St James the Greater is a vibrant place, a worshipping community which has much to offer people of all ages

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.

Our normal Sunday services of
1030 Choral Eucharist and 1830 Choral Evensong
have resumed

The legal restrictions around Covid-19 have been lifted, but we are still being urged to remain careful, especially where large numbers are assembled. This means that the way we worship needs to reflect this cautious approach. If you are with us, you will find that we are still using some of the measures we had in place during the pandemic, for example, hand sanitiser is available and the use of a face mask and completion of the Track and Trace form is voluntary. If you have any questions about these measures, please speak to the Wardens on duty.

However, somethings that we started during the pandemic are set to continue.


We are continuing to livestream our Sunday services on our YouTube channel.

Unfortunately, it is unlikely that we will be able to stream the services this coming Sunday 17th October.

Online Compline (Wednesdays at 2100)

The service will be online via Zoom and participants can join in the responses as they wish (but with mic's muted). There will be some parts sung by a small group from the choir and the words of the service will be shown on screen.

The meeting connection information is published weekly in the leaflet and the Order of Service may be downloaded beforehand.


The Shell continues to be published, just not in hard copy for the foreseeable future, but as usual in glorious technicolour here on the website. The latest edition is available here.


Many people at St James the Greater will have known Rev. Derek Hole for years and have lots of memories of him. It would be good to include these in a special edition of the The Shell to be published later in the year. If you have any memories that you would like to share with others in this way, please send them to the .
Please send in items by the deadline of Monday 1st November 2021.


Previous Streamed Services can be found here

Videos of concerts, services and music can be found here



Ex Cathedra Saturday 4th December, 2021

For more details, please see our Concert Booking page

Our Facebook pages


The coming week

Monday 25th October, 2021

Tuesday 26th October, 2021

Wednesday 27th October, 2021

Thursday 28th October, 2021

St Simon and St Jude, Apostles

Friday 29th October, 2021

Saturday 30th October, 2021

Sunday 31st October, 2021

The Fourth Sunday before Advent

Monday 1st November, 2021

All Saints

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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 , .

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

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