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December 7, 2022 - 8:00am
posted by Howard B. Owens in st. james, Genesee Chorale, music, arts, entertainment, news.


The Genesee Chorale performs its annual holiday concert -- From Star to Star -- at 4 p.m. on Saturday at St. James Episcopal Church.

Ric Jones is the director. Janine Fagnan is the associate conductor, and Doug Hanson is the accompanist.

Tickets are $10 and are available at the door or at www.geneseechorale.com/box-office.

St. James is located at 405 East Main St., Batavia.

Photos by Howard Owens.







November 9, 2022 - 11:32pm
posted by Howard B. Owens in st. james, Ukraine, batavia, news.


The ladies of St. James Episcopal Church have been busy baking cookies to sell on Friday to benefit Ukraine. The sale at the church runs from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. -- or until the cookies are all gone.

Submitted photo and information.

August 23, 2022 - 5:46pm
posted by Press Release in st. james, thrift shop, batavia, news.


Press release:

Behind St. James Episcopal Church there is a small shop that offers so much for very little. The shop opened in 2000 and was started by Jenett Dadlani. Twenty-two years later it is still going strong because of some dedicated volunteers.

The shop is open on Thursdays from 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. and is divided into 4 rooms. The main room has housewares, home goods, furniture, clothing, jewelry and sports accessories. There is a room dedicated to everything Christmas, a room for books, and a room that will outfit all your needs for babies and children.

The shop accepts donations, however, not electronics (TVs, computers, printers, etc.). Profits are used for many of St. James Church’s missions that provide help for the needy; including the “Blessings Box” located in front of the church on Main Street.

There will be some special sales in September. On Thursday, September 1st all items in the Christmas room are half price, then on Thursday, September 15th everything in the shop will be half price. There is something for everyone and it is well worth a look!

St. James is located at 405 East Main St., Batavia.

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November 17, 2021 - 7:34am
posted by Press Release in st. james, batavia, news.


Press release:

St. James Episcopal Church announced that the Annual Basket Raffle will be held this Friday, November 19, from 4 p.m. until 6 p.m. and Saturday, November 20, from 10 a.m. until 12 p.m. at the church, 405 East Main Street, Batavia.  Admission is free; masks are required.

Basket items include handmade quilts, a “green salad”, sweet and savory treats, seasonal décor, baby items, family movie night, Warhammer figurines, Boyd’s bears, Vera Bradley, Christmas wrappings and more!  What a fun way to do some of your holiday shopping!  Tickets will be on sale throughout the two days.  Social distancing will be maintained and no seating will be provided.  Drawings will be done at the conclusion of the event and winners called/texted to pick up their baskets Saturday afternoon.

Dorian Ely, one of the organizers, said, “Like other organizations, we have had to cancel many planned events over the last year, but we are excited to offer this opportunity for the community to show their support of our historic church by purchasing basket raffle tickets.”

The church is holding a pie sale in conjunction with this event.  The number of pre-order pies has been wonderful this year, so very few are still available.  You may still text 585-356-5359 to check on availability until noon on Friday, but after that, you will need to come to the church during the basket raffle to ask if there are any apple or pumpkin pies still available.  At $9 for a 9” homemade pie, there is no better deal in town.

November 16, 2021 - 10:36pm
posted by Press Release in st. james.
Event Date and Time: 
November 19, 2021 - 4:00pm to 6:00pm


Press release:

St. James Episcopal Church announced that the Annual Basket Raffle will be held this Friday, November 19, from 4 p.m. until 6 p.m. and Saturday, November 20, from 10 a.m. until 12 p.m. at the church, 405 East Main Street, Batavia.  Admission is free; masks are required.

October 26, 2021 - 6:59pm
posted by Press Release in st. james, batavia.


Press release:

Saint James Episcopal Church, 405 E. Main Street is selling nine-inch apple and pumpkin pies for $9 each.  Available options are apple unbaked frozen, apple ready to eat, pumpkin baked frozen, pumpkin ready to eat.  Pick up at the church's Pie Sale and Basket Raffle on Friday, November 19, 4-6 pm, or Saturday, November 20, 10 am-12 pm.  You are encouraged to pre-order by calling or texting 585-356-5359.  A limited number will be available if you forget to pre-order.

June 17, 2021 - 12:22pm
posted by Howard B. Owens in video, st. james, batavia.

Glenn Adams, of Bethany, produced this video of Sunday's "A Field of Thanks" ceremony at St. James Episcopal Church.


June 8, 2021 - 3:07pm
posted by Howard B. Owens in st. james, batavia, Field of Thanks, video, COVID-19.
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Dozens of flags in a "Field of Thanks," honoring those who served our community during the pandemic as well as military veterans, has been installed in front of the St. James Episcopal Church in Batavia.

On Sunday, there was an opening ceremony for the field of flags, which will be on display and open to self-guided tours until June 13 at 5 p.m., when there will be a closing ceremony.

Each flag is accompanied by a plaque depicting the story of an essential worker, law enforcement officer, other first responders, and armed forces members.

Visitors during those hours will also be able to stop by a staffed information table where a map will help them find familiar names of locals from World War I through the present. 

Net proceeds will be divided between two nonprofits: WNY Heroes and Meals on Wheels.

October 10, 2017 - 8:23am
posted by Howard B. Owens in batavia, st. james, news, pets, animals.

St. James Episcopal Church will host a Blessing of the Animals at 10 a.m., Saturday. All pets are welcome.

The event will be held on the church's front lawn. All pets must be leashed or in a cage. If you can't bring your pet, you are encouraged to bring a picture.

Diane Cox wrote this about the event:

A procession of animals, everything from dogs and cats to hamsters and even horses, is led to churches for a special ceremony called the Blessing of Pets. This custom is conducted in remembrance of Saint Francis of Assisi’s love for all creatures.

Francis, whose feast day is celebrated in October loved the larks flying about his hilltop town. He and his early brothers, staying in a small hovel, allowed themselves to be displaced by a donkey.

For single householders, a pet (aka furbaby) can be a true companion. Many people arrive home from work to find their furbaby overjoyed at their return. Many a senior has a lap filled with a purring fellow creature.

Our furbabies are family: we love them, we talk to them, you can purchase health insurance for them, we now have human choices in veterinarian health care, pet therapy; we grieve for when they cross the rainbow bridge, and we can choose for them to be laid to rest with us. 

The bond between person and furbaby is like no other relationship because the communication between fellow creatures is at its most basic. Eye-to-eye, a man and his dog, or a woman and her cat, are two creatures of love.

February 28, 2017 - 5:32pm
posted by Billie Owens in st. james, batavia, lenten fish fry, news, Announcements.

The 23rd annual Lenten Fish Fry will be held each Friday beginning March 3 and running through April 7 at St. James Episcopal Church. It is located at 405 E. Main St. in Batavia.

Choose baked or fried fish, French fries or baked potato, coleslaw or apple sauce, and enjoy homemade desserts.

Cost is $9 fish fry; $4 for dessert; $1 per beverage.

Take-outs available starting at 4:30; Eat-in starting at 5 p.m.

St. James congregants are especially pleased to welcome St. Mark's Episcopal Church in Le Roy and St. Paul's Episcopal Church in Stafford as their partners.

All are welcome!

March 14, 2015 - 2:56pm
posted by Howard B. Owens in music, entertainment, Holland Land Office Museum, st. james.

Local musicians Rich Conroy and Don Bouchard, as "No Blarney," performed a show of new and traditional Irish music Friday evening at St. James as a fundraiser for the Holland Land Office Museum.

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