Updated Monday 23 March 2020
All churches in London are now closed to the public until further notice and so there will be no services or prayer available in St James the Less Church building from now on. Furthermore the Bishops are urging that we all stay in doors if at all possible.
But that isn’t the end of things for us, or for St James the Less! After all, the church is not really the building; it is the people, and our faith isn’t only what we do on Sundays; it is what we are, who we are, where we are, ‘at all times and in all places’. As God is, so are we. And so we carry on praying and worshipping and loving our neighbours as Jesus commanded – just in a new way!
But… we must also be careful and responsible and so it’s important that you, and those you’re close, to follow the government’s advice here:
I will try and keep you updated on what we will be doing as St James the Less but for now, my intention is to phone everyone I have phone numbers for and check how people are doing and pray with folks (if wanted!).
If you know of local people who would appreciate contact do let me know and I will contact them too. Indeed if you know of people that I wont have a phone number for (including yourself) please pass it on to me. Do get in touch if you would appreciate a chat or help or advice or prayer:
020 8980 1612
Please look after yourselves and each other.
- Please do call one another on the telephone or email etc
- If you are feeling despondent you can call the Samaritans free on 116 123
- You can call Silverline (aged 55+) on 0800 4 70 80 90 to arrange for a weekly 30 min phone call from a friendly volunteer who will be there to listen.
- You are always welcome to ring me – 020 8980 1612
Finally here’s a prayer for these days:
God of healing and hope, in Jesus you meet us in our places of pain and fear. Look with mercy on those who have contracted the new virus, on any who are vulnerable, and on all who feel in danger. Through this time of global concern, by your Holy Spirit bring out the best not the worst in us. Make us more aware of our interdependence on each other, and of the strength that comes from being one body in you. Through Christ our wounded healer. Amen.
Please do contact me for any clarification or advice or just for a chat.
With love and prayers,
Rev Chris Newman-Day
St James the Less, Bethnal Green
020 8980 1612
Welcome to St James the Less. People have been gathering to worship God at St James the Less for over 177 years. We’d love it if you joined us and helped us be the people of God in this particularly wonderful part of East London.
Our Sunday morning service starts at 10.30am and lasts about an hour.
You will find our church in St James’ Avenue, just off Old Ford Road, near to Victoria Park and the old London Chest Hospital. There is plenty of on-road parking, free on Sundays, and the church is 10 minutes’ walk from Bethnal Green Tube Station.