Our Story

The congregation met in a local school from November 1969 until February 1974 when we were blessed by the opening of the purpose built church centre building .

At this time St James was part of the parish of St John the Evangelist, Woodley. As the congregation grew the need for an extension to the building became necessary and this was completed in 1984.  Even with an enlarged building we soon realised we were short of space and used a large portacabin in the car park for our children’s work.



With the continuing growth of the congregation we required a further extension in 1991 to increase the size of the worship area  and provide better facilities for the congregations and other groups who were making use of the church centre,  including a lounge which doubles up as space for children’s work. During the building work we had to move out of the building and when we returned it was not only to a new building but with the desire to use it in new and different ways.


In 1992 St James became a parish within the newly formed Woodley Team Ministry; and since 2009 has been the Benefice of Southlake St James in the newly created Group Ministry of Woodley.


On April 1st. 2012 changes in the ecclesiastical parish boundaries of Woodley came into effect, dividing the town into 2 halves, north and south. This has greatly increased our parish size and now the Benefice of Southlake St James includes Emmanuel Church which has Conventional District status.


Alexandra Place   Gainsborough Close   Parade, The – Coppice
Ambleside Close   Greenham Close   Pearson Way
Antrim Road   Grays Crescent   Penrose Avenue
Arundel Road   Greenham Close   Players Green
Ashwood       Plymouth Avenue
Austin Road   Harding Road   Portrush Close
    Harrier Close   Premier Karting
Bader Court   Hawker Way    
Bader Way   Hazel Drive   Quentin Road
Beaufield Close   Headley Road    
Beech Court   Headley Road East   Raleigh Close
Beechwood Avenue   Hearn Road   Reading Road
Bibury Close   Herald Way   Redwood Avenue
Bideford Close   Highgate Road   Renault Road
Bodmin Road   Holly Road   Rickman Close
Bosworth Gardens   Howth Drive   Ridgeway, The
Bruce Road   Hudson Road   Rivermead Road
Buckden Close   Hunters Court   Rosewood
Burgess Close       Roslyn Road
Burns Close   Jerome Road   Rushbrook Road
    Jubilee Close    
Caldbeck Drive       Sandford Lane
Campbell Road   Keats Close   School Drive
Carlton Close   Keats Road   Seaford Gardens
Carpenters Close   Keswick Gardens   Shelgate Walk
Carrick Gardens   Kingfisher Drive   Shelley Close
Cartmel Drive   Kingsford Close   Silver Fox Crescent
Cedar Place   Kipling Close   Sopwith Close
Chaffrey Close   Knowle Road   Southlake Crescent
Chard Close       Southlake Parade
Chequers Way   Ladbroke Close   Spitfire Way
Chestnuts   Lanark Close   Spruce Road
Clivedale Road   Larch Drive   Stonehaven Drive
Close, The   Letts Green   Sussex Gardens
Cobham Road   Linden Road   Sycamore Close
Colemans Moor Lane   Lismore Close    
Colemans Moor Road   Livingstone Gardens   Temple Mews
Concorde Way   Loddon Bridge Road   Tennyson Road
Coniston Close   Lynton Close   Triumph Close
Consul Close   Lytham Road    
Coppice Road       Vauxhall Drive
Corbett Gardens   Malone Road   Vickers Close
Cottesmore Road   Malvern Close   Vincent Close
Crediton Close   Manners Road   Viscount Way
Crockhamwell Road   Martin Close    
Crockhamwell Road   Meteor Close   Wallace Close
Crossways   Miles Way   Walton Close
Cypress Road   Millbank Crescent   Wheble Drive
    Moffat Close   Wingate Road
Dartington Avenue   Mulberry Close   Woodlands Avenue
Drovers Way   Munro Avenue   Woodlands Court
Dunbar Drive       Woodley Park Estate
Duncan Road   Nightingale Road   Woodwaye
Dundela Close   Norton Road   Woodyer Close
    Norwich Drive   Wright Close
Eastwood Court        
Eastwood Road   Oak Drive   Yeoman Place
Evelyn Court   Oak Way    
    Oban Gardens    
Fairwater Drive   Orville Close    
Fawcett Crescent        
Fitzroy Crescent        
Fosters Lane