Sung Mass on Sunday Mornings
LOCKDOWN: during the ongoing Lockdown we will be livestreaming a service at 9.00am each Sunday from the Shrine of Our Lady of Walsingham, in addition to the services now happening in the two churches. Services will continue to be streamed on weekdays.
Once the pandemic is over we will revert to the normal pattern:
Our main act of worship on a Sunday morning is at 11.00am and is a Sung Mass. Worship at St James the Great uses contemporary language in a traditional setting. Our congregation includes a good balance of people of all ages including families with young children. The church has a striking central altar platform which allows the congregation to gather around the altar to be fed in the words of Scripture and with the body and blood of Christ as we make our communion. Those who have not yet been prepared for baptism and confirmation are encouraged to come forward to receive a blessing during the distribution of Communion.
There is a well equipped children’s corner in the church for toddlers and babies, equally parents are welcome to keep thier children in the pews.
Sunday School children (age 3 and over) leave the worship for their lesson during the opening hymn and return before Communion – sharing what they have learnt with the congregation before the final blessing.
There is a friendly and welcoming atmospere at St James and tea and coffee is shared after the service.