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We would love for you to come and join us as we celebrate Advent, and discover afresh the amazing story of the first Christmas. There’s something for everyone at St James’ Church Centre!

We are a lively and loving family church, built for and supported by our local community. Our aim is to teach Jesus and encourage people to grow in faith through contemporary worship and learning the Bible together. Please browse our website for more information, or come and visit us at 9am and 10:30am each Sunday.

We look forward to welcoming you!

– Laurence (Vicar)

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Please note St James Cafe will be closed on December 12th, open on the 19th** and then closed December 26th and January 2nd. We re-open on January 9th 2020. ** On December 19th normal Café service is replaced by a special session at 12 noon serving Traditional Christmas lunch for which pre-booking is essential. Menu is Turkey dinner or Vegetarian option, followed by a choice of Dessert. Contact Sue Karsten by December 5th to book a place.  
For details of Christmas services at St James Church Centre, Woodley please see top of this page.  If you are away from Woodley over Christmas it’s easy to find details of Christmas services elsewhere in England at this Church of England site.
View our Eco Church webpage. As St James works to reach Bronze Award status as an Eco Church see how we’re doing and what you might do to help us, and become more Eco aware and involved yourself. Click here for the latest suggestions (Eco ideas for Christmas). Updated November 2019.
Do you shop online? If so St James Church Centre could benefit from small donations by the retailer every time you shop, by you signing up to the easyfundraising scheme. It costs you nothing. For details please click here.
St James Church Centre now has a Defibrillator available 24×7 mounted on the wall nearest the car park.  If you need it in an emergency call 999 to obtain the access code. Located at Kingfisher Drive RG5 3LH. Click for more details.
We now record the sermons from many of our 1030 Morning Worship services. You can listen online or download for offline listening later, or catch up on any you may have missed. See ‘Sermons’ on the top menu or click here.

On Sundays, we have 2 services each week 9 am and 10.30 am. Then on the second Sunday of the month at 4 pm, we have Messy Church.  During the week we also run a Holy Communion service which is on the second Wednesday of the month at 10 am. We look forward to welcoming you at one of these services and getting to know you. Looking for our news sheets? You can find them here

St James 2020 Vision is to be a growing people of all ages that:

  1. Are rooted in prayer and growing in our faith in Jesus Christ.
  2. Are growing as confident disciples, and are willing and able to make disciples of others.
  3. Are committed to nurturing and investing in children and young people.
  4. Are growing in our understanding of and open to being empowered by the Holy Spirit to build up the church of God.
  5. Reach out into our community to be and to share the good news of Jesus Christ both inside and beyond the church walls, and across Woodley in partnership with others.
  6. Are listening, generous, and committed to quality in all that we do.