Church of England Diocese of Lichfield Barton Under Needwood

About Us

We are in a vacancy at the moment as our vicar Revd Andrew Ridley is now serving in Cheshire. 

At present we are open on Sunday morning and Wednesday afternoons. Our churchwardens are determined to keep worship alive and every week there is a videoed service available to watch on YouTube at: St James' Church Barton under Needwood  or find it on our website at For people who don’t do computers we deliver DVDs with the service on. We are investigating borrowing portable DVD players for the few who don’t even have a DVD player. Contact us if you would like to be included in this service.

<span style="font-size: 1rem; -webkit-text-size-adjust: 100%;">Local boy made good, John Taylor, had the church built between 1517 and 1533 and his coat of arms and civil and ecclesiastical honours are to be found inscribed on the walls of the nave.</span>

We would usually have services every Sunday:

8.00 am - A quiet and reflective Said Communion Service lasting half an hour on the first Sunday of the month. During the interregnum, the communion is distributed from the reserved sacrament.

10.30 am - A Sung Communion Service which includes hymns and a sermon, lasting an hour.  

On the 1st Sunday of the month we have 'Worship Together Communion' which is more informal and when we welcome baptism families.  

We have a Children's Corner and children are always welcome

We always serve coffee and biscuits after the 10.30 am service (and mince pies on Christmas Day)  

When there is a 5th Sunday in the month we have ONE service at 10.00 am for the three churches in the Benefice. The last one should have been at 10.00 am at St Mary’s Dunstall on 29th March. They do good cakes. Our Benefice Choir would have contributed to the service. We are really looking forward to having a benefice service again when we come out of lockdown.

To find out about what’s going on in the Churches and the Village, pick up a copy of our colour parish magazine, 'The Barton Chime', from outside 69 Wales Lane, Barton under Needwood.