Church of England Diocese of Leeds St. James, Birstwith

About Us


We are delighted to say that from Sunday 2nd August we will be opening the church for Common Worship. The schedule of services for August and September is:

August - 2nd 09.30, 9th at 9.30, 16th at 11am All Age Worship, 23rd at 11am, 30th at 11am 

September - 6th at 09.30, 13th at 09.30, 20th at 11am All Age Worship, 27th at 11am

A full risk assessment has been undertaken and is available to see on the internal notice board.

To ensure we all keep safe please be mindful of the following:

If you are in a vulnerable grouping the advice is still to remain home as much as possible, although we very much want to welcome you please do not feel any pressure to attend. Our Eucharist service on Zoom will take place during the month of August at 11am each Wednesday.

Face coverings are nandatory, strict 2m social distancing will apply and communion will be offered in one kind only (precautions as described in the risk assessment). If you have any concerns please do ring a churchwarden. Support is ongoing within the village and even though medical shielding may formally finish at the end of July if you need assistance please ring Chris on 01423 771991.

Please DO NOT enter if you have a recent onset of

• a temperature

• a new cough, sore throat and nasal congestion

• diarrhoea

• suffering from flu-like symptoms

• or you have been identified as a significant contact by the UK Covid NHS Track& Trace system

The church door will remain fully open for ventilation.

Please use the hand sanitiser upon entry and keep socially distanced between yourself and others AT ALL TIMES.

There must be no physical contact with other people outside of your household.

Please adhere to the designated seating areas and respect the cordoned off areas.

The entrance for less mobile people is through the Hall, please come to the open Belfry door and the supervisor will unlock the Church Hall. The Belfry door is also the Fire Exit in case of an emergency.

The toilets and kitchen are closed to everyone.

Wash your hands once home

If you develop symptoms (as above) within one week of your visit, inform a churchwarden immediately.

That said we are a very welcoming church! A warm welcome awaits....

St. James’ is a Church of England parish church at the heart of the community in a thriving village between Harrogate and Pateley Bridge, in the Nidderdale Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. We are a friendly worshipping community with a welcoming Sunday Club, a strong musical tradition including a robed choir, and a range of groups and activities.

We are part of a joint Benefice comprising the parishes of St. Thomas a Becket, Hampsthwaite with Felliscliffe & St. Thomas the Apostle, Killinghall and St. James, Birstwith.

This beautiful Victorian church stands on a hill looking over the village of Birstwith through which runs the river Nidd. Built in 1857 by John Greenwood, it boasts a 100ft spire, some splendid stained glass, a Binns organ, that has been fully restored , and an unusual and striking reredos of alabaster and glass mosaic. The mansion, built by the Greenwood's, is now Belmont Grosvenor School a private preparatory school for boys and girls.

We hope you find what you are looking for on these pages and we would be delighted to welcome you, either as a visitor or to join us regularly in worship and fellowship.