This site is to celebrate the role that St. James plays for so many in the community as well as regular and periodic visitors. Many come for the azure skies, the clean and quiet beaches, the warm hospitality, great food, peace and tranquility, and they leave with warm and enduring memories of the simple, yet moving services at St. James.
This site has been set up and maintained by The Friends of St. James, a group of visitors and locals who wish to share St. James and its events and work with a wider group, as well as to provide a means for those who cannot be here all year round with news and views of happenings, projects and events, and to support the valuable work of St. James financially when and where possible.
Hope Town is a small, but strong-spirited and warm-hearted community of 300 locals (and often as many second homeowners and regular visitors), situated on a tiny cay (pronounced ‘key’) at the very border between the Atlantic Ocean on the one side and the Sea of Abaco on the other (as you can well see in the pictures).It is protected on the ocean side by one of the largest and longest reefs in the world.
The generations who have lived here have been through good times and bad, fair weather and foul (including hurricanes). They and the current local residents retain a strength of mind and spirit that has allowed them to survive and prosper in many ways, not least of which is in a generous and welcoming nature, open to the world and full of creative ideas and the flexibility to change with the times. Hope Town welcomes visitors who have been coming back every year for decades. It also hosts a large number of those who have decided to build a second home in this little corner or paradise.
Many couples also choose St. James for their wedding vows. The simplicity, tranquility and spirituality of this little church overlooking the sea underscores the joy as well as solemness and beauty of such momentous occasions in life. St. James is at its best, providing a quiet eloquence enhanced by a local touch to decorations.