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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, as well as a full Sunday School program

Pet-friendly services

Free parking available 

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


Until Feb. 15th,  masks are required at St. James.
  • Please contact the church office (or call 949.675.0210) if you have any questions.

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Inner Sanctuary 

A spirituality class on Tuesday mornings—now meeting back at church— that invites you to ‘just be’ in the presence of God. 

There are those special places where we find ourselves drawn. They call out to our soul, saying, “Come—sit—just be.” When we do, invariably we are profoundly blessed. During these next weeks of the Inner Sanctuary experience, we will explore together the inner journey of spiritual transformation through a variety of perspectives and practices.  The Rev. Susan Purnell invites you to come—sit—just be.

Our series continues on Tuesday mornings, starting Jan. 4th, from 10:30 a.m. until 12 noon in the upstairs library at church. If you would like more information, please contact Rev. Susan

‘Let the same mind that was in Christ Jesus, be in you.’ 

—Philip 2:5

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We’re reading ‘The Universal Christ’ by Richard Rohr; next discussion this morning, Jan. 9th, at 9 a.m. in the Lab 

Rev. Cindy is recommending Richard Rohr’s The Universal Christ book to us. She writes, “I found The Universal Christ: How a Forgotten Reality Can Change Everything We See, Hope for, and Believe quite comforting, engaging, and challenging all at the same time, but most of all, full of hope. I commend this book to you if you want a more in-depth understanding of who Christ was and what it means for you to walk in his footsteps today.”


You may purchase a physical book at your local bookstore, or download a Kindle version from Amazon at

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 Livestream & 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.

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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.”