St. James Church, Florence
News & Events at St. James
Parish Office Reopened

Welcome Back!

We hope everyone enjoyed their summer! We are back and ready for fall!

Parish secretary, Patricia, here. We've got lots of exciting events coming up soon so keep scrolling! 

For info, call or email us. I'm happy to be of service. 

Office number:  +39 055 294417

Please note, office hours are back to normal (since September 4th!):

Monday through Friday 9.00am to 1.00pm

Kick Off Sunday and Ministry Fair!

Where & When
Date: 1/10/17
Time: After 11am Eucharist
Location: St. James garden
Mark Your Calendars: October 1st!

The fall term of Parish activities will begin with a cook out on Sunday October 1st after the 11 o' clock Eucharist. The cook out will be in the garden with the traditional burgers, hot dogs, trimmings and side dishes generously made by St. James parishioners. 

The Ministry Fair will provide the opportunity for you to sign up for our various ministries and roles during the Eucharist. Lay Eucharistic Ministers, Readers, and Ushers are always nice to add to our rotation!

The cook out is complimentary so please feel free to bring your friends and family. 
Feast of the Animals

Where & When
Date: October 8th, 2017
Time: 11am Eucharist
Location: St. James Church
The Feast of St. Francis of Assisi
We will have our annual blessing of the animals at the 11:00am Eucharist on
Sunday October 8th, 2017

All our animal friends are invited to church to receive a blessing. If they are unable to attend you may bring a photograph to be blessed.

Bishop's Annual Visit

Where & When
Date: November 26th
Time: 11am Eucharist
Location: St. James Church
November 26th, 2017  

The Rt. Rev Pierre W. Whalon, Bishop of the Convocation of Episcopal Churches in Europe, will make his annual visit to St. James Church on November 26th, 2017.

Confirmation: If you have not been confirmed, now is the time to consider it. 

"What is Confirmation? Confirmation is the rite in which we express a mature commitment to Christ, and receive strength from the Holy Spirit through prayer and the laying on of hands by a Bishop." Outline of Faith, Book of Common Prayer (p. 860)

Confirmation is not just for children 12 years of age but also for adults. There will be classes in preparation for receiving the Sacrament of Confirmation. 

Please contact the Church Office. 055 294417 or

Children's Lending Library 

Children's Library Reopened

The Children's Lending Library has resumed their normal hours and has added more book readings on Saturday mornings!

Their hours are:  Wednesdays 10-12h,  Thursdays 16-18h
and Sundays 12-13h. (Please call or check their site for the most up to date info)

The book readings will take place Saturdays, for time and book info, check out their blog: 

Donations for Food Bank 

St. James Food Bank is Back in Action!
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 the people 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!

Thrift Shop Donations Back in Action

Next "Mercatino" 
Date:  October 4th 2017
Time:  9:30-11:30
Location: St. James   Undercroft
Next Thrift Shop on October 4th! 

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. 

The l
ovely ladies who run the shop come in once a week from October through July to sort through and organize donations.

Thank you so much for your cooperation.

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
Food Bank Donations

Food Bank Donations Needed 


Every Sunday in Church, the St. James Foodbank is collecting  donations of food. Please support this important ministry by donating a ny of the following items:
  • 500g bags of pasta
  • 1kg packs of rice 
  • small tins of canned beans (packs of 3)
  • Soft cheese triangles 
  • 80g cans of tuna
  • Crackers
  • Merendine (plum cakes) 
  • Small boxes of juice
  • Baby food (fruit) 
  • Baby formula 
  • Diapers
  • Sanitary Napkins 


The shopping cart will be at the back of the Church, waiting to be filled!


Grazie di cuore! 

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. 



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".

Memorial Window

You may have noticed that the St. James Church windows are in the process of being restored.
A permanent brass plaque will be placed in the Church with the names of donors and honorees who contribute 5000 euro or more.
Other donations will be recorded in a special Memorial Book.
Envelopes and forms will be provided.

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.



"Go forth for God; go to the world in peace; be of good courage, armed with heavenly grace, in God's good Spirit daily to increase, till in his kingdom we behold his face."
                                                                                                     Hymn 347  Holy Eucharist
  Music:  Litton 

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