St James' Church, Brownhills Welcomes You
Worshipping God, learning together, celebrating one another & sharing Jesus through our words and service of the communities of Brownhills & Clayhanger
At St James' we enjoy worshipping God using traditional hymns, and modern and contemporary worship songs. We have groups for our children, young people and adults that are all about enabling our members to apply faith to life whilst forming friendships. We are also learning more about one another's differences so that we can celebrate what it means to be 'church' - each unique yet one in Jesus. Finally, we are seeking to grow in sharing Jesus in an easy-going way with others through our conversations, alongside spontaneous and planned acts of loving service and kindness to the communities of Brownhills and Clayhanger.
St James' Live Stream
6.15 pm Sun 3rd Dec 23: Prayer & Praise - Advent Sunday!
St James' Church Building
St James' Church was built in 1850-51, and since then has continued to serve Brownhills and Clayhanger by providing a place for a community of Christians and seekers to worship right at the heart of Brownhills, bounded by Walsall, Lichfield and Cannock.
It was designed to represent a cross,
in the early decorated style, with a chancel and nave, without aisles, terminated at the west end by a handsome bell turret, crowned by a small spire that has a cross inscribed on it near the top.
The Parish was originally called 'Ogley Hay' but was changed to 'Brownhills with Ogley Hay' to reflect the growth of the town. In addition, Clayhanger became part of the Parish in the 1990s.
Here and now today, St James' still stands as a sign of God's Presence, where all who are open to Him can experience His amazing love, joy and peace that is not like anything that the world can give.
In-person Services at the Church
Each Sunday at 10 am we have a service of either Holy Communion or Celebration with Baptism (Infant or Adult Immersion). This is approximately 1 hour and 30 minutes time of gathered worship, including sung worship, praying together & exploring God's words to us.
Each Sunday at 6.15 pm we a service of Prayer & Praise service mostly, although every 3 months we have a Communion service, and every 3 months we have a Memorial Service for those who have lost loved ones.
Each Sunday apart from the 1st one of the month we have an 8 am Tradional Book of Common Prayer service of Holy Communion. This happens in the chancel area of the church building. As with the above services, everyone is welcome.
At key times in the Church calendar like Christmas, Easter and Ascension, we also have mid-week evening services that happen at 7.30 pm.
On Sundays, our 10 am and 6.15 pm services are being live-streamed onto this page of our church website. At the moment the morning services are focussed on a programme that we're doing called 'Preparing the Way', which is helping us to get ready for a longer programme called 'Jesus Shaped People'.
The themes of our services in the evenings are influenced by the Anglican Lectionary readings.
Every week on Thursdays the services will be moved from our church website to our YouTube Channel, the link for which is near the bottom of this home page.
Baptisms, Weddings & Funerals
Our Vicar, Gayle, would love to talk with you if you're thinking of thanking God for your child in a service, or would like to talk about having a Christening/Baptism (07545 657 636).
Equally, Gayle would love talking with you if you'd like to consider getting married at St James'. She and all of us at St James' will pray for you leading up to the day of your wedding and for your life together beyond the big day.
We also recognise the deep sadness that the death of a loved one brings. Gayle, our Lay Reader Liz, and our Pastoral Team will uphold you in prayer leading up to the day of your loved one's funeral and we'll make sure that the funeral service itself is completely respectful whilst also celebrating the life of your loved one.
The Lamp Foodbank
This ministry is a partnership between St James' Church & the Black Country Foodbanks Network. We are based at the Lamp Community Centre, close to Brownhills' High Street.
The way that this ministry works is that local schools, social and health care workers, and members of our church staff team provide families facing financial hardship with vouchers, which are then given to members of the Foodbank team, who organise food and toiletries parcels ready for collection on Tuesdays and Thursdays.
Please contact this ministry's Co-Ordinator, Mel Pearce, by calling 07710 811 893 if you or anyone you know is in need of this practical support.