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St James, Welland is a friendly and welcoming church and active in reaching out to the local community. Our current service pattern provides for a mix of modern and traditional forms of worship.

Apart from Easter, Christmas and occasional special Sundays like Remembrance Sunday, our service pattern is as follows:

First Sunday of the Month No service at Welland, but please join us for Holy Communion at St Gabriel’s, Hanley Swan at 9:30am
Second Sunday of the Month Informal Morning Worship (with KidsChurch) 11am
Third Sunday of the month Formal Holy Communion  11am
Fourth Sunday of the month Informal Praise and Prayer (with KidsChurch)  11am
Fifth Sunday of the Month Benefice Service – see calendar.

 

Check the events list below for service times.

On the first two Sundays of the month, we share our services with St Gabriel’s, Hanley Swan. In week 1 we go to them, in week 2, they join us. When we join St Gabriel’s their service is at 9:30am. Check the rota in the porch or on the St James Welland website for details

Children Aged (5-11)
Every Monday, in conjunction with Welland Primary School we run ALLSORTS—an after-school club where as well as having loads of fun children are taught a useful lesson for life from the Bible.

To find out more about our work with Youth and Children contact Alison Martin on 01684 310783 or at alisonsgarden@btinternet.com.

Want to get to know people at St James whilst studying the bible?
On Wednesday nights at 7:30pm during school  term  time we run a bible-study (“House Group”) in the comfort of our Upper Room  at  the  church. The study is fun and informal, always with coffee and chat and occasionally cake as well! We have a social  evening  at  Christmas  and  at  the end of the summer term. New members are always welcome.

Need to hire a hall?
We recently redeveloped the building to include toilets, a kitchen and underfloor heating, so the church is a great venue for community celebrations, parties, wedding receptions.

Our flexible venue is great for all sorts of events and activities, even children's parties.

Our flexible venue is great for all sorts of events and activities, even children’s parties.

Support & Prayer
 The church building is always open during the day and if you’d like prayer for anything, please leave a prayer request on the prayer board in the chapel. On Tuesdays between 10am-1pm we have someone on duty to talk and pray with you (during Just Clobber). At other times please contact a member of the ministry team.

Just Clobber
Tuesdays 10am-1pm.  Just Clobber is a charity shop we run to help provide a place for  social  contact  in Welland—it’s a great place for people to chat, meet friends, and enjoy a hot drink and a slice of cake together.

Coffee & Chat
Fridays 10:30am-12 noon. A community coffee morning where people can get together for social contact over a hot drink.

Cream Teas & Flea Markets
Cream Teas are served June to August on Sundays from 3pm-5pm, whilst Flea Markets run September to April on the first Saturday of the month, 10am-3pm.

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We are actively involved in the life of our local primary school, Welland Primary School. Church members regularly contribute to school assemblies through a scheme called “Open the Book” and we run an after-school club called Allsorts. The school use the church for their harvest and nativity services.

There has been a Church of Saint James at Welland since 1300.

The current church was consecrated on 2nd April 1875.

Since 2011, the Church has undergone a significant re-ordering after a vision to transform the church building into a flexible place for worship as well as a community space. The re-ordering cost was over £155,000 and was a combination of grants, fundraising and loans that have now all been paid. This has allowed the installation of a kitchen and toilets, under-floor heating and new tiles, a chapel with a beautiful mural, a mezzanine floor with meeting room and then re-decorate throughout.

Partly as a result of the re-ordering, attendance to church services has increased by approximately 50% and over 7,000 people visited or used our church in 2014.

 

Location Information

St James Church, Welland

Drake Street, Welland, Worcestershire, WR13 6LP
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