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We are a lively and loving family church, built for and supported by our local community, and now celebrating 50 years. 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)

Visit our 50th Anniversary page for details of our celebrations. Join us for our next events:-


Tickets are now on sale for Saltmine Theatre Company‘s production of ‘A Long Road Home’ on 26th March. Click here for details.
St James Church Centre reached its 50th Anniversary on 30th November and we are celebrating over the coming year with a series of events, the first of which was a Celebration event on 30th November – to view photos and a report of this please click here.  
As part of our 50th Anniversary celebrations we have produced a timeline of those first 50 years. It’s called ‘A Potted History of St James’, 16pages, and you can view it by clicking here.
Ladies, did you attend the Activate Training Day here at St James last September?   Would you now like to attend the next Activate Weekend Away?    It’s running 27-29 March at Horwood Estate (Milton Keynes).   For details and to book visit activateyourlife .
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 tidying up after Christmas). Updated January 2020.
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.

Our Parish is committed to the care and nurture of everyone, of all ages, whether children, young people, or adults.  The Parish Safeguarding Policy can be seen here. Further information and contact details are on our Safeguarding page.