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  • Coronavirus/covid-19

    BEXLEY TEAM MINISTRY:  St Barnabas, Joydens Wood, St James, North Cray, St John’s, Bexley, St Mary’s, Bexley

    Updated 25th February 2021

    Services & Events for March 2021 at St James Church

    The Team Rector, the Team clergy, and the PCC’s of the Parish churches in the Bexley Team have been extremely concerned about the figures for Covid infections in this area. We are mindful of our responsibility for the safety and well-being of those attending worship in our church buildings.

    We have therefore, in accordance with Canon Law, sought the permission of the Bishop of Rochester to suspend public worship for the time being.


    We will continue to circulate worship material via email, and also make worship available online, on Zoom, or via a phone-in link on Zoom.

    Please contact the Team Rector or a member of the clergy team to be included on the emailing list or see our website for further information.

    Also, do contact any of our clergy team if you are concerned, or if you would simply like a chat, or prayer.

    May God bless you all at this difficult and worrying time.


    Saturday                5.30pm  Zoom Nightwatch Service. A quiet service of reflection on the week that is past

    Sunday                  10am      Zoom Worship including a bible-based talk.





  • Revd. Ren Harding

    "Welcome to St James Church, - the Church of England parish church serving North Cray.
    The church building is situated on the North Cray Road on the edge of the beautiful Footscray Meadows. There has been a place of worship on this site for many centuries, although much of the original building was restored in the nineteenth century. The church is well-loved in the North Cray community. For a map of the immediate area, please click here

    There is one service each Sunday morning at 9.30am lasting about an hour. This is usually a service of Holy Communion, with hymns, bible readings and a talk which leads us into the sharing of the bread and wine of communion. On the second Sunday of each month there is an All-Age service at 9.30am, suitable for all ages with lively singing and a rather more informal atmosphere.

    In August 2018, St James Church, North Cray became part of the Bexley Team partnering with the parish churches of St John's, Bexley, St Mary's, Bexley and St Barnabas, Joydens Wood.

    Please do explore our website and visit our church here in North Cray where I know you will be given a warm welcome" 

    Revd. Ren Harding

    Team Rector

    To contact the Reverend Ren Harding Tel: 01322 528923.


  • Parish Safeguarding - Statement

    Like all Church of England churches, safeguarding and safer recruitment are paramount.  The PCC are committed to ensuring that our church and hall are safe places for all who use them. For more detailed information and guidance click the Parish Safeguarding Handbook  or visit   https://www.rochester.anglican.org  and click on safeguarding. Produced by the National Safeguarding Team, it is a comprehensive guide, summarising the key areas a parish needs to address with regards to safeguarding.


    Parish Safeguarding - Past Review

    If you are concerned about something you have experienced in a church, now or in the past, or you are worried  about another person - perhaps a vulnerable adult or a child – there are people you can talk to and you will be taken seriously. You can contact the Diocese of Rochester’s Safeguarding team on 01634 560 000 or visit their webpage Click to read more


    One of the Sacred Spaces created by the congregation at St James

    See more sacred spaces....


  • Rev’d Ren writes-


    One of the delights of St James Church, North Cray is its lovely setting in a dip leading down to the Footscray Meadows. The church and churchyard are beautiful in every season of the year, but particularly well-beloved in the spring, with the trees in blossom and the bank of primroses in flower, a carpet of the palest yellow seeming to glow amongst the gravestones. To me it is always a sign of new life, this juxtaposition of fresh spring flowers and the gravestones which remind us of our own mortality.

    Contained within those pale flowers is the abiding Easter message of Christ’s victory over death, despair and hatred. This year particularly, where we have lived for twelve months with the limitations and losses of the pandemic, these signs of spring seem the more welcome and the more poignant.

    The Government have recently announced the so-called ‘road-map’ towards some kind of return to normality. Let us hope and pray that this is effective. But while we look with hope to the future, we cannot just wipe this last year from our memories.

    For many of us there will be a remembering with sadness, the loss of a loved one, the sense of grief at enforced separations in those times when we need human contact the most, the loss of job or health or livelihood.

    There is a remembering with thankfulness too, those who have supported us, and the many acts of kindness shown, the word of encouragement, the shared concern for the well-being of others. I believe that all of us in different ways will now need a time of recovery and healing. So may I encourage you to notice afresh the God-given beauty of the natural world and allow its beauty, and the love of its Creator minister to your wounded soul.

    Reverend Ren Harding (Team Rector)

    contact me at Joydens Wood Vicarage,

    6 Tile Kiln Lane, Joydens Wood, Bexley, DA5 2BB  

    01322-528923                         renharding@hotmail.co.uk

    I am pleased (and slightly shocked!) to have been invited by Bishop James to accept appointment as an Honorary Canon at Rochester Cathedral, one of four others appointed in the present round.Read the full article here


    Bexley Womens Aid - We were happy to help out with donations at Christmas

    In December we had our usual Toy service where we collected donations for Bexley Womens Aid. It wasn’t our usual service due to Covid restrictions but as usual the people of North Cray came up trumps!

    We contacted Womens Aid before the service, and asked if they had any particular requests for the children this year. They asked for chocolate selection boxes and sweets and small toys. The word soon went around and we had many generous donations.

    Comment from one of the Residents: “Such kindness and thoughtfulness of strangers to give so much, it has restored my faith in people and made Christmas magical for my children for the first time in years!”

    - See the whole letter we received after Christmas ....here....


  • As we reach the terrible milestone of 100,000 deaths from COVID-19, we invite everyone in our nation to pause as we reflect on the enormity of this pandemic. Read the Archbishops' letter here 

    Bexley Team Ministry - Clergy Contact Details.

    View them here.....


    Bexley Team Children's Church

    This year we want to offer our families a weekly Bexley Team Children's Church.

    The link to the material can be viewed here.......  

    A virtual visit to St James Church .

    Revd Ren visited St James, during the first  period of lockdown, and recorded this video clip.



  • News from our Team Rector


  • Media Links

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    This week's Music choice for Sunday 7th March 2021
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    Speak O Lord by Keith and Kristyn Getty
    This week's Music choice for Sunday 28th February 2021
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    Lord, Have Mercy On Me - Esther Mui and Keith & Kristyn Getty - He Will Hold Me Fast
    This week's Music choice for Sunday 21st February 2021
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    From the highest of heights.( Indescribable); Jesus shall take the highest honour ; How great is our God.(The Splendour of the king)
    This week's Music choice for Sunday 14th February 2021
    From the highest of heights.( Indescribable); Jesus shall take the highest honour ; How great is our God.(The Splendour of the king) Read More


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