The present Grade I Listed building was built c. 1400 and seats about 250 people. It is situated in the centre of the village and is in good repair although regular attention is needed to the fabric. The church enjoys a magnificent refurbished organ – The "William Jones Organ" which is regularly played by a voluntary organist for the enhancement of our services.
There are regular Lent groups held each year as well as a regular bible study group. Other groups include Bell Ringers, Flower Arrangers, Cleaners, Churchyard Working Party and an expanded choir for Christmas.
St James is now the only worshipping community in the village. The clergy and pastoral team aims to offer spiritual support to all within our community. The Parish actively supports Christian Aid and other church charities including the Suffolk link diocese of Kagera in Tanzania.
A church where the congregation are encouraged to participate in the services e.g. lesson reading, leading of prayers, and distribution of the sacraments Strong Links With The Community - there is a good interaction between church and community A welcoming and broadminded church - especially to visitors and new residents. We support the deanery and the diocese by participating in their events and our commitment to our Parish Share. Our Buildings are in excellent state of repair.
St James' is part of the Benefice of Stoke-by-Nayland with Leavenheath and Polstead, and Nayland with Wissington; part of the Hadleigh Deanery.