About St. James

The Episcopal Church of St. James is a community of faith-keeping and faith-seeking people who affirm the dignity and worth of every person as beloved children of God, created in the image and likeness of the Divine. We recognize, celebrate, and give thanks for the many diverse gifts of God among us.

Saint James On The Parkway

Address3225 East Minnehaha Parkway Minneapolis, Minnesota 55417

Phone: (612) 724-3425
E-mail: <stjamesotp@comcast.net>

Transition Priest: The Rev. Dr. William Heisley  <wheisley@mac.com>

Office Administrator: Ms. Beth Harvey  <bhpens@mac.com>

Please note that all of our staff are part-time, so response to your phone calls and emails may be delayed.  Peace be with you.

Godly Play

Godly Play Old Testament story shelves

Godly Play meets during church on Sundays from 10:30-11:15 on the upper floor of the education wing three Sundays per month. (The first Sunday of each month is Youth Sunday, and children are in church).

Godly Play calendar of the church yearGodly Play offers a creative, child-centered way to enter into and experience the biblical story. In Godly Play, we play with the language of God and God’s People: our sacred stories, parables, liturgical actions, and silence. Through this powerful language, through our wondering, through the community gathered together, we hear the deepest invitation of all: an invitation to come play with God. At St. James, most children in Godly Play are between age 3 and 3rd grade. Rosemary Caspar is the storyteller.

Godly Play meets in the upstairs of the education wing. When your child arrives, the storyteller will be sitting in the story circle. The children will join the storyteller on the floor.

exodusThe storyteller slowly and deliberately brings out the story figures, arranging them as she tells the story. The children’s eyes focus where the storyteller’s eyes and hands focus” on the materials in the story.

After the story, we wonder together. The storyteller asks open-ended questions, respecting each and every answer. The wondering sinks into silence.

After the storyteller puts the materials away, she invites the children to respond to the lesson. This child might choose to create art, retell the story, read a book, or talk to the storyteller.

Godly Play concludes with a feast: a simple celebration with water and crackers.


Liturgy (order of service)

Christianity draws its strength and vitality from the story of Jesus, God become Human, to enrich and empower our living. Worship at St. James centers on that fact.

We hear four scripture readings and a sermon based on them.

We pray keeping the needs of ourselves and others on our hearts and lips.

We sing, a rich mix of traditional and contemporary songs of the Church.

We follow Jesus command, to eat and drink bread and wine become His Body and Blood.

You don’t know how to worship the way we do?

Come. Join us and let the rich beauty of the liturgy embrace you into a deeper love of God!

Lay Ministries

During Sunday and special worship services, lay participants help in a variety of ways as described below.

If you’re interested to learn more about any of these key roles, please contact Fr. William Heisley, <wheisley@mac.com>, or the individual listed below.

Altar Guild members  prepare the sanctuary and altar for services. Members of the Altar Guild meet twice a year for cleaning and organization. Training and support is offered. Commitment is for 1 to 1.5 hours for each assigned service. If you’re interested in learning more, please contact Rosemary Caspar <rcaspar@comcast.net>.

Acolytes light the candles for services, carry the cross and torches into and out of the sanctuary for service, and assist the priest during the service. Training is provided. Adults and youth are both welcome.

Bread Bakers bake the Eucharistic bread, using the recipe provided. Bread bakes in less than 15 minutes. Rotation is once every several weeks.

Chalice Bearers assist the priest in serving the chalice during Holy Eucharist. Training and certification provided. Rotation is once every several weeks.

Intercessors lead the Prayers of the People. Prayers are sent to the reader the week prior to the service. Petitions are added based on prayer book information and current events. Rotation is once every several weeks. Training is provided.

Lectors read scripture readings during worship. Readings are mailed to the Lector a week prior to the service. Training and support are provided. Rotation is once every several weeks.

Greeters/Ushers welcome people to Saint James, distribute service bulletins, count attendance, collect and present offering to priest, usher the people to communion, and tidy the pews after service. 10:30 service only. Rotation is once every couple of months.

Adult Education

Sundays 9:30 – 10:30 a.m.

The Adult Forum at St. James is an informal but focused opportunity to explore, question and better understand Christian practice today. We’re known to study Scripture, doctrine, and church history; learn from neighbors of other faiths; and struggle with questions of justice and love. We usually start with something familiar in church tradition, then poke and probe it for meaning and relevance in our daily lives. 

Coffee and treats are part of the curriculum. A discussion leader guides the always spirited conversation, but the model is to learn from each other — which will work even better if you take part!

The Forum meets from 9:30-10:25  in the Gallery on most Sunday mornings.