The Episcopal School in North Philadelphia

A place to encounter God, build community and grow personally.

Wherever you are on your journey of faith, the Church of St. James the Less invites you into community, dialogue and worship. Whether it is through prayer and worship, serving your neighbor, joining in music or sharing a meal, community transforms us and helps us to know God more. The Church of St. James the Less is a dynamic place where your questions can be asked, you will be accepted and support can be found. Join us.

Church Activities


The Mass, or Holy Eucharist, has been the principal act of Christian worship, in some form or another, since the days of the early church when the apostles followed Jesus’ instructions to break bread and share wine in remembrance of him. In the Mass we are invited into the mystery of God: that God came to humanity in human form to live and die for the salvation of the world and that God continues to abide with us to enable, empower, and enliven us in the work of building up God’s kingdom. When we bring offerings of praise and thanksgiving to Mass – in prayer and song, bread and wine, in our gifts of money, food, clothing, etc. – we pray that God will strengthen us to follow the most basic commandment: to love God and to love our neighbors as ourselves. Join us at 5pm on Sunday evenings.

The Welcome Table

The Welcome Table is a community of sharing, created to help families, friends and neighbors of St. James School obtain all that they need. A need is an essential or required item, for the thriving of an individual, family or community. Needs do not meet all our wants or desires, but provide us with the foundation needed to reach and obtain them.


The sacraments are “outward and visible signs of inward and spiritual grace, given by Christ as sure and certain means by which we receive that grace.” (Book of Common Prayer 1979) Baptism, Confirmation, Eucharist, Marriage, Healing (Anointing of the Sick), Reconciliation, and Ordination are the 7 traditional sacraments of the Church. Burial of the Dead, is a service whereby the life of a departed loved is celebrated and our sorrow is recognized. For information about sacraments contact Fr. Kellner.

Pastoral Care

Pastoral care consists of helping acts, directed towards the healing, sustaining, guiding, reconciling and nurturing of persons whose troubles and concerns arise in the context of daily interactions and exploring the big questions about life. Pastoral care aims to restore wholenee, offer coping strategies and develop new understandings to tackle life’s challenges. All of this is aimed to enable folks to develop their potential and live into the wholeness of their being.