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Sacred Spaces at St. James’s

Many of the spaces within our West Franklin Street campus have special meaning for parishioners and visitors. The articles below come from a series published quarterly in our Chimes magazine that goes to all parishioners. We hope it will help every visitor on our website find the places that might have meaning in their own spiritual journey. For information on our church, please email Anita Lisk or Russell Lawson.

Michaux House Parlors

Sacred Spaces by Harry Moore You walk past them every Sunday on your way to coffee hour or for a Wednesday night dinner or for a celebration in Valentine Hall. You may even stop and sit to reflect on the day or just have a quiet moment before becoming completely engaged in an activity in […]

Parish House

Sacred Spaces by Harry Moore Most days, the Parish House is a center of buzzing activity.  There is a steady flow of people and visitors with constant interaction with the staff and clergy. Once a grand home on Franklin Street, the Parish House was acquired after the church moved to its present location in 1912.  […]

Michaux House Kitchen

Sacred Spaces by Harry Moore We’ve just experienced a glorious Feast, The Taste of St. James’s is next week, and before you blink, Mardi Gras will be here. Between all of these “major” events, Wednesday night dinners are served, the hospitality team is constantly working to make special occasions meaningful, Food Force Teams are preparing […]

The Chimes

Sacred Spaces by Matt Presson Next time you find yourself next to the exterior of the sanctuary, take a look at how precisely and tightly the bricks still fit together, and how truly straight and clear-cut the dimensions and angles of the walls remain after 105 years of wind and water and engine exhaust and […]

The Pews

We understand that visitors and newcomers may be a bit lost during the service. Don’t worry, you are in good company. Many people sitting in the pews with you did not grow up in the Episcopal Church, but were drawn to the serenity and beauty of the liturgy, the love of tradition balanced with the […]


In many ways, the Sacristy is central to our worship service. Each Saturday, the faithful Altar Guild scurries around the Sanctuary from their hub, the Sacristy.  One carries the newly arranged flowers and places behind the Altar.  One goes to the Ambry, and gathers the consecrated elements to prepare home kits for LEMs. The Fair […]

Sanctuary Nave

Majestic If I could pick one word to describe our Nave/Sanctuary, it would be majestic.  By definition, that means impressive or dignified.  It is that, but so much more.  Large, yes; imposing, definitely no. It is impossible to enter without reading the words “Be Ye Doers of the Word and Not Hearers Only” from the […]

Valentine Hall

When we moved into Michaux House several years ago, we were greeted by a beautiful gathering space, fittingly named Valentine Hall in honor of Henry and Peggy Valentine.  With this month’s Chimes theme about Servant Sunday, it could not be more appropriate to recognize this holiest of spaces. Thinking back on the continuous use it […]

Memorial Garden

One of the most sacred spaces at St. James’s is the Memorial Garden.  Sometimes, we casually walk through it, not even thinking about the significance of the space.  Other times, though, we pause, perhaps take a seat, and spend a few minutes in silent reverence. Our Memorial Garden is now the final resting place for […]

Choir Room

Propter chorum (for the good of the choir) Drive down West Franklin St. past St. James’s on Wednesday or Thursday night. You’ll see lights burning brightly on the 2nd floor of Gibson Hall — the choir room. From the street you’ll hear the sound of voices — sometimes broken into parts, sometimes combined in glorious […]

The Chapel

Have you been in the Chapel for a service?  An evening prayer?  A wedding?  Eucharist?  If the answer is ‘Yes’, you understand the closeness of community when seated or when gathered at the Altar rail.  Behind is the Alpha / Omega window, a reminder that our Christ is ever present…the beginning and the end.  Do […]

The Narthex

The entry way to the church is called the narthex, a word that comes from the Greek for “small case.” Originally the enclosed vestibule or porch to a basilica, where penitents and catechumans stood during a service. St. James’s narthex is where first impressions of our church are made.  It’s a place for a warm […]