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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Parenting Classes 
Dr. Alison Englar-Carlson, of the Pegasus School, will be with us in the Lab to provide helpful information for parents.

We have put together a series of parenting classes with Dr. Alison Englar-Carlson, an educational psychologist from the Pegasus School here in Newport Beach. The classes have met each Sunday in the Lab at 9 a.m. before the service, on March 1st and 8th. The class that was scheduled for March 29th will be rescheduled for a future date—we will post it when it is known.

Our topics are as follows, by Sunday:

  • March 1st: Allowing Your Child to Fail (video will be forthcoming)

  • March 8th: Boundary Setting and Effective Communication (video will be forthcoming)

  • TBD: Successful Parenting in the Digital Age


Feel free to invite your friends who are parents to this free resource! Childcare will be provided.

Girls Who Code classes begin at St. James 
Educational programming courses start on March 1st at 12 noon in the Lab.

Our Technology Team is bringing Girls Who Code to St. James! Barbara Stachelski will be teaching the girls starting March 1st in the Lab (and continuing March 15th), as well as in April and May. Please contact Barbara Stachelski if you are interested in having your daughters attend the course at Due to the suspension of services at St. James on the 15th, we will conduct the class virtually.


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.

‘Sustaining Earth,
Our Island Home’ canceled for the rest of Lent
We will reschedule our guest speakers for sometime in the future.

Due to the COVID-19 outbreak, and the cessation of in-person classes at UCI until the fall, the UCI scientists who were to have participated in the remaining weeks of our Lenten program have canceled their appearances. We hope to reschedule this informative and educational program at a later date, and thank Travis Huxman for his presentation that he gave on March 4th..

Download our 2020 Lenten program brochure [PDF file], on “Sustaining Earth, Our Island Home” here. to find out more details about the program, which we hope to reschedule when circumstances permit. 

March 4: Travis Huxman on “Is California Losing Its Cool?” looking at the changing ecology of Southern California (birds, bees, etc.). Video will be posted soon.


March 29th Newport Jazz Vespers canceled

Jazz Vespers is a synthesis of the Episcopal liturgy with the improvisational give-and-take of contemporary jazz. This profoundly spiritual blend of sound encompasses the range 
of emotions that define the human experience. The jazz ensemble will be led by the 
Rev. Norm Freeman, Jr., a Juilliard-trained percussionist who has performed 
with Barbra Streisand, Jessye Norman, and Kathleen Battle, 
among many others.

Owing to the concern about the spread of COVID-19, Fr. Norm and his musicians have opted to cancel the Jazz Vespers originally scheduled for March 29th. They hope to hold another Jazz Vespers service sometime in June.

Inner Sanctuary 
A spirituality class on Wednesday mornings, 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 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. Rev. Susan’s spirituality group, Inner Sanctuary, meets every Wednesday from 10 to 11:30 a.m. upstairs in the Upper Room. The group is taking a hiatus during Lent, but will start up again after Easter.











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

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.

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