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St James is an evangelical Anglican church. We believe that the Bible is the inspired Word of God, and so the focus of our time together is on listening to God’s word and seeking to put it into practice in our daily lives.
Our church’s aim is “reaching and teaching people to be disciples of Christ”. Jesus has commissioned his people to proclaim the gospel to every tribe, language and nation, and as they respond to his call, to baptise them and to teach them to obey his words and walk in his ways (Matt 28:16-20). We should all be ‘disciples who make disciples’.
As we proclaim Christ to the world we also seek to be like Christ in the world. We aim to be a church who reflect the love and compassion of Jesus. We want our ‘light to shine before all people that they may see our good deeds and praise our heavenly Father’ (see Matt 5:16).
Our church is a ‘family’ and a ‘body’. We are a family because God has adopted us as his children, and we seek to live that out in personal relationship of love, care and forgiveness. We are a body that Christ has assembled and given differing gifts so that we can work together to serve him and one another (1 Cor 12).
St James is a welcoming and inclusive church. We seek to be accessible for all people with impairments and disabilities, and encourage everyone to use their gifts and abilities to serve.
We offer a diversity of service styles, from very traditional (7:45AM Holy Communion) to a very contemporary (Sunday Night Church), so that there is an opportunity for everyone to find a church service that best enables them to join with God’s people in corporate worship.
Thanks for visiting the St James Website. You will find that there are many people attending our church old and young, families, single parents and people living on their own.
We also represent different backgrounds and interests, as well as different levels of faith, from people who have been Christians for a long time, to those who are not sure what they believe. Some have been churchgoers all their lives, while others have only just started to attend.
Reaching and teaching people to be disciples of Jesus Christ
This is the mission statement of St James that expresses our central aim. You will find that this lies at the heart of everything we do here.
St James aims to meet the needs of those who attend by:
- Meeting each Sunday to strengthen our trust in God through clear and relevant Bible teaching,and prayers for one another and the world at large.
- Investigating Christianity through an informal four- week course called "Christianity Explained".
- Meeting through the week in small groups, some for men and women, others for women or men only, to study the Bible and discuss how it might shape our lives.
- Enjoying each other's friendship and support, over a barbecue, coffee or dinner.