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For a complete list of all events at St James with Emmanuel New Brighton, please visit our events section.

Church and Community

The parish is committed to providing services both for regular worshippers and for our local community.  We have a number of services and groups that run throughout the week, at both churches.  Below is a list of the main sessions held within the churches.  Please click through the menu of this section for further information as to each group, where it meets and when.  If you would like further information as to any of the services profiled, please email info@stjameswithemmanuel.co.uk with your request and the group organiser will get back to you as soon as possible.

Church Groups

Children

Community Services

In addition, we have a number of house groups, film nights and social events that run throughout the year. We also have many and various fundraising events for our InSpire project. Previous events have included popular summer and Christmas fairs, fashion shows, concerts and a beer and wine tasting evening - amongst many others.

Church Hire

We already have a number of groups using our Hall at Emmanuel and our Narthex at St James.  Groups include Karate; White Lions; Badminton and FunKey Skills.  If you would like to enquire about using our hall or narthex, please email info@stjameswithemmanuel.co.uk for further information, marking your email for the attention of the Parish Diarist.

Baptism

Baptism for babies and children takes place in a service often called a Christening. In this service parents thank God for His gift of life, make a decision to start their child on a journey of faith and godparents promise help and support. The church also promises to welcome the child and to pray for the family.
For your child, being baptized at a Christening marks the start of a lifelong journey of faith as part of the local and worldwide Christian family.

Everyone is welcome to have their children christened in their parish church. During the Christening service your baby will be baptized. There are around 10,000 babies and children baptized in the Church of England every month.

We also welcome adults who want to be baptized.

Alternatively, some parents might want to celebrate the gift of a child in a different way without the commitment that baptism involves. During a Thanksgiving service parents and families give thanks for the birth or adoption of a child and everyone prays for family life. It can take place in church with the congregation, or with just family and friends gathered, or elsewhere such as home, or even in hospital.
A Thanksgiving Service is not a Baptism. There are no promises to make about the Christian faith. The child will be blessed and prayed for, and supporting friends will promise to support the parents in bringing up their baby.

Links:

Church of England Christenings

Church of England Baptism

Weddings

Congratulations!  Preparing for marriage is an incredibly exciting time and both St James and Emmanuel churches offer different, but ideal settings for your special day.  Today more than a quarter of all marriages in England between a man and a woman take place in the traditional setting of a Church of England church. You're welcome to marry in church whatever your beliefs, whether or not you are baptised and whether or not you go to church.

As a first step, we recommend visiting the Church of England Wedding site, click here to find out more.

Funerals

A funeral is used to mark the end of a person's life here on earth. Family and friends come together to express grief, give thanks for the life lived and commend the person into God's keeping. Funerals can be a small, quiet ceremony or a large occasion in a packed church.

Funerals can be a very important step in the grieving process and it is not necessary that the person attended church to have a church service.  If you are looking to arrange a funeral for a loved one, we are sorry for your loss, and ask that you telephone the vicarage on 0151 639 5844.

The Church of England website provides advice on how to plan a funeral, click here for more information. 

Get Connected

At both St James and Emmanuel churches, we pride ourselves in being welcoming and inclusive.  If you are new to the area – or just curious, we would love to meet you!  Shy?  Then have a look at our what to expect section which will provide you with an idea of what you will find at each St James and Emmanuel and may help you in deciding which churchmight be the one for you.

There is a lot of hard work that goes in to running a church and providing community services.  We at St James with Emmanuel are all very passionate about providing the best service we can to the people of New Brighton and beyond, however, we are but a few willing volunteers.  If you are not ‘the church type’, but have an interest in getting involved in any area of our work – regardless of whether you are Christian or not – we would love to hear from you!

Finally, if you are not local to the area, or have moved away, keep up to date with news from the Parish through the website and through our Twitter feed - @StJamesChurchNB.  We would love to hear about your memories or thoughts on New Brighton and our special churches.

Volunteering

There is a lot of hard work that goes in to running a church and providing community services. We at St James with Emmanuel are all very passionate about providing the best service we can to the people of New Brighton and beyond, however, we are but a few willing volunteers.  If you are not ‘the church type’, but have an interest in getting involved in any area of our work – regardless of whether you are Christian or not – we would love to hear from you!

The New Brighton Heritage Centre, which operates from St James Church is also looking for volunteers to greet visitors and share with them the fascinating history of New Brighton.

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