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Wherever you are on your journey, you are welcome here

In person and virtual services

Sunday Services

    8:00 AM 
          in church only
    10:00 AM
          in church and virtual services

In person and virtual services

Wednesday Service

6:00 p.m.
We will meet in person in the church and on Zoom at 6pm for Holy Eucharist. 

How to Join Virtual Church Services

Services from St. James continue to be streamed live using Facebook Live. When a live event is in progress, you will find it located near the Posts section on our Facebook main page.  After clicking the button below, scroll down the Facebook page to find it.
Saint James Church can be traced back to 1886 when the Episcopal Church established a mission in Paso Robles

The history of the Saint James Church in Paso Robles, California dates back to the late 19th century. Here is a brief overview of its historical journey:

Early Days: The origins of the Saint James Church can be traced back to 1886 when the Episcopal Church established a mission in Paso Robles. Initially, services were held in private homes and public buildings until a church building was constructed.

Construction of the First Church: In 1891, the construction of the first Saint James Church building began. It was a small wooden structure that served as a place of worship for the growing Episcopalian community in the area.

Expansion and Reconstruction: As the congregation continued to grow, the original church building soon became insufficient to accommodate the increasing number of worshippers. In 1903, plans were made to expand and reconstruct the church. The new building featured a Spanish Colonial Revival style, reflecting the architectural trends of the time.

The Earthquake of 1923: On December 22, 1923, a devastating earthquake struck Paso Robles, causing extensive damage to many buildings, including the Saint James Church. The church building suffered significant structural damage and had to be rebuilt.

Construction of the Current Church: Following the earthquake, the current Saint James Church building was constructed in 1924. The new structure was designed in the Spanish Colonial Revival style, similar to its predecessor but with reinforced structural elements to withstand seismic activity.

Growth and Community Engagement: Over the years, the Saint James Church became an integral part of the Paso Robles community, providing spiritual guidance, hosting events, and engaging in various community outreach programs. It has served as a place of worship, a gathering space, and a hub for community activities.

Preservation and Restoration: In order to preserve the historical significance of the church, efforts have been made to restore and maintain the building’s original architectural features. The church’s interior and exterior have undergone restoration projects to retain its unique character and historical charm.

Today, the Saint James Church in Paso Robles continues to serve as a vibrant place of worship and a testament to the rich history of the Episcopal community in the area. Its architectural beauty, historical importance, and active role in the community make it a cherished landmark in Paso Robles, California.

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Bible Study

Weekly Bible Study | Thurs 11:00 a.m.
Our lively meetings happen on Thursdays via Zoom.
Mon March the 4th
Tue March the 5th

Updated daily

  • Wednesday-06 3 24-6:00 pm - 6:30 pm
    Wednesday Evening Service

    A quiet service of Holy Eucharist in person at the church or on Zoom.  This service is Evening Prayer and Zoom only when the Rector is on leave or away on vacation.

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  • Thursday-07 3 24-11:00 am - 12:00 pm
    Bible Study

    All are welcome to join this Bible study which focuses on the Gospel lesson for the coming Sunday.  Drop in whenever you are available.  Zoom link is on the web page or in our Newsletter.

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  • Rector's Sabbath
    March 4, 2024 - March 5, 2024-

  • Rector's Sabbath
    March 4, 2024 - March 5, 2024-

  • Wednesday Evening Service
    March 6, 2024-6:00 pm - 6:30 pm

  • Bible Study
    March 7, 2024-11:00 am - 12:00 pm

  • Holy Eucharist
    March 10, 2024-8:00 am - 9:00 am

  • Holy Eucharist
    March 10, 2024-10:00 am - 11:00 am

  • Rector's Sabbath
    March 11, 2024 - March 12, 2024-

  • Rector's Sabbath
    March 11, 2024 - March 12, 2024-

  • Prayer Breakfast
    March 13, 2024-9:00 am - 10:30 am

  • Wednesday Evening Service
    March 13, 2024-6:00 pm - 6:30 pm

  • Bible Study
    March 14, 2024-11:00 am - 12:00 pm

  • Holy Eucharist
    March 17, 2024-8:00 am - 9:00 am

  • Holy Eucharist
    March 17, 2024-10:00 am - 11:00 am

We seek to do this through…

WORSHIP

Worship is at the heart of our life as a parish faith community. The sacramental life nourishes us week by week and common prayer strengthens us day by day. St. James Sunday and weekday services provide a variety of worship opportunities for members, friends, and visitors.

OUTREACH

Our parish community provides a strong center for our lives and we seek always to expand our boundaries through involvement in the greater community. Some of the organizations that St. James currently supports are ECHO and NeighborAid.

 

EDUCATION

We believe that Christian formation is a life-long process that nurtures us intellectually and spiritually, equipping us to live out our baptismal promises. St. James hosts both one-time and on-going educational opportunities.

