Our approach: being Church
We are a Christian community within the Church of England and we take Jesus Christ and the Gospels seriously. We'd like to tell you more...
A little about us
St James’s is a parish church in London’s West End, part of the Church of England and the world wide Anglican Communion. The building is a Christopher Wren design, consecrated in 1684. Our principal gathering as a Christian community is every Sunday at 11am for the Eucharist.
We seek to be an inclusive congregation, welcoming of both human experience and human diversity. We take the Bible seriously, and seek to understand it in the light of that same experience and diversity, and of what this age knows and Biblical writers did not, and could not, know.
We are widely representative of partnered and single people, straight, gay and transgendered, those who have a sure Christian faith and those who struggle with belief. You'll find amongst us those who can be described as orthodox in their faith and affirmations, others who might be termed progressive. In short, we are pretty varied.
We believe that in the Gospel is to be found a radical welcome, a great and generous invitation to share in the banquet of God’s creation. And also a challenge, to this and all generations.
St James’ Church is part of the Anglican Communion within the world-wide Christian Church. We understand ourselves to be called to -
"The meaning of Jesus Christ is God's concern for and presence in this world. The Christian faith is not about some god who is an abstract presence somewhere else, but about the living presence of God here and now, in this world, in exactly this world, as people know it, and see it, and touch it, and smell it, and live and work in it. That is why, incidentally, all the well meant talk of ‘making the gospel relevant’ to the life of the world is obscene: it secretly assumes that God is a stranger among us, who has to be introduced to us and to our anxieties and triumphs and issues and efforts. The meaning of Jesus Christ is that the Word of God is addressed to people, to all people, in the very events and relationships, any and every one of them which constitute our existence in this world. That is the theology of the incarnation."