Sent to set hearts on fire to live and love as Christ did. Since 1831.

Spanning generations, from many nations. Since 1831.

Loving our community. Since 1831.

Children growing in faith

People brought their children to Jesus so that he could lay his hands on them to bless them. He said to them, ‘Let the children come to me…. God’s kingdom belongs to people who are like these little children.  (Mark 10.13–14)

Young people at St James’s

Children are very welcome at St James’s!  We believe in being a family church for all ages.

Junior Church

We have a Junior Church in two groups, which meet after the start of the 10am Sunday worship at the Community Centre next door to church:

  • pre-schoolers
  • primary school-aged children

Junior Church is more than a Sunday School—it’s a space for kids to learn, to grow, to question, to explore, to share, and above all to worship and praise God.  And speaking of sharing…when the Junior Church shares what they’ve done with the young-at-heart congregation, we are regularly wowed by the children’s insights and wisdom.  We are a church family that learns from each other.

Youth Group

There is an active Youth Group for youngfolk aged from Year 6 which meets monthly on a Sunday evening.  Our Youth Group is involved in leading our all-age worship once a month (read below), in service projects, and also some fun!  In the last year alone, the Youth Group

Family Service

Once a month (on the second Sunday at 10am) our main Sunday worship is an all-age Family Service, with ample participation from our youngfolk.

Confirmation

We also prepare Christians every year for Confirmation, with a weekly class for youngfolk, led by the clergy. What is Confirmation?  Click here for more information from the Church of England.

Work with schools

Within the parish of Enfield Highway and Brimsdown we have an astounding number of schools—13 in total—primary, secondary, community, church foundation, special schools and academies.  We are very blessed to have an active relationship with the vast majority of our local schools, whether school classes visit the church, receive visits by the clergy, or are involved in our service projects.

 

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St James’ Primary School

We have an historic and close-knit relationship with St James’ Church of England Primary School, the oldest school in the parish, founded in 1834, providing education for the local community with a distinctively Christian ethos.

Church–school links are many:

  • The school’s headteacher is an ex officio member of the Church Council
  • The vicar is an ex officio member of the school’s Governing Board
  • The Church Council appoints two foundation governors to the school’s Governing Board
  • Clergy lead weekly collective worship in an all-school assembly
  • The whole school comes into church for worship at the beginning and the end of term
  • We have offered preparation for confirmation for children in Years 5 and 6
  • There are service and charitable projects that both school and church have done jointly.
  • In 2016 we marked together the six weeks before Easter 2016 as Living Lent, Loving Life; rather than merely ‘giving’ something up, it engaged both the school and the church in active service and making links to serving with their faith.
  • Planning together a Teddy Bear Skydive, with children’s stuffed animals on a parachute drop from St James’s church tower, to benefit the church building fund.

If you are interested in applying for a place for your child at St James’s Primary, click on this link for the school’s admissions new admissions criteria for 2017–18.

 

Bishop Stopford’s School

We also enjoy an ever closer relationship with Bishop Stopford’s School, the only Church of England secondary school in Enfield Borough, rated by Ofsted in 2015 as Good with Outstanding for behaviour, as well as Outstanding in 2016 by SIAMS, the Statutory Inspection for Anglican and Methodist Schools.

Examples of the church’s involvement at Bishop’s:

  • The clergy preside at school communion services several times a term.
  • The vicar is an ex officio member of the school’s Governing Board.
  • At Easter 2016 the school had their end-of-term service at St James’s.
  • The school pilgrimage the week before Easter culminating with a worship service at church.

Find Us

St James’s Parish Church is on the Hertford Road (A1010), about 12 mins from Southbury Overground station (right out of the station and left onto Hertford Rd) and Brimsdown rail station (left out of the station and left at the bottom of Green Street). London buses 121, 279 and 307 all stop across from the church.

Pop in for coffee

The church is open every Saturday between 10am and 12pm, so please feel free to come in for a cuppa and a chat or just to find some space in our busy world. One of our clergy is about for any enquiries or whatever is on your mind. Our tea and coffee are Fairly Traded.

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