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' 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.
What's Happening Now
Current Worship Services & Ministries
Like all churches, at St James' we have had to adapt what we do to best serve our current members and the local communities during these challenging times. At the moment, our main focus is on the below 4 ministries...
In-person Services at the Church
Each Sunday at 10 am we have a service of Holy Communion. This is approximately 1 hour and 15 minutes time of gathered worship, socially distanced, with us wearing face-coverings as we worship by reflecting on worship hymns and songs, praying together, exploring God's word and by receiving communion or sharing in spiritual communion if that's our preference at this time.
Following this service, there is also an hour's Open Church (11.30 am - 12.30 pm), during which you are welcome to stay for personal prayer, guided prayer, or to receive from socially distanced prayer ministry.
Each Sunday at 6.30 pm at the moment we have services with focuses like praise, prayer, healing, and loss and bereavement.
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 6.30 pm services are being live-streamed onto this page of our church website. At the moment the morning services are all focussed on exploring God's plan for our Wellbeing, and our evening services are focussed on themes arising from readings set for that Sunday, and what we sense will most support and encourage people during these challenging times. Every 5/6 days 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.
During the afternoon on Sundays, there is also a pre-recorded Kids Service made available, that is shared on our YouTube Channel under the playlist 'Kids Services'.
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 07794 753210 if you or anyone you know is in need of this practical support.
A Message for the Week Beginning 3rd May 2021
Towards the end of April we started live-streaming all of our Sunday services that are happening at the church building onto the home page of our church website. Before that we were providing online worship through premiering services onto our Facebook page and YouTube Channel. We pray that live-streaming our Sunday services will help those yet to connect with us to gain some insight into what services are like at St James’ at this time, as well as to more importantly gain more of an understanding of the indescribable difference that following Jesus can make to your life. We pray that you will know that you’re extremely welcome to make that next step of connecting with us – either by phoning us, dropping us an email, or by coming along to a service in person some time.
Also, from 13th-23rd May there’s a global wave of prayer called ‘Thy Kingdom Come’ happening, that urges all Christians everywhere to pray between Ascension and Pentecost for more people to come to know the love and peace of Jesus Christ. At St James’ we’re responding to this by providing opportunities to join in with prayer times, and by providing video reflections for our our young people to watch and consider. Just go over to our Facebook page to find out more from Monday 10th May.
With love and every blessing in Jesus, who has sent us the Holy Spirit,
Matthew 7: 7: “Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you…” – Jesus.
UP-DATE FROM REV'D GAYLE
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Church Road, Brownhills, WS8 6AB
07545 657 636
We take safeguarding very seriously in all of our work for the parish. If you have any concerns that relate to issues of a safeguarding nature please contact the Parish Safeguarding Officer - Mr Roger Corbett
via email@example.com or by phoning 01543 370162, or Rev'd Gayle Greenway by phoning 07545 657 636.
Information from Walsall Council: -
Safeguarding is everyone’s responsibility if you are concerned about a child you MUST contact The Multi Agency Safeguarding HUB (MASH). MASH is the first point of contact for any professional or concerned individual who has concerns about a child. They will provide consultation, advice and support and will make a decision regarding the most appropriate course of action.
MASH contact details: Telephone: 0300 555 2866 option 2
Monday – Thursday 8.45-17.15
Outside these hours, you should contact the Emergency Response Team
Telephone: 0300 555 2922 or 0300 555 2836
If you are a child or young person and have any concerns about your wellbeing and/or safety, you can also go to the NSPCC website at , or phone Childline on 0800 1111.
If you are an adult and are concerned for yourself or someone you know, contact Walsall Adult Social Care team on 0300 555 2922.
If you need to speak to someone outside of office hours, you can contact the Adult Social Care Emergency Duty Team by phoning 0300 555 2922.