About Us

St James Church, Hope is part of the Church of England. We are part of a United Benefice with St John The Evangelist, Pendlebury. The parish of St James Hope covers the area around Salford Royal Hospital, Lancaster Road, Light Oaks and part of Pendlebury. 

St James' Hope is a welcoming church that uses the Common Worship style of church service. Details of the services and events can be found on the Calendar page. Please come and see us, we would love to meet you!

Want to know more about the church; arrange a Baptism/Christening, a Wedding or enquire about faith related matters? Please contact our Team Vicar, Revd Gareth Thomas directly on 07814 166016 or email him: garethmthomas@hotmail.com

Frequently Asked Questions:

Do I have to dress up to go to church? Not unless you want to! Please feel free to come just as you are.

Can I bring children? Please do! We warmly welcome children to our services especially on the first Sunday of the month when we have special activities for "Big Gems" and "Little Gems".

I am in a wheelchair, is access easy and is there somewhere for me to sit? Yes. We would welcome you in your wheelchair and someone will help you to find a space to sit if you are uncertain where to go.

What happens at a service? When you arrive please pick up a Service Book and a hymn book. The Service Book tells you when to stand and when to sit, but don’t worry if you don’t get everything right. No one is watching and checking that you are doing it correctly – and God certainly doesn’t mind! The important thing is that you want to come to church and worship God with us. Everyone is welcome to attend services in church. The main elements of services are:

  • Giving praise and thanks to God; often by singing hymns and songs
  • Hearing God’s word read out to us from the Bible
  • Listening to a talk to assist us to understand better the readings that we have heard
  • Saying our prayers (Intercessions) to God
  • Greeting each other with a sign of peace
  • If this is also a service of Holy Communion we go on to share in the bread and wine as we replicate Jesus’ last supper before his crucifixion

We are a church together, not alone. We are a group of imperfect people who need each other’s help and love as we try to follow Jesus and share his love in the world. Everyone is welcome to come to be renewed and nourished by God’s love here in church.

Our desire is to worship God together and to serve Him in our community. We seek to offer everybody opportunities to experience God's love in relevant ways and within relationships which they can trust and enjoy.