Church

Worship


Worship is at the heart of our Christian lives. We have a pattern of services on Sundays and during the week, and we mark important occasions in the church’s year with special services to celebrate Advent, Christmas, Candlemas, Lent, Holy Week, Easter, Ascension, Pentecost, Harvest and All Souls.

Our Mission Statement

  • We aim to be a vibrant Christian presence which reaches out to others by reflecting God’s love into the community and the wider world.
  • We aim to be inclusive and accessible. Everyone from the youngest to the oldest is to be valued, treated with respect, and cared for in the love of Christ.
  • We commit ourselves to working in partnership with other Christian churches for the proclamation of the gospel.
  • We aim to promote understanding and cooperation with those of other faiths for the common good

We welcome people who want to come for Baptism (Christening) or Confirmation, either for themselves or for their children. For those with a connection to the parish, Js and Bs is a lovely place to be married. And we provide a safe and supportive place for funerals where we thank God for, and commemorate the life of someone who has died.

Services at J’s and B’s

  • Sunday 8:00am – Common Worship Holy Communion Order One
    A quiet and prayerful service with sermon to start the day
  • Sunday 10:00am – Sung Parish Communion
    Followed by free fair trade coffee/tea/juice

Open for Prayer and Reflection


St. James’ and St. Basil’s Church is open between 8:30am and 5:00pm for prayer and reflection. However you look to God, what ever your tradition, or none, you are welcome to use the Church as a place of sanctuary and a place of prayer and peace.

Prayer can be open and spontaneous, but some people prefer to be able to read a prayer written by someone else. We have made some prayers available here. Please feel free to use them to suit you.

The Memorial Chapel, to the right of the door, has a variety of ways to engage in prayer. You may want to light a candle, leave a written prayer or picture, or use an image to help you pray and draw close to God.

Lighting a candle is a prayer.
When we have gone it stays alight,
kindling in the hearts and minds of others
the prayers we have offered in thanks,
and for those in need.

Jesus,
Son of God, light of the world,
be with me and those I love.
Shine your light into my darkness;
fill me with peace;
journey with me into the future.

Baptism


Your child is precious to you and precious to God. At baptism you promise to raise your child to know God loves them, and to help them to follow Jesus as a member of the Church. Just as you have welcomed your child into your family, in baptism the church welcomes them as a new member and pledges its support and encouragement as well.


Children


We welcome children to our services and we want them to feel included. Please share the baskets with them or read the stories as the service progresses. The church is pushchair accessible, and there is plenty of room to park buggies beside your chair or at the back of church. Baby changing facilitates are available in the toilet at the rear.


Weddings


You’re welcome to marry in church whatever your beliefs, whether or not you are christened and whether or not you regularly go to church. We are also happy to conduct Thanksgivings or Renewal of Vows at a significant anniversary. The Church of England has an excellent website, www.yourchurchwedding.org which will help you to plan