St James' Church, Finchampstead

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We are a numerically large, broad and inclusive church, located in Finchampstead, Berkshire. We aim to provide a variety of services in order to appeal to as wider range of people as possible, and hope to offer a warm welcome to everybody wherever they are on their spiritual journey.

Most of our services use modern language, with robed clergy, choir and organ, but each Sunday there is at least one service which uses the traditional language of the Book of Common Prayer (BCP) including a solidly supported sung Matins twice a month and Evensong once a month.

We aim to offer a warm welcome to families, with special family services twice monthly, and a twice monthly Sunday Club for children aged 0 and above. For parents who wish to keep their children in the service we provide "Happy Bags" for the children. Secondary age children meet together during term time in our popular Youth Group, and also meet together for their own worship from time to time.

We also have an active toddler group, and also offer a weekly bible study specifically aimed at mothers and young children.

We are blessed with a large and well regarded choir who sing at our main morning service every week, and some additional services during the month. Alongside this there are a number of additional special services during the year, and the choir are occasionally invited to sing elsewhere, this year including singing Evensong at St Alban's Abbey, and a civic service for nearby Bracknell.

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St. James Church Office
Church Lane,
RG40 4LU
(0118) 973 0133 (Church Office)

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Early morning Service
BCP (said) Service
'Said' Services; 1st, 3rd and 5th Sundays (BCP service), and on the 2nd and 4th Sundays (CW service).
Every Sunday at 8:00 AM for ¾ hour
Book of Common Prayer Common Worship
Traditional Matins with robed choir and anthem.
traditional MATINS - BCP service
Every second and fourth Sunday at 9:30 AM for 1 hour
Refreshments Book of Common Prayer
Family Service
A shortened family service specifically for children bringing their parents!!!
Every third Sunday at 9:30 AM for ½ hour
Family Friendly Refreshments
Sunday Club/School
during School Terms only
Every second fourth and fifth Sunday at 10:45 AM for 1 hour
Family Friendly Creche Refreshments
Parish Communion
Common Worship communion with robed choir and anthem weekly. (1st Sunday in month is a Family based communion service)
1st Sunday in month is a FAMILY communion service.The; 2nd, 3rd, 4th and 5th Sundays are traditional Parish Communion services.
Every Sunday at 11:00 AM for 1 hour
Family Friendly Creche Refreshments Common Worship
Evening Service
Traditional Evensong with Choir anthem
Every first Sunday at 6:00 PM for 1 hour
Book of Common Prayer


Midweek Eucharist
Every Wednesday at 10:00 AM for ¾ hour
Family Friendly Refreshments



Wheelchair accessible toilets

Designated wider space(s) for people with a disabled parking badge

(Hymn Books / Orders of Service etc.)

Assistance dogs (eg guide dogs, hearing dogs, dogs for the disabled) welcome
Stained Glass


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Church Open Church is open for a short time before and after services, and during Parish Office opening hours Monday to Friday.

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A Church Near You ID (venue number): 120
Built: 1134 (extended in 1300's, 1500's and 1700's)
Style of worship: Broad and Inclusive
Our Patron: Oxford Diocese Board of Patronage
Archdeaconry: BERKSHIRE (272)
Deanery: SONNING (27207)
Benefice: Finchampstead and California (27/188CL)
Parish Legal Name: Finchampstead and California (270484 )
CofE Church Info: (627484 27/484)
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The current editor is: Richard Peat

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This page was last updated on Sunday 9th April 2017
St James' Church : Church Lane, Finchampstead, Berkshire, RG40 4LU

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