When visiting St James at 2028 North 60 Street, Milwaukee, WI, you will see that the church is just south of the intersection of 60th and Lloyd Streets. There is a parking lot just south of the building on 60th Street. There is also a smaller parking lot in the back of the church off of 59th Street (one way heading south). If these lots are full, there is parking across the street on 60th in the Catholic Social Services lot.
If you come in the main entrance off of 60th Street (double wooden arched doors) you will go up a few stairs into the narthex or open area before the church proper. The church will be to your left. An usher should be in the narthex to greet you and help you with anything you may need. They can tell you how to obtain a listening device if you have trouble hearing, for example, or assist you with anything that could make your visit with us as comfortable as possible.
If you come into the building from the 60th Street parking lot, you can enter through the double tan doors, head up the stairs, continue straight until you are in the narthex area. You can also enter the building through the double black doors off of the 60th Street parking lot. These doors will lead you to the office hallway which is handicap accessible. Go up the ramp to the double blue doors that will be on your left. Follow the hall past the member mailboxes and continue through the single door.
If you come into the building through the 59th Street back parking lot, you will enter through double black doors. This will put you into the office hallway. Look for the double blue doors on your right. Continue straight ahead past the member mailboxes. Enter the narthex through the single door.
The women's restroom is tucked into a corner just off of the narthex. (This is also the preschool bathroom and quite colorful) There is also another women's restroom off of the office hallway located near the double black doors and up the stairs and to your left. The men's restroom is located in the office hallway heading toward the elevator. If you enter the gymnasium you have gone too far!
What to Wear?
What type of clothing is appropriate for attending a worship service? There are quite a number of different styles of clothing worn here; suits, business/casual, dresses/skirts, and jeans, as well, are all seen in a typical service at St James.
What About the Service?
Our services last anywhere from 45 minutes to an hour, typically. The first Sunday of the month includes a childrens devotional where the children may move to the front of the church to participate. St James has one pastor. Our service makes use of the liturgy and praise as sung from Christian Worship book, which is provided in the pews. We also make use of our screen and projection system to project the service from which you may follow. Bulletins are also available from the ushers.
Communion, the sacrament of the Lord’s Supper, is included in the service for those who have been confirmed in the faith. Communion is included in the worship service on the 2nd, 3rd, 4th and 5th Sundays. We offer the common cup and individual cups for the wine distribution. The Bible teaches us that Jesus gives us his true body and blood for the forgiveness of our sins in the Lord's Supper. The Bible also instructs us that receiving the Lord's Supper together is an expression of our complete unity of faith. Because of this, we gather together as members of our church and denomination [Wisconsin Evangelical Lutheran Synod (WELS) or Evangelical Lutheran Synod (ELS)], to celebrate Communion. We do practice “Close Communion”, so until you speak with the pastor about your current understanding of communion, we prefer you not participate without a thorough understanding. Pastor Marquardt will be happy to speak with you about that practice and how you may join us in the sacrament.
Are children welcome?
Yes, very much so! We have many families with children that attend our worship services. We do know that sometimes little ones don't always conduct themselves quietly during church. If your child needs a break from the service, there is the Gathering Place next to the church proper that you and your child can go into. You will find a sitting area for quiet time. Our audio system is connected to this room also, so you won't miss being part of the service. Just ask an Usher to point you in the right direction.
We hope that you will feel welcomed in our midst, as it is our privilege to serve you with the truth of God’s Word in any way that we can. We have a smaller congregation, and it is very important to us that we acknowledge you, so please, sign the friendship registers in each pew at the designated time during the offering. Our offering to the Lord is one of the ways we have to praise the Lord and provide for more people to be reached by His Word. Please know that as a visitor we do not expect you to contribute to our collection unless you are so moved to do so. We simply appreciate being able to have you worship with us!
You may contact our pastor or the church office through any of the ways listed within our website, and we would be happy to help you in any way we can. May God bless your visit with us at St James!