St James the Great
Thorley, Bishops Stortford Hertfordshire

CM23 4BE

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Who we are

St James the Great in Thorley, Bishops Stortford, Hertfordshire is a Christian congregation serving the Thorley, Bishops Stortford community and encouraging others through a life-changing Christian journey.

We seek to serve God by working for justice and peace, respect and learn from all the great faith traditions and desire to be known by the love we have for one another.


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St James the Great Service Times

9am Formal Service at St James Church
This is our formal, but very friendly, service!
1st and 3rd Sundays: Holy Communion (1st Sunday Common Worship, 3rd Sunday Book of Common Prayer). 2nd and 4th Sundays: Morning Prayer (2nd Sunday BCP, 4th is Common Worship). Something for everyone!
Every first second third and fourth Sunday at 9:00 AM for 1 hour
10:30 All Age Worship at the St Barnabas Centre (Tudor Barn)
1st Sunday of Month:
Adults, young people and children meet together for lively worship led by our youth Orchestra. There is sometimes a short dramatic sketch or puppet show to illustrate the theme of the readings and the talk is accessible to the young people. Come and enjoy!
Every first Sunday at 10:30 AM for 1 hour
10:30 Informal Worship in the St Baranbas Centre
2nd and 4th Sundays of the month:
Holy Communion - The Music Group leads the worship, with mostly modern hymns/worship songs.
There are PowerHouse groups for children and young people, and they rejoin the adults to share the Holy Communion. The prayer team is available during and after the service to pray with those who have specific prayer requests.
3rd Sunday of Month:
This is our most relaxed service and is often led by members of our homegroups who share stories about what God is doing in their lives.
Every second third and fourth Sunday at 10:30 AM for 1½ hours
One big family!
When there is a 5th Sunday in the month, our formal and informal services come together for a joint celebration. We alternate between St James Church and the St Barnabas Centre (the Tudor barn).
N.B. The time also alternates, so please see our website for the latest details!
Every fifth Sunday at 10:30 AM for 1 hour
Little Worship
This is an informal service with songs and activities for parents and young children. The service is followed by coffee and a time for adults to chat and children to play.
Little Worship is a lovely way for small children to learn about God in a very child friendly environment. It's noisy but fun and if you would like to join us on a Wednesday, you would be most welcome.
Every Wednesday at 10:00 AM for ½ hour

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The power of Christian prayer Let no darkness overtake me
Visit, I beseech thee, O Lord, this habitation with thy mercy, and me with thy grace and salvation. Let thy holy angels pitch their tents round about and dwell here, that no illusion of the night may abuse me, the spirits of darkness may not come near to hurt me, no evil or sad accident oppress me; and let the eternal Spirit of the Father dwell in my soul and body, filling every corner of my heart with light and grace. Let no deed of darkness overtake me; and let thy blessing, most blessed God, be upon me for ever, through Christ our Lord. Amen.
St James the Great listing was last updated on the 3rd of June, 2016
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