St James'
Islington N1

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Our Worship Style

“Sing a joyful song to the Lord…” an invitation to make our liturgy enjoyable, relevant and open to God’s leading

“Sing a joyful song to the Lord…” is an invitation to make our liturgy enjoyable, relevant and open to God’s leading

From the very earliest days, Christian worship has been understood to be a balance of praise, listening, praying and dramatic action – loving God, listening to his Word, interceding and re-living the stories which feed our hearts and minds. We remember much more when our eyes are engaged as well as our ears.

Because we are a very mixed community the Parish Mass on different Sundays has a slightly different flavour:

1st Sunday: All Age

2nd Sunday: Traditional hymns/sermon

3rd Sunday: Exploring Christian teaching

4th Sunday: Baptisms or the exploration of a current issue

Every week we enjoy welcoming visitors to St James’ and we encourage people to take part in as much or as little of the service as they choose. There is a carpet for small children to play on and everyone is welcome to receive communion, or a blessing, at the appropriate time.

Lady dressed in traditional green coloured dress holds the Monseratt flag

Celebrating St Patrick’s Day in March with the Montserrat Community

Display of many childrens colouring pens on alter steps

Some of the pens and pencils brought at Harvest and later sent on to orphans in Zimbabwe

A long meeting table surrounded by chairs set up inside the church

Being flexible in the shape of our worship: keeping a balance between tradition and new ideas