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Episcopal Church

Frequently Asked Questions


Q: When should we arrive for Sunday services?
A: Plan to arrive 10 – 15 minutes before the start of Sunday services at 9:00 a.m. and park in one of the spaces at the front of the church. Allow one of our friendly greeters to help you find a seat and give you a yellow book guide to the service. Please sign the guest book as you enter the sanctuary. You are invited to join us in the Parish Hall after the service for coffee and give us an opportunity to get acquainted.

Q: Do you have activities for children?
A: Children are encouraged to participate in Sunday worship. Also, Sunday School is held during the service with the children coming in for communion and blessings.

Q: Do you have a nursery?
A: Nursery services are available from 8:45 a.m. until the conclusion of the Sunday service.

Q: What should I wear?
A: Dress comfortably for the season of the year. Most parishioners choose to wear casual clothes to Sunday worship services, all bible studies and other church events.

Q: Who can provide more information about St. James?
A: Please contact our Rector, Fr. Jerry Morriss, at 903-498-8080 or click to email Fr Morriss

Q: How long does the service last?
A: The service is one hour.

Q: How are visitors recognized?
A: When you visit St. James you will be our respected and welcome guest.  You will not be singled out in an embarrassing way, asked to stand before the congregation or come forward.  We want our visitors to feel completely comfortable.  You are welcome to simply relax and sit in your pew without any fear of embarrassment.

Q: What does St. James believe?
A: Click to view what we believe.

Q: Can I take Communion?  How does it work?
A: Yes.  All baptized Christians are welcome to take communion with us.  Simply come forward with everyone else when the usher indicates your row.  You may stand or kneel at the altar.  If you decide not to partake of Communion, you may come to the altar, kneel, cross your arms over your chest and the Celebrant will give you a blessing.

Q: Is the church handicap accessible?
A: Yes,  all areas of the church are easily accessible.

Thank you for your interest in St. James Episcopal Church. We look forward to having you visit our parish in the near future.