The church building, open for prayer throughout the day, is simple, and includes two remarkable icons, of St James and of St Michael, painted by Br Leon Liddament of the Orthodox Community in Wlasingham. Although situated outside the main village area, the church is at he heart of the community and runs The Forest Edge Coffee Shop in the village's main road Monday to Wednesday, 9.30 - 1.30. Annual highlights include the ReCreate Festival (think of a subbuteo-sized Greenbelt Arts Festival) near to Easter and the Patronal Festival, which features a spectacular village giant, held either the weekend of or before St James' Day, 25th July.
St James' seeks to be a church for all ages, and its worship reflects this: traditional forms are valued while newer practices are also encouraged. Preaching is of a high standard and a questioning, honest exploration of the Christian faith is encouraged. There is a friendly, supportive atmosphere which means that such a diversity is not only tolerated but cherished. Visitors are always very welcome and there are usually refreshments following main services, served in the adjacent church hall (where there are also toilets available!)
St James Church takes its responsibilities surrounding the safeguarding of children, young people, and adults who may be at risk very seriously, and works in partnership with the Diocese of Salisbury to ensure that we work in accordance with best practice at all times.
Our Parish Safeguarding Policy can be downloaded from our website
If you have any Safeguarding questions or concerns you can contact our Parish Safeguarding Officer, Romey Schofield on 01425 654054 email [email protected]
Alternatively you can contact the Diocesan Safeguarding Adviser, on 07500 664800 or email [email protected]<span style="font-size: 1rem;"> </span>