Welcome

Welcome to the website of St James, Bramley.  We hope you will find it helpful and informative, and would be delighted to welcome you to come and worship God with us on a Sunday soon.

To find the church with a SatNav, use the postcode RG26 5DF

This Week’s Services

These are the services in Bramley and Little London this coming Sunday, 22nd July:

  • There is NO 8am service this Sunday
  • 9.00 Sunday@nine – Cross House
  • 10.30 Holy Communion – St James

Our preacher this Sunday will be the Rev’d Ken Batt, who is one of the Benefice team of ministers.  He will be focusing on 2 Corinthians, chapter 5, verses 15-19.

We do hope you will come and join us at one of our services this week.

Word for the Week

“I have learned the secret of being content in any and every situation, whether well-fed or hungry, whether living in plenty or in want,” writes the apostle Paul in v. 12 of today’s passage in Philippians 4.  What a wonderful secret to have learned!  Our lives can so often seem to consist of striving to change our circumstances in order to satisfy our craving for contentment, for security, peace of mind, freedom from anxiety.

So what was the secret of contentment, according to Paul?  “I can do all this through him who gives me strength,” says Paul.  His security, his peace of mind, is entirely bound up in Christ.  Paul knew that it is entirely possible to experience deep contentment regardless of circumstances, regardless of how much or how little we have, because true contentment is to be found in Christ.

In Psalm 131, the psalmist describes what it feels like to rest securely, trusting our heavenly Father completely, even though we don’t always understand what is going on in our lives:  “Like a weaned child with its mother… is my soul within me.”

That little child is able to sit quietly, contentedly, on her mother’s lap, knowing she is deeply loved and cared for.  “My God will meet all your needs according to his glorious riches in Christ Jesus,” Paul tells us.  That is true contentment.

Monday Philippians 4:10-23
Tuesday 1 Timothy 6:6-12
Wednesday Ephesians 4:29-5:2
Thursday Colossians 3:1-10
Friday Philippians 1:9-11
Saturday Hebrews 10:19-25

 

Other Services in our Benefice

Our parish of Bramley and Little London is part of a group of parishes known as a Benefice. We work together, sharing resources and helping one another out when needed, while also retaining our individual styles and preferences as we worship the living God.

These are the services in the other churches in our Benefice this coming Sunday, 22nd July.

  • 8.30am, St Mary’s, Hartley Wespall: Holy Communion
  • 10.00am, St Leonard’s, Sherfield-on-Loddon: Together in Worship