St. James' Episcopal Church

The Episcopal Church in Old Town, Maine

Letter to Our Next Priest

To our Prospective Next Priest,

The Vestry of St. James is excited to welcome you to the search for our next priest-in-charge. St. James is a small, vibrant community of faith in Old Town, Maine–minutes north of the urban center of Bangor, and minutes east of Orono, home of the flagship campus of the University of Maine. We are neighbors of the Penobscot Nation. Old Town itself is a friendly, small town, which, like many towns in Maine, is adjusting to a changing global economy.

The people of St. James worship in a 120 -year old building, which is on the National Register of Historic Places, located in the heart of town. Our ministries reach far beyond our sanctuary, particularly considering the size of our congregation. Our continuous ministries include feeding the community at a free Fourth Friday supper, and supporting Crossroads Ministries and the Penobscot Indian Women’s Mission. Throughout the year, we have numerous annual drives, including a Mother’s Day collection of baby items, school supplies in the fall, and Days of Warmth heating oil support. Our parish is active in the Episcopal Committee on Indian Relations, and we were fundamental in what has become an international effort to repudiate the Doctrine of Discovery.

Worship at St. James is reverent and thoughtful, traditionally grounded in the Book of Common Prayer, but not stuffy or highly ritualized. We are an open and affirming community, welcoming all, irrespective of their faith background.

Details about St. James can be found in our OTM Portfolio (click here), as well as throughout the rest of this website. Application instructions are available on the Diocese of Maine website (click here). We hope you will read, think, pray, and, if the Spirit moves you, apply! We’d love to begin a personal conversation.

Yours faithfully,
The Vestry of St. James’ Old Town

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