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Thought for the Week

Each week, a member of the congregation, community or clergy writes on a contemporary topic that resonates with the mission and values of St James’s.

Recent Thoughts for the Week

Daniel Norris

Thought for the Day – Following like James, one step at a time

Daniel Norris celebrates St. James, highlighting his transformative journey with Jesus and encouraging the church community named after him to embrace God’s love, hospitality, and justice.


‘A deeper love’: Soul at Saint James

Ayla shares her experience of Soul at St James, an uplifting and inspiring monthly Gospel Music event at St James’s with Soul Sanctuary Gospel Choir.


Thought for the Week – Love hopes all things

Lucy reflects on this week’s events: Pride London, ordinations and the General Election.


Thought for the Week – In-between

Elijah Kinne reflects on the exhaustion and emotional dichotomies of Pride Month, emphasising the need to balance celebration and rest, and draws a parallel to the biblical story of Mary and Martha to highlight the importance of holding space for both action and presence in our lives.


Thought for the Week – Capacity for Creativity

Max reflects on the need to recognise and elevate the creative potential of our International Community as foundational in advocating for change.


Thought for the Week – Love made visible, love made whole

Kate Finlay reflects on her mother’s transformative experience attending her first Pride march, emphasising the importance of love, acceptance, and inclusivity within religious communities.


Thought for the Week – Theology college: an unexpectedly Queer experience

Ben Bloom writes about his experience at theology college, and how it’s been one of the Queerest experiences of his life.


Thought for the Week – A day in the life of a St James’s ambassador at Chelsea Flower Show

Sonia Lee reflects on her enriching experience as an ambassador for St James’s Piccadilly Garden at the Chelsea Flower Show, highlighting the garden’s Gold Award, the enthusiastic public reception.


Thought for the Week – Birdsong and Hope: Finding Community in St James’s Garden

Lucy Winkett reflects on the power of birdsong to bring hope, even in the middle of a city.


Thought for the Week – All in a Day’s Work

Our parish administrator David gives an insight into the seven-days-a-week life of St James’s and how faith and service is at the core.


Thought for the Week – Maytime

Lucy reflects on Maytime traditions, the politics of being English and the origins of the Spring Show in west London that has become RHS Chelsea


Thought for the Week – Journey of Faith

St James’s congregation member Anna Lakshmi Sabapathy shares her journey of religious exploration and her move towards Christianity.


Thought for the Week – A voice had begun to sing

St James’s music scholar Harrison Knights delves into the intersectionality of music, community and creation.


Thought for the Week – Change

Sarah Gillett reflects on her journey from a diplomatic career driven by change to a more rooted life focused on societal transformation.


Thought for the Week – Support & Assurance

Nick Thasarathar, St James’s Chief Operating Officer reflects from personal experience on the meaning of “Support and Assurance”, the name of St James’s site and support staff team.


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Thought for the Week – Home for Good

As Home for Good comes to an end (Julia, Dee, Freda, Peter, Claire) reflect on their experience as volunteers and consider what we can do to make a difference