St James’s (WD23 1BD)

St James’s Church, which is set back from the High Street behind a village green and pond, has provided a place of peace for worship and prayer for over 700 years.

Worship is at the heart of St James’ mission, ministry and community life. We believe it is important to offer worship to God which people of all ages and from a variety of traditions will want to share. We have an excellent music team and a large choir, a dedicated team of Servers and Eucharistic Ministers, and people share fully in the liturgy by reading the Scriptures and leading the Intercessions. We have a Sunday School for children aged 3 and upwards and a mid-week gathering for young ones and their parents/carers called Tots Praise.

Good Friday Children's Workshop

We are a community in which newcomers are welcome; and a community in which to make new friends. Whoever you are, you will find a home at St James! After the Sunday Sung Eucharist freshly-ground coffee, squash and croissants are served in the Church Hall which provides an opportunity to get to know each other.

The church is open every day to provide a spiritual oasis in a busy world. Do come along and enjoy the peace and find space to be with God. Our building is beautiful; it includes a well-preserved hammer-beam roof, one of the oldest in Hertfordshire, a rare painting of the Arms of Queen Anne and memorials to some of the Bushey artists.

you can download the booklet:  A history of St James’s Church

To find us, check this map. There is no parking at the church, but the free public car park in Kemp Place is just round the corner.

To find out about our bell ringers check here in the Watford district.

Sunday Services at St James’s

Do come and join us at one of our services

8.00 am, Holy Eucharist
(A said celebration using traditional language)

9.30 am, Sung Eucharist and Sunday School
A service for people of all ages using contemporary language. The music is led by our choir and the service includes a sermon and an anthem. Incense is used at all festivals and during festival periods (Christmas/Epiphanytide & Eastertide). On the first Sunday of each month there is an All-Age Eucharist with music being led by a skilled musical ensemble.

6.30 pm Sunday Evening Services across the parish

1st Sunday:        “Abide” (Reflective/Creative Worship @ HT)

2nd Sunday:       Choral Evensong (SJ)

3rd Sunday:       Devotional Address and Benediction (SJ)

4th Sunday:       Taizé/Celtic style Service (SP)

5th Sunday:       BCP Evensong and Benediction (SJ)


Morning and Evening Prayer are said daily at 9.30am and 5pm – please consult the weekly notices (LOOK) for details and any variations in timing.

Monday 6.30pm Holy Eucharist

Thursday 11.00 am Holy Eucharist with coffee and biscuits afterwards.

Saturday 10am Holy Eucharist (last Saturday in month in honour of the Blessed Virgin Mary)

On Holy Days there is a celebration of  The Holy Eucharist, often followed by refreshments. Again, please consult the weekly notices or magazine for full details.

TOTS PRAISE. This takes place at 2.15pm every Thursday in term-time and is an informal opportunity for the very small ones to come together for a time of play (with their parents and carers) and a brief visit to church to sing a song, light a candle and ring the bell! Parents and carers enjoy tea and biscuits and a good chat! This usually finished around 3.45pm. For more details please contact Catherine Brant – 01923 330999


Minutes of the last St. James’s committee meetings can be read here  St James’s Committee Meeting 9th July 2014

The ADVENT programme for St. James’s is here: ADVENT 2014 in St. James’s

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