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Welcome to St James’s

Welcome to St James’s Piccadilly. Rooted in God’s earth, we envision a just society and a creative, open-hearted church. We are building a home where everyone can belong, and you are welcome here.

The church aspires to be a home where everyone can belong. It’s known locally and globally for its unique history and beauty, as well as faith in action, creativity and the arts, and commitment to social justice.

Finding community isn’t always easy in a huge city, and countless people have found a warm welcome at St James’s across the years. This is a place for everyone who’s wondering about life’s big questions and striving for a better world.

St James’s, church is a place to explore, reflect, pray, and support all who are in need. We are a Church of England parish in the Anglican Communion. Our main service is a Eucharist at 11am on Sundays with plenty of music. Once a month we have a children’s service of Godly Play. There are lots of ways to get involved in church events and activities. You are also very welcome to be here, whatever you’re seeking, just as you are.

Every newcomer is invited to special events to get to know the community and each other. If you’d like to get in touch, please contact Revd Dr Ayla Lepine, the Associate Rector and sign up to recieve our weekly newsletter.

Belonging & Advocacy

St James’s is committed to living out its values, imagining a better world together, and working to bring that hopeful future into being.

For decades St James’s has spoken out on vital issues close to its heart, and we aspire to be a community as diverse as humanity itself. Our LGBTQ+ group The Pride of St James’s meets regularly and takes part in Pride each year.

The church is working towards racial justice and freedom from oppression in all its forms. The building has level access, a hearing loop, accessible toilets, and service sheets in large print.

This is a church that yearns for liberation, in solidarity with people experiencing homelessness, living on low incomes, going through the asylum system, and living with fragile mental or physical health.

We work in partnership with many social justice organisations alongside people of many faiths and none, and St James’s is a member of Inclusive Church and support One Body One Faith.

St James’s is committed to honouring the identity and lived experience of every person. The community grows together through celebration, transformation, and sometimes challenges too.

Earth Justice

St James’s strives to advocate for earth justice and to develop deeper connections with nature. Rooted in loving the world and all its inhabitants (human and other-than-human), the community seeks to act from a place of environmental interconnectedness in services, events, and activism.

In 2018, St James’s achieved Gold Eco Church status and the church has won awards for initiatives regarding carbon footprint reduction, renewable energy, wildlife-friendly areas, and encouraging outdoor worship and teaching.


There are lots of ways to get involved at St James’s with social outreach and our services. We would especially welcome volunteers to help with our food hospitality for people experiencing homelessness: Sunday Breakfast and FEAST (a fresh hot meal served by volunteers in the church every Monday evening).