Church of England Diocese of Chelmsford Hadleigh

Hadleigh: St James the Less

Back to church

We’ve been out of church for the longest time since the 1200s (churches were closed between 1208 and 1213; I don’t know if priests were furloughed), but are now venturing back in for services. As you know the Government advice is still that people over 70 should be careful, so I know many of you will not be returning just now. That’s fine and we will continue to keep in touch with you.

Next Sunday (12th July) we will have a service at St James at 9am and at St Barnabas at 10:30am (the later service is usually attended by more people at each church, so we are using the larger building for this one). Both will be Holy Communion. The service at St James will be on the St James Facebook page and the service at St Barnabas will be our regular Zoom service.

If you’re coming along, you will be asked to keep your distance from each other. There will be no singing sadly, and service sheets will be the order of the day. You may wish to use a face covering (mask) when entering and leaving and moving about. The kitchen areas are out of bounds so if you need a drink, please bring one along. The toilets will be available. Communion is in one kind (just bread) and that will be administered at the chancel step. Please let me know if you are planning to attend so we can keep an eye on numbers.

This makes it all sound very constrained and not like church, but we will do our best to make it a good time of worship and fellowship as well as enjoying Communion once more.

Big thanks to everyone who has rallied round to help with the preparations – it’s a lot harder to open up a church again than to close it!

Look at our YouTube Channel - St Barnabas and St James the Less

Look at the Services Online page to listen to our services being recorded by Ruth.

Look at the Notices page for new pictures! 


St James the Less is a stunningly beautiful grade one listed building and offers a comfortable, warm and well-lit environment for Christian worship. The Saxon and Norman architecture is complemented by a range of contemporary features which include baby-changing facilities, easy access for those with disabilities, a hearing loop system, a modern meeting room and a new carpeted worship area.


"The parish of Hadleigh: St James the Less 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 Chelmsford’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. Ruth Cartwright

The Rectory 50 Rectory Road Hadleigh, Benfleet Essex

Zoom Sunday Service

Every Sunday at 10:30 a.m. for 1h

Online - Zoom
Click on "More About This Event" to join the service. All welcome.
Meeting ID: 377 351 213
Password: 396266

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Live stream Morning Worship/Prayer

St James burgled on night of 26th March

1 Apr 2020, midnight