St James is a part of the XnEC  (Xn = Christian, E = Episcopal, C = Church) which is an extension of the Canadian Anglican church.....which is in direct apostolic succession to the Church of England...We are spiritual descendants of the early apostles of the first century...We hold fast to our ancient traditions inherited from the early Apostles.

        We believe the scriptures are the inspired word of God. It is our primary source of doctrine and ministry. We believe in the traditional liturgy and Holy Communion which has been practiced for many centuries and can be traced to the Bishop of Jerusalem in the first  century. This liturgy can be found in our 1928 Book of Common Prayer. However, even though we use the liturgy of the 1928 Prayer Book as a basis for worship we include several parts of the Roman Catholic Mass found in the Anglican Missal. These additions have been approved by our clergy.

      We believe the church is the Body of Christ on earth...we sometimes call the family of God. As members of this family , we are learning to love and serve one another as Christ commanded us to do....we are learning to use our gifts and talents to change the world we live in.

      We hold fast to our ancient Creeds.. the Apostolic creed, the Nicene Creed and The 39 Articles of Christian Religion found in the Book of Common Prayer.  

      We recognize the two greater and five lesser sacraments.

Greater Sacraments (Holy Baptism, Holy Communion)

Lesser Sacraments (Confirmation, Matrimony, Ordination, Unction, Penance)

       Following the centuries-old traditions of the Anglican Church, the XnEC upholds a male-only clergy, and requires that its clergy and laypeople affirm sexual lifestyles that are consistent with the traditional interpretation of Holy Scripture. The XnEC upholds the ancient practice of setting apart deaconesses for ministry. 


 St James parish became a mission in 2002....established by Steve and Sue Carmick and Deacon, later Fr., Doug Driscoll and his wife Cathy"  Bishop Robin Conner soon confirmed St James as a standing member of the Anglican church in America...In 2003 the Salvation Army made their facility available and the congregation continued to grow.  Fast forward to 2013, St James called Fr Gary Graveline to be their priest as Fr Bill Albro retired. Fr Gary Graveline came north to join St James and soon requested Stephan Morrison to become a deacon and study for ordination to the Priesthood. St James changed Jurisdiction in 2015 joining the Diocese of Seattle XNEC Anglican church....led by Arch Bishop Ted Casemis and Bishop Tim Klerekoper....one yr later the Bishop sent  Fr Tim Whipple to assist St James in pastoral counseling and ministry development. St James continues to grow in numbers and faith. We are reminded daily of God's many blessings. 

Sunday Morning: Holy Communion Service :10:00 AM

Healing Service following Holy Communion on the 1st Sunday of every month.

Adult Bible Study following Sunday Holy Communion.

Tuesday Morning Prayer:9 :00 AM

We invite you to join us for worship:
St. James Anglican Church Schedule:
Sunday Communion Service 10:00 A.M.
Tuesday Morning Prayer 9:00 A.M.
Wednesday Evening Prayer 6:00 P.M.
Thursday Closed
Friday Morning Prayer 9:00 A.M.
Saturday Closed
Office Hours:
Monday Closed
Tuesdays 1:00 P.M. to 4:00 P.M.
Wednesday 2:00 P.M. to 5:00 P.M.
Thursday Closed
Friday 10:00 A.M. to 1:00 P.M.
During office hours the sanctuary will be open for Meditation and Prayer and a  Priest will be available for counseling and to hear confession
The office is located up the hill under the small porch roof and is accessed by the ramp next to the
back yard.
If the office is closed or it is outside normal office hours please call one of the Priests below:
Fr. Gary 360-819-6423
Fr. Tim 253-833-3797
Fr. Stephen 253-906-6900


219 B St Tumwater WA  98512

Tel: 360-455-8448
e-mail: stjameswebmaster219@gmail.com



Community Outreach

Outreach has a high priority at St. James.  Currently, members of the congregation participate in local community outreach by making monthly donations to the Thurston County Food Bank, and providing financial support to Olympia’s local pro-life not-for-profit organization,  CareNet, by funding food, health care, and educational support for local single mothers and their children. We participate in their annual walk and their fall fund raising banquet typically held in October.

Pastoral Counselling

 St James pastoral ministry is constantly attempting to apply biblical principle to daily life. We understand the importance of a balanced life, giving all life dimensions, physical, mental, relational, spiritual and financial equal attention. With our busy lifestyles, it is easy to feeling overwhelmed with responsibilities and find our life out of balance and full of anxiety. St James offers both psychological and spiritual counseling to help with life's problems. St James also has a women's Bible study group that offers emotional and spiritual support. We also have a men's group that offers friendship and prayer. St James offers an ongoing bible study for the purpose of learning the Word of God and spiritual growth in our daily lives.

Altar Guild

A volunteer group of the parish whose ministry is to care for the altar, vestments, vessels, and altar linens of the parish. Altar Guild members prepare the sanctuary for services, and clean up afterwards. Altar Guild members frequently supervise the decoration of the sanctuary of the parish with flowers. Members serve on a monthly basis.

Flower Guild

Each week, the talented and creative members of St. James' Flower Guild bring the beauty of God’s world to our worship space. The guild members are responsible for purchasing and arranging altar flowers for Sunday Services, weddings, funerals, Easter, Pentecost, and Christmas.


Members of the congregation serve as Crucifers and Layreaders on a rotating schedule.

Prayer Ministry

The scriptures tell us to pray about everything, so we are learning how to pray at St James. Prayer requests can be received in Sunday morning service or during the week by email or phone. We will add your concerns to our weekly prayer list. We also encourage members of St James to practice the prayer of thanksgiving everyday. For each other, family and our Nation... Most Christians are surprised to find thanks to be the number one topic found in the Bible. Because thanksgiving is the perfect prayer to God. We at St James are learning to pray in Faith trusting God to teach us how to love and serve each other.


Fr. Tim Whipple

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Fr. Stephen Morrison

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For comments (or heaven forbid criticism) email Your Humble Scribe 

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