PARISH LIFE AND PASTORAL CARE

The fabric of our life as a community of faith is maintained and nurtured through pastoral care and fellowship opportunities. We seek to support each other in the life of faith: in joy and in sorrow, in good times and in bad.

BUILDINGS AND GROUNDS

We are blessed with a beautiful church and a patio and garden area that provides an oasis of calm in the midst of our bustling downtown area. Church facilities are used by a variety of community groups.

DIVERSITY DEVELOPMENT

We are blessed with a beautiful church and a patio and garden area that provides an oasis of calm in the midst of our bustling downtown area. Church facilities are used by a variety of community groups.

Our Church 

Rector Barbara Miller

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Worship

WORSHIP

Worship is at the heart of our life as a parish faith community. The sacramental life nourishes usweek by week and common prayer strengthens us day by day. St. James’ Sunday and weekday servicesprovide a variety of worship opportunities for members, friends, and visitors.

OUTREACH

Our parish community provides a strong center for our lives and we seek always to expand ourboundaries through involvement in the greater community. St. James supports People’s Kitchen and the Saturday LunchBunch, the SLO Food Bank, and Loaves and Fishes.

 

EDUCATION

We believe that Christian formation is a life-long process that nurtures us intellectually andspiritually, equipping us to live out our baptismal promises. St. James hosts both one-time andon-going educational opportunities.

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WORSHIP

Worship is at the heart of our life as a parish faith community. The sacramental life nourishes usweek by week and common prayer strengthens us day by day. St. James’ Sunday and weekday servicesprovide a variety of worship opportunities for members, friends, and visitors.

SACRAMENTOS

Our parish community provides a strong center for our lives and we seek always to expand ourboundaries through involvement in the greater community. St. James supports People’s Kitchen and the Saturday LunchBunch, the SLO Food Bank, and Loaves and Fishes.

 

EDUCATION

We believe that Christian formation is a life-long process that nurtures us intellectually andspiritually, equipping us to live out our baptismal promises. St. James hosts both one-time andon-going educational opportunities.

Youth

WORSHIP

Worship is at the heart of our life as a parish faith community. The sacramental life nourishes usweek by week and common prayer strengthens us day by day. St. James’ Sunday and weekday servicesprovide a variety of worship opportunities for members, friends, and visitors.

EDUCATION

We believe that Christian formation is a life-long process that nurtures us intellectually andspiritually, equipping us to live out our baptismal promises. St. James hosts both one-time andon-going educational opportunities.

St. James is…

— an historic church
— a spiritual foundation
— a place of welcome and acceptance
— a conduit of beauty, joy, and grace
— a center for community life
Come and be part of St. James! You are welcomed here. St. James has been part of the Paso Robles community for more than 125 years. It is both a place of welcome, prayer, and growth and a vibrant community of people seeking to grow spiritually through prayer and worship, toproclaim the good news of God made known in Christ Jesus, and to promote justice, peace and love.

Your contribution:

helps support our virtual services, projects and programs. A gift of any amount is a statement of support and commitment to our work in our community and our world. Thank you for supporting St. James!

Our History

In 1891, one year after the founding of the town of El Paso de Robles, a group of six women, collectively known as “The Guild,” submitted a request to the Diocese of California to establish a mission church in Paso Robles. At that time, the nearest Episcopal church was St. John’s in San Miguel, seven miles away, a significant distance in the horse-and-buggy days. The diocese sent a missionary, the Rev. John Abbott Emery, to investigate and his initial report was not favorable. However, his sister, Julia Chester Emery, who was national president of the Women’s Auxiliary of the Episcopal Church, convinced him to reconsider, and even provided funds from the newly created United Thank Offering. The Rev. Emery first administered the sacraments of baptism and confirmation in Paso Robles in April 1891. In July of the same year, the Rev. Arthur Lumsden Mitchell was appointed Missionary in Charge of the Church of St. James the Apostle.

One of the early meeting places of the congregation was over a butcher shop, and the odor of hot lard inspired Rev. Mitchell to undertake “construction of the physical facilities necessary for a mission.” Under his direction, a guild hall was built where services were held for a time. The cornerstone of the church building was laid January 14, 1892, and the first recorded service in this building was Palm Sunday, April 10, 1892. Two weeks later, the Rt. Rev. William Ford Nichols, Bishop Coadjutor of the Diocese of California, blessed the building.

The building was remodeled in 1911 with funds raised from bake sales, teas, jumble sales, cake walks, and, in true Anglophile tradition, birthday parties for the King. It was also at this time that the tradition of the Shrove Tuesday pancake supper began.

