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How to Find Us
St James' Church
St James' Street
tel: 01200 423608
Parking around St James church isn't that easy, so we open up Ribblesdale School's car park every Sunday. Look out for the big yellow sign on Turner Street! You can always park on the streets around the church, but we ask that you park with consideration for our residents.
Frequently Asked Questions
Which service should I come to?
On a Sunday, we currently have two services: 9am and 10.30am. Our 9am service is a small, traditional service without music. We take Holy Communion at this service.
Our 10.30am service is busy, and we have a band playing music. Our kids and youth programmes run during the service. If you've never come before, this is probably the best place to start. You can get an idea of what our services are like by watching our YouTube Channel.
What is a service like?
Our services are around an hour long. Services begin with a welcome, and then usually the band lead the church in music. Song lyrics are projected onto the screen so you can sign along and/or engage with worship, however you feel comfortable.
After the music portion of service is complete, we have a reading from the Bible. We have Church Bibles available for you to use if you like. Then one of our preaching team will share an encouraging and hope-filled message about Jesus. This will last about 20 minutes.
Following the message, we have a time to respond. This might involve sitting quietly and thinking, or singing along to some more music. We would never want you to feel uncomfortable, so don't feel obliged to take part in any way. You can get an idea of what our services are like by watching our YouTube Channel.
What happens for kids and young people?
Kids and young people are an essential part of our church. Your kids safety is our highest priority, and anyone who serves in kids and young people's groups has been DBS checked and has completed safeguarding training.
When you arrive, you will be asked to register at our kids check-in. You'll be told which group is right for your children or young people, and shown where to go. You may want to allow 10 minutes to do this.
Everyone is together for the first part of the service. We have worship bags to keep younger children engaged, but please don't worry if your child cries, shouts or simply wants to run around.
The leader will announce that the children and young people will be going to their groups, and that's the time to take your children to their groups. A kids or youth leader will welcome them. You are welcome to stay for a while and see what they do, or you are free to head back to the service. We do ask that you stay on site though.
In their groups, the children and young people will do activities and have discussions appropriate to their age. hey will usually follow the same theme as the main service, so you can talk about the topic afterwards. At the end of the service, you will be able to collect your children.
Do I have to take communion? Will I have do do anything in particular?
If you have accepted Jesus as your Lord and Saviour, you are welcome to take communion on a Sunday. If you are not quite ready to yet, you can either stay in your seat when communion is served, or you can come forward for a blessing.
You shouldn't ever feel pressurised or uncomfortable in a church service. If you do, please let us know.