What we believe

Our Mission and Vision

St James Church wants to see lives changed by God.

As a church we worship God with our entire lives (heart, mind, soul and body). Jesus said in the gospel of Matthew that He came to serve, not to be served. St James Church has this as the foundation of it’s work in this community.

Jesus traveled around asking for people to change. He asked for people to change their attitude, change their beliefs, change their behaviour, change their future.. Following the teachings of Jesus means that we need to make changes…some are not comfortable — but all of the them are acheivable. St James exist to meet you where you are at and point you to Jesus. Jesus will then patiently move you to where you can grow in your relationship both personally and corporately with Him

Our core values

We Believe that…

  1. People matter to God and should matter to us by our lifestyle, attitude and church life.
  2. Excellence and creativity honour God and being relevant connects people to the church.
  3. Acceptance through loving relationships should permeate the church by everyone purposely noticing and caring for those around us.
  4. Life change happens best when we meet together, and is encouraged for all attenders.
  5. Empowered, gift-based leadership enables St James to meet needs effectively.
  6. Full devotion to Christ is normal and is seen by passionately committing to worship, prayer, serving, giving, Bible reading, discipleship and accountability.
  7. The Bible is Gods message to us and is complete and relevant to our lives.

Our statement of faith

  • We believe in one God, Father, Son and Holy Spirit.
  • We believe that the things we do wrong both large and small separates us from God.
  • We believe that Jesus is God’s only Son and that his death, burial, and resurrection are sufficient for the forgiveness of those things we do wrong.
  • We believe salvation is through faith in Christ, not by anything we do but by God’s love for us.
  • We believe the Bible is God’s message to us  and is relevant for today.
  • We believe that Christians should boldly live out their faith in worship to God, giving people the opportunity to do the same.
  • We believe that it is normal for followers to be fully devoted to Jesus ; committed to Bible reading, prayer, sharing their faith, and serving others!

St James wants to be a place that is:

  • At St James we know that we need to be truthful  in our own lives and in our faith in Jesus. St James is a place where we can laugh, cry and talk about issues that are real to us. St James is a place where we can be supported and be safe. It’s all about being authentic and genuine in our faith and our struggles.
  • We truly believe that there are many people who know nothing about Jesus, as a church we will reach out to people in a way that is relevant to their lives. As a church we seek to reach people where they are, connect with them and point them to Jesus.
  • We believe that the church should be a thought provoking and challenging place and St James wants to be a  church that takes radical steps to produce Christians that impact their sphere of influence with the love of God and the good news of His Son, Jesus.
  • We believe that relationships are what keep people plugged into the church. After somebody comes in contact with the church we will seek to develop a relationship with them and as a church meet them where they are in their life journey. That’s why as a church we look out for each other needs, and grow together in our understanding of each others needs both physically and spiritually.



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