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April 10, 2019 - 3:22pm
posted by Billie Owens in St. James Church, teatime, batavia, news.
Press release:

Afternoon teatime is returning to St. James Episcopal Church in Batavia on Sunday, April 28, at 3 o’clock. This special event will include musical entertainment and raffles.

The last fish fry is Friday, April 12, but the bakers are now working to bring you a delicious tea experience. A variety of gift baskets have been assembled.

“Rumor has it that Maureen Scoville is planning something special for the raffle, so you know it is not to be missed,” said Dorian Ely, one of the event organizers.

Presale tickets are $20 each or $100 for a table of six. Tickets at the door are $25, space permitting.

Tickets may be purchased at the church office, 405 E. Main St., Batavia. For information call 585-343-6802 or text 585-356-5359.

June 12, 2015 - 4:02pm
posted by Billie Owens in St. James Church, The Faith Club, Event.
Event Date and Time: 
June 13, 2015 - 2:00pm to 3:00pm

"The Faith Club: A Muslim, a Christian, A Jew -- Three Women Search for Understanding" is a presentation/book-signing/reception hosted by St. James Episcopal Church starting at 2 p.m. on Saturday, June 13. It will be held at the church, 405 E. Main St. in the City of Batavia as part of its Bicentennial celebration.

Meet co-author Suzanne Oliver as she speaks of her faith journey to more understanding. It's free and all are welcome.

Questions? Call (585) 343-6802.

December 19, 2014 - 1:04pm
posted by lucie griffis in St. James Church, Christmas Eve Service.
Event Date and Time: 
December 24, 2014 - 5:30pm to 10:30pm
October 25, 2012 - 6:45pm
posted by Billie Owens in batavia, St. James Church.
Event Date and Time: 
October 27, 2012 - 7:00pm to 8:00pm

St. James Episcopal Church presents a special holiday Spooktacular by showing the silent movie classic "The Hunchback of Notre Dame." Charles Bradley will play the organ in concert with the movie.

It starts at 7 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 27 at the church, located at 405 E. Main St. in the City of Batavia.

Tickets are $10 and the money will benefit the bell tower restoration fund.

September 9, 2011 - 3:28pm
posted by Billie Owens in Announcements, St. James Church.

The Third Annual Pedal to Save the Church -- J.D. LeSeur Memorial Bike Rally is scheduled for 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 10.

The Landmark Society of Genesee County will be assisting with the 21-mile event. There is a $25 minimum pre-registration fee, $30 registration day of the event, which can be obtained by sponsors or donation.

A $50 gift certificate from the The Adam Miller Toy & Bicycle Shop will be awarded to the rider with the most sponsorship. Also, the bike shop people will be at the church checking over bikes prior to the event.

Optional tours will be given of St. James Episcopal Church and short presentations given at several historic sites in Oakfield. There will be refreshments and prizes.

All proceeds benefit the St. James Restoration Fund. For more information, please call 343-6802.

September 5, 2011 - 3:02pm
posted by Billie Owens in Announcements, St. James Church.

After finishing in 24th place in the July 2011 voting round for a Pepsi Challenge Grant, St. James Episcopal Church has been selected to run again this month.

If they win, they will use the $50,000 grant for restoration of the bell tower.

Those wishing to support St. James can text 109009 at 73774 and vote online at

You can also collect specially coded yellow Pepsi caps and donate them to the church to increase voting power. Voting ends Sept. 30. Please vote to save the church tower and hear the bells ring at St. James Church!

For more information, please call the Landmark Society at 343-1457 or St. James Church, 343-6802.

October 16, 2010 - 2:12pm

Tonight and Sunday afternoon, Norm Argulski will perform the role of a lifetime -- for the second time in five months.

He portrays esteemed professor Morrie Schwartz, the title character in the two-man show "Tuesdays with Morrie," based on the book of the same name. The play, which will be performed at St. James Episcopal Church in Batavia, tells the true story of Mitch Albom, a sports reporter who decides to contact a favorite former college professor after seeing him on television.

Despite the fact that the professor, Morrie, is dying of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, also known as Lou Gehrig's Disease, a close friendship blossoms between the two as he teaches Mitch many valuable lessons about life and love.

"I think it was a mixture of guilt and a sense of duty [that brought Mitch back to see Morrie]," says Jesse Conklin, who plays Mitch. "He had lost touch with him, after promising to keep in touch, and he felt it would be inhuman not to visit him when he heard that he was dying.

"Like Mitch says in the show, he thought going back to see him that first time would just be a one-shot deal. I think it's ambiguous in the play, what his original reasons were."

September 24, 2008 - 7:04am
posted by Howard B. Owens in St. James Church, Episcopal Church.

Somehow, we missed this story when it hit the Buffalo News a few days ago: A judge has rulled that Rev. Simon B. Howson, 42, the former rector of Batavia’s St. James Episcopal Church, can proceed with his lawsuit against the Diocese.

Howson claims that he was dismissed from his job after making a sexual harrassment claim against another priest.

Fleming on Friday said the job dispute involves attempts earlier this decade by an admitted homosexual Episcopalian priest now serving in Massachusetts, who used Howson as a spiritual adviser in Batavia, to have sex with Howson, who is heterosexual but unmarried.

Diocesan attorney Brendan P. Kelleher asked the judge to summarily dismiss Howson’s lawsuit on the claim that the dispute is a purely religious controversy to be handled only by church authorities. Fleming argued that Howson’s dispute involves the state Human Rights Law.


Howson was suspended in October 2004 because of allegations about stealing church funds, forging church documents and misrepresenting himself. In August 2007, the Episcopal Diocese of Western New York announced that his priestly rights were revoked and he was removed from the priesthood. Thursday, Fleming stressed to Michalek that all the allegations the bishop lodged against Howson were “false” and called the bishop’s actions against Howson “crazy, outrageous and disingenuous.” Fleming told the judge he personally deposed the admittedly homosexual priest recently in Massachusetts and confirmed that priest’s “sexual harassment” of his client.

Howson, "now a hospital chaplain with limited religious duties in the Fresno, Calif., area," is seeking $300,000 in restitution and reinstatment as a priest.

May 24, 2008 - 1:07pm
posted by Howard B. Owens in events, concert, St. James Church.

Charles Bradley, LaVerne Cooley, Ann Emmans, Henry Emmans,  David Lange, Dawn Mark and Dick Morrison will be "Pulling out all the stops" on the St. James Organ.

To benefit the restoration of St. James bell tower.

Concert date is Sunday June 22, at 3:00 PM
St. James Church
405 East Main Street

Free will offering
Reception to follow concert.

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