St James' Church
Methodist/URC, Woolton, Liverpool, UK

In our heart is a commitment to follow the way of Jesus Christ and to share the love of God with all.

A Picture of Church Life:

Already, 100–150 people come together each week to worship in the Church and throughout the year the building hosts:

  • many special services which reflect the seasons of the church calendar, e.g. Easter, Christmas and Harvest celebrations
  • cherished family events such as weddings, funerals and baptisms
  • significant community occasions such as the memorial services for Hillsborough and services with the local Marie Curie Hospice for those who are recently bereaved
  • evening concerts which serve a double purpose as popular social gatherings for as many as 250 people, (some of whom are regular church-goers, but many who are not), and successful fund-raising events for local, national and international charities as well as church funds
  • school visits, lectures, etc.

From the time our Church community began in 1811 as a small Methodist fellowship in a small room in Quarry Street, through the formation of a Local Ecumenical Partnership with the neighbouring United Reformed Church in 1986, until the present day, we have striven to support and care for each other and our neighbours, both local and worldwide, by living out and sharing our faith through all-age worship, bible study, prayer, discussion and action in the community.

People of every background are warmly welcomed into the Church buildings on all occasions to celebrate the good news of God’s love shown in his son, Jesus Christ. Together, we work to eradicate all forms of discrimination on the grounds of race, culture, gender, sexuality or ability.

Some of the causes we have been delighted to support over the last 10 years have included:

Appeals for the Asian Tsunami, & The Haiti Disaster; The Cardiothoracic Centre & Parkinson’s Disease Nurse Specialist Service at Broadgreen Hospital; a Cerebral Function Monitor for the Children’s Ward at The Walton Centre; Mersey Kidney Research (MKR); Leukemia Research Fund; Alzheimer’s Society Dementia Care & Research; Breast Cancer Research; Diabetes UK; Macmillan Nurses; Reach Christian Counselling; Women & Children’s Aid at Centre 56 Ltd; Home Start (Speke/Garston Area); Young Person’s Advisory Service (Liverpool City Centre); The Basement City Centre Drop In Centre; Liverpool Street Pastors; Christian Aid, the Methodist Relief and Development Fund and MHA (Methodist Homes for the Aged).

Each year we work as part of Woolton in Bloom to provide floral displays for the enjoyment of those who live in, or visit, our village. As part of our external improvements in 2009 we provided a herb garden and activity play area for our Pre-School. At the 2011 RHS Awards Ceremony we won a further improvement award, whilst Woolton Village gained a Gold Award and was classed as the Best N.W. Large Village. These outcomes were maintained in 2012.

Our vision for St James’ next 100 years of witness to the love of Jesus in our community is a bold one, and is underpinned by our refurbished church building which is cleaner, brighter, warmer, more accessible, comfortable and flexible. Please come along to see our wonderful refurbished Church and join our services!  

We are thankful for the generosity of our friends and members in getting us to a position were we could undertake the work on our Church refurbishment. We are still paying for all the wonderful works that took place and if you can help us please go to the "Fundraising activities" page for details. For more details on our changes please go to 'Building for the future'; for information on our plan visit 'Our Future'; for a peek of how things progressed visit our 'Photo Gallery' and for the details of the funds we need to help pay for this work go to 'Church refurbishment'. If you would like to become an active partner in the project by offering financial or practical support, or to obtain more information, please use the "Get in touch" page