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Welcome, and thank you for visiting St. James online. We hope that our website highlights the wide variety of worship, fellowship and service opportunities available to you. Please feel free to read more about our church on this site and we warmly invite you to come in for a visit.  Wherever you are in your spiritual journey, we welcome you to join us!

Our Mission


St. James embraces Christ’s teachings as a way of life, and is an inclusive, relevant and dynamic spiritual community whose mission is spreading the Gospel to the world. 


Friendly and relevant, we welcome all to join us for worship and events.


Harnessing technology and empowering individuals on their spiritual journey.​​

Doing Good

Taking action to do God's work in our local community and around the world.

Community Church


We are vibrant and committed spiritual community who are called to bring the teachings of Christ to our local community in a positive, caring way that fosters inclusion and  progressive thinking. We believe the essence and purpose of a local community church is to serve the greater community and we actively pursue this goal every day.

We gather for worship and Christian education every Sunday morning, with licensed infant and childcare provided. Our service time is centered in ancient traditions with modern forms and a relevant contemporary message.
Come join us! 

Sunday Service
10:00 a.m.
We’re always live-streaming on Sundays, too—see our video page for our Sunday services.

St. James Episcopal Church

3209 Via Lido
Newport Beach, CA 92663

Tel: 949.675.0210


Children’s church for all ages
(see our Sunday School e-newsletter, if you’re on our mailing list) 

Childcare provided (a full Sunday School program resumes in the fall) 

Pet-friendly services

Free parking available 

Fabulous hospitality after service (hospitality will return when health and safety permit) 


Now that we have in-person worship again, masks, physical distancing all part of protocols  
  • Masks are required

  • Physical distancing

  • Read this document outlining the steps we're taking to ensure safety

  • Please contact the church office (or call 949.675.0210) if you have any questions.

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June is Pride Month
at St. James

Rev. Cindy invites us to join our LGBTQ community and celebrate Pride month this June like never before! The Pride Team has assembled a wonderful array of activities, information, education, gifts and goodies to thank you for your support as allies in the quest for equality. Please join Rev. Cindy in the transformation from the unfortunate past at St. James many years ago to a complete rebirth with love and inclusion for all as we celebrate diversity, unity, and “love is love” this month! 

Details on our activities are found at our Pride page.

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Book to read: ‘The Prophets,’ by Robert Jones, Jr. 

We tend to think about the gay community and its progress in the last 60 years, but how do we think about it in terms of centuries ago? Or what it must have been like to be an LGBTQ person as an African slave in the newly formed United States? Of course there were gay slaves. The Prophets is a beautifully written piece of literature. It is an eye-opening, captivating, challenging novel that is worth the read. Playing off biblical names, The Prophets is sure to encourage discussion, thoughtful reflection and deep prayer about our past, present and future. We have copies available at the ushers’ table, or you can get it at your local bookstore, or on Amazon in hardcover, large-print paperback, or Kindle formats.

See Rev. Cindy’s “Altarside Chat” with Dr. Richard Matthew from UCI about Earth Day and what we can do to be good stewards of creation  

On Sunday, April 18th, Rev. Cindy had an “Altarside Chat” during the service, where she interviewed Dr. Richard Matthews from UCI and the Blum Center, about his work and research in environmental studies and how we can all be good stewards of creation. You can view the interview in the YouTube link, above.

Richard A. Matthew (B.A., McGill; Ph.D., Princeton) is Associate Dean for Research and International Programs; Professor of Urban Planning and Public Policy; and Director of the Blum Center for Poverty Alleviation ( at UC Irvine. He is also a Senior Fellow at IISD in Geneva, a member of the United Nations Expert Group on Environment, Conflict and Peacebuilding, and the Vice-President of the Environmental Peacebuilding Association ( He is PI of an NSF EAGER project, and Co-PI of the FloodRISE and SedRise projects ( He has served on several UN peacebuilding missions, including two that he led to Sierra Leone. His research focuses on understanding and addressing human security and conservation challenges at the intersection of severe environmental stress, extreme poverty and violent conflict. He has done extensive fieldwork in conflict and disaster zones worldwide. He has given four TEDx talks (including this one, from TEDx South Coast) and been a featured storyteller on “The Moth” twice. He has over 180 publications.

For more events, please visit our Events page.

Giving to St. James

Thank you! We sincerely appreciate your interest and support. To make a donation,  you can click the button below which will take you to our PayPal account, where you may pay with PayPal or with credit cards.

Or, you may contribute using the following smartphone apps:

SQUARE’S CASH APP: Use the cashtag $StJamesNewport

VENMO: Use the account ID @StJamesNewport

 ZELLE: Use the email

Alternatively, you can mail a check to our church office:

St. James Episcopal Church

3209 Via Lido

Newport Beach, CA 92663

Tel: 949.675.0210

Federal Tax ID 501(c)(3)


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This Week’s Sermon

We are delighted to offer the ability to attend Sunday services remotely via our YouTube broadcast beginning at 10 a.m. (recorded services are also on our YouTube channel). 

Click here to watch the service live on Sunday morning (or at any time thereafter) and to view a sampling of previous sermons.

Hear Rev. Cindy’s Podcast, ‘Spiritual Architect’

The Spiritual Architect podcast hosted by Rev. Cindy works to build bridges between faith and current events through education and dialogue. 

     You can find Spiritual Architect on Apple Podcasts here (it can also be found on other podcast apps, such as Overcast or Google Podcasts). Or, you can go to Rev. Cindy’s Soundcloud page and listen to episodes. Recent episodes include “Forgiveness,”  “Silence,” and “Superhero.”

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