St. James Parish plays a vital role in the Wilmington community and a welcoming space for all.
Part of our heritage as Episcopalians is that our lives are centered around worship that engages the energy of the entire congregation. Therefore, full and deliberate participation by everyone is encouraged, through singing hymns, psalms, and canticles; and in reciting prayers with devotion to the unity of worship as a common experience focused in The Book of Common Prayer.
St. James Mission Statement
To welcome all to grow in love of God and neighbor.
St. James Vision Statement
To build community through ministries that strengthen our faith.
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St. James Parish was established in 1729 when the North Carolina General Assembly passed an act establishing "New Hanover Precinct", which included a "separate and district parish by the name of St. James." As such, the parish was an official establishment of the Church of England within the New Hanover Precinct in those pre-revolutionary days. Church services were originally h…Read More »
Meet the Clergy and Staff of St. James Episcopal Church in downtown Wilmington, NC.
Vestry members serve as trustees of the parish, taking charge of church property and regulating its temporal (secular) concerns. The vestry consists of lay people elected by communicants in good standing, ages 16 and older. In general, vestry members help minister in whatever manner is appropriate to the laity for the furtherance of the gospel. The vestry speaks for the people of…Read More »
Get to know the St. James Parish Community through our different ministry areas!
The ministry of St. James Parish would not be possible without the work of our staff and lay leaders! Together, we support those behind the scenes tasks that make each service, outreach opportunity, event, and concert possible.