BEXLEY TEAM MINISTRY: St Barnabas, Joydens Wood, St James, North Cray, St John’s, Bexley, St Mary’s, Bexley
Working Together to Offer Christian Support, Prayer & Advice during the Coronavirus Outbreak
"Welcome to St James Church, - the Church of England parish church serving North Cray.
The church building is situated on the North Cray Road on the edge of the beautiful Footscray Meadows. There has been a place of worship on this site for many centuries, although much of the original building was restored in the nineteenth century. The church is well-loved in the North Cray community. For a map of the immediate area, please click here
There is one service each Sunday morning at 9.30am lasting about an hour. This is usually a service of Holy Communion, with hymns, bible readings and a talk which leads us into the sharing of the bread and wine of communion. On the second Sunday of each month there is an All-Age service at 9.30am, suitable for all ages with lively singing and a rather more informal atmosphere.
In August 2018, St James Church, North Cray became part of the Bexley Team partnering with the parish churches of St John's, Bexley, St Mary's, Bexley and St Barnabas, Joydens Wood.
Please do explore our website and visit our church here in North Cray where I know you will be given a warm welcome"
Revd. Ren Harding
To contact the Reverend Ren Harding Tel: 01322 528923.
Parish Safeguarding - Statement
Like all Church of England churches, safeguarding and safer recruitment are paramount. The PCC are committed to ensuring that our church and hall are safe places for all who use them. For more detailed information and guidance click the Parish Safeguarding Handbook or visit https://www.rochester.anglican.org and click on safeguarding. Produced by the National Safeguarding Team, it is a comprehensive guide, summarising the key areas a parish needs to address with regards to safeguarding.
Parish Safeguarding - Past Review
If you are concerned about something you have experienced in a church, now or in the past, or you are worried about another person - perhaps a vulnerable adult or a child – there are people you can talk to and you will be taken seriously. You can contact the Diocese of Rochester’s Safeguarding team on 01634 560 000 or visit their webpage Click to read more
Rev’d Ren writes-
I am pleased (and slightly shocked!) to have been invited by Bishop James to accept appointment as an Honorary Canon at Rochester Cathedral, one of four others appointed in the present round.Read the full article here
Team Rector’s Letter December 2020
The Christian Church has been celebrating Christmas for many years.
The nature of the way we have celebrated has varied over the centuries, and the traditions have been different for different communities and cultures. At the heart of each one of them is the remembrance of the Christ-Child, born into the mess and muddle of human existence. God made man, God with us, Emmanuel. So I can’t agree with those who argue that Christmas is Cancelled this year. The Truth of Christmas can continue to be held in our hearts and in our homes, even though we cannot keep with our usual traditions. Read Revd. Ren's letter here
Join the Christmas Trail !! See details here
The Bexley Team Clergy - Points of Contact - See them here....
A virtual visit to St James Church .
Revd Ren visited St James, during the first period of lockdown, and recorded this video clip.
One of the Sacred Spaces created by the congregation
"Well! we are surely in a time of ‘Disorientation’ now."
Revd. Ren's Reflection for the first Sunday of Advent 2020 Read More
This week's Music choice for Sunday 6th December 2020
A Taize chant for Advent and "Somewhere in your silent night" by Casting Crowns Read More
This week's Music choice for Sunday 29th November 2020
O Come, O Come Emmanuel - Two Versions Read More
This week's Music choice for Sunday 22nd November 2020
Jesus is King and I will extol Him, There is a higher throne Read More
This Week's Music Choice for Sunday 15th November 2020
Goodness of God - Bethel music lyrics Read More