St James is a church for everyone!



"The Great West Doors of St James's Church have been wide open to the people of Bermondsey since 1829. Babies have been Christened, marriages celebrated, and departed loved ones have been mourned, and Sunday by Sunday people of all ages and backgrounds have come to sing God's praise and hear his word. The doors are open wide to welcome you..." 

Gary Jenkins, Vicar


Celebrate Christmas at St James

Come and sing your favourite carols and celebrate the birth of Jesus.  Click below to find out about all our Christmas events.


Come and See!

St James is a church for anyone who wants to follow Jesus or would like to hear more about him. Our service starts at 11am and afterwards we serve tea and coffee. Everyone is welcome.

Sunday Catch-Up

Missed church on Sunday? Can't get out to church at the moment? You can hear the sermon from Sunday and two songs by watching our weekly catch-up video which comes out on Mondays.


Bermondsey and Proud + Thankful

Watch our latest community video celebrating our special part of London. Featuring interviews with local people serving the community, prayers, music and a message about how much God loves Bermondsey.



New baby in the family? Thinking of a Christening or Thanksgiving service? 



Thinking of getting married and wondering whether to have a proper church wedding? 


Family bereavement? Help for hard times including advice on how to plan the funeral.


Wednesday Night Church

Want more? Can't make Sunday mornings? On Wednesday evenings from 7-9pm we meet to have a meal together, to learn from the Bible, to sing and to pray. All sorts of people come and you can just turn up. It's a great way to make friends at St James or go deeper in your understanding of God.


Bermondsey Weekly Message

Want to learn more from the Bible? Need a spiritual pick-me-up through the week? Try Bermondsey Weekly Message.


Stay Up-to-date

We keep people up-to-date through our mailing list and WhatsApp group. Click the button below and ask to join using our contact form. You can also find St James on Facebook, and our vicar Gary on his blog or Twitter.


What's On Through The Week? 

Bermondsey Brew

Our Community Cafe at St James Church is open from 2-4.30pm on Mondays. Make friends and enjoy a free cuppa and cake. 30 mins of children's activities start at 3.45pm

NEW! Bible Story Club

A super fun after-school club for children aged 4-11 on Mondays from 3.45-4.15pm (during Bermondsey Brew). There will be crafts, Bible stories and games. 

NEW! Ready Steady Grow

Come and meet other parents and grandparents over tea and coffee with toys, Bible stories and singing for the little ones. Thursdays 10-11am (term-time) in St James Church. 

Simply Christianity

We run a regular course for anyone who wants to get to grips with the basics of what Christianity is really all about. Contact us if you'd like to join the next one.

Midday Prayer

A half-hour service at 12 noon every Wednesday. Every third Wednesday, the service takes place at St Anne's Church, Thorburn Square.

Women's Bible Study

This group meets at 10am on Tuesdays. If you want to make friends and get to know God better, this might be the group for you. Contact us if you'd like to come along.

20s and 30s

We meet for social events and at Wednesday Night Church. Every so often we get together for our own Bible Studies. There is also a 20s and 30s blog here.

Open Church

The church is open to look round on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays from 10am-12pm and on Saturdays from 11am-1pm.



St James Church is a place where children andvulnerable people are valued and cared for. We follow Church of England safeguarding guidelines.

Click here to view our policy or contact our safeguarding officers.


Contact Us

The church office is open Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 10am to 1pm for enquiries about weddings, christenings, bookings and church activities. Just pop in or contact us by email, phone 020 3643 2327, or by using our contact page.

Find Us  

The church is two minutes walk from Bermondsey tube station (turn left out of the station and enter the churchyard just after the Gregorian pub). Buses 47, 188, 381 and C10 run along Jamaica Road and stop near the church.

St James Church, Thurland Rd, SE16 4AA.

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