We are so glad that our regular congregation at St James’s is as diverse as humanity itself: we are straight, gay, non-binary, partnered, single, trans, queer, and for decades this church has been clear that whatever your identity, you have a place here and are warmly welcome.
Our approach is based in the Scriptures where we read that ‘God is love and those who live in love live in God and God lives in them’. This includes you.
If you have taken part in a Civil Partnership ceremony and would like to celebrate that commitment in church, we will be glad to welcome you. You will probably know from the media that at the time of writing, the Church of England is considering its approach to LGBTQ+ relationships, and a wide variety of views are held within the church itself. It is not yet possible for churches to bless LGBTQ+ relationships officially or to hold marriage ceremonies for same-sex couples. But we are permitted to pray with you, and hold prayer services that celebrate life-long commitment.
The relationship between organised religion and the expression of human sexuality is complex, and we recognise the courage that it takes sometimes for people who identify as LGBTQ+ to even get in touch with a church. But we are clear that the Christian faith is founded on love, indiscriminate and eternal.
If you would like to come to church to celebrate a commitment that you have made to your partner, or an anniversary, please get in touch with us to talk through all that is possible. And all LGBTQ+people and our allies are welcome to join our LGBTQ+ Group, or attend our annual Pride Sunday service and garden party.
Contact David our Parish Administrator by email