Due to the current Coronavirus outbreak, all public worship is suspended and the building is closed until further notice.

The Church, however, is still an active worshipping community which has much to offer people of all ages.

More details here.

The Church of St James the Greater, in the Diocese of Leicester, in the East Midlands, can be found just to the south of the centre of the City of Leicester, on the main A6, opposite Victoria Park.

With a design influenced by the great cathedral of Torcello in the Venetian lagoon, it was built between 1899 and 1914, to serve the expanding city of Leicester.

There is a thriving congregation, and the worship is varied, maintaining the best of the Anglican tradition, liturgically and musically, attracting people from all walks of life and from all over the county of Leicestershire and beyond.

The Ministry Team are here to offer support, advice and practical help at all the important times in family life.

Whether you want your baby baptised, a wedding service in church, need support when a death occurs, or just someone to talk to about the christian faith, the clergy are here to assist.


Due to Covid-19, in accordance with government guidance and the instructions of the Archbishops, all public worship is suspended and the building closed until further notice.


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Our life is going to be less characterised by attendance at church on Sunday, and more characterised by the prayer and service we offer each day. We may not be able to pray with people in the ways that we are used to, but we can certainly pray for people. And we can certainly offer practical care and support.

We are a vibrant and worshipping community and even thought we cannot be together in person, we can remain together in prayer.

Keeping in touch

The regular weekly leaflet is still being produced and can be download from this site as usual.

In addition to this website, we also have a presence on Facebook (see below)

Please check back here regularly for updates and information concerning worship resources.

Virtual Services

Music and Readings for Holy Week

An audio recording from Palm Sunday 2019

Music includes:
Hosanna to the Son of David (Weelkes)
And they came to a place (Stainer)
The Crown of Roses (Tchaikovsky)
Drop, drop slow tears (Leighton)

Download the archived Order of Service


An audio recording from Good Friday 2017

Music includes:
Christus factus est (Bruckner)
Lamentations (Bairstow)
Crown of Thorns (Tchaikovsky)
Crucifixus (Lotti)
Solus ad victimam (Leighton)

Download the archived Order of Service

Coming soon

A Virtual Choral Evensong for Easter Day

Working indvidually from their homes, the choir and others have put together a service of Choral Evensong for Easter Day

A daily reflection from the will be available on our Facebook page each day through Holy Week.

Mike Rule

Our organist, is posting a hymn each day in Holy week - Have a listen on our YouTube channel

We are also, like many churches, looking at ways to try and gather together "virtually" during the lockdown.

The Choir are looking at ways of continuing to sing and offer services for all to share.

Other Resources for Home Worship

Broadcast Media
Daily Service Mon-Fri at 9.45am Radio 4 LW
Choral Evensong Wed at 3.30pm & Sun at 3pm Radio 3
Sunday Worship Sun at 8.10am Radio 4
Morning Worship Sun - check schedule for time BBC1
Songs of Praise Sun - check schedule for time BBC1

The Church of England
Leicester Cathedral
Audio Webcasts from King's College, Cambridge

Our Facebook pages


The coming week

Thursday 9th April, 2020

Maundy Thursday

Friday 10th April, 2020

Good Friday

Saturday 11th April, 2020

Easter Eve (Holy Saturday)

Weekly Leaflet

Sunday 12th April, 2020

Easter Day

Monday 13th April, 2020

Monday in Easter Week

Tuesday 14th April, 2020

Tuesday in Easter Week

Wednesday 15th April, 2020

Wednesday in Easter Week

Thursday 16th April, 2020

Thursday in Easter Week

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The Church of St James the Greater is committed to providing a safe and caring environment for all.
We have safeguarding and child protection policies that follow nationally recommended guidelines.

For further information, please contact
our Child Protection Officer, ,
or our Vulnerable Adults Protection Officer, .

If you wish to speak to someone outside of St James the Greater, the Diocesan Safeguarding Team are also available.

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