A very warm welcome to all visitors. Here you can find out about St James's Church and what to expect when you get here.
Who goes to St James's?
The congregation consists of a wide range of people from different backgrounds and of different colours and ages. Whoever you are you are assured of a very warm welcome at our church.
How can I get in touch?
There is always somebody willing to chat to you, either by phone, e-mail or in person. See the Contact us page for details. There is also 'Office Time' for baptism and wedding enquiries. See the Calendar for when this happens.
Where is St James's and how do I get there?
The address is: St James's Church, 46 St James's Road, Hampton Hill, Middx. TW12 1DQ.
Buses stop fairly near the church or, if you travel by train, there is a ten minute walk from Fulwell Station. If you are driving, there is plenty of free parking either in the car park adjacent to the church, or in adjacent roads. See the Find us page for details.
What services are there?
There are regular Sunday services and also other services, some of which take place regularly every week or every month and some just occasionally. See the Services page for details.
All the services are entered into our Calendar.
What happens when I arrive at the church?
When you first arrive, you'll be greeted by a member of the congregation who will give you a service booklet, hymn book and pew sheet (information sheet). Please ask them for help should you need it. Near the entrance you will find a table with information leaflets about the church, welcome cards, the Spire magazine, etc. Just help yourselves to this information. You can sit anywhere you wish.
What happens during the service?
Have a look at the page Sunday Parish Communion which explains this service. Information can be found for the other type of Sunday service which is aimed at families and our associated uniformed groups on the page All-age Service.
What facilities are available for children during the service?
There is a children's corner for both children and their parents which is well equipped with books and toys.
What happens after the service?
After Sunday Parish Communion services we invite everyone into the hall for parish breakfast. Our small hospitality team provide tea and freshly-brewed coffee as well as cakes and hot bites. All our drinks are Fairtrade products. This is a very good way of meeting and getting to know people, especially for those new to the church.
What does St James's Church believe?
The Church of England website says: "Christian life is lived in relationship with God through Jesus Christ, and in common with other Christians in the Church seeking to deepen that relationship and to follow the way that Jesus taught. Central to that relationship is knowing we can trust God. Saint Paul says at the end of the eighth chapter of his letter to the Church in Rome, 'if God is for us, who can be against us?' And this is the heart of faith."
For Christians God is understood and known as Father, Son and Holy Spirit.
Father… God is love, caring for creation and for every human being as God's beloved child.
Son… God is as he has revealed himself to be in the historical person of Jesus Christ. Jesus' life, death and resurrection holds the key to knowing and loving God, and to making sense of life, before and after death.
Holy Spirit… God is alive, loving and active today, inspiring faith, justice and truth, sustaining the life of the world, giving spiritual gifts to the church and bearing his spiritual fruit in the world - changed lives and a transformed society.
St James's Church stands in this tradition.
What help is there for those with disabilities?
St James's is an all-inclusive church. Members of the congregation regularly bring to church and help those with limited mobility. The premises are accessible for those with disabilities. In the church there are large print service booklets, hymn books and notice sheets. The church also has a loop system for the hearing impaired. There are parking spaces near the entrance. In the church hall both the kitchen and toilets are accessible.
Has the church links with charities and other organisations?
Mission is the central objective of all our church activities. An important part of Christian witness is giving to others. We give to local, national and international charities. We also have links with other churches and organisations. See the Mission section for details.
What activities can I get involved with?
Within the church, we have opportunities for prayer and study in groups that meet either regularly or for a short series. The choir and instrumental ensemble St James's Players always welcome new members. The Theatre Club see a play roughly once a month with their aim being to get people together to have some fun during the week. There is a Film Club whose members watch films together on the big screen.
There are many helpers at St James’s who get on with the many tasks that produce a pleasant environment for worship, a smooth-running administration, and enjoyable social events. There are bellringers, cleaners, flower arrangers, people who prepare the parish breakfast, people who read the lessons or say the prayers, servers, sidespersons, people on the Parochial Church Council and committees for finance & planned giving, properties and social events. Why not see if any of them would suit you? See the page Get Involved for more details.
What activities can my children get involved with?
The Shell Seekers Sunday School is a lively, caring group for children held in the church hall on Sunday mornings. The uniformed groups join us for some special Sunday services. The popular St James's Ark for all pram pushers (Mums, Dads, Grandparents, Carers) and under 5’s meet every Monday in term time from 10.15 to 12.15. The choir and St James's Players also welcome children but please check with the leaders first.
How does the church interact with the community?
St James's plays an important role in the community of Hampton Hill in two different ways. One is by the clergy and members of the congregation going out into the community, ministering to parishioners, visiting the sick or housebound, going into the local schools, etc. The other is by opening the church and encouraging people to come into our midst. The church itself is a major focus in the local community. The layout of the church, its fine acoustics and the facilities of the adjacent hall all make St James's an excellent venue for a variety of events much used by local schools, community and musical organisations.
When is the church open?
In addition to when services are taking place, the parish office (020 8941 6003), in the west porch, is open Monday, Wednesday and Friday mornings and also Tuesday and Thursday afternoons.
How does St James's communicate?
We communicate by publishing pew notice sheets once a week, the Spire magazine nine times a year and keeping our website up-to-date. In the church there is a table near the entrance with information leaflets about the church, welcome cards, the Spire magazine, etc. There are illustrated service booklets to help youngsters follow the communion service.
If you have any questions at all or want to know any details about St James's Church that are not on this website, please get in touch through the Parish Office on 020 8941 6003.
We at St James's Church look forward to seeing you at one of our services or events.