What We Believe
We are an Anglican parish, made up of two churches – St. James Church, Albion Street, New Brighton and Emmanuel Church, Seabank Road, New Brighton.
As Anglicans we are part of the Church of England and form part of the One, Worldwide, Holy, Catholic and Apostolic Church.
We worship the one true God, who is Father, Son and Holy Spirit.
We believe that God is the Father Almighty, the one true God and creator of heaven and earth,
We believe that Jesus is the son of God – that he was crucified, died and was buried, and that on the third day, he rose again; that He ascended into heaven and that He will come again to judge the living and the dead.
We believe in the Holy Spirit, the Lord, the giver of life; who proceeds from the Father and the Son and who spoke through the prophets.
We believe in one baptism for the forgiveness of sins.
What We Do
St. James with Emmanuel, New Brighton is a Christian church which serves the community with a variety of activities. Our primary activities are:
- The Christian faith, expressed by the Church of England, provides a religious, moral and ethical framework. The church seeks to explain and promote this faith to the parish. Members of the congregation are encouraged to live out that faith.
- The Parish maintains two church buildings as places of worship. There are regular services, Sundays and Thursdays. Special Christian festivals (e.g. Christmas, Easter) are also celebrated. Emmanuel church is open on a Saturday morning for coffee and fellowship.
- The buildings also have facilities which enable social and outreach activities to take place.
- The churches are available and used for weddings, blessings of marriage, baptisms and funerals. There are also special annual services such as for the recently bereaved; Lifeboat service and Light Up A Life in collaboration with St John's Hospice.
- There is a regular prayer meeting, and Lent and other dates are used for opportunity for groups to meet for fellowship and enriching their Christian faith.
- The church helps children and young people in moral and spiritual guidance by having a Sunday School. Both churches also have a Carers and children group, and Emmanuel church facilities are used by uniformed groups (Rainbows, Beavers, Cubs, Scouts, Brownies, Guides).
- The Vicar and others carry out pastoral visits, sick visiting (including hospital) and home Holy Communion visits.
- Both churches provide practical care in the community with very active foodbanks on two days each week.
- Other organisations can and do use the buildings for a community facility, and both churches are open for hire by individuals or groups for parties and other social activities.
- The church at St. James currently houses the New Brighton Heritage and Visitor Centre.
|Vicar||Rev Heather Atkinson|
|Readers||Ron Jones, Mike Collins|
|St James Churchwardens||John Codling, John Timms|
|Emmanuel Churchwardens||David Worgan, Colin Jones|
|Parish Diarist||Julia Codling|
|Gift Aid Secretary||George Merrill|
|Restoration Committee Lead||Richard Wilberforce|
|Parish Development Group Chair||David Worgan|
|Church Tour Coordinator||Steven Cottam|
|Music Co-ordinator||Rob O'Neil|
|St James Choir Contact||Richard Wilberforce|
|Young Church (Emmanuel)||Sara Sullivan|
|Mustard Seeds (St James Sunday School)||Helen Harvey, Helen Jones|
|Uniformed Groups||Colin Jones, Sarah Merrill|
|Magazine Editor||Jenny Davies|
|Magazine Assistant||Mary Wright|
|Pew Notes Coordinator||Paul Maines|
|Social Media Coordinator||Vicki Feltham|
|St James Foodbank Coordinator||Sue Chadwick|
|Emmanuel Foodbank Coordinator||David Worgan|
How We Are Organised
There is a lot of work that goes on behind the scenes in keeping a church up and running! As well as the Vicar who you will see leading services, we have two Readers, who support the Vicar in taking services and in providing pastoral support.
The Parish has a Parochial Church Council who meet every two months to take important decisions over the running of the churches. A Standing Committee also meets more regularly in order to address the day to day matters.
In addition, there is a Restoration Committee which addresses those matters relating to the restoration of the spire and the St James church building, as well as a Parish Development Group which looks at how the Parish can better connect with and serve the local community.
That is before any of the various groups who run any of the church groups, manage the choirs, clean the buildings, organise the flowers, produce the magazine…