St James’ Church West End
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Services Church Alive

St James’ Church, West End, Southampton SO30 3AT Registered Charity Number 1132863

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Church Alive is a creative and informal service for adults, children and all ages,
meeting every Sunday from 11.00am at St James’.

Church Alive is built around:

Music & Creativity

Fun & Friendship

Worship & Reflection

Nurture & Communion

What happens at Church Alive?

At 10.45am people arrive to a buzzing church and the aroma of real coffee! Refreshments are served from 10.30am following on from our earlier Parish Eucharist.

Coffee, tea, squash, pastries and fruit are all offered free of charge (donations welcome). As you arrive help yourselves to refreshments and meet and chat with others.

At 11am a gathering song indicates the start to Church Alive. There is no hurry to finish conversations. When you are ready, join us as we gather at the front. Children are welcome to sit on cushions and banners are available to wave.

After the opening songs we light a candle and say our Church Alive prayer (see below).

The theme for the day is introduced and a bible reading is read or presented.

Church Alive Learning Areas

For about 20 minutes we explore the week’s theme through various learning areas set up around the church. You are free to visit any area although you probably won’t be able to visit every one!

Children’s area: something hands on and creative!

Reflective space: a quiet area often using images and reflections

Creative all age: a theme based learning area suitable for all ages

Study/Discussion: an opportunity to explore and discuss the scripture reading for the week

Refreshments are available throughout the morning and children can move around freely.

Gathering back together

After about 20 minutes, a song indicates that we gather back together. There are further prayers and a time of celebration together based on today’s theme.

On first Sundays in the month we celebrate Holy Communion at this point. All are welcome to receive the bread and wine of Communion. Children are welcome to receive a grape and a blessing.

We sing a final song and if there are any Baptism families, we welcome them and they receive a Baptism candle.

Church Alive concludes with a prayer of Blessing and sharing of the Peace before we go out ‘to love and serve the Lord’.

Study/discussion area

 Children’s area