An acre of land was given by Mr Britton Jones, licensee of the Sir William Wallace Inn, for ‘a school and for the celebration of Divine Worship according to the Rites and Ceremonies of the United Church of England and Ireland and for a place of burial’. The foundation stone was laid on 12 October 1844 and the building opened just six months later on 15 April 1845. The first Rector was the Rev’d William Stackhouse of Perth. At various times St James’ has been attached to the parishes of St Leonards, St John’s Launceston, and Launceston South. Launceston South merged with the parish of Holy Trinity Launceston at the beginning of 2019 and St James’ continues to serve the needs of the local community with a small congregation meeting twice a month (first and third Sundays of each month) at 11.00am.
The church and grounds are maintained by volunteers and we invite you to become part of this network.
Services are held on the first and third Sundays of each month at 11.00am. Whenever possible, the service is Holy Communion following the Second Order in A Prayer Book for Australia 1995. When no ordained minister is available, a lay reader conducts Morning Prayer. As in every Anglican service, there is a clear emphasis on hearing God's word in the Bible readings, and grappling with its meaning and significance in Bible focused sermons. Joining in Holy Communion is a regular reminder that we gather in the name of Jesus Christ, who gave his life for our sins. We usually share in Morning Tea at the conclusion.
Our usual pattern for Easter Services is:
11.00am Eucharist/Holy Communion
Services on Maundy Thursday and Good Friday are held at Holy Trinity. Times can be found here.
Christmas Services are held at Holy Trinity. Times can be found here.
The baptism of a child can be a very significant social event for families, and parents request baptism because they are eager to do the very best for their children. We ask parents to take time to properly understand what baptism means, so that the words expressed in the service are meant from the heart.
In past generations, baptism of children was very common, but many adults today - and especially younger adults - are not baptised. To find out more, come along to one of our services and speak to a member of the staff. (By the way, many people use the term ‘Christening’, but both the Bible and our Anglican Prayer Book use the proper term, which is ‘baptism’.)
In order to satisfy the requirements of Australian law and Anglican Church policy, our Marriage Services always follow one of the authorised Anglican Prayer Book forms and are conducted by one of our staff.
It may be possible for other Ministers to assist in the service. We will be pleased to meet with you and discuss what is involved. Marriage services can be conducted at any mutually convenient time, but our regular activities on Sundays mean that we are unable to accept bookings for Sunday weddings.
Whether a service is planned for the church, crematorium chapel, or other location, we welcome enquiries from those who live in our parish or who have had significant connections with St James' in the past. Please contact us as early as possible to ascertain the availability of the church and ministers.
A columbarium wall is available for the interment of ashes.