St. James Church, Florence
News & Events at St. James
Ash Wednesday 

The season of Lent begins on Ash Wednesday, February 14th, 2018. 
There will be two Ash Wednesday Liturgies: 
12 o' clock noon and 6:30pm. 

Begin a Holy Lent by attending. 

Bring a friend. 
Wednesdays in Lent

Where & When
Dates: See notes 
Time: 6:30pm
Location: St. James Undercroft
As we have in years past, this year we will observe the Season of Lent with a weekly discussion and complimentary meal followed by Compline. We will celebrate our diversity with distinctive cuisines prepared with love by our members each Wednesday in Lent. 

TED Talk, Conversation, Compline, and Dinner

February 21st - Mexican 
February 28th - Philippine
March 7th - Calabrian
March 14th - African
March 21st - Youth

What is a TED Talk?
Technology. Entertainment. Design. 

TED is a non-profit organization devoted to spreading ideas, usually in the form of short, powerful talks (18 minutes or less). TED began in 1984 as a conference where Technology, Entertainment and Design converged, and today covers almost all topics, from science to business to global issues, in more than 100 languages! 
2018 Holy Week & Easter Schedule

Palm Sunday March 25, 2018 
Liturgy of the Palms and Eucharist
9:00am, 11:00am

Monday in Holy Week March 26
6:30pm Eucharist 

Tuesday in Holy Week March 27
6:30pm Eucharist

Wednesday in Holy Week March 28
6:30pm Eucharist

Maundy Thursday March 29
6.30pm Eucharist 
Washing of Feet and Stripping of the Altar

Good Friday March 30
Good Friday Liturgy
12:00 noon and 6:30pm 

Holy Saturday March 31 
Easter Vigil  6:30pm
First Mass of Easter followed by Agape Feast 

Easter Day - Sunday of the Resurrection April 1 
9:00am, 11:00am Eucharist 
Followed by Reception and Easter Egg Hunt
Adventures in Faith CORRECTION

Where & When
Date: Wednesday 11 April
Time: 6.30pm
Location: St. James Chapel
Adventures in Faith to Continue After Lent

The five Wednesdays in Lent will be dedicated to conversation, compline and dinner. Adventures in Faith will continue after Lent. 

The next meeting will be Wednesday  April 11, 2018 in the St. James Chapel.  It is a time of study, reflection and fellowship. 

Bishop Search 

  The Bishop Search and Nomination Committee is pleased to announce that their website, which includes the Convocation Profile, can be viewed at:  

Please share this news with any potential candidates you may be aware of. The deadline for applications is March 2, 2018.

Looking Ahead...

Mark Your Calendars for Upcoming Youth Events
Youth Across Europe 
May 9 - 13, St. James Church, Florence

Juniors Across Europe 
May 10 - 13 Christ Church, Clermont-Ferrand 

20s Across Europe 
June 8 - 10, Christ the King Frankfurt 
Thrift Shop 

Next "Mercatino" 
Date:  March 7th 2017
Time:  9:30-11:30
Location: St. James   Undercroft
As many of you know by now, the first Wednesday of every month ( from October through June ) there is a Thrift Shop Sale from 9:30am-11:30am

Proceeds go to the St. James Food Bank, the Missionarie di Carita' (Mother Theresa Nuns) and St. James Church.

The contents sold are all donations which the Shop relies on in order to thrive. People bring clothing, toys, shoes, homewares, and much more. 

Donations may be dropped off during office hours (M-F 9.00am-1.00pm with a preference for Wednesdays before noon, as the ladies are here every Wednesday. 

Thank you for your support.

Vestry Retreat and Goals

Vestry Retreat Developments 

At our most recent overnight Vestry Retreat, led by John and Deb Divine, the Vestry developed the following goals: 

1. Expand and enhance our choir offerings so that we have choir music at every service.

2. Develop a plan to have a large amount of our membership actively engaged and participating in events, activities and service. We must develop a clearer understanding of how and where all of our diverse groups in the church see their roles and levels of involvement. 

3. Create a weekly program series built on the Lenten Series model to help our congregation grow in knowledge and understanding of the topics and, in addition, begin that outreach to others in Florence who, over time, will see St. James as a place for them. 
Your St. James
Noonday Prayer

Where & When
Date: Monday  to Friday
Time: 12.00- 12.15
Location: St James
Noonday Prayer in the Church 


St. James Church holds Noonday Prayer in the Church every Monday through Friday at 12:00 PM.


Come join us for 10 minutes of prayer and meditation. Noonday Prayer is led by the clergy and staff of St. James Church, and any volunteer who is interested in this leadership. Please contact the Church office.


Please let us know if there is anyone you would like to put on our prayer list. 


Donations for Food Bank 

Support the St. James Food Bank  

As you may be aware, St. James Food Bank is a ministry that provides food and personal hygiene products 
to those in need every  Thursday from 10:00 to 11:00 (Sept. through June). 

Many of those we provide for have more than one child who is in  diapers/nappies The most popular are the  size 5.

The ladies we aid would also greatly appreciate feminine products and underclothing. 

Please help this important ministry by bringing your donations either to the Eucharist on Sundays (there is a cart in the back labeled Donations) or to the Parish Office Monday through Friday from 9:00 to 1:00pm. 

Donations of all types of non-perishable foods are welcome!


All donations to St. James are fully deductible for US tax purposes. St. James Church is a parish of the Episcopal Church in the United States of America and a 501(c)3 non-profit corporation. Our tax ID number is 13-6132268.
If you are donating by bank transfer within the European Union:
IBAN IT91 V061 6002 8990 7349 6111 058
Account name: St. James American Church
Banca CR Firenze
Via de Pescioni ang. Via Corsi
Firenze 50123 Italy
St James American Church - Florence Italy
via Rucellai, 9
Firenze 50122

OR to Amici di St.James in Florence
Banca Prossima
IBAN: IT12 A033 5901 6001 0000 000 1793

f rom outside the E.U.:
ABA 021000021
Account number: 754200764
Account name: St James American Protestant Episcopal Church
Recipient Bank: J.P. Morgan Chase Bank N.A.
4 Chase Metrotech Center
Brooklyn, NY 11245 USA

Personal checks should be made payable to "St. James American Church".

Convocation website

Please use this link to check on news and events in the Convocation.
St. James' Townhouse Available for Bookings
Full on Church
Come and Stay in the St. James' Townhouse

St. James' Town House, in the heart of Florence, is the perfect place to stay with friends or family. We are centrally located near the train station, the Duomo, Piazza della Signoria, and many other favorite places to visit. We accept reservations for a minimum of 1 week and a maximum of 3 months. Your stay with us is considered a donation to St. James Church. Contact us for availability and further information. Everyone is Welcome at St. James' Town House!


St. James' Town House is a three story apartment with its own entrance on via Bernardo Rucellai, next to the church rectory and part of the parish complex. It is a spacious 3-bedroom, 3-bath apartment, furnished with antiques, and overlooking the church and the rectory garden. It is fully equipped with linens for both bed and bath, along with kitchen supplies. There is satellite television that includes many English language programs, a washing machine, dishwasher, microwave oven, and iron. The bedrooms and living room are air conditioned. Off- street parking within the grounds of the church for one car.



"O Light of Light, Love given birth; Jesus Redeemer of the earth: more bright than day your face did show, 
your raiment whiter than the snow
                                                                                                     Hymn 133  Epiphany
  Music:  Elmhurst 

St. James Church, Florence
Via B. Rucellai, 9
Firenze, Italy
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