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, 21st October:

  • 8.00 Holy Communion – Little London
  • 9.00 Sunday@nine – Cross House
  • 10.30 Morning Worship – St James

This Sunday we shall be continuing with the thrilling account of the development of the early church, as described in the New Testament book of the Acts of the Apostles.

Do come along and join us as we look this Sunday at how the Apostle Paul returned to the city of Ephesus and spent over two years there, bringing many people to faith and helping them grow spiritually.  The name of Jesus became widely known and highly respected right across the city.

Word for the Week

The passage we were looking at on Sunday, the second half of Acts chapter 18, reminded us that the Christian life is not simply a static existence, but rather a challenge to grow in our faith, to become mature in our understanding of what we have been given by God in His Son, Jesus, and how we are to serve Him as disciples.

Jesus said that if we are to be part of God’s kingdom, we need to be spiritually “born again”, so we certainly start the Christian life as spiritual babies.  But the Bible reminds us repeatedly that we are not to remain that way, spiritual Peter Pans.  A child’s prayer, “God bless Mummy and Daddy and my brothers and sisters.  Amen” is charming and sounds quite right for a little child.  From the lips of an adult it would sound strange, bizarre.  But when we pray, are our prayers any more mature than that?  Do we talk to God in baby-talk or as mature adults?

To grow in our faith requires us to be feeding on spiritually nutritious food.  We need regular meals from God’s Word, the Bible.  We need regular teaching on how to understand it correctly.  We need mature believers around us as role models, as mentors, as accountability partners, to help us learn what it takes to be a disciple. We need Christian fellowship with other believers so that we can encourage one another in our faith-walk, helping each other up when we stumble.

So what are you doing in order to ensure that you grow towards spiritual maturity, which is what the Apostle Paul calls us all to aim at?

Monday   Luke 8:4-15
Tuesday   John 15:1-17
Wednesday   Ephesians 4:11-16
Thursday   1 Peter 1:17-2:2
Friday   Hebrews 5:11-6:3
Saturday   1 Corinthians 13:4-13

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 other churches in our Benefice this coming Sunday, 21st October:

  • 10.00am, St Leonard’s, Sherfield-on-Loddon: Holy Communion & Sunday Club
  • 6.30pm, St Mary’s, Hartley Wespall: Evensong