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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
Time 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) 


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You’ve got questions? Our experts have answers, along with lots of pizza! 

Back by popular demand, ‘Three Priests and a Theologian’ night happens on Friday, Aug. 20th at 6 p.m. in the Great Hall.

It sounds like it ought to be the beginning of a joke, right? “Three priests and a theologian walk into a bar...” (or, in our case, the Great Hall). It’s no joke—back by popular demand, come join three of our priests and our resident theologian, Dr. Bill Yarchin, on Friday, Aug. 20th at 6 p.m. for a pizza party and a lively discussion. Bring your theological or biblical questions and our resident experts will answer them! (Look for a Punchbowl invitation to RSVP in the next few weeks, or else email to let us know you’ll be coming.) You may find this book list helpful in discussing Biblical or theological topics.

Kids’ game night:
Aug. 20th at 6 p.m.

While the adults are getting their weighty theological questions answered in the Great Hall that evening, the kids and their friends are invited to a fun party of their own! We‘ll have a bounce house, and fun and games for everyone!

Now that we have in-person worship again, masks are optional for vaccinated people, but if you haven’t been vaccinated, please wear a mask.  
  • Please contact the church office (or call 949.675.0210) if you have any questions.

Backpacks and pencils and lots of highlighters—help kids get a good start to the school year!  

Benefit underserved kids through Families Forward by your donations of backpacks and other school supplies.

A new backpack on that first day of school, stuffed with supplies, sure fills kids with confidence, doesn’t it? We invite our church community to come together and give every student that same “back-to-school” opportunity. St. James is gathering backpacks and school supplies to be distributed by the nonprofit organization Families Forward to kids in need. Grade-appropriate school supplies and backpacks will be distributed to low-income elementary-, middle-, and high-school students in August, helping them start on the same foot as their peers, and building their confidence for the coming school year.

For a list of what items are needed, see the list on our events page.

Just bring your donated items each Sunday in July and drop them in our outreach bin. Alternatively, you can shop for these items online and then have Amazon (or whoever) ship them to our church address (3209 Via Lido, Newport Beach, CA 92663) and add “ATTN: Backpack Drive" to the address line.

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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