St James, Harvington

As you walk into the church you will notice that it is carpeted which adds a softness and warmth, at least visually, to the look of the church. It is nicely unexpected. One might say the same of the welcome when first meeting the church community. There is a warmth to the welcome based on a love of God and a respect for all humanity – no matter what one’s background or appearance, all are made welcome.

The regular congregations are a mixture of all ages from people in their 90s to just months old and everything in between. We enjoy a family feel to our worship and friendship.   

Images of St James the Great, Harvington

Services of worship

When? 

We have two services on a Sunday: 9.30 am and 6.30 pm, and on Wednesday mornings at 11.00 am we have a Book of Common Prayer service of Holy Communion.

What's the difference between the Sunday services? 

In the mornings we follow the pattern:

First Sunday: a Celtic Style of worship;
Second Sunday: we have a Church of England (Anglican) service of Holy Communion;
Third Sunday: a Family Service;
Fourth Sunday: another service of Holy Communion.

This pattern can occasionally vary because of Easter and other festivals. Check the calendar for details.

In the evenings we offer a traditional style of worship from the Book of Common Prayer:

First Sunday: service of Holy Communion;
Second Sunday we provide a variety of different experiences including Taizé, Healing Services, Creation, Prisons week, Lament and Meditation;
Third and fourth Sundays: Evensong.

Do you have a Sunday School? 

Yes we do, but our children call it “Cross Club” – which is an imaginative take on what they are and do. They meet every Sunday morning service (unless there is a family service) in the Rectory or another house nearby. We cater for 3 years and upwards to teens. The leaders are CRB-checked and we offer a range of activities - discussions, prayer, stories, games and craft (age dependent) - and refreshments.

Does the worship leader do it all?

No. Fortunately for them we have a rota for readers, prayer leaders and refreshment servers – as tea and coffee is served after the morning service. We also share the sermon delivery on occasions.

Disability access

Following a recent refurbishment (finally completed in 2011) we have smooth entry into the church and only one step up to the altar. In addition we have a PA and loop system installed in the main congregation seating area.

Toilet facilities are not yet installed. We do have an understanding with the “Coach and Horses” pub across the road who allow their facilities to be used when the pub is open.   

Seating Capacity: 125 in the congregation area, plus a choir. A maximum of 169 can be seated including the choir stalls and all available chairs.

Parking

On the road next to the church and also the pub car park, but if using the latter please park at the back in case one gets in the way of customers or other pub visitors.