More than a church, St James’ is at the heart of the city.
Our vision is in creating an open, inclusive and engaging sanctuary for all; regardless of social standing, sexuality, race or religion.
We respect both our heritage and that of the traditional custodians of this land, while shaping our future through excellence in music, education and worship.
Our impact is our legacy. We aspire to establish trust with our community by presenting our message of inclusion, grace and faith.

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SJI Director, Christopher Waterhouse takes us on a virtual guided tour of Christ Church, Oxford – uniquely a joint foundation of both college and cathedral. Drawing on his experience as Canons’ Verger and Sacristan of Christ Church, Christopher will give the history of the Cathedral building from Anglo Saxon days, to the building of the Priory church in 1170, through the English Reformation, the Civil War, and right through to the present day, taking in the stained glass windows, the layout of the Cathedral, how it operates and some of its most colourful characters including the ‘real’ Alice in Wonderland and the little known Oxford saint (and patron of the University City) St Frideswide.

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