Welcome to St. James's Episcopal Church in Cambridge, MA, a community known for its diversity, enthusiasm and joy in the Gospel.
Holy Eucharist Rite I, Sunday 8:00am in the side chapel; Holy Eucharist Rite II with music, Sunday 10:30am (Nursery for toddlers available in the Vestry); Church School begins at 10:15 for children ages 4-10 at Pine Village Preschool (2067 Mass. Ave.) & for children 11-18 at 2161 Mass. Ave.
St. James Place Project Moves Forward!
St. James’s Episcopal Church and Oaktree Development are pleased to announce that following a settlement between the parties, the existing lawsuit concerning the planned redevelopment of the existing car wash and parish house has been dismissed. The redevelopment project is located at the corner of Beech St and Mass Avenue in Porter Square. The new addition to St James’s will provide attractive and much-needed housing as well as parish house facilities for the church. It is also planned that the project will help preserve the newly refurbished historic Richardsonian neo-Romanesque church and its beautiful garden.
Having anchored the Beech St. corner since 1864, St. James's made an innovative partnership with Oaktree Development to build 46 LEED-certifiable apartment residences above the church’s ground-floor parish house. Five of the new residences will be affordable, and the new, first-floor parish house will be totally handicap accessible, opening into the church's Knights Garden. Within easy walking distance of shopping, the T, and the commuter rail, the new mixed-use building is an outstanding example of "smart growth" along the Massachusetts Ave corridor.
The church's "new neighbors" in the apartments above will have access to the church's children's play yard, and will overlook the church and its garden. The church's and the residents' parking will be under the building. Planted in 1910, the original garden was a collaboration between the church and the Masons, using a plant list from city planner John Nolen. The refurbished garden design has had the benefit of extensive input from the St James’s congregation as well as engaged neighbors, and will, as always, remain fully open to neighbors and the public during daylight hours. The church looks forward to having its library and parish house entrance right on Massachusetts Ave for the first time in its history. Having worked together to achieve such an amenity for public enjoyment, Oaktree, St James’s and its neighbors are now glad to be finally moving forward.
If you would like an update on construction plans, go to the Saint James Place construction website at http://saintjamescambridge.com/.
Meanwhile, enjoy our FAQ sheet on the restoration plans below!
See the history of St. James's church and garden, and our exciting redevelopment plans in detail in the PowerPoint presentation below:
The Holy Currencies:
6 Blessings that Sustain Missional Ministries at St. James's
At St. James's, we’re talking about ALL the “Holy Currencies” and how they increase and support each other and in turn, support us to pursue God’s Mission in a sustainable way at St. James’s. So what are "The Holy Currencies?" We know about the Currency of Money. But as any "endowed parish" knows, money alone doesn't sustain a vibrant ministry, nor keep it focused on God's Mission of justice and mercy, advocacy and reconciliation in a world that, despite its inherent beauty and abundant creative energy, is divided, unjust and broken. For that, we need other "currencies" less quantifiable but no less critical, and those currencies need to flow one into another, multiplying each other endlessly to energize God's Mission. The need for a flowing Currency of Time & Place is one we know poignantly well, as we await the building of our new parish house, since we have had to find currency of place by the grace of our neighbors, the Pine Village Preschool for our church school, the Friends for our offices and Women's Meal, the Fresh Pond Apartments for our Food Pantry, and as we find our schedules impacted and our anxiety rising at our over commitment, finding currency of time hard to dispense in the flood tide of priorities in our lives. Time & Place depend upon and flow from another Currency, the Currency of Relationship. It is the desire for relationship that motivates parishioners to offer their houses for a Newcomers' Meal or a Lenten Class. It is the fruit of relationship that enables us to expand our "footprint" from the Food Pantry to the "Cooking Nights" at Fresh Pond so our guests at the Food Pantry become our friends. And it's the fruit of relationship that supports the vibrancy of our parish life “in diaspora,” relying on the kindness of our neighbors as we wait to build our parish house. Currency of Relationship flows directly from the Currency of Truth, in which everyone in a congregation feels heard, can express their views without rancor, and stretches to listen carefully and hear the views of people very different from themselves, and in which we become able to hear and be moved to action by "the cries of the poor" in our surrounding community. The prison ministry, the Anti-Oppression Team, and the Outdoor Church are all places where the currency of Truth flourishes at St. James's. And it's Currency of Gracious Leadership that keeps that space open and inviting for both Relationship and Truth to expand and deepen in worship, formation, and outreach ministry. All these Currencies - Money, Time & Place, Relationship, Gracious Leadership, and Truth - flow together to enhance our fundamental Currency of Wellness, that rootedness in God's goodness, love and abundance that grounds itself in worship and reminds us that we are each of us beloved of God and gifted to increase God's love in the needy world.
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St James's Episcopal Church - 1991 Massachusetts Ave, Cambridge MA 02140
Offices located at 2161 Massachusetts Avenue at Milton Street
New Parking for St. James's during construction!
When we begin construction, we will be using the parking lot behind the Henderson Carriage House on Mass Ave. To get there, you go west on Mass Ave, pass the Speedway Station on your right, and immediately after the Speedway station, turn right on Hadley Street. Then turn left into the parking lot.
Weekday evenings after 6 pm, Saturday and Sundays only.