St James The Great

​Old Milverton, Leamington Spa, Warwickshire

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St James Church takes its duty and obligation to protect all extremely seriously. We have adopted the national Church of England’s robust procedures and guidelines. We recognise that the care and protection of children, young people and adults involved in Church activities is the responsibility of everyone who participates in the life of St James Church.

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August Monthly update from Rev. Sue

Churchyard Clearing

If you are feeling energetic on the morning of Saturday 8th August please think about coming up to church from 10.00am and joining in with some tidying of the churchyard.  The government restrictions on group gatherings at the moment mean that anyone who comes must maintain social distancing, but the churchyard is a big place and there’s plenty to do!  Please bring your own tools and your own coffee and biscuits – I’m afraid we can’t offer any refreshments at the moment.

Looking ahead to September 

We are expecting to return to our normal Sunday morning pattern of services at 10.30am from the first weekend of September.  With all the restrictions placed upon us by social distancing, numbers will still be very limited at services, so please check with Sue if you are hoping to come.

Alongside the Sunday services, the church will open on a Wednesday afternoon from 3.00pm – 4.00pm, followed by a said service of evening prayer at 4.00pm.  This will be for those who are over 70 or shielding only.

Please be aware that the Church of England is now advising everyone to wear face coverings in church.

Thought for the month

God is our refuge and strength,
a very present help in trouble.
Therefore we will not fear, though the earth be moved,
and though the mountains tremble in the heart of the sea.
Psalm 46, verses 1-2

Everything continues to be subject to change, and it can often feel as though we stand on shifting sand.  But amid all the uncertainty, God continues to hold us, to be the firm foundation from which we can safely continue to move forward day by day.  The psalms remind us that this has always been the case:  the psalmist often calls out to God to help in times of trouble as well as offering him praise when times are good.  Psalm 46 goes on to say that ‘the Lord of hosts is with us’.  If you are someone who is finding life hard at the moment, know that God is alongside you – a very present help – and he will not let you go.

 St James Church is in Old Milverton Village, but our congregation is drawn from all parts of Leamington, Warwick and Kenilworth. We hold a service every Sunday morning at 10.30am and offer a family friendly, fairly traditional style of worship. On the last Wednesday afternoon of each month, we have a quiet, reflective half hour service to help us recharge our batteries midweek.

The current church was built in 1880, but this has been a place of worship for nine hundred years. Our churchyard is on several footpaths that run across to Leamington and down to the River Avon at the Saxon Mill, Warwick, and is a lovely place to stop and relax on a sunny day, to take in the views and soak up the peaceful atmosphere.

 We think of ourselves as the St James ‘family’, but a family that welcomes new members and enjoys meeting new people.

As part of the Diocese of Coventry we have a shared mission of “Worshipping God…making new disciples…transforming communities”. 

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Coming up...​​​​​​​​​​

Every Sunday from 2nd August - anyone welcome but with numbers restricted

2.30pm-4.30pm private prayer time at St James

4.30pm short said Evening prayer service at St James

Every Thursday from 6th August - for those who are shielding only

10.30am short said Morning prayer service at St James

11am-12pm private prayer time at St James

Saturday 8th August

10am Church yard clearing day - please bring own tools and refreshments

Services online with St Mary Magdalene, Lillington
Sundays at 10.00am - Holy Communion
Tuesdays at 7.00pm - Night Prayer
Wednesdays at 10.00am - Holy Communion
Thursdays at 7.00pm - Night Prayer
To join these services, go to and click on ‘live streaming on the left hand side of the screen