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Welcome to St James’ Anglican Church
At St James’ you will find an inclusive, diverse community ready to welcome you. St James’ is an Anglo-Catholic parish, part of the Diocese of New Westminster, in the Anglican Church of Canada. We lead a prayerful, gospel led, sacramental life and welcome all people to our community and times of worship. St James’ Church is an LGBTQ affirming congregation.
As we journey through this pandemic, worship at St. James’ continues.
Until public health restrictions are lifted, there will be one Sunday service: an online Liturgy at Home, via Zoom at 10:30 am.
The Zoom Meeting ID Number and phone-in number will be published weekly in the NEWS page of this website and in The Thurible.
The Daily Office continues to be said at 9 am and 5 pm, online via Zoom (contact the Parish Office for details.) The Mass is being offered regularly in church, though sadly behind locked doors. The Parish Intercession Lists, which are being kept up to date, are being prayed daily. Please direct any prayer requests to the Parish Office: [email protected] or 604-685-2532.
This is an unprecedented time of global crisis; the world as we knew it is turned upside down. All of us are living in the midst of uncertainty and fear, to a greater or lesser degree. Our geographical parish, the Downtown Eastside (DTES), is particularly vulnerable. As for most churches, St. James’ capacity to open is limited, for the safety and well-being of the whole community.
Despite this, it is all the more important that the life of the Church, the Opus Dei, Work of God, goes on. As Christians, it is still our duty and our joy to praise our Creator God, and to offer our prayers — of intercession, anguish and lament — on behalf of the world God loves so much that he came to share its — our — life in Jesus, God’s own Son. We draw strength and hope from our faith that this Jesus who gave himself for us on the cross is risen, and now promises to us, and all creation, a share in his new life.
Those who live close to St. James’ may hear the Angelus ring from the tower; this is an audible sign that the Church is praying for the parish, the DTES, the healthcare system, and for a swift resolution to this pandemic. In the midst of all the news and commentary, find space to be still, and to voice your prayers: the Psalms, the Angelus, the Lord’s Prayer.
Fr Matthew and the Street Outreach Initiative continue to work closely with community networks in the DTES in response to the pandemic. For further information go to www.dtesresponse.ca.
To subscribe to the weekly newsletter, The Thurible, scroll to the bottom of this page to sign up, or email the church office ([email protected]) with your name and email address.
Due to the continuing COVID-19 outbreak, there will be no Sung Mass in St. James’ on Sundays. During this time, the Sunday Liturgy at Home via Zoom will be offered at 10:30 am. Be sure that the Church’s prayer continues, for the Downtown Eastside, our medical services, and for an end to this pandemic. For details of Sunday Worship via Zoom and other updates, please see the NEWS section.