The performance of Bach’s St John Passion in Holy Week, with the audience joining in singing the hymn-like chorales that punctuate the piece, made a great impression. Thank you to all who contributed and especially to Michael Haslam for organising it.
Video of the recent Iftar, by Ali Oudjana
CENSING: Celebrating All Saints Day with L'Arche at St James's, 5 November 2017
Queer Virtue: What can queer experience teach us about Christianity? What can queer experience teach the church? The Reverend Liz Edman, author of the new book "Queer Virtue: What LGBTQ People Know About Life and Love and How It Can Revitalize Christianity," explores the ethical dimensions of queer experience such as Pride, coming out, scandal, and hospitality, to lift up the queer ethical path as a model for progressive Christian practice. Share your experiences, thoughts, and perspectives over food and drink, hosted by the Circus Spirit and the SJP LGBTQ+ group. All welcome. Sunday 28th August, 5:45pm-7:30pm at St James's.
The Key 2016 CARAVAN Exhibition of ART ran here at St James Church from June to August 2016. Find out more, or watch the video below.
A service for cyclists, to bless people and their bikes and celebrate the gift of cycling. The Revd Ivan Khovacs said that many church members are daily cycle commuters, one of whom, midwife Mary Stewart, came up with the idea. He said: “The service is a way to give a blessing and an affirmation of the joy of cycling but acknowledging that cycling in London can be a little bit hairy and frightening at times”
The service began with songs, accompanied by a ukulele orchestra and a trio of banjo, accordion and trumpet. St James’s is part of an association of Eco Churches aiming to reduce their carbon footprints and to protect the environment, and cycling is one way the church contributes to that ethos.
On Sunday 19th June St James's hosted an Interfaith Iftar in partnership with City Circle and welcomed London Mayor Sadiq Khan
We gathered with Muslim friends from City Circle to celebrate ways of working together, helping people who are homeless and building interfaith relations.
See the video of the 27 October 2015 event organised by JustShare in partnership with St James's Church, Piccadilly, London.
We have been privileged to host one of Issam Kourbaj's Another Day Lost installation. Follow 'read more'
Another Day Lost is a series of installations across five sites, inspired by and based on the Syrian refugee crisis, by Syrian-born, UK-based artist, Issam Kourbaj.
These installations resemble ‘camps’ constructed out of waste materials, such as medicine packaging and discarded books. The ‘tents’ are marked with Kourbaj’s distinctive black lines, based on Arabic calligraphy and traditional mourning ribbons, and encircled with a ‘fence’ of used matches. On the first day of the festival, there will be 1,579 matches in every ‘fence’, and another match will be added for every day of the exhibition, resulting in a total of 1593 matches by the end of two weeks on display. Each match represents a day lost since the beginning of the Syrian uprising.
The sites are scattered around London, mapping out and loosely reflecting the geographic pattern of refugee presence outside the borders of Syria. The installations at Goethe-Institut London and St. James’s Church, Piccadilly, roughly relate to the locations of camps along Syria’s southern border; Central Books in East London correlates to the cities of northern Iraq; 10 Golborne Road represents Lebanon; and Heath Street Church, Hampstead, approximates the location of camps in Turkey.
See BBC interview with the artist.
Panel discussion asking: how we fight human trafficking in London and beyond? Filmed 15th July 2015 at St James's Church, Piccadilly
A short video by Alan Rollings of the Soul Sanctuary Gospel Choir, part of our Sundays@Six programme