STEP INTO ST JAMES ON ANY DAY and it’s a buzz of activity. Preschool groups full to bursting, children and young people’s groups meeting to learn together, 20s and 30s enjoying fellowship and study, a community cafe, small groups for discipleship, community and friendship - there are too many to list. On Sundays we have four services, with many volunteers, visible and invisible. All designed to help us live to magnify God to the best of our ability. That’s what church is for.

Together we have a passion to reach the lost, and build up the found. We call it Planting in Partnership. And it’s all made possible by Giving.

God loves being a generous giver For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life (John 3:16). This is the critical truth - God’s love is shown in his giving. That is shown in every gift, of course, but above all in giving us Jesus.

Wonderfully, we become like God, when we love others by being generous givers. Here is the example of a group of young Greek Christians: And now, brothers and sisters, we want you to know about the grace that God has given the Macedonian churches. In the midst of a very severe trial, their overflowing joy and their extreme poverty welled up in rich generosity. For I testify that they gave as much as they were able, and even beyond their ability. Entirely on their own, they urgently pleaded with us for the privilege of sharing in this service to the Lord' people (2 Corinthians 8:1-4).

They gave to the poor, to equip churches and to support evangelism and church planting. And in the process, they grew, spiritually. Generosity makes a Christian more like Jesus, and that is always God’s only plan for us. There is no higher privilege. Like them, we can give and serve in many generous ways - but like them, our use of God’s money is a necessary spiritual discipline.

So the challenge is this: if you are a member of St James, you must decide about your own personal giving. It’s your spiritual responsibility, and your privilege too. You follow a generous God.

How to Give

Standing Order

This is the form of giving we encourage people to consider: it saves you time and effort, reduces our staff time in handling payments and allows us to budget more effectively. If you’d like to give by standing order, please download the Giving Leaflet and complete the Standing Order Notification. Put it in an envelope and either hand it to a staff member on Sunday or place it in the collection basket. Otherwise, send it to the Finance Office, St James Church, St James Lane, London N10 3DB.

One-Off Cash, Cheque or Bank Transfer

One-off donations, cheques (made payable to St James Church) or cash gifts can be sent to St James Church office by post, or given as part of the Sunday collection (any cash gifts over £20 should be put in a gift aid envelope). Or if you have access to internet banking, online payments can be made to the following account:

Account Name: St James Muswell Hill PCC
Account Number: 00724521
Sort Code: 40-04-37
Bank Name: HSBC
Reference: {Initial and Surname/St James}

Payroll Giving

Some employers will match your giving to charities. Give as You Earn is often administered by the Charities Aid Foundation (CAF). St James CAF reference number is 81000202591.

Text Giving

If you would like to give by text please start your message with ‘STJAMESN103DB’ followed by £ and the amount you’d like to give (between £1 and £20). For example, to give £5, text 70085 with the message ‘STJAMESN103DB £5’. You will be charged your normal SMS rate plus the amount you donate. There’s a small transaction fee for each payment.

Card Payments

You can also make one-off card payments at There’s a small transaction fee for each payment, though we can also claim Gift Aid at the point of donation.

World Mission

We want to be a generous church, and have therefore pledged to give away 10% of whatever giving we receive to World Mission. Every effort is made to ensure that money given to St James is used responsibly and wisely. As a Registered Charity, we are governed by charity law. Our Trustees, the Church Council, receive regular accounts and ensure money is used for the purpose for which it was given. Our annual accounts are independently audited, and copies are available if you’d like to see them.

If you have any questions about giving, please email the Finance department at