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Featured Church - St. James the Fisherman Episcopal

Updated: Oct 8, 2020

Saint James the Fisherman

Mailing address: P.O. Box 68 Shallotte, NC 28459

Contact us: Tel: 910-754-9313 e-mail:


St. James the Fisherman Episcopal Church is a Christian community of loving, caring members, who reach out to welcome others through social action ministry and inspirational, sacramental worship.


In order to assist the community in preventing the spread of the COVID-19 virus, in-person worship services have been suspended until conditions improve. However, we are now very pleased to offer online services--

Said Compline: Tuesdays, 8:30 PM Morning Prayer: Wednesdays, 10:00 AM Chanted Compline: Thursdays, 8:30 PM Morning Prayer with Homily: Sundays, 9:00 AM

Please visit our website for links to on-line services:


We offer three weekly services for you to choose from. They include a Saturday evening service at 5:30 pm, a Sunday morning service at 8:00 am, and a Sunday morning service at 10:00 am.

Our parish is eucharistically centered, celebrating the Holy Eucharist on the Lord’s Day and on principal feasts and other holy days. Our Saturday evening and 8:00 AM Sunday services are said services. Our 10 AM service includes music and hymns from the 1982 Hymnal and Wonder, Love and Praise and includes a sung Gloria and Sanctus. On select principle feasts, the entire service is sung and incense is used. While blending both high and low church traditions, our worship style is best described as broad church, using Rite II liturgies.

We have a very active choir with a paid music director and organist. Laity participates extensively in all services, along with the clergy (priest and deacons).


Our congregation began in the mid-1930’s under a live oak tree located on the banks of the intra-coastal waterway at Gause Landing across from Ocean Isle, North Carolina. As the coastal area grew, a small building was erected at Gause Landing and the congregation grew. Priests from Whiteville, NC, came once each month. As families began coming from greater distances, the group recognized a need for a permanent building in a more centrally located place. Property in Shallotte was donated by Mr. Chandler Rourk. Then 50 years ago, in 1962, the congregation petitioned the Diocese to become a parish in Shallotte. Their request was approved; and a new church building was consecrated on November 23, 1962. A small parish house was later built and dedicated in June 1964. Then, in 1986, a new addition to the parish house was built and dedicated on June 22nd. The sanctuary that served the congregation since 1962 was vacated following the Easter services in 1992. The building was razed, and in its place the current structure was built. The new sanctuary was consecrated by the Bishop of East Carolina, The Rt. Rev. B. Sidney Sanders, on Easter Sunday, April 11, 1993. Later, in 1996, a new wing was added to house offices, classrooms and new programs. Over the years the parish has seen a healthy growth in people and ministry; and remains dedicated to fulfill its mission.


Bridge--This group meets the 1st and 3rd Friday (1:00 p.m.) of each month. Anyone interested in playing or learning the game is welcome. Please Call Barbara Bartell at 910-842-1865 to confirm the group is playing.

Christian Education--classes are conducted periodically by the Rector to provide opportunities for the parish family to enhance their learning of how to live out the gospel of Christ in their lives.

Parish Dinners--These quarterly dinners allow for the parish family to come together in an informal setting to share a meal and celebrate seasonal events.

Episcopal Church Women (ECW)--Episcopal Church Women are empowered by working collaboratively with women's groups within and outside the church for gender and justice issues. Our group meets monthly for programs, planning and fellowship; and conducts several parish Outreach and Fellowship projects.

Foyer Groups--Consists of several groups of six to ten people who meet from September thru May for informal gatherings at one another's homes or for an outing. Also, all the groups meet as a single gathering for an event in early September and again in June.

Sunday Coffee Hour--Volunteers prepare and serve refreshments following the 10:00 a.m. Sunday service. This time is an opportunity for fellowship with parishioners and a chance to welcome visitors and newcomers.


Second Helpings: Each week, members of the second helping parish team go to participating super markets and fast food stores to pickup surplus food that has been set aside, and deliver it to institutions that provide it to the needy. If you would like to participate in this program, please contact Greg Weber at or call at 847-736-7511.

Neighbor-to-Neighbor Programs: This two-pronged service program consists of a coat ministry and an orthopedic lending closet. Our coat closet maintains and distributes over 700 coats per year in collaboration with local churches and nonprofit organizations from the months of October through the end of February. The orthopedic lending closet is available all year to members of our parish and geographical community who are in need of various durable medical equipment pieces on a loaning basis.

Brunswick Family Assistance Food Pantry Collection: Nonperishable goods are collected in the church’s gathering area on an ongoing basis and donated to our community’s food pantry every two weeks.

Stations of the Cross: Our church leads a Good Friday Stations of the Cross walk through our town that is open to the community. It originates and ends at St James the Fisherman Church.

Lobster Sale/Yard Sale/Bake Sale/Craft Sale: All proceeds from our annual event are donated to community nonprofit organizations.

Angel Tree: Our parish sponsors 3-4 families at Christmastime with gifts of new clothes, toys, gift cards for food and electricity and any other items on their wish list.

Christmas in July: Collections of school supplies and backpacks donated by our worshiping community are distributed to a local public elementary school.

Diaper Drive: Twice a year parishioners donate disposable diapers and wipes that are then distributed to low income families through a local organization who advocates for the homeless.

Fisher House Foundation: Yearly collections of goods and supplies are donated to our local VA hospital’s family care home to support those visiting relatives in the military hospital.

Episcopal Farm Worker Ministry: A diocesan program that responds to the needs of migrant and seasonal farm workers and their families. Our congregation donates clothing, linens and funds to this effort.

Coups for Troops: Parishioners collect and sort coupons that are mailed to overseas military families. Emotional support and prayer are also offered through correspondence.

Thanksgiving Meal Preparation: Our parishioners join with other churches to prepare Thanksgiving meals for shut-ins.

Elementary School Partnership: Snacks for the teachers and volunteer hours are offered to our local public elementary school.

CROP Walk: Once a year our parishioners join with other local churches to raise money for those who are food insufficient.

Meals of Love: Once a month meals are donated to our local hospice inpatient family care center.

Operation Christmas Child: In collaboration with Samaritan’s Purse, shoeboxes are filled with supplies and gifts for children in need around the world.

Mission Teams: Short-term mission teams are organized to travel to areas worldwide to conduct service projects.

Support the Girls: Annual collection for homeless and financially challenged women and girls in Brunswick and New Hanover Counties are in need of bras and feminine hygiene products.

Angel Tree Camp: The DOK provides funds for four children of prisoners to go to camp.

Faith Outreach Student Scholarships: The DOK provides scholarship funds to qualified students at a local community college.

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