Various services take place every week/month at St James's. There are regular Sunday Services and also many other services, some of which take place regularly every week or every month and some just occasionally - see below for details. They are all entered into our church calendar.
Regular weekly/monthly services
Parish Communion or All-age Service (followed by refreshments in the hall to which everyone is very welcome)
When Christians gather together during a church service, they worship God in different ways. These ways can involve praising God with music, readings from the Bible, prayers, thoughtful silences, and a sermon. Read about worship on the page Worship.
Regular Sunday services
08.00 Holy Communion. This is a quiet, reflective service of around 30 minutes at the beginning of the day, held at the high altar. Have a look at the service booklet - Common Worship Holy Communion (said).
09.30 Parish Communion. This is a busy service with hymns, lots of music and the Sunday School joining in at the end of the service during term time. At least once a month there is a choir, and the service is ordered, but relaxed. Have a look at the service booklets on the page Sunday Parish Communion. OR
09.30 All-age Service. This usually happens once a month and is a service specially aimed at family groups and younger members of our congregation. Have a look at what happens here on the page All-age Service.
These services are always followed by refreshments in the hall.
Regular weekday services
09.30 Tuesday mornings Holy Communion. This is a quiet, reflective service of around 30 minutes at the beginning of the day, held at the high altar.
09.15 Monday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday mornings Morning Prayer. Prayer is offered every day, and this service of around 20 minutes is a way to start the day with reading the Bible, praying and spending a few minutes with God.
These are held on Principal Feasts, Principal Holy Days and also special occasions, such as Ash Wednesday, Maundy Thursday, Good Friday, Easter Day, Ascension Day, Patronal Festival (July), All Souls, Christmas Carol Service, Christmas Eve Crib Service, Christmas Eve Midnight Mass and Christmas Day. These and occasional services such as a Service of Music for Ascension, Pentecost and Trinity and the Presentation of Christ in the Temple, or Candlemas, shown left, are recognised with different services appropriate to the occasion.
A number of schools use the church for their services, particularly Hampton Hill Junior School, The Lady Eleanor Holles School and Bishop Wand School. There is a regular commitment to Laurel Dene and to Marling Court, local care homes for the elderly, and regular services are taken there.
Sung Evensong is an occasional service sung for festivals and special occasions. Compline is said each Sunday in Lent at 20.00, and every evening in Holy Week up to Maundy Thursday. The lighting of new fire is observed at dawn on Easter Day.
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Colours of the Christian Year
Services through the years