Founded in 1880, St. James of Jerusalem Episcopal Church – “The Little Church by the Sea” – is a lively, inclusive worshiping community in the heart of the historic district of Long Beach, New York. We are dedicated to the practice of catholic evangelism, celebrating the Liturgy and sharing the Sacraments. In our mission, we seek to be faithful to the exhortation of our patron, St. James the Just: “Be doers of the word and not hearers only.”

 Holy Week 2016 poster

March/April Celebrations

Nico Fader (B 3/1), Lenore Fleming (B 3/2), Mary Breglia (B 3/3), Donna Fleming (B 3/4), Patricia Hasin (B 3/9), Bonnie Hennessy (B 3/15), James Hennessy (B 3/15), Hilary Beckwith (B 3/16), Monica Foote (B 3/20), Edward Friedman (B 3/20), Gloria Vogel (B 3/21), Wally Caven (B 3/21), Donna Gaines (B 3/21), David & Peggy Fraser (A 3/27), Phil & Karen Martin (A 3/27), Daniel Kemler (B 3/31)

Sydney Caven (B 4/2), Molly Hennessy (B 4/6), Robert Cottrell (B 4/11), Johnny “Mystic” Francavilla (B 4/12), Christopher Kuna (B 4/17), Anastasia Armstrong (HB 4/20), Marco Gargiulo (B 4/24), Keira Duffy (HB 4/25), Walter Shea (B 4/29)

B – Birthday          A – Anniversary          HB – Anniversary of Holy Baptism

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St. James Parish Annual Meeting 2016

Sunday, January 31, 2016 at 9 AM

Please be sure to attend this important meeting of the whole parish, as we conduct essential business and elect new members to the vestry. The meeting will begin immediately after Holy Eucharist (only one service at 9 am). We will also take our 2016 Parish Family Photo.




New Altar Cross

Cabaret – 1:30:16




St. James has undertaken a lengthy process of discernment to select a new cross to hang above the altar. A Jerusalem Cross, in a design unique to this parish, was chosen. It is crafted of black walnut with spalted maple finials and antique gold outlining.

Here are pictures!



Cabaret – 11:7:15


Sunday, November 1 at 7 pm

All Souls Flyer 2015




Ode to a Churchyard Cherry Tree

Sometimes something

or someone must die,

as in a book, a play, ballad or film.

Something or someone gives its life

or has it taken from her

so that others may live or

something new come to fruition.

Is that what’s happening here

on an unseen level?

If so, thank you.

If not, thank you.

Thank you for

arrays and carpets of blossoms

from many seasons,

for shade and coolness,

for enduring storms with us,

enjoying sacred songs,

the hymns wafting from windows,

for swaying and rustling

in soft breeze and strong wind,

for drinking the rain, then

sending it into our thirsty earth,

for harboring birds, insects,

squirrels and others,

for keeping watch

over laughing children,

embracing couples and for

graciously dispensing

silent blessings

to mourners  sidling by

on our way to visit with

loved ones departed.

All this and more you did.


– Gloria Pelaez-Shea

Blessing of the Animals – October 4, 2105 at 4 pm

September 11, 2015

Rain date: October 11 at 4 pm

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Landscaping project underway!

September 11, 2015

As part of our ongoing efforts to maintain and beautify the parish grounds, we have undertaken a major redesign of the churchyard. The deteriorated sidewalks around the church building are being replaced with higher quality concrete. A new drainage system will be installed to divert water away from the foundation. Finally, the rectory garage will be […]

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Holy Week Services 2015

March 15, 2015

March 29, 8 & 10 am (Sunday) – Palm Sunday April 1, 7:30 pm (Wednesday)– Tenebrae April 2, 7:30 pm (Thursday) – Maundy Thursday Eucharist & Agapé Meal April 3, 7:30 pm (Friday) – Good Friday Mass of the Presanctified April 4, 10 am (Saturday) – Holy Saturday Office April 4, 8 pm (Saturday) – […]

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