Our faith in God is undiminished; public worship may be suspended; but the life of God's kingdom is inextinguishable

"The Church continues to be alive and active, but in London our buildings must close. London is seeing a huge increase in the number of people falling sick with COVID-19. We must physically distance ourselves from one another and prevent the spread of infection in order to save lives. Therefore, as well as public worship being suspended, St James's Church and all church buildings in the Diocese of London are now closed. To protect the vulnerable amongst us, please do not leave your home except for essential trips." Diocese of London. 

 “Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength . . . Love your neighbour as yourself.
There is no commandment greater than these.”

Worship online 

See the page Holy Week & Easter giving details of all the online services happening at this time. With thanks to the clergy, organist/choir director and the choir for putting these services together.

Previous weeks' online worship can still be seen

Sunday 5 April Palm Sunday
The live streamed version of this service can be found on (Facebook) and YouTube.
Together at Eleven (Zoom) Ask Derek for the link for Zoom.

Sunday 22 March Mothering Sunday / Fourth Sunday of Lent
The live streamed version of this service can be found on (Facebook) and (YouTube)
The short communion service that followed can be found on (Facebook)

Wednesday and Friday 
3.00pm Dani’s story time for children - A live stream story for children to watch live or later (Facebook)

Worship at home

As it is not possible for people to worship together, there is a range of resources available

Keeping in touch

It is vital that we keep in touch and support one another through these testing times. 

  • Listen to the daily recordings 'Time to Pray'.
  • Make sure that you talk with at least three St James's people a week.  
  • If you can offer help to someone who is self-isolating let Derek or Nick in the office (020 8941 6003) know.
  • If you are self-isolating and need help contact Derek or the office. If you are confined to your home - we would like to stay in touch with you, and shop for you as needed. Please let Nick in the office (020 8941 6003) know if you have such a need. We have volunteers standing by. If you just want someone to talk to give us a ring, we are here to help.
  • Dani’s story time for children - A live stream story for children to watch live or later.

Information, help and advice

Council updates
(COVID-19) Richmond Council have been working exceptionally hard to ensure services are available and accessible to those who need them. This link gives key information and regular updates on what the council is doing.
Where to go for help
The council has set up a helpline called the Community Hub. So, if you or someone you know needs support you can contact them on 0208 871 6555 or at For all medical enquiries please continue to contact the NHS on or on 111.
How to help
There has been some great community spirit with many coming out to help those in need. To ensure this help can be delivered safely and effectively, Richmond CVS is working with Age UK and local groups. So, if you are an individual, business or local voluntary group wanting to help, please sign up to their volunteering database.

People    We are not people of fear: we are people of courage.
    We are not people who protect our own safety: we are people who protect our neighbours' safety.
    We are not people of greed: we are people of generosity.
    We are your people God, giving and loving, wherever we are, whatever it costs
    For as long as it takes wherever you call us.