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St. James' Glastonbury
Episcopal Church


“...Be filled with the Spirit, as you sing psalms and hymns and spiritual songs among yourselves, singing and making melody to the Lord in your hearts, giving thanks to God the Father at all times and for everything in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ.”  – Ephesians 5:18-20 (NRSV)

Worship at St. James’ Church seeks to praise God and offer thanks through the gift of music.  We are a singing church, encouraging congregational participation in hymns and service music.  We use two pew hymnals, The Hymnal 1982 and Lift Every Voice and Sing II, as well as other resources, such as Wonder, Love, and Praise, for our services.

Our musical leadership includes three choral groups:  Adult Choir, St. James' Choristers, and Children’s Choir.  New members are welcome – please see the descriptions and contact information by clicking the buttons to the left.  Our repertoire is varied, reflecting our membership and our desire to embrace the greater community.  Instrumentalists occasionally provide music for Preludes and Postludes and to accompany the choirs.

St. James’ is affiliated with the Royal School of Church Music, an international organization dedicated to the highest standards of church music.


The Gress-Miles Organ Company installed the present St. James’ organ in 1966 at a cost of approximately $17,000. The organist-choirmaster at the time was The Reverend William Soule, a retired priest. A dedicatory organ recital was given in February 1966.

Click here for a specification of the organ.