Church of England Diocese of Southwark St. James, Merton

About Us

ACCESSIBILITY
There is a ramp that allows access to the church and hall. Communion is administered standing but the ministers will bring communion to people in the pews if asked.

MUSIC AND WORSHIP
A professional director of music leads the choir in providing music for a fully Sung Eucharist each Sunday at 9.30 a.m. followed by coffee. The hymn book is New English Hymnal. The 4-part choir practices on Fridays at 7.30 p.m. new members welcome. The Parish Mass includes use of incense and singing of the Angelus. A Prayer Cell of Our Lady of Merton is being formed under the rule of the Shrine at Walsingham

On the 1st Sunday of the month, except August, there is a Sunday School for Children and Families with stories and craft activities and joining the main congregation for Communion.

On Wednesdays there is a devotional service (usually Compline & Benediction) at 7 p.m. and a Healing Service at the Thursday 10 a.m. Eucharist with anointing. Cafe St James follows. Confessions by arrangement with any of the priests.

Other special services: Pet Blessing Oct (St Francis); Corpus Christi, All Souls, All Hallows Eve, St Nicholas, St Luke, Parish Novena, Harvest, Assumption.

GROUPS, COURSES, ACTIVITIES
There are 2 Lenten Study Groups. There is an annual retreat to Walsingham and more is being planned. The great festival is St James in July with numerous opportunities for worship and fellowship.

The massive church hall is used constantly including use by a Korean Baptist Church, dog training, badminton and Kumon maths classes. The usual church events sales and fairs are enjoyed at St James.

VISITORS
St James is a church of the Liberal Open Catholic tradition of the Church of England. The parish priest is a member of the Society of Catholic Priests as well as a Priest Associate of Walsingham. He is also a member of the Cursillo community. He founded the St Nicholas Society in 2000 in Canterbury.

All are always welcome at St James, a place to belong and a place to become. No one is excluded from our fellowship. Easy public transport from Wimbledon Station, 164 bus to the front door. About 6 stops. Chapel is open daily.

BAPTISMS, WEDDINGS, BLESSINGS, FUNERALS
contact the Vicarage

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The Revd Canon Dr James M Rosenthal
(Fr Jim) Priest in Charge