St. James Episcopal Woonsocket

(401) 762-2222
24 Hamlet Ave.
Woonsocket RI 02895

About Us

We are a Welcoming Worshiping Community
We gather as a Christian community to praise our loving God, and to witness to others that God is alive in the world and active in our personal daily lives.  We believe that worshiping as a faith community is a sacred responsibility for all Christians. 
The Word of God (the Holy Scriptures) nurtures and guides us along our way, and the Holy Spirit sustains and strengthens us on our earthly pilgrimage.
Our prayers for others, for ourselves and for the world remind us that we are called to faithfully serve God as followers of Christ.  As followers we are called to respect the dignity of every human being and to seek justice and peace among all people.   
Our hearts and doors are always open to newcomers, visitors and passersby.  In an atmosphere of spiritual growth, we are building a community of deepening faith, accepting one another, as Jesus accepts each one of us. If you have no spiritual home, we invite you to be part of our Community of Faith.
We are a Sacramental Church

We believe that God is present and at work in His creation, and through the sacraments of His Church, God sustains and empowers His people every step of the way to share in His own work and ministry to the world.

We believe that we are called to worship God not as spectators but as active participants. The 1979 Book of Common Prayer guides our worship service on Sunday mornings, supports us with daily prayers and enhances all major events in our lives. All who share in the joy of the Resurrection, children and adults, are invited to be honored guests at Our Lord's Table.

We are a Ministering Church

We believe that all of the baptized are called to represent Christ and His Church; to bear witness to Him wherever they may be; and, according to the gifts given to them, to carry on Christ's work in the world - the ministry of reconciliation.

To love and serve God and each other in our church and community!

That every member would know Christ and Make Christ Known!

Vicar- Rev. Peter G. Tierney, III

The Reverend Peter Tierney is the priest-in-charge of St. James and St. Mark Evangelical Lutheran Church in Woonsocket.  Prior to arriving in the city in 2015, Peter was the rector of St. Andrew’s by-the-Sea in Little Compton, RI, and also previously served as associate rector for Christ Church in Needham, MA.  He and his wife, the Rev. Dr. Veronica Tierney, met while they were preparing for ordained ministry and were married in 2007.  Veronica has her Ph.D. in theology from Boston College. Peter is a native of the Finger Lakes region in upstate New York, where he was very active in youth ministry and the Christian summer arts camp sponsored by his home parish. He received his B.A. from Hobart College, in Geneva, NY, and attended seminary at Yale Divinity School in New Haven, CT.  He wrote his master’s thesis on the divine inspiration of the scriptures.  He currently serves as the Chair of the Commission on Finance for the Diocese of RI. Peter and his wife Veronica live in Woonsocket with their two Portuguese Water Dogs, Cruz and Liza.      

Director of Music Ministries - Shirley E.G. Ayers

Shirley has been a member here since birth. After graduating from Woonsocket High School, Shirley attended Barrington College where she earned a Bachelor of Music degree, magna cum laude in music education with a minor in voice. She then spent 20 years teaching elementary music in Woonsocket and 13 years teaching third grade, collecting additional credits in many subject areas and taking additional organ lessons. Meanwhile she became the church organist in 1973 and the organist/director in 1986. In December of 2005 she accepted her present position. 


The vestry is composed of the rector and a group of elected parishioners who administer the temporal affairs and share in the spiritual affairs of the parish. Vestry meetings are held in the ECW room in the parish hall at 7:00 p.m. on the third Tuesday each month. Every meeting is open to all.


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