Shaftesbury: St James

The parish of St James is its own small village under the hill south of the town and is the oldest part of Shaftesbury. St James’ is a lively and welcoming church - newcomers and visitors particularly comment on our friendliness. The church is open during daylight hours with a quiet prayer corner. We also have a permanent outdoor labyrinth, changing with the church seasons, to allow visitors to unwind from the rush of daily life. We have a very strong relationship with our adjacent church Primary School. They have a monthly worship in the church, while special services have been crafted for parents of new or leaving pupils. Their harvest,and carol services also attract a large following.

St. James’ Church – reaching out to others with a valued ministry of hospitality.

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Shaftesbury Team Office

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Holy Communion (Common Worship)

Every First, Third Sunday at for 1 hour
Shaftesbury: St James
St James Street Shaftesbury, SP7 8HG, GB

Service of Holy Communion


St James is committed to safeguarding children, young people and adults from harm. We follow the House of Bishops guidance and policies and have our own Parish Safeguarding Officer (PSO). Our Diocese of Salisbury’s safeguarding pages contain vital links and information including contacts for the Diocesan Safeguarding Advisor who advises our PSO. If you are concerned that a child or adult has been harmed or may be at risk of harm please contact the PSO or the Diocesan Safeguarding Advisor - Jem Carter. Jem works closely with the police, local authorities, and other bodies, undertaking safeguarding casework on behalf of the Diocese and Salisbury Cathedral. Jem provides advice and support to the Bishop, clergy, lay staff, and parishes. Email [email protected]. But if you have immediate concerns about the safety of someone, please contact the police and your local authority’s children or adult social care services."