Welcome to St. James The Fisherman Episcopal Church
St. James the Fisherman Episcopal Church is a Christian community of loving, caring members, who reach out to welcome others through social action ministry and inspirational, sacramental worship.
***IN ORDER TO ASSIST THE COMMUNITY IN PREVENTING THE SPREAD OF THE COVID-19 VIRUS, IN-PERSON WORSHIP SERVICES HAVE BEEN SUSPENDED UNTIL CONDITIONS IMPROVE***
An update from the Rev. Farrell Graves, PhD.:
I continue to receive requests for drive-through communion. These come from a deep need to return to the nourishing worship we have known in the past. We are all missing many aspects of our lives these days, and we long in particular for the gathering of the church. Despite the hole its absence has left in us, there are compelling reasons to continue with morning prayer. Not only has the bishop of East Carolina dissuaded us from drive-in and drive-through services (words which call to mind commercial endeavors rather than sacred worship), there also would be no way to maintain the physical distancing requested by Governor Cooper and the Center for Disease Control to reduce the strain on our healthcare system and its workers and to limit the spread of the virus. (Brunswick county has seen a few additional recorded cases a week, but the county where I lived previously has been seeing as many as 1000 new cases a day.) In addition to these practical matters, I suspect that the receipt of a wafer would not fully satisfy the longing that we feel for the body of Christ. The meaning of communion is found not merely in the receiving of a wafer, but in the entire context in which this occurs, chief of which is the gathering of the body of Christ in prayer and thanksgiving. I share with you a longing for the day when we once again can receive the benefit of that gathering, but until then, we must dig deep into the word and prayer through morning prayer. This time is somewhat like a monastic retreat where we pray the daily office in isolation from the rest of the body of Christ, yet in anticipation of once again gathering together. Let us pray that that day comes soon. Farrell+
However, we are now very pleased to offer online services. Please see the schedule and links to worship materials below.
Said Compline: Tuesdays, 8:30 PM Morning Prayer: Wednesdays, 10:00 AM Chanted Compline: Thursdays, 8:30 PM Morning Prayer with Homily: Sundays, 9:00 AM