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.

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 Very Reverend Dr Derek Hole Hon LLD Hon Dlitt


It is with great sadness that we have to report that Derek Hole, Provost Emeritus of Leicester, one-time Chaplain to Her Majesty the Queen, former Vicar of this church, and a dear friend to so many, died peacefully on the evening of Saturday 4th September. He will be sorely missed.

Rest in peace dear Derek - and rise in glory

Friday 24 September 7 pm
Reception of body into church and a Requiem Mass.

Saturday 25 September 11 am
Funeral followed by reception in the Church Hall.
Both services will be accompanied by organ and choir.
Everyone is welcome to join the family at either or both of the services.


We are intending to livestream both services on our YouTube channel.

Requiem Mass:

Funeral Service:


Previous Streamed Services can be found here

Previous Virtual Services and Music can be found here

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The coming week

Monday 27th September, 2021

Tuesday 28th September, 2021

Wednesday 29th September, 2021

St Michael and All Angels

Thursday 30th September, 2021

Friday 1st October, 2021

Saturday 2nd October, 2021

Sunday 3rd October, 2021

19th Sunday after Pentecost (Trinity 18)

Monday 4th October, 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 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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