St James the Greater is currently only open for private prayer.

Despite the pandemic, the Church 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.

A DIFFERENT SORT OF CHURCH

Just like everywhere else, St James the Greater is a little different from normal.

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.



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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.

ADVENT AND CHRISTMAS SERVICES

We're all hopeful that we'll be able to meet together for public worship again on 6th December, when we will mark the Second Sunday of Advent. There will be a Said Eucharist service in the morning at 10:30am, followed in the afternoon by our Advent Carol Service at 4.00pm.

As Advent Carols is one of our most popular occasions in St James' year, we are introducing a free ticketing system for this service. This will allow us to ensure as many of you are able to attend this wonderful service. It will also mean we are able to maintain social distancing within the church by monitoring our capacity.

If you would like to attend the Advent Carol Service, please email the and let us know how many seats you need.

Looking further ahead, there will be Sung Eucharist on the Third Sunday of Advent, 13th December, at 10:30am. The following week, 20th December, we will again have Said Eucharist at 10:30am. As this is the Fourth Sunday in Advent, we will then have our traditional service of Nine Lessons and Carols at 4.00pm (This will also be a ticketed service). We will celebrate Christmas Day with a Sung Eucharist service at 10:30am.

Please note that sadly, there will not be a Midnight Service on Christmas Eve this year, owing to the issues of cleaning the building between services.

Of course, all dependant upon future regulations.

December 6th - Said Eucharist (1030), Advent Carol Service (1600)
December 13th - Sung Eucharist (1030)
December 20th - Said Eucharist (1030), Nine Lessons (1600)
December 24th - No Services
December 25th - Sung Eucharist (1030)
December 27th - Said Eucharist (1030)

SERVICES ON SUNDAYS

We are once again prevented from worshipping together in church, but we'll still be recording a Sunday service and will make them available on our Facebook page and YouTube channel. Plans are also afoot to allow us to live-stream our services in the near future as well.

Over the past few months, we've all experienced changes to our regular routines and the way we do things. Hopefully it will only be a short term measure as we ease out of lockdown and life, including our church life, returns to something closer to normal and we are all able to meet.

THE SHELL MAGAZINE

The Quarterly Editions of The Shell continue 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.

Please let Graham () have your contributions as soon as possible, and in any event by 17th November."

Live Services

Christ the King - 22nd November 2020

During Lockdown, a short service with the Vicar

Remembrance Sunday - 8th November 2020

During Lockdown, a short service with the Vicar at the War memorial






All Souls Day - 1st November 2020

Join us for a Requiem Mass for All Souls Day, with the choir singing the exquisite Fauré Requiem. This is our first evening service since March and we were planning to restart a regular Choral Evensong this month. Sadly it appears that instead it will be our last choral service for at least four weeks, owing to the second lockdown. The choir will be back as soon as they can.

Download the Order of Service






Last Sunday after Trinity - 25th October 2020

Join us for Said Eucharist in the church. The choir are on their half-term break this week, but will be back next Sunday evening for a service for All Souls day.

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Nineteenth Sunday after Trinity - 18th October 2020

Join us for Choral Eucharist in the church. We welcome as our celebrant this week, the Reverend Rosie Woodall, chaplain to the Bishop of Leicester.

INTROIT: Cantate Domino (Pitoni)
CHOIR HYMN: Praise my soul, the King of heaven
SETTING: Short Service (Batten)
PSALM: 96
ANTHEM: O sing joyfully (Batten)
CHOIR HYMN: My God, And Is Thy Table Spread

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Eighteenth Sunday after Trinity - 11th October 2020

Join us as we celebrate Choral Eucharist in the church.

CHOIR HYMN: Guide me, O thou Great Redeemer
PSALM: 23
SETTING: Missa L'Hora Passa (Viadana)
ANTHEM: O Lord increase our faith (Loosemore)

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Seventeenth Sunday after Trinity - 4th October 2020

Join us as we celebrate Choral Eucharist in the church.

SETTING: Short Service (Batten)
CHOIR GRADUAL HYMN: For the fruits of all creation
ANTHEM: If ye love me (Tallis)

(Apologies for the poor audio quality this week)

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Sixteenth Sunday after Trinity - 27th September 2020

Join us as we celebrate Choral Eucharist for Harvest in the church.

INTROIT: Let the people praise thee (Rule)
PSALM: 65 (Woodward)
SETTING: Missa L'Hora Passa (Viadana)
ANTHEM: For the beauty of the earth (Rutter)
CHOIR HYMN: Come ye thankful people, come

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Fifteenth Sunday after Trinity - 20th September 2020

Join us as we celebrate Choral Eucharist in the church. Yes, the choir are back for the first time in six months (suitably socially distanced of course).

INTROIT: Locus Iste (Bruckner)
PSALM: 105 (vv 1-15) (Pye)
SETTING: Byrd 4-part
ANTHEM: Ave Verum (Byrd)

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Fourteenth Sunday after Trinity - 13th September 2020

Join us as we again celebrate Holy Communion in the church.

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Thirteenth Sunday after Trinity - 6th September 2020

Join us as we again celebrate Holy Communion in the church.

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Twelfth Sunday after Trinity - 30th August 2020

Join us as we again celebrate Holy Communion in the church.

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Eleventh Sunday after Trinity - 23rd August 2020

Join us as we again celebrate Holy Communion in the church.

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Tenth Sunday after Trinity - 17th August 2020

Join us as we again celebrate Holy Communion in the church.

