St. James Church, Florence
News & Events at St. James
Remember: Annual Parish Meeting THIS Sunday 

Where & When
Date : March 11th, 2018
Time : After 11.00 Eucharist
Location : In the Church

The Annual Parish Meeting will be held on Sunday, March 11th, after the Parish Eucharist, followed by a complimentary lunch. 

This is a reminder for all chairs of committees and organizations to present a report at the meeting. 
New Vestry Members

Every year we elect some new Vestry Members at the Annual Parish Meeting. If you or anyone you know would be interested in serving in this capacity, please contact the Church Office. 

Serving on the Vestry is an opportunity for members of the church to participate in leadership roles, ministry development and oversight. 
Thrift Shop Tomorrow!

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.

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

March 7th - Calabrian
March 14th - African
March 21st - Sri Lankan

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
Happening Around Town 

Tomorrow and Thursday
The New Generation Festival 2018 presents:

'Orfeo ed Euridice' Opera 

Wednesday the 7th and Thursday the 8th at 7.00pm, at:  

Palazzo Corsini al Prato
Via il Prato 58

Tickets: €40 (winter attire)

Our friends at St. Mark's have a couple of events coming up. Mark your calendars.
Thursday 22nd March at 5.30pm, Revelations on the Resurrection.

An open discussion on the Resurrection and its impact on our lives.

Saturday April 14th, 9am to 6pm. Reservations required. Email for more info. 

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 
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".

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.



"Now quit your care and anxious fear and worry; for schemes are vain and fretting brings no gain. Lent calls to prayer, to trust and dedication; God brings new beauty nigh; reply, reply, reply with love most high; reply, reply, reply with love most high.
                                                                                                     Hymn 145  Lent
  Music:  Quittez 

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