St. James Episcopal Church

Sunday Morning Prayer, Growing and Learning Together


St. James Episcopal Church is inviting you to a scheduled Zoom meeting.
Topic: Sunday Morning Prayer - June
Time: Jun 7, 2020 10:30 AM Eastern Time (US and Canada)
        Every week on Sun, until Jun 28, 2020, 4 occurrence(s)
        Jun 28, 2020 10:30 AM
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Morning Prayer Liturgy, please click here.
Prayer list, please click here.

From the Rector
Dear friends,
I am still not ready to announce a time that we can begin to regather. The numbers of infections in Knox County continue to increase at a higher rate. I do hope that you are taking note of that and being careful. 
I want to remind you of our discussions of racism. You can find more information here . Please share that link with others. I pray that as we educate ourselves we can also act to change policies and structures that have suppressed others. 
Thank you again for your generosity in continuing to give. Your gift matters as we continue to do ministry.
You can also stay involved by reaching out to each other or joining some of our online gatherings. You can visit our website, scroll down to "Happenings" and see links that can give you more information. 
Although we are dispersed, we are still the Body of Christ. May you be this real presence now and always. 
Fr. John Mark
The Rev. John Mark Wiggers
St. James Episcopal Church
Knoxville, TN
Church Office. For the immediate future, the office continues to be closed. Emails are checked throughout the day, so please feel free to reach out. As always, in the event of a pastoral emergency, you may call the church office, 865-523-5687, select Option 4. 
Please note:
In the interest of keeping everyone safe and healthy,
FACE MASKS are required when you are in the church buildings.
Forward Day by Day. Many of you enjoy Forward Day by Day meditations and readings. Please send an email to Marilyn,, if you’d like a booklet mailed to you. You may also go to and click on Forward Day by Day, Today’s Meditation.
Memorial Garden. If you would like to visit the St. James Memorial Garden, please let contact the church office at A parishioner has volunteered to meet you there to open the gate.
Connecting and Learning

Fr. John Mark is blogging on the Website at with short commentaries on different subjects.  And people can even have a discussion on that subject, since comments can be left. 

Tuesday Morning Book Discussion
Every week on Tuesday, until July 28, 2020 10:00-11:00 AM Eastern Time
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Tuesday Evening Prayer
St. James Episcopal Church is inviting you to a scheduled Zoom meeting.
Topic: Tuesday Evening Prayer
Time: Jun 2, 2020 05:30 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)
        Every week on Tue, until Jun 30, 2020, 5 occurrence(s)
        Jun 23, 2020 05:30 PM
        Jun 30, 2020 05:30 PM
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Meeting ID: 890 0688 8019
Wednesday Morning - Zoom Cafe
Drop-in, say hello! Just a time to fellowship and chat.
Topic: Zoom Cafe
Every week on Wed, until Jun 24, 2020, 09:30-10:30 AM Eastern Time
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Fourth Wednesdays, 4:00 p.m. Race Relations Discussion Series
Once again, the divisions and disparity along lines of race have been clearly revealed. There is a different quality to the response this time. At St. James, we have launched a discussion series about racism and how we can faithfully respond. We have three sessions scheduled on Zoom on the fourth Wednesday of the month at 4:00 p.m. through August.
On June 24, Fr. John Mark led a discussion of a video that can be found on YouTube. It is an interview with Ibram X. Kendi on How to Be an Antiracist. Click on the title and please watch the video before the discussion.
On July 22, Brian Austin will lead a conversation about the book Tears We Cannot Stop by Michael Eric Dyson.
On August 26, Margaret Bickley will lead us in a discussion of I’m Still Here by Austin Channing Brown.
You must register to be part of these Zoom meetings. Click here to register. This registration will get you signed up for all the meetings, even if you can’t make them all. You will receive a link and password once registered.

Thursday group, 10:00 a.m. Join us for an hour and 15 minutes of sharing, discussing, laughing and praying. Topics vary from week to week. If you have never attended the Thursday morning group, perhaps you’d like to give it a try. 
We welcome everyone.
Thursday morning 10:00
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Meeting ID: 846 9311 7334
Summer Bible Study: Romans
Fr. RJ and Pastor John Tirro are adding a study on Paul’s Epistle to the Romans on Sunday afternoons from 4:30-5:30pm. This Summer Bible Study is offered through Tyson House, but anyone and everyone is welcome to join in! Please email Fr. RJ for the weekly course material distribution ( - Sent on Fridays. Here is the Zoom link for the Bible Study:

Every week on Sun, until Aug 9, 2020, 4:30-5:30 PM Eastern Time
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Meeting ID: 862 5372 6089
Password: Romans
Parish News
 St. James
Neighbor Day Celebration

We celebrate Neighbor Day to highlight the work of our ministries and to raise money to continue delivering essential services, including: food, shelter, utility assistance, transportation, and other important resources & referrals to our neighbors.
Lots of ways to help and have fun!
  •  You can donate. St. James Episcopal Church in center-city Knoxville is currently seeking donations of new, gently used, and collectible items to include in our 2020 Neighbor Day Online Auction. If you have something you would like to donate, please submit a DONATION Form at
  • You can suggest business who may want to donate. Please click here for more information about your Two Cents, or go to 
Our beautiful church gardens are faithfully maintained by the St. Francis Guild, a hearty band of folk who lovingly hoe, plant, pull weeds, and so much more. More hands are needed to join the fun. From an hour a week to as much time as you’d enjoy, the Guild welcomes you. Please contact or (865) 591-7880.
Our phone tree continues to keep us all in touch. You may have received a call from the person with your name. It’s a great way to visit and you may even make a new friend with your conversation! 
If you or another parishioner needs help going to get groceries or medicine, please contact the church office by, if possible. We have people who have offered their services to help. 

Parish Care Committee.  If you or someone you know has need of a meal, transportation, or assistance due to illness or other situation, please contact the church office, 865-523-5687 or Bea Emory, . If you are willing to help on occasions when needs arise, please contact Bea Emory.

St. James on TV! Did you know that if you miss a Sunday sermon or you want to hear one again, you can catch it Thursday, 11:30 a.m. on CTV, following the link,, St James 4079.
St. James Episcopal Church

St. James Episcopal Church
The Rev. John Mark Wiggers, Rector


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