These are FAQs we have thought of that you might have, especially if you are thinking of coming to a service at St James’ for the first time.
How long does a service last?
A service lasts about 60 minutes. The normal Sunday service at St James’ starts at 10:00am. Our Minister, Geoff McKee, conducts the service at our linked church, St Gerardine’s, at 11:30am, so he can’t go on too long at St James’ (!)
Where can I park?
We do not have a church car park but there is usually on-street parking available on Prospect Terrace (the road the church is on). Another close-by road with good on-street parking is King Street, just off Prospect Terrace.
When should I be there when I attend a church service?
If you arrive 15 minutes before the beginning of the service, you will have plenty of time to park your car, bring your kids to Good News Club, and find a seat.
Where can I sit?
You can sit anywhere you like – upstairs or downstairs – and our on-duty elders and managers will assist you.
Do I have to pay for attending a church service or am I asked for money during the service?
Everyone is welcome to attend the service and it’s free. We collect a freewill offering that is part of the worship service. However, no one is forced to give anything and you are welcome to let the offering bag pass you by.
What should I wear and do I have to bring anything with me?
Just come as you are and (if you like) bring a Bible and a notebook to make a note of anything you want to remember. Bibles and song books are available at the church for you to use too. The words of songs and bible readings are projected onto a large screen, so you don’t need to have either a Bible or a hymn/song book. However. some people prefer to have something they can hold to read.
We think our Minister, Geoff McKee, is a great preacher and you’ll want to make notes. Here are a few of Geoff’s most-downloaded sermons from this website:
- Who is welcome in Church?
- How joy and suffering come together to form a genuine Christian faith.
- Why there can be no “us and them” in God’s family.
Most, but not all, of Geoff’s sermons are uploaded to this website and you can read them online or download as a PDF, if you prefer.
I have children – is there a children’s programme and a room for parents with small children?
Yes, at every Sunday morning service there is a children’s programme and a place for parents with small children. We call these Good News Club and Crèche.