Tree of Light Form

Please download your form here to dedicate a light in memory of a loved one or to celebrate a significant event in life.  The Tree of Light will be blessed and lit at the Christingle Crib Service on Christmas Eve.  Names will appear on a memorial roll which will be displayed in St James’ Church for the twelve days of Christmas. tree-of-light

tree-of-light-form pdf


Pre Advent Social Supper

Pre Advent Social Supper  Wednesday 23rd November

at The Anchor Rowhedge

meet 7.30 for 8pm sit down

keep your eye open for details and the £22 pp menu on the notice board – add your name to the list as numbers are limited.

Special Services for November

All Saints Day

All Saints Day falls on Tuesday 1st November, Mass in St James at 7-00pm. All Saints Day is a Solemnity, a day when we ought to be at Mass if we can.

 All Souls Day

The Commemoration of the Faithful Departed falls on Wednesday 2nd November. Mass in St James at 7-00pm.  At this Mass the names of the Faithful Departed will be remembered, please check the list in church and then add any more names to it if you wish.

House Mass

The House Mass for November will be held on Monday 28th November 8-00pm at the home of Jeff and Catherine Graham, 69 Tower Street, Brightlingsea. These times of worship are a wonderful opportunity for less formal worship with an extended opportunity for prayer and a great time of fellowship to help build up the Body of Christ in our church and part of Colchester. Please join us.

Service for the Bereaved

The annual service for those who have been bereaved, which St James hosts and organises in conjunction with the Hunnaball Family Funeral Service, will be held in St James on Saturday 19th November at 11-00am. Please come along if you feel this service may be of help to you and tell anyone else or perhaps bring them with you, if you know someone who might benefit from joining us. The preacher at this year’s ecumenical service will be the Reverend Hilary Platts, one of Colchester Hospital’s chaplains.

Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament

Advent begins on Sunday 27th November; it is one of the prime seasons of preparation and anticipation in the Church’s year. To give us a prayerful starting point, as well as the Sunday Mass there will be Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament and Benediction at 6-00pm that day. Please return to church to worship for a second time and commend Advent, one of the most wonderful seasons of the year, to God. This will also have the focus of our Mission Week which begins on this day.

Social Events July/August

chillisThai 1 Evening

If you would like to join us at Thai 1 Restaurant on East Hill on Wednesday 13th July please add your name to the list at the back of St James. The cost will be £15-00 for two courses. All profits from this evening will be donated to church funds. Everyone is welcome.

Children’s Tea Partycakesale

The Children’s Tea Party will be held at the Rectory on Saturday 16th July beginning at 3-00pm with a prompt 4-30pm finish. Tea will be served and there will be party games and other activities and there will be Face Painting for the children.  Everyone welcome, no charge will be made but please respond to your invitation to aid us with planning and catering arrangements.

A St. James family event with ice cream for all!


A Sunday lunch has been organised at Greyfriars on Sunday 14th August to help us celebrate the solemnity of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary. A special rate of £20-00 per person has been arranged, which is less than the regular rate although the menu will be their usual one. This would be for three courses, drinks would be extra.

Please add your name to the list in church if you would like to join us by Sunday 10th July please. A non-returnable deposit of £10-00 will be required at booking and this can be passed to Clare Moles or Fr Peter or if you prefer you could pay the whole amount at that point. We are limited to 40 people but there will also be a waiting list if the 40 spaces are all taken.

Special Services July/August

St James’ School

St James’ School will come up to church on Wednesday 20th July for their end of year leavers Eucharist.  It is very important to encourage the children in their worship please come and support them if you can. The Mass will begin at around 9-15am.

 St James’ Day

St James CrossSt James’ Day, Sunday 24th July, is a special day in the life of our church. It is a day of celebration for all that we have and share and one of prayer for guidance for the future. The Sung Mass will be at 10-00am. The preacher this year will be Fr Barry Hall SSC. The Mass will be followed by a Bring and Share lunch in the church and, weather permitting, the churchyard. 


Healing Mass

Healing-MassThe Sacraments of healing will be celebrated on Wednesday 24th August at the 7-00pm Mass. If you would like to receive these Sacraments please join us for the Mass on that day.

Lent 2016

We will be handling Lent in a slightly different way this year. Rather than meeting every Wednesday after Mass at the Rectory, we will be meeting at different venues and days of the week, which will hopefully allow more people to attend. Our topics for consideration this year will be the major services of Lent and Holy Week. So whilst it would be good to attend all of the meetings each one will stand-alone, so if you cannot manage them all or indeed only one, come along anyway. Each session will begin at 7-45pm and finish by 9-30pm at the latest.

The First Week of Lent, Wednesday 17th February 7-45pm – 49 Peache Road.

The devotional service of Stations of the Cross, its history and significance

The Second Week of Lent, Monday 22nd February 7-45pm – 6 Falcon Crescent.

The Chrism Mass.

The Third Week of Lent, Wednesday 2nd March 7-45pm – The Rectory.

The Maundy Thursday Mass of the Last Supper.

The Fourth Week of Lent, Thursday 10th March 7-45pm – 60b East Hill.

The Good Friday Liturgy of the Day.

The Fifth Week of Lent, Thursday 17th March 7-45pm – 10 Bristol Road.

The Easter Vigil.

Please speak with Fr Peter if you need or could offer transport.

Lent Working Parties

Working Parties will meet every Saturday morning in Lent at 9-30am following the Saturday Mass and will finish with refreshments by 11-00am. There is always a lot to do to keep St James looking good, so please come along to help if you can.

There will be a special working party in St James, on Holy Saturday, 26th March, beginning at 9-00am, to prepare and decorate St James for Easter. Lots of different things to do so all help will be gratefully received.