Welcome to St James' Church,
King Street, Sydney. St James' has a unique place in the life of the Anglican
Church through its various ministries to the people of the City of Sydney, the state
of NSW and the wider Anglican Church.
Completed in 1822, as part of
the major construction programme initiated by Governor Lachlan Macquarie, St
James' is now the oldest existing church building in Sydney. It has been the
venue for many historic events including the enthronement of the first, and
only, Bishop of Australia, William Grant Broughton.
St James' has been a place of
ministry to a diversity of people ranging from the Governor, military personnel
and convicts at its beginnings to the great array of people who work and live
in the city today and those who come from the wider metropolitan area for
The building itself exercises
its own ministry as a place of peace and refuge. It is open each day for prayer
and reflection and it is a venue for regular cultural events, especially
through the church's music programme. The church is also a place of hospitality
and gathering for people from across Sydney and further afield. At refreshments
on Sundays and at the Coffee Cart in Queens Square during the week, people
gather for conversation and fellowship.
Today, the Parish has a vital
ministry to those who work in its environs, especially to the law courts, Parliament
and government departments, Sydney Hospital, and the many corporate offices and
The St James' Parish seeks to
reach out to the people of Sydney through its mission to the City; including
its worship, welfare support to the homeless and needy, pastoral care,
spirituality and educational programmes. It is an open and inclusive Christian
community of faith that exists to live out and share the good news of Christ
through its daily life.
You are most welcome to come
and worship with us and join in any of our other activities. Please explore our
website and discover the many ways of connecting with St James' Church - the
heart of the city.
The Reverend Andrew Sempell