Events & Programs

St. James  sponsors or participates in many annual and several one-of-a-kind special events during the year, including our always popular Blessing of the Animals, our Mardi Gras feast, and other seasonal celebrations. We offer spiritual travel experiences and quarterly book readings and discussions are offered to enhance worship development and personal growth. For more information about what we can offer you, please send us an email at

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American Nations and Sacred Ground
New series explores how diversity, ethnicity, and faith shaped our  country of immigrants

Our next topic we are about to delve into is the subject of diversity, ethnicity, and faith, within the context of our country of immigrants. Over the past several months, I have researched, read several books, and watched multiple videos, films, and documentaries on the subject. I have also discussed many of these options with several of you along the way. I recently finished reading the book, American Nations: A History of the Eleven Rival Regional Cultures of North America by Colin Woodard, that had a profound impact on me with many epiphany-moments along the way.


The book shaped my thoughts for this fall’s program, along with a 10-part film-based dialogue series called “Sacred Ground,” methodically created by our national Episcopal Church. Both the book and the series helped me reach a much deeper understanding of the roots of our country, our multi-ethnicity and how it has shaped our society today, our political backgrounds and beliefs, our perspectives and to some degree, how it has been the genesis of our polarization in society today.

For more information, check out the details here. I hope you will join me on this journey of exploration.


Inner Sanctuary 
A spirituality class on Tuesday mornings on Zoom, that invites you to ‘just be’ in the presence of God. Our new series, “Letting It Be: Journey through the Darkness into the Divine New Beginning” begins on Dec. 1st.

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 latest eight-week series begin on Dec. 1st on Tuesday mornings from 10:30 a.m. until 12 noon, on Zoom. 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

Girls Who Code classes continue in-person and virtually at St. James 
Educational programming courses resumed on Sept. 20th.

Our Technology Team has brought Girls Who Code to St. James! Barbara Stachelski is teaching the girls. Originally we started in the Lab on our church campus, but since the shelter-in-place orders, we have been conducting the classes via Zoom on Sundays. We recently started the fall semester with a combination of Zoom and in-person participants. This fall sees the addition of a high-school age class for grades 9–12. Boys are also welcome to join the classes, too. 

Please contact Barbara Stachelski if you are interested in having your children attend the course at


Who Are Girls Who Code?

They are an international nonprofit seeking to inspire, educate, and equip girls with the computing skills to pursue 21st century opportunities. Girls Who Code has served over 185,000 students across the U.S. and Canada since launching in 2012. Their alumni major in Computer Science and related fields at a rate 15 times higher than the national average. Half of the girls they have served are from historically underrepresented groups.

Global Travels 
Throughout the year

Our dynamic and convivial congregation loves to take our faith and thirst for learning across the country and around the globe. As a group, we performed DNA tests and then traveled to Washington D.C. to visit the African American Museum. Coming up next, we will be traveling to Spain to walk the historic Camino de Santiago as a spiritual family—an adventure of a lifetime.











St. James in the News


Most Influential 2017: Meet the 100 top influencers in Orange County 

Rev. Canon Cindy Voorhees #4 of 101

(Orange County Register, Dec. 22, 2017

To see Rev. Cindy, scroll through images to #4.

Click here to read article


Around Town: Local events will bless the pets (Orange Coast Daily Pilot, Sept. 28, 2017)

Click here to read article


Newport Beach Church Members Test Their DNA as Part of Race Project (Orange County Register, June, 12, 2017)

Click here to read article

Newport woman is off to France to help refugee children (Orange Coast Daily Pilot, Feb. 25, 2017)

Click here to read article

New book to read:
‘Ten Lessons for a Post-
Pandemic World’ 

This winter Rev. Cindy is asking us to read Fareed Zakaria’s new book, Ten Lessons for a Post-Pandemic World, as a primer for us at St, James to imagine 2021 and beyond. “With the vaccine just weeks away from us and hopefully signaling that we’ll be back in community soon,” Rev. Cindy writes, “we can begin reimagining our future. Our priorities will shift from five years ago. Our kids will return a year older. Families that you haven’t met, who joined us virtually, will be attending church live and in-person. It’s all pretty exciting, if you ask me! There will be so much opportunity to continue ‘Engaging Our Faith,’ doing good, remaining inclusive, and leveraging our technology. While we will remain the open and resilient church we always have been, I am certain we will be able to reach more people with the Good News!

     “This Epiphany let’s do our part to bring in the Kingdom of God. I believe Fareed Zakaria’s new book, Ten Lessons for a Post Pandemic World. will inspire us to do just that!”

     You can order the print book from Amazon at or the Kindle e-book version here:

Help save a life! The Red Cross Blood Drive returns to St. James on March 9th

Our Red Cross Blood Drives were such a success last year, we're doing it again on Tuesday, March 9th in the Great Hall here at St. James, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. To find out how to sign up and register for the blood drive, see this page for more information.

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