The liturgy and spirituality of St James the Great
is in the ‘liberal catholic’ tradition.
‘Catholic’ means that we have a strong sense of continuity with the church throughout the ages and the church throughout the rest of the world. In that sense we are quite traditional: we worship using liturgy and the sacraments, notably the Eucharist; we go on pilgrimage to the Shrine of Our Lady of Walsingham; we have statues in the church of St James and the Blessed Virgin Mary and we use incense and candles every Sunday. Our worship aim to use the senses as well as the mind. The way we ‘do things’ is not very different from the way that the Roman Catholic church ‘does things’ but we are Anglicans – and we are quite happy about both those things!
‘Liberal’ means that we believe that it is important that we should interpret the catholic tradition using secular knowledge and secular ways of understanding. We believe that God speaks to us through the bible but also through our minds. We value the bible as the word of God but we believe it needs interpreting and that very often the real significance is not immediately obvious. Often the literal interpretation is not helpful. As a consequence of this way of thinking, we welcome the ordination of women as being part of God’s plan for the church and are willing to marry divorced people; we welcome gay couples and want to affirm their relationships; we are willing to allow other faith groups to use our premises for worship. We aim to make our worship relaxed within a traditional framework.
09:30 Parish Eucharist
09:15 Morning Prayer