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

Next week’s services

Sunday 25th March, 2018

Our services this Sunday, Palm Sunday, are as follows:

  • 8am: Holy Communion – St James
  • 9.00am: Sunday@nine – Cross House
  • 10.30am: Holy Communion – St James

This Sunday will be the last in our series on Whole-Life Worship.  This week’s topic concentrates on the way that worshipping focuses our wavering hearts, based upon a passage from the book of Revelation, chapter 2, the apostle John’s vision of Jesus speaking to the church in Ephesus.

On Wednesday evenings at 7.30pm during Lent we meet at the Vicarage for a half-hour of prayer for our services.  Everyone is welcome!  Please do come and join us this Wednesday.

Word for the Week

Last Sunday we explored some of the ways in which our worship together, “Gathered Worship”, prepares us and shapes our speech for the majority of the time, when we are not in church but out in the everyday world.  We don’t stop worshipping God then: rather, we are involved in “Scattered Worship”, wherever we are and whatever we are doing.  The things we think about at church, the prayers we say, the hymns and songs and psalms we sing, the words we hear taught, all prepare us for how we are to speak, to act, to pray and praise, to serve when we are away from the church.

Gathered, we learn to thank God in every situation and to see His grace and mercy displayed even in a painful event.  Gathered, we learn to praise Christ for all that He has accomplished in bringing people from death to life.  Gathered, we learn to ask God for help in each and every situation.

So, as we are scattered everywhere during the week, in a world of grumbling, we are able to perceive the blessings of life and to give thanks for them.  In a world that reacts to suffering with bitterness and despair, we are equipped with words of sorrow that are rooted in hope.  In a world that fears strangers, we are accustomed to welcoming newcomers in the name of Jesus.  Our Gathered Worship enables us to see the world differently, and to speak and pray as God would want us to when we are scattered.

Our readings this week continue these reflections on how we respond to everyday life, based on learning to trust God in our devotional life.

 Monday Habakkuk 3:17-19
Tuesday Lamentations 3:19-27
Wednesday Psalm 27:4-14
Thursday Matthew 5:13-16
Friday Philippians 4:4-9
Saturday 1 Peter 3:8-18

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.

There is just the one service at the other churches in our Benefice this Sunday, 25th March:

  • 10.00am – St Leonard’s, Sherfield-on-Loddon: Together in Worship