All are welcome.
Going to church for the first time – or after a break – can be daunting. This quick guide on what to expect when visiting St James will help explain what happens:
Sunday is when most people attend the church. The 10.30am service includes hymns, bible readings, preaching, communion and times of prayer. The service includes responses from the congregation and follows the 1982 Scottish Liturgy. People stand to sing, as they are able, and sit or kneel to pray. A variety of styles and music for our hymns are chosen by a small group to enhance and elaborate on the service and sermon theme.
At Communion (or Eucharist) bread and wine are received which enables each person to remember Jesus’ death and give thanks for his resurrection. Breaking bread symbolises his broken body and the wine represents his blood shed on the cross. This act brings us into close communion (or relationship) with Christ and one another as we share it as his community. All are welcome to partake of this. Even if an individual does not wish to take communion, all are invited to go forward for a blessing.
St James is part of the worldwide Anglican Communion, which means those visiting from the Church of England, the Episcopal Church USA and other sister denominations across the world will feel very much at home with our worship. We are also part of the Porvoo Communion of churches. However, many join from a Church of Scotland, Roman Catholic or Evangelical background. All are welcome.
Tea and coffee are served in the Hall after the service. Please do stay for a chat.
There is flat access into the church building and an accessible toilet near the front door of the church.
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