St. James' Episcopal Church

Relevant application of the Gospel to today's life. Joyous and welcoming Kamuela, HI
St. James' Episcopal Church

Who We Are

At St. James’ we have learned that who we are as Christians in the world is shaped by our experience of worship. We believe that the experience of prayer and communion within the Church helps transform us into the people God is calling us to be.

Like a beautiful Hawaiian quilt, we are a colorful tapestry of faith, weaving together believers and seekers; those who where born and raised in Hawai’i and those of us who found ourselves drawn to the islands. We come from different backgrounds and cultures, gathering around one table. We believe this to be an important witness of the Kingdom of God on earth. We are ‘ohana. We hold to the fullness of the Christian faith as we have received it, but we seek to practice the openness that Jesus displayed in his own life. He rejected judgmental religion and believed everyone had a right to a relationship with God. He welcomed everyone. So do we.

About Us

Casual, Spirit-filled, Friendly, Gay affirming, Inclusive, Multigenerational

Community Service, Addiction/Recovery, Children's Ministry, Youth Group, Choir, Yoga/Meditation, Nursery, Food Pantry, Adult Education, Preschool, School

Traditional Hymns, Contemporary, Organ, Passionate Reverent






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65-1237 Kawaihae Road
Kamuela, HI 96743



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Our Services

What are services like?
At the heart of our worship life is the Holy Eucharist (also called Communion, Mass, and the Lord’s Supper). Our worship is grounded on the two pillars of Word and Sacrament. Through scripture and preaching, through prayer and proclamation, the offering of beautiful music, and through the sharing of holy food and drink, we respond thankfully to God’s love for us in Christ.

What is the community like?
St. James’ Church joins with billions of Christians around the world in seeking the truth and loving justice of God’s reign in our own lives and in the life of the world around us. We move with the mainstream of the Christian movement throughout the ages. Our understanding of God and life is deeply rooted in the Episcopal tradition. We stand at the center of our town. We are called to do something with those intersecting facts. We are committed to growing in membership and in depth of spiritual commitment. We seek to expand the ways we offer to people to explore and grow in faith, particularly with children and youth. As servants of Christ, we try to listen to the pain of those in need and to serve others. We seek an honest and powerful spirituality for ourselves and others. We practice a warm aloha. We let our worship be joyful.

What if I'm not a Christian?
It is said that, “If you want to know what Episcopalians believe, come and worship with them.” What you will hear and see is that we believe that God is the loving and purposeful Creator of the universe. We believe that in Jesus Christ, God gave a singularly lavish gift to humankind. That in Christ, God makes real the promise of reconciliation of all. That the Church is the reality of that reconciling love in the world, and therefore the Church is to welcome all persons. That the Holy Spirit of God is active and alive today. That the Church–God knows–is not perfect. That there are no easy answers. That getting the questions right takes time and help, and that the right questions are themselves a gift. That regular worship and prayer in community with others really changes lives. That, with God’s help, we are called to seek and serve Christ in all persons, loving our neighbors as ourselves. That we are called to strive for justice and peace among all people, and to respect the dignity of every human being. And that it is a joyful privilege to invite you to join us in the journey toward this faith.

Leadership View all

David Stout

David Stout

Father David was called to be Priest-in-Charge in October, 2011. He completed his seminary education at the Divinity School at Duke University and his Anglican Studies year as Seminarian in Residence at Canterbury Cathedral. He was ordained in 1997 in the Diocese of East Carolina. There he served for three years as Curate/Assistant Rector at St. Paul’s Church, a pastoral-size congregation in the historic seaside town of Beaufort, North Carolina. He then served for four and a half years as Associate Rector for Member Incorporation at the corporate-size congregation of St. Bartholomew’s Church in the heart of mid-town Manhattan. Most recently, he served for seven years as the Rector of Trinity Church in Asbury Park, New Jersey. The vision which guides his ministry is the belief that because we are made in the image of God there is inside of each of us a hunger to connect with the Sacred. Our aim as the church is to help people make that connection as we grow both in numbers and in depth of relationship with God and one another. He believes the Episcopal way of living out the Christian faith offers a spirituality and way of worship many are seeking, but have yet to experience. He has a passion for exploring ways our parish can reach out to meet people where they are, sharing with them what we have found, as well as maintaining and growing in ways we seek to care for another as a parish family. He feels strongly that worship can be reverent as well as joyful, welcoming and accessible, especially to children and youth. He believes that worship should encourage people in their daily lives and send them out lifted up, empowered by the Spirit to meet the week ahead.

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