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Ninth Sunday after Trinity - 9th August 2020

Join us as we celebrate the first service of Holy Communion held in church since the lockdown began

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Virtual Services

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As we emerge from the current pandemic, all choirs will face huge challenges to maintain their long tradition of choral excellence.

If you have enjoyed the music and services offered online during the last few months, please consider supporting our choir directly by making a donation via this link

We hope and pray that it will not be too long before we are able once again to meet together and "Sing praises to our God". Amen.

A Virtual Choral Evensong for St James' Day

Once again working indvidually from their homes, the choir, alumni and others have recorded full Service of Choral Evensong for 26th July 2020 (Patronal Festival) The last service in the strangest of choir terms, as the choir now takes its summer break (!)

INTROIT: Locus Iste (Bruckner)
Locus iste a Deo factus est, Inaestimabile sacramentum, irreprehensibilis est.
( This place was made by God, a priceless sacrament; it is without reproach. )

HYMN: Angel voices ever singing
RESPONSES: Rule
PSALM: 105 (Howells)
CANTICLES: Stanford in Bb
ANTHEM: I was glad (Parry)
HYMN: How shall I sing that majesty ?

Available to watch on our YouTube channel

#TogetherInHope #ThisIsLeicester

We WILL be glad, when they say unto us that we may go into the house of the LORD.

Seventh Sunday after Trinity - 26th July 2020

Anthem and Prayer for the Day

Lord, for thy tender mercy's sake (attr Farrant)

This Sunday, we celebrate the Feast Day of our Patron Saint, St James the Greater. Traditionally, this is also the end of the choir term as the choir members take a well-earned summer break and so this will be the last of the weekly Prayer and Anthem videos (at least for the time being).

We hope and pray that it will not be too long before we are able once again to meet together and "Sing praises to our God". Amen.

Sixth Sunday after Trinity - 19th July 2020

Anthem and Prayer for the Day

Song for Athene (Tavener)

Fifth Sunday after Trinity - 12th July 2020

Anthem and Prayer for the Day

They that go down to the sea in ships (Sumsion)

Fourth Sunday after Trinity - 5th July 2020

Anthem and Prayer for the Day

My soul, there is a country (Parry)

Third Sunday after Trinity - 28th June 2020

Anthem and Prayer for the Day

Bread of Heaven (Wills)

Thought for the Day - 24th June 2020

St John the Baptist

Sheila Roberts (Reader Minister)

Second Sunday after Trinity- 21st June 2020

Anthem and Prayer for the Day

The Lord Bless You and Keep You (Rutter)

First Sunday after Trinity- 14th June 2020

Anthem and Prayer for the Day

Ubi Caritas (Duruflé)

Thought for the Day - 12th June 2020

St Barnabas

Sheila Roberts (Reader Minister)

Trinity Sunday - 7th June 2020

Anthem and Prayer for the Day

Hymn to the Trinity (Tchaikovsky)

A virtual recording by some members of the choir

Pentecost Sunday - 31st May 2020

Anthem and Prayer for the Day

Come Down O Love Divine (Stopford)

7th Sunday of Easter - 24th May 2020

Anthem and Prayer for the Day

God is Gone Up (Finzi)

6th Sunday of Easter - 17th May 2020

Anthem and Prayer for the Day

Hallelujah Chorus (Handel)

Thought for the Day - 14th May 2020

St Matthias the Apostle

Sheila Roberts (Reader Minister)

A Virtual Choral Evensong for Easter 5

Working indvidually from their homes, the choir and alumni, and others have recorded a full Service of Choral Evensong for 10th May 2020 (Easter 5)

HYMN: Ye Choirs of New Jerusalem
RESPONSES: Rose
PSALM: 31 (Howells)
CANTICLES: Howells Collegium Regale
ANTHEM: Evening Hymn (Balfour Gardiner)
HYMN: We have a Gospel to Proclaim

Available to watch on our YouTube channel

5th Sunday of Easter - 10th May 2020

Anthem and Prayer for the Day

Now the Green Blade Riseth (Trad arr Saunders)

Thought for the Day - 8th May 2020

VE Day and Julian of Norwich

Dr Angela Jagger (Lay Reader)

4th Sunday of Easter - 3rd May 2020

Anthem and Prayer for the Day

Jesus Christ is Risen (Trad)

3rd Sunday of Easter - 26th April 2020

Anthem and Prayer for the Day

This Joyful Eastertide (Wood)

Low Sunday - 19th April 2020

Anthem and Prayer for the Day

Blessed be the God and Father (Wesley)

A Virtual Choral Evensong for Easter Day

Working indvidually from their homes, the choir and others have recorded a full Service of Choral Evensong for Easter Day

HYMN: Christ Triumphant
RESPONSES: Smith
CANTICLES: Brewer in D
ANTHEM: O Sons and Daughters (Walford Davies)
HYMN: Thine be the Glory

Available to watch on our YouTube channel

Tenebrae

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

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


Other Resources for Home Worship

The Church of England have produced a booklet of Prayers for use during the coronavirus outbreak

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

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

Our Facebook pages

 

The coming week

Saturday 28th November, 2020

Sunday 29th November, 2020

The First Sunday of Advent

Monday 30th November, 2020

St Andrew the Apostle

Tuesday 1st December, 2020

Wednesday 2nd December, 2020

Thursday 3rd December, 2020

Friday 4th December, 2020

Saturday 5th December, 2020

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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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