(+39) 055 29 44 17 info@stjames.it
St. James Episcopal Church, Florence, Italy

Welcome to St. James Episcopal Church

Mission Statement
“We rejoice in a diverse and international parish family, and serve Italian and English speakers from many denominations, backgrounds and cultures.”
St James Episcopal Church, Florence, Italy

Welcome to St. James Episcopal Church

Mission Statement
“We rejoice in a diverse and international parish family, and serve Italian and English speakers from many denominations, backgrounds and cultures.”
St James Episcopal Church, Florence, Italy

Welcome to St. James Episcopal Church

Mission Statement
“We rejoice in a diverse and international parish family, and serve Italian and English speakers from many denominations, backgrounds and cultures.”

Welcome to St. James Episcopal Church
Florence, Italy

An Anglican Church in Florence

St. James Episcopal Church is a member congregation of the Convocation of Episcopal Churches in Europe, and a Parish Church of the Anglican Communion.

RSVP for Christmas Services

This year, St. James will offer Christmas Eve services on December 24th at 6:00p.m. and at 11:00p.m.

We are mindful of the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, and will continue to comply with all government regulations while safeguarding the health of our worshippers. 

For this reason, we must continue to limit the attendance for services to 55 people, as we have been throughout these pandemic times.

We ask that you please RSVP for the services you’d like to attend by submitting the forms below. Due to capacity, it is most helpful for us if you sign up in advance.

To RSVP for Christmas Eve (6pm):

To RSVP for Midnight Mass (11pm):

Office Hours During COVID-19 Pandemic*

The St. James parish office is open with the following in-person hours. 
  • Tuesday 9:00-13:00
  • Thursday 9:00-13:00
  • Friday 9:00-13:00
Emails will be checked every day of the week. We are grateful for your patience as we navigate continuing constraints on our activity. 
*Please note: our office will be CLOSED from December 24th 2021 through January 7th 2022, we will reopen with the above in-person hours on Monday January 10th 2022.

Sunday Worship during Covid-19

11am Holy Eucharist with sermon and music

We have implemented the following preventative measures:

  • Masks are required at ALL times while indoors
  • Everyone must keep a distance of at least 1.5 meters (5ft)
  • Temperatures and contact tracing information will be taken
  • Communion will be given in bread only

Via B. Rucellai, 9 

50123 Florence, Italy

We are livestreaming all our Sunday worship services on our YouTube channel. Find us on Sundays at 11:00 AM by CLICKING HERE

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Music and the Chancel Choir

The St. James Chancel Choir leads the congregational hymn singing and offers anthems during the Sunday liturgy about three times per month.

Visiting choirs and musicians from Europe and around the world also share their talents with us on Sundays.

In these unprecedented times of pandemic, for now our liturgical music is provided by a choral soloist and our resident organist, Maestro Riccardo Foti. The Chancel Choir hopes to resume its activity when it is permitted and safe to do so. We welcome new singers and musicians of all abilities!

Contact Elizabeth Chard at elizabethchard@hotmail.com for further information.

Make Your Stewardship Pledges for 2022

As we near the end of 2021, we recognize that this has been an interesting and challenging year.

Every year around this time we put out our Stewardship Pledge cards in the sanctuary for church comers to fill in.

We are sensitive both to the changed financial circumstances of pledgers and also the importance of member pledges to the financial health of the parish in a perilous time. 

No commitment is too small.

Make your pledge here:  

St. Francis of Assisi Pilgrim Credentials

St. James Church is thrilled to be a retrieval point for pilgrim passports.

Credentials may be picked up during business hours (Tuesday, Thursday and Friday 9:00-13:00) in the parish office. Or on Sundays before or after the 11am service in the back of the church, please speak to the priest if you have any questions. 

Upon arrival, come to the parish office, which is downstairs in the undercroft on the far end from the front of the church. 

Questions? Call us at 055.294.417 (we speak English, Italian, Spanish and Portuguese!) during business hours.

St. James Food Bank

St. James is committed to the relief of the hungry poor in the city of Florence. Every Thursday morning our Food Bank Ministry distributes packages containing canned and dry goods, as well as infant and feminine supplies.

To learn more about how to support our food bank financially or participate as a volunteer, please contact sylviacox42@gmail.com.

The Food Bank is open and distributes to customers every Thursday morning, 10:00 to 11:00.

Thank you!

Study Abroad Students

St. James welcomes international students from all corners of the globe. During the pandemic, numbers of students in Florence have dropped precipitously, but as soon as they return, we look forward to welcoming them once more to St. James Church. Students often volunteer at our weekly Food Bank, helping to organize the items we distribute. We always welcome students to our lending library in the undercroft.

For further information, contact the Church Office: info@stjames.it or call +39 055 294417 Tuesday, Thursday, Friday 9:00 to 1:00pm.

Thrift Shop

The Thrift Shop has reopened, and the sales now take place on the LAST Wednesday of the month, from 9.30 to 11.30 am,  except for December when it’s held before Christmas, this year on the 15th. Tickets are given out on the day before the sale from 8 am to 12 pm and on the day of the sale from 8.30 am to 11am.

It’s obligatory to have a green pass, to wear a mask, and keep a social distance of 2 metres. Clothes cannot be tried on and restrooms will not be available.

All items for sale are donations upon which the Thrift Shop relies in order to thrive. The community and some universities and university programs here in Florence donate clothing, shoes, household items, linens, toys, and much more.

