"I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me drink, I was a stranger and you welcomed me."-- Matthew 25:35
We love having visitors at St. James! Here is some information we hope will make your efforts to be with us a little bit easier:
St. James Episcopal Church is located 205 N. Fourth between Florida and Convention Streets in downtown Baton Rouge. Traveling via Interstate from the north, the Florida Street exit leads toward Fourth Street; from the south/east, take the Convention Street exit toward Fourth Street.
Upon arrival at St. James, you will find some curbside parking along Convention Street between N. Fourth and N. Fifth Streets, and the east side of N. Fourth Street, including spots reserved for those with handicapped tags or plates. Across N. Fourth Street from the front of the church, the St. James parking lot offers free parking. The All-Right lot accessible from Convention Street also offers free parking on Sunday for those attending our services.
Should you need or desire it, our professionally staffed nursery is in Werlein Hall (Day School building) while some renovations are underway in its usual Parish Hall location. Please follow the signs to the nursery location. Nursery care is for children four years old and younger. Your children are welcome in church, as well.
During the school year, a special Children's Church service is held in the choir room (on the second floor of the Parish Hall) at the start of the Sunday service where the children hear a lesson on the readings for the day, engage in an activity or craft, enjoy singing, and come to the church in time for communion with their family. Also during the school year, Sunday school classes in the Catechesis of the Good Shepherd curriculum are offered for children 3-6 and 6-9 years of age in their dedicated space, also on the second floor of the Parish Hall.
We celebrate the Holy Eucharist, also known as the Lord’s Supper or Holy Communion, at three services on Sundays:
7:30 a.m. – Holy Eucharist
A traditional Rite 1 service, without music, in the church.
10:30 a.m. – Holy Eucharist
A traditional Rite 2 service with organ, cantors, and choir. During the school year, the Cherub Choir or St. James Treble Choir also sing.
5:00 p.m. – Holy Eucharist
A Rite 2 service, without music, in the Chapel of the Twelve Apostles.
A service of Holy Eucharist, with special prayers for healing and anointing with oil (Unction) for those desiring it, is offered at noon on Wednesdays in the Chapel of the Twelve Apostles.
All baptized Christians, no matter age or religious tradition, are welcome to receive communion.
The Episcopal Church invites all baptized people to partake in Holy Communion, not because we take the Eucharist lightly, but because we take our baptism so seriously. Visitors who are not baptized Christians are welcome to come forward during the communion to receive a blessing.
At St. James, we come to the altar for communion (our ushers will prompt each pew row to avoid traffic jams at the chancel steps), and receive the bread (host) first, then a sip from the chalice. Intinction is another method of receiving communion, whereby the bread is dipped into the chalice, so that one receives the bread and wine together. It is also perfectly acceptable to receive the communion host only. The practice of receiving communion varies from parishioner to parishioner, and all are valid. If the chancel steps are an impediment to you, please advise an usher and the priest will bring the elements to you in your pew.
About four times a year, generally on the fifth Sunday of a month, we'll have a Hearty Breakfast in Bishops Hall starting about 8:00 a.m., to which all our neighbors living on the streets or in area shelters are invited. Volunteers are invited to help welcome and serve our guests, as well as share in the meal. The meal and clean-up is over in time to attend services.
You are invited to come experience ancient traditions, modern thought and service to our community at St. James.