Who We Are
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 invite all people to know and receive the infinite grace of God in Christ, and together grow in love of God and neighbor through service, worship, and study.
St. James Vision Statement
Our vision is for St. James Parish to be a committed, loving, supportive parish family that provides opportunity, encouragement, and nourishment for all to know Christ and make Christ known.
The establishment of St. James Parish occurred in November 1729 when the General Assembly of the colony of Carolina approved legislation which said: "The Southernmost Boundary of the Province shall be and is hereby appointed a separate and district parish by the name of St. James." Many years passed before the first church building was completed in 1751. In order to finish the ch…Read More »
Mt. Lebanon Chapel welcomes all who would worship here. We urge all who enter to spend a moment of quiet surrounded by the peace of God which passeth all understanding.
In the early 1830s, Dr. Thomas Henry Wright conceived the idea to build Lebanon Chapel. The chapel was to serve those members of St. James who lived in the vicinity of the Greenville, Wrightsville, M…Read More »
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 »