ABOUT OUR SAINT There are two St. James, and history does not record which one our church was named for. We celebrate our patronal festival on July 25, the day dedicated to St. James the Greater, who was called from his fishing nets with his brother John and was the first of the apostles to be martyred. Tradition holds that his remains were interred in Compostela, Spain, which in medieval times became a centre for pilgrims from all over Europe who walked the Camino Real to Santiago de Compostela – as many still do. We celebrate St. James’ Day every year with a church picnic at the Epping Lookout overlooking the beautiful Beaver Valley, where recreational walkers hike the Bruce Trail.
ST. JAMES’ TODAY
As it has done throughout its history, St. James’ uses the Book of Common Prayer and our life as Christians is sustained by our worship together in the strength of this tradition. The local farm families who historically made up our congregation have been joined by a varied group of weekenders and retirees who live across southern Georgian Bay and the Beaver Valley. St. James’ is characterized by its sense of identity as a Christian family , children are always welcomed, caring for its elderly, and working together in the “practical Christianity” of St. James’ epistle. We try to reach out in Christian service to the various communities in which we live. And, never forgetting those who lie in our churchyard, we are continually reminded that our earthly pilgrimage is a journey to a heavenly home.
The Prayer Book Society of Canada promotes the understanding and use of the Book of Common Prayer as a spiritual system of nurture for life in Christ: the Grand Valley Branch covers Georgian Bay.