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Welcome to St James Priory

A very special place – Healing, Heritage and Hospitality in the heart of Bristol

Healing: The Church has been a centre of healing since the 12th Century. Our residential support services for vulnerable people are open to all in need, whatever their background or circumstance.

Heritage: The former Benedictine Priory of St James is the oldest building in Bristol! It has a fascinating story to tell and has witnessed almost a millennia of Bristol’s development.

Hospitality: Like our Benedictine predecessors we extend a warm welcome to all who visit. Our refectory café serves delicious refreshments and our well-equipped meeting rooms and central locality make us an ideal venue for conferences and community group bookings.

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PLEASE COME IN AND LIGHT A CANDLE FOR PEACE IN UKRAINE.

IF YOU ARE UNABLE TO VISIT THE CHURCH BUT WOULD LIKE A CANDLE LIT THEN PLEASE CLICK “DONATE” AT THE TOP OF THE PAGE AND FOLLOW THE INSTRUCTIONS. YOU CAN LEAVE A MESSAGE AND WE WILL LIGHT CANDLES FOR YOU.

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13/07/2022

COVID LATEST:

As Covid Numbers are rising it may be sensible to wear a Mask and use the Hand Sanitiser.

 

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SUNDAY MASS is at 8am.

The Church will be open from Monday to Friday from 10.00 – 16.00 for personal private prayer.

 

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FACILITES:

Our CAFE is still CLOSED and we do not anticipate re-opening until 2022.

Our MEETING ROOMS are OPEN subject to Covid Social Distancing Guidance and Sanitising.

Please see:    MEETINGS

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St James Priory Project Bristol – Coronavirus Appeal:

St James Priory Project is the Charity which has responsibility for the Historic Grade 1 listed Priory Church which dates from the 12th Century. It also operates the Café and St James House, which provides onsite Supported Housing accommodation for people in recovery from addiction. Walsingham House, in the grounds of the Church, is currently awaiting a new tenant.

The Charity is reliant on donations to supply an ongoing financial support for the upkeep of the Grade 1 listed St James Priory church.

The impact of Coronavirus is widespread, well publicised and ongoing. Our Charity has been adversely affected by this pandemic, especially financially:

  • Our Café, an invaluable source of revenue, has been closed now since March 2020.

  • Our Meeting Rooms, also a key revenue stream, have been closed for a similar period of time.

  • Donations via the Church from visitors has ceased.

We estimate that these have contributed to a 2/3rds drop in revenue.

There seems to be no chance of an early return to the pre-Covid 19 status which means a longterm funding issue for the Charity.

Whilst we are hopeful of a limited return for some of our revenue sources – eg limited Meeting Room Hire – there seems to be little chance of re-opening our café, and this revenue supply, before 2022 at the earliest.

We are, therefore, appealing to our friends, followers and supporters to ask if you are able to consider committing to a donation to the Charity. Please consider becoming a FRIEND OF ST JAMES. (See below for details.)

Donations can be made via our website and can be for one off or regular payments. There is also the facility to Gift Aid as well.

       DONATE NOW:

Susan Jotcham MBE   – CEO                     Updated 06/01/22

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FRIENDS OF ST JAMES LEAFLET :

Friends of St James 2021

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IHBC Article -History

 

Promotional Video

 

Newsletter January 2022

St James is still a place of Christian (Roman Catholic) worship and devotion but  is open to all people from any faith or none. Our Core Values are:

  • Compassion

  • Acceptance

  • Respect

  • Empathy

Currently (June 2022) the Priory Church is open between 10.00 am &  2.00 pm  from Monday to Friday.

MASS on Sunday is at 8.00am.  Weekday Mass is celebrated fortnightly on Wednesday & Thursday.

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2022 MASSES:

PLEASE NOTE:

ABBOT  DAVID  IS UNABLE TO  CELEBRATE MASS ON WEDNESDAY  20th  &  THURSDAY  21st  JULY.

THE CHURCH WILL BE OPEN AT THE FOLLOWING TIMES:

SUNDAY 10 JULY  8am Mass .

MONDAY 11th , TUESDAY 12th, WEDNESDAY 13th JULY 10am – 2pm.

THURSDAY 14th, FRIDAY 15th JULY 10am – 4pm.

SUNDAY 17th JULY  8am MASS.

 

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DONATIONS:

Our Charity relies on Donations to assist our aims of supporting vulnerable people and maintaining the Historic Priory Church.

If you would like to contribute please click on the tab  below for our new DONATIONS PLATFORM:

DONATE:

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WEDDINGS:

St James Priory is an ideal venue for a Wedding. Countless weddings have been celebrated here over the Centuries. It is a very special church.

Download our Weddings Leaflet:

Weddings Leaflet

Walsingham House:

Walsingham House is now operating as Accommodation for Catholic students.

For more information  please contact:  LISA   07474113669

St James House

St James House is an independent supported housing provision. The service provides housing support for single people in recovery from addiction for up to 24 months. Referrals will be accepted from individuals as well as agencies. Please contact us for a referral or if you would like further information. Telephone:  0117 9338945  or Email to: susan.jotcham@stjamespriory.org.uk

Jobs / Supporters / Volunteers

 

We are seeking volunteers to help with Church cleaning.

Also volunteers with gardening and painting experience.

Apply now Email: info@stjamespriory.org.uk Phone: 0117 9299100.


 

 

 

Contact details

Email: info@stjamespriory.org.uk Church 0117 9338945 Cafe 0117 3790009 Admin 0117 9299100 Follow us on Facebook