Our 2017 Scripture Motto:
"Therefore God also has highly exalted Him and given Him the name which is above every name, that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, and of those in heaven, and of those on earth, and of those under the earth, and that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father. " Philippians 2:9-11 (NKJV)

Welcome to St. James' Episcopal Church

 


We are a biblically orthodox parish within the Mesilla Valley of southern New Mexico. Consider being

part of our church family. Find a truly Christian congregation at St. James'. Each Sunday, listen to a

sermon based on the Gospel as it was given to us. Join a socioeconomically diverse congregation in

fellowship, Bible study and healing prayer. Participate in various community outreach and church

sponsored programs. Spreading the true Word of God is our mission. Our loving and kind

congregationtakes pride in the rich history of St. James' Church. In unity, we remain true to

Christian values and beliefs as we look forward to growth and stewardship of our faith. 


Historically, the center of Episcopalian teaching is the life and resurrection of Jesus Christ. The basic teachings of the church, or catechism, include:  Jesus Christ is fully human and fully God. He died and was resurrected from the dead.  Jesus provides the way of eternal life for those who believe.  The Old and New Testaments of the Bible were written by people "under the inspiration of the Holy Spirit".  The Apocrypha are additional books that are used in Christian worship, but not for the formation of doctrine.    We believe that the two great and necessary sacraments are Holy Baptism and Holy Eucharist. Other sacramental rites are confirmation, ordination, marriage, reconciliation of a penitent, and unction. Belief in heaven, hell, and Jesus's return in glory.    The Episcopal Church follows the via media or "middle way" between Protestant and Roman Catholic doctrine and practices: that is both Catholic and reformed. The Episcopal Church traces its history from the Church of England and stresses its continuity with the early universal Western church. The church is a member of the Anglican Communion and looks to the Archbishop of Canterbury and the Council of Bishops for guidance and decisions regarding doctrine.