Welcome to St. James!
“Every person is welcome at God’s Table”—this is what we say every Sunday morning, and we truly mean it. It guides our lives and our ministries here at St. James, Kent. Whoever you are—whatever your story, your circumstances, your hopes, and your gifts—you are truly and completely welcome with us.
Come to explore God’s bounty with us through a variety of worship styles in the beautiful Episcopal tradition, through study and fellowship, and through community service. We hope you will feel at home here, and we know you will make us stronger with your presence. Have fun exploring our new website and reach out to make contact. Better yet, Come and visit us, and let’s experience God’s grace together.
St. James worships through four liturgies each week, as well as several additional alternative worship services throughout the year, such as our Waiting in Starlight service (Dec. 3 this year at 7 p.m.).
Sundays at 8 a.m., we worship through a Rite I Contemplative Eucharist with Taizé. Coffee hour follows in the Glass Porch.
Sundays at 10:30 a.m., we host a Rite II Choral Eucharist with organ and choir. Childcare is available at this service (0-48 months and K–5 Godly Play), coffee hour follows in the Parish Hall. This is our most popular service.
Wednesday at 10 a.m., we offer a Rite I Eucharist service in the chapel.
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Starting July 2 and continuing through Homecoming Sunday in September, our Sunday services will switch to a summer schedule.
9:00 a.m. Traditional Eucharist with hymns and organ
11:00 a.m. Contemporary Family Eucharist with praise band and crafts/activities (followed by a free community lunch on the second Sunday of the month)
Our Sunday services will switch to a summer schedule starting July 2.
• 9:30 a.m. – Traditional Eucharist with hymns and organ
• 11 a.m. – Contemporary Family Eucharist with the Radiance band and crafts/activities (followed by a free community lunch on the second Sunday of the month).
• There are no 5 p.m. services
The Diocese of Olympia
The Episcopal Diocese of Olympia is a diocese of the Episcopal Church in Washington state west of the Cascade Range. The diocese started as a missionary district in 1853 and was formally established in 1910. It comprises 25,490 members in 92 congregations.
The name of the diocese refers to the region of “Olympia” and is not related to the state capital Olympia. The see city is Seattle, with St. Mark’s, Seattle the cathedral church of the diocese. The diocese is led by the Right Reverend Greg Rickel, the 8th Bishop of Olympia.
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The Episcopal Church
The Episcopal Church is the United States-based member church of the worldwide Anglican Communion. It is a Christian church divided into nine provinces and has dioceses in the United States, Taiwan, Micronesia, the Caribbean, Central and South America, as well as the Convocation of Episcopal Churches in Europe and the Navajoland Area Mission. The current Presiding Bishop of the Episcopal Church is Michael Curry, the first African-American bishop to serve in that position.
The church was organized after the American Revolution, when it became separate from the Church of England. The Episcopal Church describes itself as “Protestant, Yet Catholic” and considers itself to be apostolic, as it teaches that its bishops can be traced back to the apostles via holy orders. The Book of Common Prayer (BCP) is the United States version of the collection of traditional rites, blessings, liturgies, and prayers used throughout the Anglican Communion, and is central to Episcopalian worship.