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.


Now that most people are returning to worship in person, we have decided to pause livestreaming our regular Sunday services on our YouTube channel. From time-to-time we will still stream special services.

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.

The Winter 2021 edition is dedicated to The Very Reverend Derek N. Hole Hon DLitt, Hon LLD (5th December 1933 - 4th September 2021), who was Vicar of St James the Greater from 1973 to 1992


Previous Streamed Services can be found here

Videos of concerts, services and music can be found here



Ex Cathedra Saturday 4th December, 2021

The Ratby Co-operative Band Saturday 11th December, 2021

Leicester Philharmonic Choir Thursday 16th December, 2021

City of Leicester Singers Saturday 18th December, 2021

For more details, please see our Concert Booking page

Our Facebook pages


The coming week

Friday 3rd December, 2021

Saturday 4th December, 2021

Concert: Ex Cathedra

Sunday 5th December, 2021

The Second Sunday of Advent

Weekly Leaflet

Monday 6th December, 2021

Tuesday 7th December, 2021

Wednesday 8th December, 2021

Thursday 9th December, 2021

Friday 10th December, 2021

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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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