In 1921 the Rev. Charles L. Thackeray was appointed vicar at St. James. Rev. Thackeray had been president of the Deanery of San Jose, and was so widely known as “Dean Thackeray” that many assumed that Dean was his given name. Dean Thackeray found a growing division between town residents and country residents, and decided to start a social event where both groups could mix. Stores would close, and no commercial activity would take place. “Leave your purse at home and come to town” was his call. This vision turned into the event that became Pioneer Days in 1931. Pioneer Days is still observed in October each year, and over the years many St. James parishioners have been elected King and Queen of the event.

During Dean Thackeray’s tenure, the church acquired its 1863 Stevens organ. It is believed to be the oldest continually used pipe organ on the West Coast.

In 1938, The Rev. Mr. Lloyd Thomas came to St. James, and in 1944 would become the church’s last vicar and its first rector as St. James converted from a mission to a parish.

The church was extensively remodeled in 1948, at which time a bell tower was constructed to house a bell that came to St. James from St. John’s in San Miguel after a fire destroyed that church.

During the 1980s, the Rev. Carl Hansen, rector of St. James, saw the need for a pantry to distribute food to the needy. This resulted in the formation of an organization called Loaves & Fishes, which was initially housed at St. James. Eventually its operations exceeded available parish space and it moved to another facility. Today Loaves & Fishes occupies its own building and is supported by a number of local churches and secular groups. Although Loaves & Fishes is no longer an outreach exclusive to St. James, our deacon, the Rev. Jacqueline Sebro, on Sundays welcomes a food basket brought to our altar for Loaves & Fishes.

St. James observed the centennial of its founding in 1991. At that time, a history of the parish entitled Celebrate the Journey was written by church member James Holloway, drawing on church records and the memories of many parishioners and former priests.

St. James has a long tradition of supporting civil justice. During the anti-Asian hysteria of the early 1900s, the church went on record as supporting full citizenship for Asian Americans. During the Depression it operated a desegregated soup kitchen in the parish hall, despite demands from local authorities that it be segregated. St. James provided support for servicemen at local military bases during World Wars I and II, and in the late 1940, the Rev. Leon Harris began the “Teen Canteen” in the parish hall, a place for teens to meet, socialize, and even dance!

In the 1960s, St. James rector Thomas Steensland marched in Alabama with Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

St. James Episcopal Church

1335 Oak Street
514 14th Street (Mailing Address)
Paso Robles, CA 93446
(805) 238-0819
office@stjamespasorobles.org

St. James Episcopal Church

Office Hours
9:00 am to 1:00pm
Tuesday – Friday
Closed Monday

Contact form and Newsletter sign up

Answering Service (805) 238-0819 office@stjamespasorobles.org

Our Ministries

St. James Altar Guild

If you are interested in learning more about joining our Altar Guild, please contact our Altar Guild Director by clicking here

Health Ministry

The Bible says a lot about the importance of the inter-relationship of body and soul.About 20% of the content in the gospels is devoted to stories of Christ’s healings and the discussions that resulted from them.Jesus sent His disciples out not only to preach the kingdom of God, but also to heal the sick (Luke 9:2).And Jesus promised that we would do even greater works than He did (John 14:12).The book of Acts tells how the early church attempted to carry out this commission to care for whole persons, not souls or bodies alone.

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As recently as 100 years ago, Christian churches were leaders in the health field, building the finest hospitals and educating thousands of religiously motivated women as nurses. But during the past century, communication between health care specialists and spiritual care specialists has been practically non-existent.Today scientific medicine is looking for help in preventive medicine, in health education, and in helping to motivate people to care for their own health.

We at St. James care about each other.The Health Ministry Team wants you to attain true health and wholeness.Choices you make daily can help or hinder your quest for good health.

To help you make good choices and care for yourself we intend to offer health education articles on this website.If you have a specific topic you wish to read about, please call a team member or the office and the Parish Administrator will relay the message.If, after reading an article you have further questions, please take those concerns to your physician or contact a member of the Health Ministry Team.God is always available and will work with you for wellness.

Health & Wellness Articles

Below are links to articles on health-related matters.We encourage you to read them.Simply click on the link to open the document.

Outside Resources

Our Diocese

About the Diocese

The Episcopal Diocese of El Camino Real is a place of rich diversity and wonderful opportunity. Our identity is founded upon faithful pilgrimage, which means that we travel light, stay in balance, and have the courage to be lost. While this overall concept was designed pre-COVID, we have found that the pandemic blessed us with uncertainty and a call to live our pilgrimage faithfully in ways that are practical and real.

St. James Episcopal Church is a member of the Diocese of El Camino Real. Our diocese includes the cities of San Jose (the see city), Monterey, Santa Cruz and San Luis Obispo, and all Episcopal congregations in Santa Clara, Santa Cruz, San Benito, Monterey and San Luis Obispo counties.