Clerkenwell is a fascinating ‘urban village’ which was traditionally a place of protest just outside the city walls of the Square Mile. This setting and the ‘preaching box’ architecture of the St James building reflects our heritage as a church helping all people connect to the timeless truths of God’s grace. Our desire is to be a church that presents God’s grace in a way that people with little previous experience of church can access and understand. That’s reflected in the Bible talks on Sundays and in the opportunities we offer during the week to explore Christian faith and ask questions. We aim to be a spiritual home for people and see ourselves as a church family – reflected in many people from JC regularly meeting together and learning together. We value our involvement in the local community as we serve many people in the parish each week, host community activities in our building and through our links with local schools and City University.


Our values are Community, Discovery and Engagement:

Community: we believe all people matter. We want to be accessible to all sorts of people and enjoy being a community of people who care, support and serve each other.

Discovery: we believe it is our top priority to communicate grace and truth in an imaginative, relevant and loving way so that by all possible means we give everyone the opportunity to hear the good news of Jesus.

Engagement: we believe that relating to a good and loving God will have implications for the way we live and that we need the help of the gracious and living God to help us live by his way. For that reason we offer times of teaching and prayer both on Sunday and midweek which help us understand and live God’s life transforming message day by day.