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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. There is plenty of extra parking in the back as well. 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. Please join us in the Parish Hall after the service for refreshments and give us an opportunity to welcome you and get acquainted!


Q: Do you have activities for children?


A: Children are encouraged to participate in Sunday worship. Sunday School is held during the service with the children coming in to join their family 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: Our Rector, Fr. Randy Melton, would welcome the opportunity to visit with you and answer any questions you might have.  Please contact him by clicking the link to his email here: E-mail Fr. Randy


Q: How long does the service last?


A: The service is slightly over an hour.


Q: How are visitors recognized?


A: Relax, you won’t be put on the spot! When you visit St. James you will be our respected and welcome guest.  You will not be singled out in any way, asked to stand before the congregation or come forward.  We want our guests to feel completely comfortable.  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 receive Holy Communion, come to the altar, kneel or stand, 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.



Office Hours (Effective September 2017)


Monday: 12-3 p.m.

Tuesday-Thursday: 9 a.m. - 1 p.m.   

Friday and Saturday: Closed

Appointments at other times are available by request.

Church Phone: (903) 498-8080  Rector’s Cell: 830-481-8290

NOTE: Fr. Randy may be in the church at other times as well, but these are simply regularly scheduled times he will be in the office, although there may be exceptions.


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