Church Profile: St. James, North Providence

Saint Nicholas of Myra visits the children of St. James North Providence in early December

St. James looks like an old-fashioned country church. The simple white frame invites passers-by to “Come, see what’s inside!” Once they do, they find that St. James is “bigger on the inside.”

We have seen challenging times in recent decades. But our commitment is not to recapture our glory days, but to build something new as we share the fruits of the Jesus Movement with the broader community. We offer a liturgy known for its warm, family atmosphere. Together, we are exploring “The Way of Love” after Sunday Eucharists.
We invite numerous people to our space for bazaars, craft fairs, Quarter Auctions, an annual visit from Saint Nicholas and an annual blessing of animals. Together with friends from the Lambda Chi Alpha fraternity at Johnson and Wales University, we are restoring our property. We celebrate the diversity of all God’s children, host several Twelve Step groups and walk with grieving people who haven’t had a church of their own. In March, we will launch a new Saturday afternoon liturgy aimed at young adults.
Many who have spent time with us report they have found the church they didn’t know they were looking for. We invite you to join us, to see what’s on the inside!
St. James, 474 Fruit Hill Ave., North Providence; 401-353-2079; the Rev. John Reardon, vicar; Bishop’s visitation March 24. website