FAQs

Asking questions

Who comes to St. James’?

Anyone and everyone is more than welcome. St. James’ has a mixed congregation who come together from a variety of backgrounds and traditions.

What happens at the services?

While there are specific things we do at special times of the year (like Christmas or Easter), all our services tend to include the following:

  • We sing together a variety of songs, from the contemporary to the traditional
  • We have a time of prayer
  • We hear the Bible read to us followed by a talk lasting 10 - 20 minutes
  • We have a short time for church announcements
  • Every week at 9:15am and once a month at 10:45am we share the bread and wine of Holy Communion

After the service we welcome you into our church centre for refreshments and chat.

Are there differences between your services?

Our two morning services 9:15am and 10:45am offer diversity in style.  The 9:15am is more traditional with no children's provision and with a formal order of service. The 10:45am has a more contemporary feel and has provision for children each week. 

How long are the services?

The 9:15am service is normally between 45 minutes to an hour, while the 10:45am service normally lasts about an hour and fifteen minutes.

Do you collect money during the service?

In short, yes we do. We believe that giving our money to God's work in this church is an act of worship. If you are not a regular attender of the church, please don't feel pressured into putting anything into the offering bags.  We encourage regular givers to sign up to our automated Parish Giving Scheme.

Will I be asked to do anything during the service?

No, nothing to fear! Whilst a number of people from the congregation play an active role in our services, we want St. James’ to be as safe and as unthreatening a place as possible, so you will never be asked to do anything you do not want to do.

Can I bring my children?

Absolutely! Children's ministry is a big part of our work at St. James’. We offer specially designed children’s groups every week. On some special festivals such as Easter, Harvest and Christmas children stay in the service.  All volunteers working with children have a current DBS certificate and we adhere to an up-to-date child protection policy.

What is the dress code?

The simple answer is, there is no dress code.  We want you to feel comfortable, so just come as you are!

Can I park at the church?

We have limited car parking available at the church.  However, there are additional spaces available in the adjacent Forest car park.

Do you have provision for the hard of hearing or partially sighted?

It is important to us that everyone feels welcome at St. James’ and that our services and activities are as accessible as possible. To help with this we try to ensure that all our printed literature and projected content use colour schemes and font sizes which are helpful for the partially sighted. Folders with large print words to songs are available on request on Sunday mornings. For the hard of hearing we operate a loop system.  If you experience any problems with accessing our services, please do contact us.

How do I get involved?

There are all sorts of ways to get involved at St. James’, whether it is participating in a Life Group, or assisting in the various activities run by the church.

Welcome Lunches

Periodically we offer lunch following the 10:45am service at The Vicarage.  If you are new, or exploring, we would love to invite you for lunch.  To find details of the next lunch, email Russ.




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