St James, Welland is a friendly and welcoming church and active in reaching out to the local community. 

Although we are a parish in our own right, we share quite a lot of activities with St Gabriel's Church, Hanley Swan, and are also part of the wider grouping of Church of England parishes, the Hope Church Family. This means we do our best to support each other's events and share activities where it makes sense. This is particularly the case with what we do for young people. To find out more, please visit our Youth and Kids page..

Regular Pattern of Services

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 MonthNo service at Welland, but please join us for Holy Communion at St Gabriel’s, Hanley Swan at 9:30am
Second Sunday of the MonthMorning Worship11am
Third Sunday of the monthInformal Praise and Prayer 11am
Fourth Sunday of the monthFormal Holy Communion 11am
Fifth Sunday of the MonthBenefice Service - see calendar.

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

  • Future Services

    Tue 20
    Fri 23

    Coffee and Chat

    August 23 @ 10:30 am - 12:00 pm
    Sun 25

    Holy Communion

    August 25 @ 8:00 am - 9:00 am
    Sun 25

    Morning Service

    August 25 @ 9:30 am - 10:30 am
    Sun 25

    Communion Service

    August 25 @ 11:00 am - 12:00 pm
    Sun 25

    Cream Teas

    August 25 @ 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm
    Fri 30

    Coffee and Chat

    August 30 @ 10:30 am - 12:00 pm
    Sep 01

    Holy Communion

    September 1 @ 9:30 am - 10:30 am


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.

Bible Study Group

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.

New To You (with Revive Refreshments!)

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 

Cream Teas are served June to August on Sundays from 3pm-5pm.

Welland Primary School

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.

To find out more contact Mary Purser on 01684 310289 or marypurser74@gmail.com

Data Privacy Notice

The Parish of St James, Welland

  1.  Our commitment to you

 As a data controller I.e. the body responsible for deciding  how your personal data is processed and for what purposes, the Parochial Church Council of St James Welland (“the PCC”) is committed to complying with its obligations under data protection law.  The PCC provides this Privacy Notice as part of its responsibility to process data fairly under that law.

  1. Your personal data – what is it?

Personal data relates to a living individual who can be identified from that data.  Identification can be by the information alone or in conjunction with any other information in the data controller’s possession or likely to come into such possession. The processing of personal data is governed by the General Data Protection Regulation (the “GDPR”).

  1. What is our legal basis for processing your personal data?

The situations in which we process your data are where

  • you have given us explicit consent so that we can keep you informed about news, events, activities and services and can process your gift aid donations and keep you    informed about diocesan events
  • processing your personal data is necessary to enable the PCC to carry out its legal obligations under statute or under a contract
  • processing your personal data is carried out by us because we have a legitimate interest in doing so as a religious not-for-profit body needing to keep in contact with you as an active or regular member of our church provided this does not involve disclosure of your data to a third party without your consent.
  1. How do we process your personal data?

 The PCC complies with its obligations under the “GDPR” by keeping personal data up to date; by storing and destroying it securely; by not collecting or retaining excessive amounts of data; by protecting personal data from loss, misuse, unauthorised access and disclosure and by ensuring that appropriate technical measures are in place to protect personal data.

We use your personal data for the following purposes: -

  • to enable us to deliver the mission of our church [across the benefice of Upton, Ripple, Earls Croome with Hill Croome and Strensham and the benefice of Welland and Hanley Castle with Hanley Swan]
  • to administer the electoral roll and other membership records
  • to fundraise and promote the interests of our church
  • to manage our employees and volunteers
  • to maintain our own accounts and other financial records (including the processing of gift aid applications)
  • to inform you of news, events, activities and services happening across the two benefices
  • to share your contact details with the Diocesan office so they can keep you informed about news in the diocese and events, activities and services that will be occurring in the diocese and in which you may be interested.
  1. Sharing your personal data

Your personal data will be treated as strictly confidential and will only be shared with other members of the church in order to carry out a service to other church members or for purposes connected with the church. We will only share your data with third parties outside the church with your consent.

  1. How long do we keep your personal data[1]?

We keep data in accordance with the guidance set out in the guide “Keep or Bin: Care of Your Parish Records” which is available from the Church of England website [see footnote for link].

Specifically, we retain electoral roll data while it is still current; gift aid declarations and associated paperwork for up to 7 years after the tax year to which they relate; and parish registers (baptisms, marriages, funerals) permanently.

  1. Your rights and your personal data

 Unless subject to an exemption under the GDPR, you have the following rights with respect to your personal data: -

  • the right to request a copy of your personal data which we hold about you
  • the right to request the PCC to correct any of your personal data if it is found to be inaccurate or out of date
  • the right to request your personal data is erased where it is no longer necessary for it to be retained by the PCC
  • the right to withdraw your consent to the processing at any time
  • the right to request the PCC to provide you with your personal data and where possible, to transmit that data directly to another data controller, (known as the right to data portability (but this only applies where the processing is based on consent or is necessary for the performance of a contract with you and in either case the data is processed by automated means
  • the right, where there is a dispute in relation to the accuracy or processing of your personal data, to request a restriction is placed on further processing of your data by the PCC
  • the right to object to the processing of your personal data (but this only applies where  the processing is based on legitimate interest or the performance of a task in the public interest or in the exercise of official authority, or involves direct marketing and processing for the purposes of scientific/historical research and statistics)
  • the right to lodge a complaint with the Information Commissioners Office.
  1. Further processing

 If we wish to use your personal data for a new purpose, not covered by this Data Privacy Notice, then we will provide you with a new notice explaining this new use prior to commencing the processing and setting out the relevant purposes and processing conditions. Where and whenever necessary, we will seek your prior consent to the new processing.

  1. Contact Details

To exercise all relevant rights, queries of complaints please in the first instance contact the benefice administrator Helen Inman at admin@hopechurchfamily.org.uk

You can contact the Information Commissioners Office on 0303 123 1113 or via email https://ico.org.uk/global/contact-us/email/ or at the Information Commissioner's Office, Wycliffe House, Water Lane, Wilmslow, Cheshire. SK9 5AF.

[1]Details about retention periods can currently be found in the Record Management Guides located on the Church of England website at: - https://www.churchofengland.org/about-us/structure/churchcommissioners/administration/librariesandarchives/recordsmanagementguides.aspx



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St James Church, Welland

Drake Street, Welland, Worcestershire, WR13 6LP
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