North aisle

North aisle North aisle North aisle


In the north aisle there are many single comfortable chairs which can be moved to allow different arrangements to be made for services, prayer groups, meetings, group work and so on.

There are many beautiful stained glass windows which are memorials to parishioners. To see all these windows, more detailed pictures and information about them look at the page north aisle stained glass windows

At the east part of the north aisle there is a wooden barrier to protect the exposed organ pipes. Above these pipes is a brick arch with black and gold text saying 'SING UNTO THE LORD AND PRAISE HIS NAME'.

There are two beautifully worked mosaics, each surrounded by a marble border, at the east end of the north aisle. They are of Christ the King, inscribed: 'AMDG In loving memory of Christopher John Wallace Jakeman MIME. Died 3rd Jan 1928 in his 85th year. Also of Eliza his wife. Died 10th July 1918 aged 75 years'. The other mosaic is inscribed 'To the Glory of God. In memory of Jane Barnard who died 31st March 1913. For many years a most devoted and unselfish Parish Worker. Erected by her many friends - in Thy presence is fulness of joy'.

 At the west end of the north aisle is the children’s corner. This area is used during the 09.30 Sunday Parish and All Age communion services and also for the St James's Ark Parent/Carer and Toddler Group on Monday mornings. The corner is well stocked with books, games and toys. Down the side of the north aisle are various brass plaques commemorating different people through the years.

At the east end of the north aisle there is an area, the prayer corner, associated with personal prayer. Here there is a small altar with candles, which can be lit as a sign of offering prayers. There is a prayer desk with a book for people to write names of people or events who need prayers said for them. Chairs are grouped around the prayer desk and altar. On the altar is a copy of a 16th century Russian icon bought with bequest money in 1998. An icon is not a piece of decoration, but rather an aid to prayer and worship in the Orthodox tradition of Christianity. Icon literally means image and it is a depiction of 'Christ Pantocrator' which means 'Christ almighty.' It is a very common depiction of Christ as a teacher. His right hand is raised, not in blessing, but rather in the traditional gesture of an orator. In his left hand he holds a book, the Gospels.

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The inside of the church through the years


Children's corner Jesus Christ St James Organ pipes