Church of England Diocese of Manchester Kirklees Valley

St James, Woolfold

St James Church is a friendly, welcoming little Church, serving its local area since 1930, with a warm fellowship and a heart for its area.  We want to serve our community as best we can, sharing the love of Jesus in practical ways, in welcome and fellowship, and in worship.

With the ongoing Coronavirus situation, we are worshipping weekly online and you can find the service here on this site every week, along with ways to access access practical support and also other resources for worship and prayer at home. We want to support and encourage you in any way we can at this difficult time - please get in touch if you would like to speak to us or if you have any questions.  We have re-opened our church for public worship on Sundays at 11am - and a full risk assessment is available here on this site and updated regularly.  We hope to offer these physical services with appropriate health and hygiene precautions alongside our online provision for the next few months.  

Above all, please stay safe - you and all those affected are very much in our prayers!

The Parish of Kirklees Valley is committed to the safeguarding of children, young people and adults. We follow the House of Bishops guidance and policies and have our own Parish Safeguarding Officer(s), PSOs. The Diocese of Manchester’s safeguarding pages contain vital links and information including contacts for the Diocesan Safeguarding Advisor (DSA) who advise our PSOs. If you are concerned that a child or adult has been harmed or may be at risk of harm please contact the DSA. If you have immediate concerns about the safety of someone, please contact the police and your local authority Children or Adults Services.

Get in touch

Revd Simon Cook

10 Kirkburn View Brandlesholme, Bury,

Sunday Communion in Church

Every Sunday at 11 a.m. for 30m

St James, Woolfold
United Kingdom

St James reopened for public worship on Sunday 12th July and we continue to offer Sunday Communion at 11am and a Wednesday Communion at 1.30pm - though please keep your eyes peeled in case of any last-minute changes to this timetable in the event of a positive case of Covid-19. Please remember our pre-recorded YouTube services of Sunday Praise with hymns and live music and a service sheet for you to use at home will continue to be provided weekly, and there is no rush or obligation to come back to church physically unless you feel ready.

Nothing is risk-free, but we have taken measures in our churches to ensure we can be as Covid-secure as possible. The full risk assessment, which is an ongoing live document which we will continue to update, is available on request or via a dedicated A Church Near You page. To help us all, though, I have prepared a short document called 'What to expect' which is downloadable below.

This outlines the basic plan and what church will be like. If you do wish to attend worship on Sunday, in addition to the St James service there will be two services with a limit of 20 people maximum each at our sister church of All Saints in Brandlesholme at 8.30am or 10am, with cleaning between. Please contact Simon to book your place.

If you wish to attend St James, there will be one service at 11am with a limit of 16 people. Please contact Simon or Ann Redding our Churchwarden to book your place.

For now, please don't attend if you haven't booked a place in advance - as we don't want to turn anyone away. Booking also helps with the NHS track and trace programme - and we do ask that if you attend you share your details and give your consent for contact so that we can get in touch in the event that someone tests positive for Covid-19. If you prefer to wait rather than come to church at this time, then please do - there is no need to rush back. We will offer a Wednesday Communion at 1.30pm at St James and a Thursday Communion at 10am at All Saints, so if you wish to book for these instead or as well as Sunday, please let us know. Dates and times of services may be subject to last minute change owing to the unpredictable nature of the pandemic and the changing local and national regulations we are following. Thank you for your patience and understanding as we navigate this difficult logistical challenge.

Please do pray for our church and our ongoing worship - and remember that in the event of anyone infected attending worship, you may be contacted and asked to self-isolate, and we may have to close church temporarily again. This will be a long process - your support and patience is appreciated - but our worship of God and our church life will continue as it has done throughout this pandemic!

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Morning Worship/Prayer Prayers Eucharist/Holy Communion Common Worship

On Sunday 18th October we meet at 11am at All Saints to review 2019 and our reports, elect wardens, PCC members and Deanery Synod reps. Notice attached.

25 Sep 2020, 12:30 a.m.