Welcome to St James Church


We are one of the parishes in the United Benefice of James and St Anne's Bermondsey

To go to St Anne's website

Paul Warren, Minister. I'd like to welcome you to St James website. Do take a look around to see whats going on. We are a really friendly church and would love to see you soon.

We are pleased to announce that the Revd Katie Kelly will be the next vicar of St James and St Anne's Bermondsey

Katie writes ....

I’m delighted to have been asked to return to Bermondsey as the next vicar of St James with St Anne’s. I moved to the area in 1996 with my husband and baby daughter. One daughter became four and raising a family here gave me a great opportunity to get to know the community. I worked and volunteered in various ways with families and then with women in prison and probation, setting up the Southwark Women’s hub in 2017. Having been selected for ordained ministry I trained at Wycliffe College and then moved to Mottingham in 2021 to begin my Curacy where I have been pioneering a fresh expression of church with families. I enjoy walking, especially by the river, finding excuses to celebrate with people,  and the theater. I am very much looking forward to getting to know the parish and seeing where God leads us together. 

Katie will be moving back to Bermondsey to take up the post on completion of her curacy early in 2024. We will be praying for her and the rest of the family while we await her arrival.   


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? We are currently not able to record a new weekly video but you can watch back copies by clicking below


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.

No new videos are being posted at the moment but you can look through the back issues by clicking below


Eco Church at St James

We are working towards an A Rocha Eco Church Award. To find out how we are making our church more environmentally friendly and how you can play your part click below.


What's On Through The Week? 

Bermondsey Brew

Our Community Cafe for all ages at St James Church is open from 2-4.30pm on Mondays. Make friends and enjoy tea, home-made cakes, crafts, and games. 

Monday fellowship   

First Monday of the month 2.00 - 2.45pm followed by refreshments in the cafe. Everyone welcome to come and sing some great hymns and hear from the bible.

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 9.30-11.00am. 

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.

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.

Open Church

The church is open to look round on most mornings  Mondays to Fridays from 10am-12pm. If you are coming from a distance it would be best to call ahead to make sure it will be open on the day of your visit.                    Phone 020 3643 2327

Wednesday Night Church 

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. 


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



St James Church is a place where children and vulnerable 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 most Monday's, Wednesday's and Friday's from 10am to 1pm for enquiries about weddings, christenings, bookings and church activities. It is probably best to call the office to make sure our administrator is there instead of just popping in. Phone 020 3643 2327 or contact us by email 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. Limited parking is available in the church yard for some events and services.  Watch out if parking in the surrounding streets as some are for permit holders only. Check the signs to make sure you don't get a ticket. 

St James Church, Thurland Rd, SE16 4AA.

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