Music at St James
Worship includes both an inner expression, and outer expression. The essence of worship is a clear inner connection with the living God. The expression of worship is all the ways that we express our praise to God. This includes how we live out our faith on a daily basis, and also our corporate worship when we come together as the body of St James (usually) on a Sunday.
Within the sung worship at St James, we have a mix in musical style, and use newer choruses, as well as hymns, and sometimes chants from Taize, within our services. We bear in mind that our sung worship has less to do with satisfying personal preferences, and more to do with putting God at the centre of our worship.
The Music Group lead the music at most services. They include singers and musicians committed to the worship of the church. They usually pray together and practice on a Friday evening.
We also have an organist who normally plays on the third Sunday of each month and for festivals. At Christmas and Easter there is a choir which comes together for practice in the weeks leading up to the festivals.
The youth groups also contribute to the music of the church, leading occasional services, and have often helped with music for the Holiday Clubs.
The evening services are helped by various musicians on a rota.
There is no music at the 8am service.