Saint James Episcopal Church 

The Mission of Saint James

Saint James exists to proclaim the gospel of Jesus Christ in worship and ministry, seeking to include all of God's children, 

both those in our community of faith and those beyond our doors, while offering the love of Christ. 

In 2011, St. James Episcopal Church of Bradley Beach celebrated its Centennial.  

Parishioners and well-wishers can now donate and/or pay their pledges online by clicking on the VANCO tab above. 


For more than 100 years, Saint James has been a home to parishioners that gather and work together to bring Christ to our community and to the world.


We would welcome the opportunity to speak with you about your personal needs or those of your family. Call us to speak by phone, send us an email or make an appointment to come into the office.

Father James T. Yarsiah, Priest-In-Charge

Email: saintjamesbb@gmail.com          Office Phone: 732-775-5414          

605 4th Avenue

Bradley Beach, NJ 07720


9:00AM Holy Eucharist Rite II, with Choir

*Zoom Remote Worship is Available During the 9 AM Service*

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Pantry News and Important Information

Bishop Sally's response to the newspaper stories on the Bradley Food Pantry Closing Its Doors at 605 Fourth Ave on May 17th: "I am disappointed with the way the food pantry has used media attention, half-truths, and even outright misrepresentations to apply pressure on the church to make accommodations in their favor at the expense of the congregation and community. It has been a long and difficult process and I know that both the neighborhood and the congregation have been harmed by this.” 


JUNE 2024

Dear Sisters and Brothers in Christ,

A Word of Encouragement for the Summer Months

Unofficially, Memorial Day marks the beginning of the summer season in the US. However, the official summer for 2024 starts on June 20th and ends on September 22nd. Most churches consider June, July, and August as the summer months and usually prepare and adapt accordingly. Research shows that functioning effectively during the summer months can be challenging for churches due to potential decreases in attendance and engagement. Summer is a popular time for family vacations and travel, leading to a reduction in regular attendance, a slowdown in regular activities and programs, financial challenges, and fluctuating offerings.

During these summer months, a couple of things are happening at St. James:

●        Sunday School: Our Sunday school goes on hiatus following Pin Day and the church picnic on June 9th.

●        Financial Challenges: With decreased and fluctuating attendance, there will be a reduction in tithes and offerings. This will cause additional strain on our church budget, particularly as we have fixed costs that remain constant.

●        Activities on Hiatus: The Coffee Hour goes on hiatus, and volunteer activities will slow down. Youth Sunday, held every fourth Sunday, will be suspended until September.

Now that the summer months are upon us and we face a deficit in our current budget, I personally appeal to parishioners to attend worship services whenever they are home and physically able. I encourage each parishioner to mail his/her pledge or go to our website, www.saintjamesbb.com, and click on VANCO at the top to make an electronic payment of pledge offering and other contributions if you plan to be away for an extended period. If you are at church, please volunteer and help if there is a need. Let’s continue to be extremely welcoming to any visitors who may come into our edifice during the summer and at any other time.

For the third consecutive year, parishioners, family, and friends of our affiliated parishes will participate in a tailgate and attend a theatre musical show at Ocean Community College on July 20th. This year’s show is "All Shook Up," offered by Fr. Paul Chalakani. The tickets are free of charge, and the sign-up sheet will be available at both churches in June. On August 15th, we are planning a Faith and Family Night at the Blue Claws to see a baseball game. On September 29th, our affiliated parishes will resume our joint worship services at St. Michael’s in Wall and celebrate the Feast Day of St. Michael and All Angels, including the Blue Mass that honors our police, firefighters, and first responders.

A mission trip planned for the summer will now be held in early fall, and the resumption of outreach activities at the Bea Shafer Outreach Center is in the works. Please continue to support our “Animal Ministry” by providing supplies and animal food. Donations can be placed in the basket in the Narthex.

Please note that both Fr. Chalakani and I will continue to serve you, our parishioners. Do not hesitate to contact us if you have any pastoral needs. Please see the contact information below.

We wish you and your families a restful and exciting summer. May God bless and prosper the work of our hands.

Canon James T. Yarsiah