Donations can be brought to the church on: Tuesday, Thursday,  Friday, 9.30-12.30 and Wednesday 8.30 – 11.30, when the Thrift Shop team meets to sort and prepare for the sales. When coming during office hours please ring the CHURCH OFFICE doorbell and when coming on WEDNESDAY please ring SUNDAY SCHOOL.

We always welcome new volunteers!

Proceeds go to the St.James’ Food Bank, and to the St. James’ Church, which has an outreach programme, and also donates to various charities.

We ask that you not bring items that are difficult to transport or move.

Alcoholics Anonymous in English

AA holds meetings in English in the St. James Meeting Room. For further information, see https://alcoholics-anonymous.eu.

Monday 7 – 8 pm

Tuesday 1:30 – 2:30 pm

Wednesday 7 – 8 pm

Thursday 1:30 – 2:30 pm

Friday 7 – 8 pm

Saturday 5 – 6 pm

Adult Lending Library

The St. James Lending Library is currently undergoing a much needed overhaul. Thanks to our volunteers we are doing some cleaning and refreshing. 

Keep an eye out for a reopening event! Though with the situation as it stands December 2021. . . keep us in your prayers!

The St. James Lending Library provides a wide array of books in English for anyone who wishes to borrow.

Come and browse our bookshelves and enjoy some reading in the Church Undercroft, or check out a book to enjoy wherever you’d like.

The Adult Lending Library is open during parish office hours as well as on Sundays before or after the 11am service. 

Children’s Lending Library

The Children’s Lending Library offers an extensive collection of children’s and young adult books. For a modest annual subscription fee (per family), parents can check out books for their little ones.

The Children’s Lending Library is hosted by St. James Church as an outreach ministry to the Florentine community and it is an independent, volunteer-run, non-denominational community service.

They sponsor Halloween, Christmas and Easter parties and are often looking for volunteers to help keep the books in order, it’s a true old-fashioned library! For further information visit their blog:  Childrens Lending Library Blog or even more up to date, their Facebook Page

Outreach Grants

St. James donates a significant amount of its income to local, national and international charities. Organizations must be recognized non-profits to be eligible to receive grants.

Every autumn, we make a call for applications. Remember us and submit your suggestions when the time comes.

Weddings

Getting Married in Florence

 

St. James Episcopal Church in Florence, Italy offers religious ceremonies for couples of all denominations and backgrounds.

If you’d like to book a wedding at St. James, see our requirements and review important details. Contact the Parish Office by writing to weddings@stjames.it with any questions and for booking information.

St. James Guest House

Lodgings in Florence, Italy

The St. James Town House in the heart of Florence is the perfect place to stay with friends or family.

Centrally located near the main Santa Maria Novella train station, the Duomo, Piazza della Signoria, and many other attractions, we accept reservations for a minimum of one week and a maximum of three months.

About Us

A bit about our history:

The city of Florence was closed to non-Roman Catholic churches until the Grand Duke of Tuscany was exiled in 1849, and the Tuscan parliament passed legislation permitting churches of other denominations. Around 1850, a few Americans began organizing a church, and our parish was officially recognized in 1867.

The beautiful building we now occupy was designed as the last work of an English architect who was prominent in the Gothic Revival movement of the late 19th century. The land was purchased in 1907 for $ 12,822. Church construction, the organ, and other furnishings totaled $ 66,556. More than half of the total funds were contributed by Edward Francis Searles. A crucial $ 10,000 came from J. Pierpont Morgan, who was approached by church representatives following his generosity to the Episcopal Church in Rome, in facilitating the purchase of land for St. Paul’s Within the Walls. Upon examination of the architect’s drawings, J.P. Morgan declared the building inadequate and requested more elaborate plans. When these were produced, so was his gift.

The church closed during World War II, but escaped heavy damage. It reopened in 1947, during a time when the American community in Florence included Bernard Berenson, Sinclair Lewis, and the M.I.T. inventor Philip Baldwin.

The church’s most dramatic moment came on November 3 and 4, 1966, when the Arno River flooded and rose to a height of twelve feet in and around many of Florence’s most important museums and monuments, doing devastating damage. Water and fuel oil flooded the parish hall under the church, reaching the windowsills of the rectory. St. James parishioners wrote to their friends in America for help. Within the next 3 months, the parish raised $425,000 to ease the suffering of the city. The vestry, in cooperation with the British government, created a relief agency to investigate and document each request, providing a maximum weekly grant of $35 per family.

Although in the past our purpose focused on providing a place of worship and community for English-speaking people, today we are a proudly multilingual, multicultural congregation.

GET IN TOUCH

We would love to hear from you!

"We rejoice in a diverse and international parish family, and serve Italian and English speakers from many denominations, backgrounds and cultures."

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OFFICE HOURS:

Monday – Friday
9:00am – 1:00 pm

PHONE/FAX: (+39) 055 29 44 17
EMAIL: info@stjames.it

Codice Fiscale: 800 357 50480 * 

*Note: we do NOT have a partita IVA

 

STAFF

Rev. Richard Easterling, Priest-in-Charge
Edgardo Sasuman, Sacristan
Sandro Sanavio, Business Manager
Andrea Ballerini, Bookkeeper
Riccardo Foti, Organist
Patricia Estrada, Secretary