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St. James' Episcopal Church, Sonora, CA is a Christian community

striving through worship, love, and service to welcome all people just as God created them.

No matter where you are on your journey of faith,

and whether you are single, married, divorced, separated, or partnered,

our welcome knows no boundaries of age, race, ethnicity, culture,

gender, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression,

economic condition, physical or mental ability. 


We believe that God delights in the diversity of creation...and so do we!

Service Schedule

Sunday Service - 10:00am Worship Service

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Was Elizabeth Leary

The Lady Barnam of Columbia, CA?

Author Catherine Gordon writes,

"I knew from my research on Soprano, Catherine Hayes that P.T. Barnam sent some of his singing stars to California during the Gold Rush. When I began learning more about Elizabeth Leary, I discovered that she must have had significant dealings with P.T. Barnam and his agent, William Bushnell. I was surprised to learn that the other celebrity songbird that Mrs. Leary presented at her assembly hall, Eliza Biscaccianti, was also represented by Barnam. Clearly Elizabeth Leary was on the leading edge of fashionable entertainment in 1853.”

Learn more surprising facts at the Red Church Preservation Fund Benefit Concert and Tea on October 7th and 8th.


Come and enjoy this wonderful show

that shares the untold stories

of these amazing women! 


Learn about their lives and music

and their place in our historic community.  


For tickets, visit EventBrite

Saturday or Sunday.

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