St. James Episcopal Church

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205 N 4th St
Baton Rouge, LA 70801
United States
(225) 387-5141
Contact Person(s): 
The Rev. Joe Reynolds, Interim Rector
Affiliations with Other Assets on Map: 
Episcopal Network Affiliations: 
Consortium of Endowed Episcopal Parishes, Latino/Hispanic Ministries
Organized Groups: 
Bible study, Choir, Episcopal Church Women (ECW), Lay Eucharistic Ministers (LEM), Men's group, Youth faith formation/Sunday school, Youth group
Regular languages of worship: 
Service Times: 

Sunday Services

7:30 a.m. – Holy Eucharist
A traditional Rite 1 service without music, in the church.

9:00 a.m. – The As You Are Service of Holy Eucharist
A casual, inviting service in the Chapel of the Twelve Apostles (in the Parish Hall building) which includes very sing-able, folk, old favorites, and praise-type music led by the As You Are Musicians.

9:00 a.m. – Holy Eucharist
A traditional Rite 2 service with organ and cantors leading hymns. During the school year, the Cherub Choir or St. James Treble Choir also sing.

11:00 a.m. – Holy Eucharist
A traditional Rite 2 service with organ and the Adult Choir.

5:00 p.m. – Holy Eucharist
A Rite 2 service without music, in the Chapel of the Twelve Apostles.

Fifth Sundays

On the fifth Sunday of any month, about four times a year, we have a special mid-morning celebration at 10:30 a.m. with a focus on outreach. We'll have breakfast before the service, to which all our neighbors living on the streets are invited, in Bishops Hall. Parishioners are invited and encouraged to help welcome and serve our guests, as well as share in the meal. On occasion, we may serve a later meal or distribute boxed meals.

Weekday Services

Mondays at 8:20 a.m., school days only
A slightly modified service of Morning Prayer, geared toward our school children, but all are welcome to come start the work week with prayer and praise.

Wednesdays at noon – Holy Eucharist
Held in the Chapel of the Twelve Apostles, this service of Holy Eucharist, Rite 2 also provides opportunity for special prayers of healing (Unction).

Fridays at 8:20 a.m., school days only
A service of Holy Eucharist, Rite II, with readings, singing, and prayers led by the Day School students. All are welcome.

St. James is a place to grow spiritually, a place to make new friends, a place to serve God with your own special talents. For over 150 years, St. James has continued its mission of service to members of the parish and the greater community of our neighborhood, the city and the world.


St. James Food Pantry

St. James Food Pantry was opened twenty-six years ago. It is a designated distribution site of the Greater Baton Rouge Food Bank for the St. James neighborhood zip code area. Items received from the Greater Baton Rouge Food Bank are supplemented by food and monetary donations so that a well-rounded menu of food items can be distributed. Volunteers meet on the first and third Wednesdays of each month at 8:00 a.m. to bag and distribute food to recipients.

Hours of operation:
First and Third Wednesday of each month.


About the Greater Baton Rouge Food Bank:

The mission of the Greater Baton Rouge Food Bank is to feed the hungry in Baton Rouge and surrounding parishes by providing food and educational outreach through faith based and other community partners.


We Care Bags

We Care is a feeding ministry directed to those among and around us who do not have access to adequate housing or kitchen facilities. Lunch bags of ready-to-eat food are distributed from the Ministries Center each weekday morning, along with a note, picture, or Bible verse prepared by the Day School students. The bags supply a small part of the nutritional needs of many of our homeless and transitional neighbors. The supply list for the typical bag includes a protein item, crackers or nutrition bar, fruit cup, dessert cup and bottled water.

Hours of operation:

M-F, 9am - Noon

Healing for a Broken Heart

Healing for a Broken Heart is a support group for those dealing with the pain of loss. The group meets every Thursday at 10:00 am.

Kairos Prison Ministry

Parishioners from St. James Episcopal Church are involved in the Kairos Prison Ministry.

Kairos is a Christian, volunteer, lay-led, ecumenical, international prison ministry in 31 states and in 8 other countries. We are called by God to visit the prisons and share the love of Christ with those impacted by incarceration. Kairos offers inmates the opportunity to receive God’s forgiveness through faith in Jesus Christ, and to grow in their faith and servanthood in a Christian community on the prison compound.

Prisons we visit:
Louisiana State Penitentiary


Nursing Home Ministry

St. James clergy and parishioners lead and assist in regular services at four area nursing homes: Ollie Steele Burden Manor, the St. Clare Manor, the Williamsburg community, and at St. James Place. The Eucharist is celebrated with the residents so they can worship in their communities on a regular basis.

St. James Christmas Dinner

The St. James Christmas Dinner is a mid-December event for our homeless neighbors with gifts, entertainment and a traditional Christmas meal. Parishioners donate materials and/or construct winter scarves for their gift bags, along with gloves and toiletries.

Hours of operation:
Contact person:
Kelly Williams, Director of Lay Ministries


St. James Episcopal Day School

St. James Episcopal Day School, a ministry of St. James Episcopal Church, is committed to developing each child's unique gifts by providing a strong foundation combining academic excellence and a spiritual formation within a warm, loving, Christian community. St. James Episcopal Day School is a private, elementary school located in downtown Baton Rouge.  For more information: See the St. James Episcopal Day School Page

Hearty Breakfast at St. James

Our quarterly sit-down meals, where we graciously host our neighbors living on the streets or area homeless shelters.  Hearty Breakfasts at St. James are sponsored and managed by the St. James Center for Spiritual Formation

Hearty Breakfast will be served in Bishops Hall from 8:00 until 9:00 a.m., with our parishioners and friends offering hospitality in the name of Christ to our neighbors in need. 

Angel Tree

The Angel Tree Project has been supported by parishioners of St. James Episcopal Church for over twenty-five years. Nancy Penn heralds this project which provides gifts to children of indigent prisoners at Christmas. The receipt of a few presents, along with Biblical books or coloring projects, helps to remind these children who through no fault of their own may otherwise do without, that God's love will sustain them through difficult times.

Angel Tree is a project of Prison Fellowship. For decades, Prison Fellowship’s Angel Tree program has joined forces with friends like you to bring hope and joy back into the lives of prisoners’ children. Through the delivery of Christmas gifts and Christ-centered programs that continue all year long, inmates’ children are introduced to the love of Christ.

Contact person:

Nancy Penn


St. James Place

St. James Episcopal Church sponsors St. James Place. Opened in 1983, St. James Place is the Gulf South's largest and most established Continuing Care Retirement Community (CCRC) and Full Service Life Care Retirement Community. Their complete continuum of care offers Independent Living, Assisted Living, Nursing Care, and two distinct levels of Memory Care to complement the needs of each resident. For more information: See the St. James Place page.

Youth Mission Trips

Each summer the youth of St. James participates in mission and ministry trips to serve others, and learn more about their own faith. Past trips have included traveling to Appalachia and serving families in need through home repair and traveling to New York City and Chicago with a focus on urban poverty.