St. James’ and St. Basil’s Church Fenham
Welcoming all with no exceptions
St. James’ and St. Basil’s Church encourages people who want to come for Baptism (Christening) or Confirmation. All are welcome, both adults and children. Js and Bs is a lovely place to be married. We also provide a safe and supportive place for funerals, where we thank God for, and commemorate the life of someone who has died. A Memorial Book is kept in church, which includes the names of those in the parish who have died, and whose relatives have requested their inclusion. If you would like to have the name of a loved one included in the memorial book, please contact us.
Our Missions 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
Worship is at the heart of our Christian lives. We have a pattern of services on Sundays and during the week. We also mark important occasions in the church’s year with special services through the year such Advent, Christmas, Candlemas, Lent, Holy Week, Easter, Ascension, Pentecost,
St. James’ and St. Basil’s Church is open between 9am and 5:00pm for prayer and reflection. Just before we open and close we havea short time of prayer each day, morning and evening. However you look to God, what ever your tradition, even if you have none, you are welcome. J’s and B’s church is a place of sanctuary, and a place of prayer and peace for all.
Baptism and Children
“Wonder Club” our Junior Church meets in church at 10am on the 1st and 3rd Sunday of each month. For those aged under 11, the Wonder Club explore stories from scripture and life events using Godly Play.
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.
We welcome children to our services and we want them to feel included. 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. “Wonder Club” our Junior Church meets in church at 10am on the 1st and 3rd Sunday of each month. For those aged under 11, the Wonder Club explore stories from scripture and life events using Godly Play.
We welcome all who wish to marry in church whatever their beliefs. You don’t have to be christened or be a regular Church goer. 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.