection and thanksgiving to God in a spirit of contemplation.
- Sunday morning, 10:15 am: The principal weekly service, a celebration of God’s love and the Spirit’s work in the world, with joyous music and fellowship. Family-oriented and coordinated with child care and Children’s Christian Formation programs.
- Sunday afternoon, 1:00 pm: Our Spanish-language service, bringing together communities and cultures to celebrate God in the Episcopal tradition.
- Sunday evening, 5:30 pm: A creative, contemporary service, using a liturgy from the New Zealand Book of Common Prayer and inspired by the spiritual needs of Austin’s music community.
- Wednesday morning, 8:00 am: A weekly morning prayer service accompanied by a shared meal and fellowship.
Members of St. James’ actively participate in worship services as:
- Lectors (reading the appointed lessons for each week)
- Intercessors (leading the Prayers of the People)
- Eucharistic Ministers (serving the chalice during Holy Communion)
- Ushers (greeting members and visitors and providing assistance)
- Acolytes (assisting clergy and lay leaders during services)
- Altar Guild (caring for and preparing the altar and sacred vessels)
- Musicians and choir members
- Eucharistic visitors to church members unable to attend services
Programs for Children and Youth
We serve God by assisting in the formation of Christians from birth through age 12, using hands-on, child-centered programs nestled in a diverse, loving, and Episcopal community.
- Nursery for birth to age 3: Loving care during church services and select meetings
- Catechesis of the Good Shepherd for age 3-9: A Montessori-based program in which young children work, pray, play, engage, and come to know and love Christ, the Good Shepherd
- Godly Play for age 10-12: Children become more fully aware of the mystery of God’s presence in their lives through parable, sacred story, silence, and liturgical action
- Journey to Adulthood and Episcopal Youth Community for age 13-18: Youth group and spiritual formation that encourages relational ministry and uses Bible study, prayer, rites of passage, outreach ministries and both serious and playful activities to underscore that manhood and womanhood are free gifts from God, but that adulthood must be earned